August 20, 2010

Developing, Nurturing
& Supporting Leaders
Mark Your Calendar!

Making the Great Connection: Your Preaching and Your Leadership
Continuing Ed
for Lay Pastors

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.

Web Ministry and Social Media Training
Special discount for Presbyterians
Oct. 8-9
Evanston, Ill.

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

Social Media In Ministry
Grants available for SOLT communicators
Oct. 15-16
McCormick Theological Seminary

Presbyterian Communicators Regional Conferences
Grants available for SOLT communicators
Oct. 18-20
Slippery Rock, Penn.
Oct. 25-27
Lake Tahoe, Nev.

Dr. Robin Meyers Lecture & Workshop
New Covenant Community
Oct. 29-30
Normal, Ill.

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

Emergent Christianity and Tentmaking Ministry
Nov. 12-14
Mundelein, Ill.

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PC(USA) logoStudy Aids for Proposed Amendments to PC(USA) Constitution

The Office of the General Assembly has begun distributing information to help presbyteries evaluate the three documents they will be voting on following this summer's 219th General Assembly. The three documents are:
  • New Form of Government
  • the Belhar Confession
  • the 15 amendments approved by the 219th General Assembly
Resources relating to the first item, the new Form of Government proposed amendment, have already been distributed by OGA's Constitutional Services. They recommend reading the prepared insert first. The other resources are available on the OGA page of the PC(USA) website.

Resources relating to the 15 proposed amendments will be available in a few days, and on the Belhar Confession by the end of August.
Church Organ Sought

Hope Church in Plainfield, Ind. is looking for a used organ. Please contact Gray Marshall, 317-839-2797, if you have any information.
"Music & Worship" Conference
for Lay Pastors will Feature John Bell

October 4-7, Montreat Conference
Center, North Carolina

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. The Synod of Lincoln Trails is offering $200 scholarships to attend this conference. Download a scholarship application.

Key leaders are John Bell, Iona, Scotland; Byron Wade, vice moderator of the 218th General Assembly, PCUSA; Eric Wall, choir director, First Presbyterian Church of Asheville, N.C. David McDonald, pastor at Clayton (Ind.) Presbyterian Church, is one of several workshop leaders. More about the conference/register online.
Center Studies Pastoral Response to Oil Spill

The Center for the Study of Information and Religion (CSIR), Kent State University, is conducting research regarding how clergy members around the country addressed the Deepwater Horizon oil spill incident in the Gulf of Mexico in their sermons. Findings will be presented at the 4th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture in December 2010. The conference theme is "Living on the Edge".
CSIR invites and encourages clergy members who mentioned the Gulf oil spill in one or more sermons to take an online and anonymous survey that consists of 16 questions and should take less than 30 minutes to complete. To participate, please send an email message to Dr. Daniel Roland at [email protected] indicating your willingness to participate in the research project. You will receive a reply that includes a link to the survey website and the necessary password.
CSIR is a research center hosted by the School of Library and Information Science. For more information about CSIR, please visit their website.
Mission Giving Resource Packet Coming in September

Every PC(USA) congregation will be sent a packet  in September that is intended to help sessions make decisions about mission giving in the coming year.

Included will be a copy of the 2010-2011 Presbyterian World Mission Giving Opportunities catalog, a publication that will contain information about every long-term PC(USA) mission worker serving internationally and stories of our church's involvement around the world. Congregations will have the opportunity to select a mission worker(s) to support through directed gifts and prayers. Congregations often develop long-term relationships with these mission workers that are nurtured by exchanging correspondence.

The packets also will include material promoting Shared Mission Support, a funding source that is crucial to the church's common witness and mission in the United States and around the world. These unrestricted dollars undergird the work of presbyteries, synods and the General Assembly Mission Council. For additional information, please email or call Mary Ruth Phares at (800) 728-7228, x5611.
ATiiM 19th Annual Conference
Sept. 29-30, Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center, Utica, Ill.

All clergy are invited to participate in the 19th annual conference sponsored by the Association of Trained Intentional Interim Ministers.

This year's conference leader is Kris Tenny-Brittian, Area Minister-Northeast Area of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Mid-America and author of Top 10 Ways to Defuse Your Congregational Time Bomb

The lodge and conference center is located in historic Starved Rock State Park along the Illinois River near the junction of I-80 and I-39 in North Central Illinois. Meals are included in the registration fee, except for breakfast on Thursday. Housing is available at the Lodge or in nearby Oglesby. A block of rooms reserved at the Starved Rock Lodge for the conference will be released on August 30. Registrations made by Sept. 10 are discounted 10%.

 Download a brochure and registration form
Jesus Seminar Author to Speak in Normal

New Covenant Community, a PC(USA) congregation in Normal, Ill., will host the Rev. Dr. Robin Meyers on Oct. 29-30. 

Meyers, senior minister of the Mayflower Congregational UCC Church in Oklahoma, author of several books and a member of the Jesus Seminar, will be presenting a free lecture Oct. 29 at Heartland Community College at 7 p.m.  He also will be facilitating a workshop for pastors and lay people on Saturday, Oct. 30, at Heartland from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  For more information, visit the New Covenant Community website.
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