About The Park Forum

Our Mission. As the Park is to the City, so the Word is to Life. This is what we believe about the Bible – that we can rest, play and run in the Word.  We exist to promote Bible engagement in the urban church on a daily basis by creating short and smart materials – for individuals and small groups.

Our Unique Small Group Curriculum. Subway Series. The Subway Series is our unique small group curriculum that provides regular quiet times of 750 words or less – the same word limitation as op-eds in the New York Times.

Our Daily Urban Devotional. A 400 word (or less) reflection on one of two daily readings taken from the M’Cheyne Reading Plan.

Our Founder: Bethany Jenkins. As a member of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, Bethany has served as a leader of small groups and a leader-coach of other leaders for the past eight years and is mentored by Kathy Keller. Currently, she serves as Chair of the Board for The Park Forum. Prior to its founding, Bethany worked at the New York Stock Exchange, at the U.S. Department of State, and on Capitol Hill for Jennifer Dunn and Joe Scarborough. Bethany received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Stone Scholar and served as the Executive Writing and Research Editor on The Journal of Law and Social Problems. She received her M.A. from George Washington University and her B.A. from Baylor University.  Bethany makes her home on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Our Executive Director: Steven Dilla. Steven and his wife Emily lead the founding team for The Metropolitan Faith Church of New York  Following Superstorm Sandy their community helped plan and coordinate a collaborative response effort that served over 20,000 people. This collaboration of churches hosts the annual Refresh block party, at which 1,000 copies of Scripture were distributed on the Lower East Side in partnership with the American Bible Society.

In addition to writing for The Park Forum, Steven writes for OnFaith and wrote on ministry burnout in Collaborate: Family + Church (Minister’s Label Press, 2010). He launched, produced, and directed Elevate Jr.  an interactive video-based curriculum for children (Creative Pastors, 2007-2009). Steven attended the Redeemer Church Planting Center Incubator Program in 2013, Dallas Theological Seminary, Oklahoma Baptist University, and is currently a Fellow at the New York City Leadership Center. He and his wife live with their two children in the East Village of Manhattan.

Our Board.

  • Bethany Jenkins, Chair
  • Steven Dilla
  • Adair Webb
  • Rodney Gibson
  • Logan Hennessey, Esq.

Legal Status. The Park Forum (TPF) is exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to TPF are deductible under section 170 of the Code and TPF is qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Code. TPF is incorporated under the laws of the State of New York.

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13 Responses to “About The Park Forum”

  1. Thank you, Bethany, for taking the time out of your busy day to come speak with our small group! You’re awesome.

  2. This is a fabulous idea. Thank you for doing this!

  3. Great stuff!

  4. I recommend that you create a FaceBook page! (Unless I am not aware of the existence of it?) I’ve been subscribing to the daily devotions and have been truly blessed by His Words.

    So I went and shared the link to your page with all my friends on FB and pray that more people will read the Word of God through 843 Acres!

  5. Mark. Actually, we do have a Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/theparkforum – but I am *so* glad you wrote this comment because, when we rejoined Facebook, I forgot to readd “Become a Fan” on the website. So I’m doing that right now. Thank you so much for the suggestion!

  6. Hi, I just ‘discovered’ your website (actually, I rediscovered it after bookmarking it sometime in the past but never went back to it). I just subscribed to the 843 Acres devotional and am looking forward to using it. I attend church in a city near Boston, MA. I was just wondering if your Subway series is available for use outside of Redeemer. It looks like a great resource (just reading about it on your website). Thanks!

  7. I love these devotionals, thank you.
    I noticed the bible readings are only about two chapters a day, does this mean they do not take the reader through the entire bible and skips chapters, or does it eventually go through the entire text in over a year?

  8. I am an attorney with a wife and children. I live in a rural area and commute miles to work. Few, if any, in my church have the slightest idea of work the life of an attorney and other professionals, including the one pastor of the small church we attend. Though, coming out of that community I am aware of their unique work issues.
    I seem to find two types of blogs. First, those that confront issues or situations of the big city dweller and worker. Second, the very generic blog that provide little original. I am not talking of a different gospel or reinterpretation of scripture. I am looking for a fresh application of scripture to a life and work similar to mine.
    Can you point me and I think others to blogs that fit the bill? If not I will happily continue to glean the bee from what God has provided.
    Thanks very much,

  9. Please help! I have been receiving theparkforum for about a year and Loving it. But last week I forwarded it to a friend thinking I was only forwarding the one day. But I have’t received any more since that day! Please restore theparkforum to this address kde489@gmail.com. It has greatly blessed me and I love receiving it! Thank you so much. Karen Ecklund.

  10. Bethany: thanks for today’s post on Ezekiel and why God is so angry. It goes right along with what I read yesterday in 1Kings 21. There is a long list for 4-5 chapters of all the bad things King Ahab of Israel did. But in 1 Ki 21:26 the NLT translation says “His worst outrage was worshipping idols just as the Amorites had done-” that really hit home for me. Idols creep in and take root while I’m looking at others and congratulating myself for not having done ____ (sin). Thank you for applying faithfully 2 Timothy 2:15 by accurately handling God’s Word for us.


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