January 27, 2012

Developing, Nurturing
& Supporting Leaders

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Synod of Lincoln Trails

2012 Meetings

January 27

First Presbyterian Church, Urbana, IL


July 21

Philo Presbyterian Church

Philo, IL


October 26-27

Philo Presbyterian Church

Philo, IL




February 11, 2012

CRE Coninuing Education

Philo Presbyterian Church

Philo, IL


April 17-18, 2012

Reading of the

Presbytery Minutes

Eastland Suites

Urbana, IL



May 7-11, 2012

Interim Pastor Training

Mercy Center

St. Louis, MO


May 18-19, 2012

CRE Continuing Education




June 30-July 7, 2012

General Assembly

Pittsburgh, PA



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Carol McDonald, Synod Co-Executive 

From Your Synod Executive

The Rev. Carol McDonald 


I write these words on January 20 - one year from Inauguration Day 2013... lest you believe I'm thinking these days only about the spectacle of American politics, my attention in recent months has been focused on Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) "politics."  Dr. Maria Harris, renowned teacher of Christian Education, long ago reminded me in her pivotal work Fashion Me a People that the work of ministry is pastoral, priestly, and political.  Political in the sense of "polis" - the body; we are called to minister to the body of Christ and to our particular expression of that body, the PC(USA).



Commissioned Ruling Elder Continuing Education offered by the Synod of Lincoln Trails


The Synod of Lincoln Trails is offering continued education to commissioned ruling elders. The Rev. Dr. Laura Reason, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Highland, Ind. will lead participants through the sacred seasons of the luturgical year. Dr. Reason is a eight-time teacher of preaching and worship leadership to Synod of Lincoln Trails ruling elders.
CRE ConEd Dates:
February 11, 2012 - Lent and Easter - Year B - Registration
May 18-19, 2012 - N-Fog Interpretation and Pentecost I - Year B
August 18, 2012 - Preaching and Worship, Pentecost II - Year B
Nov. 2-3, 2012 - "What I Want to Know Is..." and Preaching &
                          Worship, Advent/Christmas/Epiphany - Year C

"The Art of Transitional Ministry"

Interim Pastor Training


May 7-11, 2012

Mercy Center

St. Louis, MO

Registration deadline: April 9


Interim/Transitional Ministry Education is intended for those presently engaged in interim or transitional ministry and those inquiring about this ministry. Committee on Ministry members and presbytery staff persons with responsibility for contregations in transition will also find the education helpful.


Read the brochure or download the registration form (registration requires signature from your Executive Presbyter or Committee on Ministry moderator).







Continuing Education Opportunities for 2012-2013


Allen Lectures: Professor Emilie M Townes will present the 2012 Allen Lecture on pastoral care on Monday, February. 21, 2012 


Certificate in Executive Leadership: This highly acclaimed Certificate in Executive Leadership program equips pastors and other key leaders of Christian institutions, both congregations and broader church or non-profit systems, with the skills and abilities vital for effective leadership in today's rapidly changing landscape.  The program emphasizes the development of adaptive and transformational skills, and draws on contemporary leadership theory and practice, as well as McCormick's recognized excellence in providing theological education and its thirty-five years of experience in organizational development and leadership education.



 McCormick Theological Seminary Presidential Inauguration


The McCormick Theological Seminary Board of Trustees cordially invites you tothe inauguration of McCormick's tenth president, the Rev. Dr. Frank Yamada.





Presbytery of Chicago Offers Worship Alive! Scholarships

The Worship, Music, and the Arts (WMA) Work Group of the Presbytery of Chicago is offering scholarships to Worship Alive! in honor of the memory of Charles E. Dickerman, former WMA moderator and newsletter editor. The Worship Alive! workshops are for those individuals interested in planning and leading worship. Learn more about Worship Alive! workshop topics, dates, and locations.


Scholarship applicants must be a non-clergy member of a church within the Presbytery of Chicago. Scholarships are limited to two people from each congregation.



For Such a Time as This: A Small Church Residency

Growing Leaders, Growing Church

Announces Recruitement Plans for New Class 


Launched by the General Assembly Mission Council (GAMC)in Fall 2009, For Such a Time as This: A Small Church Residency - Growing Leaders, Growing Churches is a timely and innovative program that pairs small, underserved congregations with recent seminary graduates in a two-year pastoral residency relationship. The program was designed to renew the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) by equipping new pastors to grow small churches Deep and Wide in evangelism, discipleship, servanthood and diversity.


Visit the For Such a Time as This website for further information and application forms.

March 12-14, 2012

Charlotte, North Carolina


Click here for conference updates, a downloadable registration form and information about online registration and payment.


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2012 Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE) Annual Event