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Gathering word scramble message

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 09:57

Have you ever attended a Churchwide Gathering? If so you are aware of the many things that await you and your PW sisters. This month’s puzzle is a word scramble puzzle based on, well, the many things that await at the Gathering! Once you unscramble the letters of each word or words, move the numbered letters to the corresponding blanks at the bottom of the page to spell out a Gathering phrase

Big Tent 2017 Promotional Flyer (Spanish)

Wed, 04/26/2017 - 07:20

Please distribute this flyer in your congregation or at presbytery meetings.

Principles of Presbyterian Polity

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 05:24

A PowerPoint presentation originally used in the Presbytery of East Tennessee by former Stated Clerk, Rev. Gradye Parsons, and edited for general use in Ruling Elder training. 

Big Tent 2017 Promotional Flyer

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 14:20

Please distribute this flyer in your congregation or at presbytery meetings.

Schedule of Events Quick View - Big Tent 2017

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 14:02

This is a simple quick view of the event schedule. Click here to download the complete schedule.

Welcome and the Law

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 15:03

This resource provides an overview of what actions could be viewed as disobedience and the serious responsibility and legal consequences that comes with those acts as mid councils, congregations, and members discern how to be the church to all of God’s children. In the resource, law is quoted and followed by a list of the various ways different courts have interpreted the law. 

Facing Racism: A Vision of the Beloved Community

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 10:30

Churchwide Antiracism Policy

Transitional Ministry Education Consortium Trainings

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 06:05

2017 Transitional Ministry Education Offerings. Updated 4/5/2017.

Regarding Ruling Elders Topic Archive - Structure and Polity

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 13:20

Ruling elders are called to ministry in partnership with teaching elders. Within this calling, ruling elders have responsibilities in several areas of the life of the church including exercise in leadership, governance, spiritual discernment, and discipline. This series seeks to lift up the specific responsibilities while also providing an opportunity to reflect upon how they are lived out.

These articles were originally published online throughout 2014-2017 and are provided here in downloadable PDF format.

Regarding Ruling Elders Topic Archive - Relationships

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 13:19

Ruling elders are called to ministry in partnership with teaching elders. Within this calling, ruling elders have responsibilities in several areas of the life of the church including exercise in leadership, governance, spiritual discernment, and discipline. This series seeks to lift up the specific responsibilities while also providing an opportunity to reflect upon how they are lived out.

These articles were originally published online throughout 2014-2017 and are provided here in downloadable PDF format.

Regarding Ruling Elders Topic Archive - Discernment

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 13:15

Ruling elders are called to ministry in partnership with teaching elders. Within this calling, ruling elders have responsibilities in several areas of the life of the church including exercise in leadership, governance, spiritual discernment, and discipline. This series seeks to lift up the specific responsibilities while also providing an opportunity to reflect upon how they are lived out.

These articles were originally published online throughout 2014-2017 and are provided here in downloadable PDF format.

CLC for Call Seekers

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 06:32

Presented by Rev. Dr. SanDawna Ashley, Manager for Call Process Support and Teaching Elder Ministries. Broadcast in March 2017, this webinar is designed for call seekers, CPMs and seminary placement officers. This how-to webinar provides instructions in effectively using CLC to search for calls and writing PIFs. 

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Women's History Quote Puzzle

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 06:18

In commemoration of Women’s History Month, in celebration of (almost) 30 years as Presbyterian Women
(with a history of women’s ministry in the Presbyterian Church that extends deep into the past), and building
upon the PW Reading Challenge, this month’s gathering fun gives you a chance to read a compelling quote
and match that quote with its famous originator.

2018 PW Gathering Save-the-Date Cards (color)

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 05:52

Share your excitement for the 2018 Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women by giving out save-the-date cards. Each page has six cards with the Gathering logo, theme, date and location. This version is full-color, but a grayscale version is also available.

2018 PW Gathering Save-the-Date Cards (grayscale)

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 05:52

Share your excitement for the 2018 Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women by giving out save-the-date cards. Each page has six cards with the Gathering logo, theme, date and location. This version is black and white, but a color version is also available.

