Ministry Updates

Last weekend the youth of Tenth made their way down to Camp Sankanac for Marantha’s Winter Retreat 2014. We appreciate those of you who supported us by sending your kids along, praying for us, and lending us Will Spokes for the weekend. It was a really wonderful time. 

Perhaps you’ve heard a lot about the winter retreat over the years but were never really sure what exactly went on during…

Since March 1995 Tenth’s Urban Ministry Conference has sought to renew our commitment to reach the city with the gospel through word and deed and to train Christians to serve Christ by thinking and acting biblically about issues which confront the church.

The conference has demonstrated both the necessity and importance of mercy ministry in metro Philadelphia and has given vision for greater outreach. It has brought different cultures and…

This February 2, Medical Campus Outreach (MCO) will be hosting longtime friends of MCO and the Tenth Presbyterian Church community at our monthly Tenth Healthcare Fellowship luncheon gathering. 

Because of the nature of where they serve, I will use only initials to refer to our special guests. For the past five years, S and V have been living and working in Southeast Asia. They work in local business and healthcare. Along with…

Christian faith requires belief in the Bible. Many people today find this belief an insurmountable obstacle to overcome. Even those who do believe the Bible often struggle with what they read and the questions that emerge. There are many reasons why a person may object to the reliability of the Bible. Some reasons are more intellectual in nature, while others are born out of real life experiences. However, three of…

Homesickness. That icky yearning for home that rests in the pit of your stomach. Have you ever been far away from your family for the holidays? Did you miss great-Aunt Mavis' infamous perfection salad this past year?

If you're an international living in a new place, you may be away from your extended family, traditions, food, and even holidays. So the TIF family would like to invite you to the annual Lunar

Deacon & Mercy Training

Since 1991 I have been involved in workshops that equip Christian men and women for ministry—specifically helping people come alongside those who feel broken or brokenhearted. The training was the result of one church consultation where deacons had many unanswered questions:

  • What must we do?
  • What is our biblical responsibility in the church and to the community?
  • What is…

Medical Campus Outreach (MCO) is a ministry that has exists to serve, disciple, and partner with healthcare students and professionals. For over 20 years, MCO has provided fellowship, mentoring, and service opportunities in the Philadelphia area and beyond.

Serve

MCO has its roots in service. What started as medical students from Georgia coming to Philadelphia to vaccinate children in North Philadelphia in 1992 has now blossomed…

What is Unscripted?

Unscripted: Conversations on Faith & Life is one of three initiatives you will see in 2014. These gatherings are intended to give believers and skeptics alike the opportunity to consider the claims of Christianity. The other two initiatives are Open Forum and Christianity Explored, both of which you will hear more about in coming weeks.

Unscripted is an opportunity to discuss common…

This coming January Tenth's Children with Special Needs (CSN) ministry will be getting four iPads, funded through a matching grant by Mission to North America (MNA) Special Needs Ministries (SNM) and non-budget account monies.

The matching grant funds come from the 2010 WIC Love Gift which raised over $100,000 for MNA SNM. Tenth participated in the filming of the Love Gift video, which was distributed to churches to…

On Saturday, December 7, we hosted our annual Angel Tree Christmas celebration for children of prison inmates and their families. Over 40 volunteers served to make the event a success, from decorating Fellowship Hall, to providing transportation to families.

One of the most important aspects of this ministry isn't the Christmas party. It's the follow up that occurs after the party. Besides presents, each child receives an age-apprpriate…

It's that time of year when we have lots going on both on Sundays and throughout the week as we prepare to celebrate Christ's birth. This week our Sunday Highlight is a twofer. Up first is Jonathan Cruse with details about Marantha's Worship & Testimony event. Soon to follow is Terri Taylor with information about two important vocational group meetings: Tenth Business Network and Graduate Students' Lunch.

Shèng dàn kuài lè! Merii kurisumasu! Noeliniz kutlu olsun! Miilaad majiid! However you say "Merry Christmas," we hope you'll join us as we gather on Saturday, December 15 at 5:30 PM in Fellowship Hall for the annual TIF Christmas party.

