Pastor Meg Jackson Clark

Why church?

Many people today are leery of joining a church. Perhaps you are one of them. Why join a tired old institution full of conflict and faults and imperfect people? Is this really what Jesus had in mind?  Many prefer to privately follow Jesus in their own way.

The truth is that Jesus did not have the institution of the Christian church in mind when he walked the earth. Jesus was a Jew who challenged the religious authorities of his day to be faithful to God’s covenant and God’s intent for the world. If Jesus had anything in mind, it may have been a reformed practice of Judaism.

Before there was a church, there were followers of Jesus. They began to speak of themselves as an “ekklesia”, a Greek word that refers to a gathering of those who are “called out”. This same word came to be translated “church”. The stories of those first believers, recorded in the book of Acts, are the stories of the earliest Christian church. Here too, we find imperfect human beings struggling through obstacles, conflicts, and suffering even as they continue to find hope in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. How did they do it, and why? What did the church come to mean to them?

This summer in worship, we will journey with those first believers seeking their answer to the question “Why church?” Along the way we will look for inspiration and guidance for our own journeys of faith.

I invite you to join us!

Blessings,

Meg

 

Biographical Sketch

Meg Jackson Clark is our Pastor.  She came to the Greensboro congregation in September, 2018.  Most recently, Meg served as Pastor of Dallas-Dodd Presbyterian Church in LaGrange, GA, while also working in the Coweta County Public Library System. Prior to her time there, she was Associate Pastor at Newnan Presbyterian Church for 13 years. Meg began her ministry in Atlanta as Chaplain at Piedmont Hospital.

 

Meg received her education at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania and Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta.

Meg is married to Steven Brown, her partner in life and ministry. Together they have three adult children - Andy Clark, a senior at UGA, Zack Brown and Stephanie Brown, both of South Carolina. They also have a granddaughter, Rowan Brown.

Meg and Steve have a life-long love of various types of music, and enjoy attending concerts, and adding their voices to the choir. Meg hopes to tune up her violin soon after years of neglect. They look forward to becoming involved in the Greensboro community and availing themselves of recreational opportunities here.