August 4, 2008
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Developing, Nurturing
& Supporting Leaders
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Lombard Center, Here I Stand: Leading Change Through Self-Differentiation
August 19-21, 2008
Wheaton, Ill.

Presbyterian Communicators Network Regional Conference
August 25-27
Stronghold Conference Center

Association of Trained Intentional Interim Ministers Meeting
October 1-2
Starved Rock Lodge
Utica, Ill.

Synod Meeting
October 17
Urbana, Ill.
Synod meetings are open to anyone who wishes to attend

Commissioned Lay Pastors Conference
October 22-24
Montreat, N.C.
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Mission to a Post-Christian World
October 24-25
Naperville, Ill.

MALT Interim Executive Training
October 31 - Nov. 3
St. Louis

Check our website or contact the synod office for details!
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News Network Sponsored by PC(USA) Synods

Our synod has become one of the first participants in an innovative web-based news service, designed to share news among our presbyteries and with the other synods in our denomination.

Designed and founded by the Synod of the Sun, Presbyterian Neighbor News offers a customized interface for each synod, including news from each presbytery.

That's where you come in! Share news from your presbytery, congregation, camp or other church organization, and we will post them on the Lincoln Trails page of the Presbyterian Neighbor News. You may send your story or photos to Marta at the synod office.

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Mission to a Post-Christian World

Blackhawk and Chicago presbyteries will present Congregational Transformation for Mission to a Post-Christian World October 24-25 at River Glen Presbyterian Church in Naperville, Ill. Craig Van Gelder, professor of congregational mission at Luther Seminary, will be the keynote speaker. Workshops are organized into four tracks: Church Transformation, Unique Contextual Opportunities and Challenges, New Church Development and Spiritual Renewal. Registration is $35 for members of Blackhawk and Chicago presbyteries and $65 for others. For more information, download a conference brochure and registration form.
Scholarship Assistance for CLP Conference

If you are interested in networking and learning with other commissioned lay pastors, then the Montreat CLP Conference is for you.  The synod's Standing Committee on Leadership Development is offering scholarships for this October 22-24, 2008, conference. In order to receive a $30 discount offered by Montreat Conference Center, please apply by August 27, 2008.
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Interim Executive Training
Oct. 31 through Nov. 3, St. Louis

The Synod of Lincoln Trails and the Synod of Mid-America will offer interim executive training again this fall. Training sessions will include 20 hours of instruction.

Visit the synod's Interim Executive Training web page for more information.

Bread for the World logoBread for the World Newsletter Offers Hunger Resources

PC(USA) anti-hunger partner Bread for the World has launched a new email newsletter geared to pastors and church leaders on the move.

Each monthly edition of "Bread for the Preacher," which is being called "a free service for busy pastors," features preaching aids and worship resources surrounding issues of hunger and poverty.

Association Honors S. Kim Leech

Oops. We recently reported that Synod Stated Clerk S. Kim Leech received the Jenkins Constitutional Services Award. That award is granted by the Association of Stated Clerks. The award was incorrectly attributed to McCormick Seminary.

Congratulations, Kim!

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