June 4, 2010

Developing, Nurturing
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World Communion of Reformed Churches
Uniting General Council
Unity of the Spirit in the Bond of Peace
June 18-28
Grand Rapids, Mich.

219th General Assembly
July 3-10
Minneapolis, MN

Covenant Gathering
Branching Out in Faith
July 4-9
Hillsdale, Mich.

Synod Meeting
July 24
Philo, Ill.

Making the Great Connection: Your Preaching and Your Leadership
Continuing Ed for CLPs
Aug. 27-28
Urbana, Ill.

AARMS Convention
Association of Retired Ministers, Their Spouses or Survivors
Sept. 9-12
Bloomington, Minn.

ATiiM Annual Conference
Association of Trained Intentional Interim Ministers
Sept. 29-30
Utica, Ill.

Music and Worship Conference
for CLPs and Preachers
Oct. 4-7
Montreat, N.C.

POAMN Conference
Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network
Oct. 12-16

The Art of Transitional Ministry
Interim Pastor Training
Nov. 1-5
St. Louis

The Art of Transitional Ministry
Interim Executive Training
Nov. 5-9
St. Louis

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Covenant Gathering
219th PC(USA) General AssemblyLearning 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.
Continuing Ed for CLPs
Making the Great Connection: Your Preaching and Your Leadership

Continuing 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.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance 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
Music and Worship Conference Features John Bell

October 4-7, Montreat Conference Center, N.C.

This 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

Download an application for a $200 scholarship for CLPs from the Synod of Lincoln Trails.
Synod of Lincoln Trails/Synod of Mid-America

Interim Pastor Training

November 1-5, St. Louis

Pastors who 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.

MALT also offers an advanced training course for interim synod and presbytery executives. The next interim executive training is Nov. 5-9. More information.