Dig into a hearty, traditional feast of ham and scalloped potatoes. (There will be an alternate dish for those with dietary restrictions.) Feel free to bring a…

Our own global partner Michael Oh was scheduled to serve on the platform with Desmond Tutu at the state memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South Africa. Unfortunately, he and the other religious leaders did not make it to the platform. But his article about Mandela appears on the Christianity Today website. It's definitely worth a read.

On November 23, just before Thanksgiving, Medical Campus Outreach (MCO) hosted a successful neighborhood medical outreach in North Philadelphia. We partnered with a church that serves as one of MCO's Summer Medical Institute (SMI) church partners for the past two years, Lighthouse Family Community Church in north Kensington.

38 health care students and clinicians participated, wearing scrubs and warm jackets for the chilly weather. Many from the church participated…

So, Global Outreach Conference 2013 is over, and you’re playing British Invasion music on repeat as you reminisce and yearn for next year. Okay, maybe not.

The first visual reminder of God’s work through Tenth to the nations at this year's conference was the parade of flags by our valiant fourth and fifth graders. What a variety of nations and people groups were represented there! You might have…

Did you know that Tenth International Fellowship (TIF) meets for worship every Sunday morning just upstairs in Fellowship Hall West? What a fantastic opportunity to walk upstairs (or take the elevator!) at 11 AM on Sundays to visit our warm and welcoming community of believers. Get to know our ever-growing congregation of international students and scholars and missionaries;  eat delicious homemade foods from around the world at one of…

The Global Outreach Conference 2013 may have just ended, but you can listen to two of the wonderful preachers from the conference any time you want.

On Sunday, November 3, Dr. Giotis Kantartzis brought us the powerful message "In Athens" based on Acts 17:16-34. Dr. Kantartzis pastors the First Greek Evangelical Church, an historic Presbyterian church in Athens, Greece. He holds a M.Div. from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary…

If you found yourself surrounded by people of many tribes, tongues, and nations Saturday night, November 3, you might be in heaven. But if you’re still respirating, you were probably at Missionopoly.

Teams of families, teenagers, international students, and self-proclaimed “old folks” traversed Fellowship and Reception halls, jumping into games and activities. Anees Zaka, founder of Church Without Walls, animatedly told teams about meetings for better understanding…

I ducked into the long hallway and followed my hosts into the cool brick and tiled sanctuary. The other church members filtered in and settled onto the hard, wooden pews. Approximately 30 people made up the congregation at Reformed Presbyterian Church in Barcelona. I sat in Spain’s version of a mega-church.

This is not an uncommon scene in Europe. I’ve had pastors stand aghast (or in the Spanish…

Phil Kirkland, Tenth Global Partner, just boarded a plane in Greece. He’s one of many partners headed to Tenth for our Global Outreach Conference 2013: Europe & the Persistent Lover. This next week many of our global partners will be speaking at small groups. The intimate small group setting gives you a chance to hear more personally from global partners and to dialogue with them about their work and…

This week the angels are cheering (and so are we) as two homeless men ministered to by ACTS surrendered their lives to Jesus. Praise God!

Fifteen years ago a homeless person living on the streets of Philadelphia came to saving faith in Jesus Christ through Fellowship Bible Study. His younger brother, also an addict, continued in his lifestyle of addiction and for years ignored our help and stopped…

If you haven't already, I hope you'll explore the Children's Music Education section of the new Tenth website! There are some new and interesting features I'd like to point out.

  • Our Leadership page lists the names and qualifications of each our talented teachers across our many programs.
  • Check out Programs for an overview of Praisemakers, Schola Cantorum, and Sinfonia Sacra. Schola's Hymn of the Month will…

Medical Campus Outreach hosted an outreach (that’s what they do) on 9/28 in Kensington: 174 households were contacted, 72 blood pressure and 69 blood sugar screens were provided, 16 received asthma education, 57 people received prayer, and seven requested follow up from the local church.  They partnered with Urban Hope church and participated in their carnival with stationary medical screens and also went door to door in the neighborhoods doing medical…

Please join us at Tenth International Fellowship (TIF) on Sundays in November in Fellowship Hall West for a special sermon series in collaboration with three international pastors. Our worship service begins at 11:00 AM.