Everything You Want to Know About Using CLC

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 05:27

Presented by Rev. Dr. SanDawna Ashley, Manager for Call Process Support and Teaching Elder Ministries. Broadcast in March 2017, this webinar is designed for presbytery staff, PNCs, and COM Liaisons.  Participants are provided instructions in how-to use CLC to support the call process with special instructions in well written MIFs and evaluating PIFs.

Click the button below to watch the recording.

Schedule of Events - Big Tent 2017

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 10:03

In addition to Big Tent worship, Bible study, workshops, meals, and other activities, the schedule includes pre- and post-Big Tent opportunities. Please review this entire schedule before you begin to register and make travel plans! All activities (except for the Friday evening visits to area churches) are in various locations on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis.

Comision Camino Hacia Adelante de la Asemblea General afirmacion de Enfoque

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 09:22

Saludos en el nombre de nuestro Señor y Salvador Jesucristo. Somos doce servidores de la iglesia establecida por la 222a Asamblea General (2016) de la IP(EE.UU.) para discernir el camino a seguir para la IP(EE.UU.) en el siglo XXI, en colaboración con el Comité de Revisión de Todas las Agencias y el Equipo de Visión 2020.

La Comisión Camino hacia Adelante se esfuerza por modelar el cambio que se está buscando, en colaboración y comunicación tanto con los representantes electos, como con el personal de toda la denominación. La comisión tiene la intención de actuar con rapidez, creatividad y audacia en el deseo de aprovechar esta única oportunidad dada por Dios para ayudar a la iglesia una vez más para devolver su completo enfoque a la obra de la iglesia en el mundo. El momento ha llegado.

No estamos empezando esta tarea desde cero. Últimamente, los recursos como la encuesta de COGA, las conversaciones de los Moderadores y de NEXT Church, las revisiones periódicas de las agencias y los planes estratégicos de las agencias, han señalado todas las realidades sociales a las que se enfrenta la iglesia.

También reflejamos la creencia de que esta labor de identidad y estructura, aunque importante, no debe distraernos ni desviarnos de nuestro llamado al testimonio y servicio cristiano.

La comisión adopta por unanimidad esta afirmación con la esperanza de comprometer a la iglesia en un dialogo con respecto al conjunto común de premisas y valores fundamentales. Se trata de proporcionar una visión del enfoque y los valores de la comisión, a medida que nos comprometamos con la iglesia en nuestro discernimiento continuo para estudiar e identificar una visión de la estructura y función de las agencias de la Asamblea General de la IP(EE.UU.).

Get this resource in English.

Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race Guía de estudio

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 09:01

Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race Guía de estudio

La Reverenda Denise Anderson y la Reverenda Jan Edmiston, comoderadoras de la 222a Asamblea General (2016) de la Iglesia Presbiteriana (EE.UU.), han invitado a la iglesia a leer y dialogar sobre el libro Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race, escrito por Debby Irving. Este recurso está diseñado para ayudar que los grupos que respondan a esta invitación.

Get this resource in English.

백인을 깨우기와 인종 이야기에서 자신을 찾는 것

Way Forward Commission Affirmation of Approach

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 12:25

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We are twelve servants of the church established by the 222nd General Assembly (2016) of the PC(USA) to discern the way forward for the PC(USA) in the 21st century, in collaboration with the All Agency Review Committee and the 2020 Vision Team.

The Way Forward Commission strives to model the change it seeks, in collaboration and communication with both elected representatives and staff throughout the denomination. The commission intends to act swiftly, creatively, and boldly in the desire to take advantage of this unique God-given opportunity to help the church once again return its full focus to the work of the church in the world. The time is now.

We are not starting from scratch in this task. Most recently, resources, such as the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly (COGA) survey, the Moderators’ and NEXT Church Conversations, the periodic agency reviews, and the agency strategic plans, have all pointed to societal realities that confront the church.

We also reflect the belief that this work of identity and structure, although important, must not distract or divert us from our call for Christian witness and service.

The commission unanimously adopts this affirmation in the hope of engaging the church in conversation about a common set of underlying assumptions and values. It is intended to provide insight into the approach and values of the commission as we engage with the church in our continuing discernment to study and identify a vision for the structure and function of the General Assembly agencies of the PC(USA).

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