& Supporting Leaders
|Mark Your Calendar!|
World Communion of Reformed Churches
Uniting General Council
Unity of the Spirit in the Bond of Peace
Grand Rapids, Mich.
219th General Assembly
Branching Out in Faith
Making the Great Connection: Your Preaching and Your Leadership
Continuing Ed for CLPs
Association of Retired Ministers, Their Spouses or Survivors
ATiiM Annual Conference
Association of Trained Intentional Interim Ministers
Music and Worship Conference
for CLPs and Preachers
Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network
The Art of Transitional Ministry
Interim Pastor Training
The Art of Transitional Ministry
Interim Executive Training
Check our website or contact the synod office for details!
Learning More About General Assembly
Leaders from our denomination will gather this year in Minneapolis on July 3-10 for PC(USA)'s 219th General Assembly
. Held every other year, the meeting is attended by commissioners elected by presbyteries, half ministers and half elders, as well as many other observers. During its committee meetings and general sessions, the body considers questions of government and policy that affect the entire denomination. Of particular interest this year are questions concerning a new form of government, ordination standards, Christian marriage and civil unions and the Israel-Palestine conflict.
There are many resources available online to help you follow the action at the 219th GA:Background
- visit the PC(USA) website's General Assembly page
for answers to general questions about the organization and function of General Assemblies. 219th General Assembly Home Page
- Start here
for information specifically about this year's gathering. You'll find dozens of links about every aspect of the meeting, plus frequently updated news stories when developments occur.Committees and Overtures
- Follow the business of the assembly, including live video of some general sessions, at PC-Biz
. This is the online tool that will be used by commissioners and others during the assembly, but is also available to observers not at assembly.Major Topics
- Presbyterian Outlook
, an independent and well-respected church news magazine, is sponsoring a series of pre-GA online briefings the five Tuesdays in June at 2 p.m. The fee is $9.95 per briefing, but free for all General Assembly commissioners and delegates. Upcoming sessions are:
- June 8: New Form of Government with Dan Williams (Pro) and Gale Watkins (Con)
- June 15: Ordination Standards (Fidelity/Chastity) with Tricia Dykers-Koenig (change) and Jerry Andrews (retain)
- June 22: Christian Marriage - Civil Unions with Jim Szeyller (Pro) and Bill Teng ( Con)
- June 29: Christians...and Jews...and Muslims with Jay Rock, Charles Wiley and Joe Small
Visit Presbyterian Outlook's website
to register for the briefings.Theme
- the Presbyterian Leader has published a study on the theme of the assembly, "Rivers of Living Water," by Matthew Skinner. Material by Presbyterian Leader is usually only available to subscribers, but this well-respected online resource has made this study available free of charge. Visit their website
to create a free account.Who's Who
- Here's the commissioner list
and the list of moderators and vice moderators
for each committee.
|Making the Great Connection: Your Preaching and Your LeadershipContinuing Education for Lay Pastors
The last workshop in the Great Connections series will be offered August 27 and 28 in Urbana, Ill.
Cost is $125, which includes overnight lodging, take-home workshop materials and meals. Click here
for more information. Deadline to register is August 8
Tropical Storm Agatha|
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has received information about the impact of Tropical Storm Agatha in Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua. Agatha struck Guatemala on Saturday, May 29, with winds up to 45 m.p.h., dumping torrential amounts of rain and causing destructive mudslides.
At this time, partners are reporting approximately 160 deaths and more than 90,000 evacuees in temporary shelters. There is considerable damage to infrastructure in Guatemala and El Salvador, including roads, bridges, public buildings including schools, houses, sewage systems, crops and small husbandry.
PDA is ready to respond with One Great Hour of Sharing and/or designated funds to assist with disaster recovery needs. Already as part of the emergency response, members of the ACT Alliance in Guatemala are supporting first responders on the ground.
As assessments become clear and the response continues, PDA will offer updated information on the PDA website.
Music and Worship Conference Features John BellThis conference brings together leaders and resources needed by
commissioned lay pastors and preachers to nurture their ministry of
preaching, pastoral care, and congregational leadership. Key leaders include John Bell, Iona, Scotland; Byron Wade, Vice Moderator, PC(USA) General Assembly and Eric Wall, Choir Director, First Presbyterian of Asheville, N.C. David McDonald, pastor at Clayton (Ind.) Presbyterian Church, is a workshop leader. More about the conference
October 4-7, Montreat Conference Center, N.C.
Download an application for a $200 scholarship for CLPs from the Synod of Lincoln Trails.
Synod of Lincoln Trails/Synod of
Interim Pastor Training
November 1-5, St. Louis
are, or would like to become, interim ministers can receive specialized
training at twice-yearly regional training weeks sponsored by the
synods of Lincoln Trails and Mid-America. COM and presbytery staff will
also find the training helpful. Download a brochure.
Deadline to register for the fall session
is Oct. 4, 2010. Contact Kristi Miller at the synod office
(800-566-5996/317-923-3681) for more information or visit the synod website.
offers an advanced training course for interim synod and presbytery
executives. The next interim executive training is Nov. 5-9. More information.