Sunday, November 3

Rev. Phil Kirkland

Rev. Kirkland, a former Tenth International Fellowship director, works with Dr. Giotis Kantartzis in Greece as a Tenth global partner. He received his M.A. from…

With SMI Philly based at my home church and neighborhood, I was able to offer a different perspective to the people we saw on the door-to-door medical outreach. I looked similar, spoke the same language, and was able to understand and relate with them when it came to common neighborhood issues. It was overall a very enriching experience, although at first, I did not really understand my true purpose in…

With SMI Philly based at my home church and neighborhood, I was able to offer a different perspective to the people we saw on the door-to-door medical outreach. I looked similar, spoke the same language, and was able to understand and relate with them when it came to common neighborhood issues. It was overall a very enriching experience, although at first, I did not really understand my true purpose in…

On our first afternoon up here, Pastor Jason from Urban Hope introduced us to some of the amazing stories of conversion and faithfulness that have happened in the church over the past years. In thinking about our following three weeks, he challenged us to do like Jesus:

"When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then

On our first afternoon up here, Pastor Jason from Urban Hope introduced us to some of the amazing stories of conversion and faithfulness that have happened in the church over the past years. In thinking about our following three weeks, he challenged us to do like Jesus:

"When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then

To paraphrase a friend here at SMI who is keen on observing the characteristics of our society, "We live in a society.." which values education in academic settings only. What I mean by this is that the majority of our learning as a culture is limited to the classroom. Just look at the education any of the students involved with SMI are receiving, countless hours of schooling are dedicated to…

To paraphrase a friend here at SMI who is keen on observing the characteristics of our society, "We live in a society.." which values education in academic settings only. What I mean by this is that the majority of our learning as a culture is limited to the classroom. Just look at the education any of the students involved with SMI are receiving, countless hours of schooling are dedicated to…

We were coming to the close of the opening set of praise when the pastor of the local church I had been assigned to for the course of SMI called out to those who were in desperate need of Jesus. He asked those who felt called to come to the front of the altar, kneel down, and be prayed over. As we continued to worship through the altar call, I…

We were coming to the close of the opening set of praise when the pastor of the local church I had been assigned to for the course of SMI called out to those who were in desperate need of Jesus. He asked those who felt called to come to the front of the altar, kneel down, and be prayed over. As we continued to worship through the altar call, I…

Going door to door can get monotone and ritualistic. I get in a routine knocking on peoples doors and asking them if they want us to screen them for diabetes or hypertension. I then proceed into their home if they welcome our team in, and I take their diagnostics as if I am treating a broken car. Most of the time it works that way, and I ask them about…

Going door to door can get monotone and ritualistic. I get in a routine knocking on peoples doors and asking them if they want us to screen them for diabetes or hypertension. I then proceed into their home if they welcome our team in, and I take their diagnostics as if I am treating a broken car. Most of the time it works that way, and I ask them about…

One of the important things I had learned to do this past year, as a first year medical student, is to be efficient. I had one-hour lunch breaks where I needed to rush eating before changing into scrubs for anatomy lab; I would time my workout sessions to be 35 minutes (that is, if I went to the gym!) so that I can finish showering and get back to…

One of the important things I had learned to do this past year, as a first year medical student, is to be efficient. I had one-hour lunch breaks where I needed to rush eating before changing into scrubs for anatomy lab; I would time my workout sessions to be 35 minutes (that is, if I went to the gym!) so that I can finish showering and get back to…

Throwing on some scrubs, stocking up pockets with my pens, struggling to get my shoes on for another day as humans, we can instinctively go through these motions like puppets. Whether you are a Christian or a non-believer, we can enter "auto-pilot" at times. When I first arrived at SMI, I was expecting God to use me in supernatural ways right away. Unfortunately, l came in with a narrow mindset…

Throwing on some scrubs, stocking up pockets with my pens, struggling to get my shoes on for another day as humans, we can instinctively go through these motions like puppets. Whether you are a Christian or a non-believer, we can enter "auto-pilot" at times. When I first arrived at SMI, I was expecting God to use me in supernatural ways right away. Unfortunately, l came in with a narrow mindset…

On our first day of door-to-door medical outreach, I approached the door of a seemingly abandoned house and knocked timidly. A young man answered and invited my team inside. Eager to begin my examination, I hastily reached for my glucometer and blood pressure cuff and invited him to take a seat. Immediately, the over-eager, Type "A" pre-med student within me took control as I enthusiastically questioned him regarding his medical…

On our first day of door-to-door medical outreach, I approached the door of a seemingly abandoned house and knocked timidly. A young man answered and invited my team inside. Eager to begin my examination, I hastily reached for my glucometer and blood pressure cuff and invited him to take a seat. Immediately, the over-eager, Type "A" pre-med student within me took control as I enthusiastically questioned him regarding his medical…

We walk from door to door, red knuckled from knocking and drained by the humidity and heat. We find ourselves in a place where many people would be uncomfortable, but where some people call home. The streets are lined with trash, leftover fireworks and invisible footprints of those who walk them everyday. As we pass by all these homes, I cant help but think of all the stories of the…

We walk from door to door, red knuckled from knocking and drained by the humidity and heat. We find ourselves in a place where many people would be uncomfortable, but where some people call home. The streets are lined with trash, leftover fireworks and invisible footprints of those who walk them everyday. As we pass by all these homes, I cant help but think of all the stories of the…

Well, we have complete one week of SMI! The week has been jam-packed with fruitful outreaches, wonderful fellowship, lots of learning, and many laughs! As I was weighing all week on what to write for this entry, I felt a desire to comment on the challenges of inner-city ministry.

I realized that the greatest challenge to inner-city ministry lies within my own skin. There were so many hard barriers that…

It's the end of week one and this was one of the longest and hottest summer weeks I've ever experienced. Wearing scrubs may highlight the fact that we are health care professionals (or, in my case, pre-professional), but it's sometimes good at hiding the sweat underneath. Sweat on skin that can't breathe can feel suffocating in the July heat.

Suffering and grief have been things we've all been thinking and…

Luke 10:38-42 ESV

Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve

It was our first day of ministry and we were all excited to go out into the community. As I was getting ready, I had ripped the tags off of a crisp new pair of scrubs. I was here to help the poor and I wanted everything to be in order. My nails had been trimmed and painted, my makeup was on, and my new scrubs fit perfectly indeed I…

Today was the first day that we all had the privilege of having some real interaction with the community. It's such a blessing to be able to share God's testimony using healthcare as an avenue. I can sense the serving attitude of the group of healthcare professionals in this group.

Our first encounter with a real family gave me a better picture of the state and mentality of the neighborhood…

As I finish my second year of medical school, I have come to appreciate the lessons and experiences that I gained from the Summer Medical Institute (SMI). I initially applied to SMI because I felt that my medical education did not address how I would be able to combine my faith with my calling in medicine. Admittedly, it was naive on my part to expect any modicum of training in…

While walking around today, I felt God calling our team to go into a local restaurant. Once there, we were able to set up at a table and do several health screenings. But more importantly, we were able to talk to the customers and restaurant owners about spiritual health. Eric and I could gather that the people were interested in learning more, so we decided to go back to Urban…

When I approached Ms. X yesterday she seemed quite withdrawn and nervous. As I began speaking to her my spirit lead me to ask her "Is Jesus your Lord and Savior?" She responded by saying something like "There is a Lord." I asked "Who?" and she didn't really reply.

We continued with the health screening and again my spirit lead me to ask her "Is Jesus your Lord and Savior?"…