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Mid council leaders reaffirm their baptism at closing worship

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 11:55

Frank Spencer encourages attendees to transcend their histories

October 18, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Gregg Brekke

Special to Office of the General Assembly Communications

St. Louis

Preaching at the closing worship service here of the five-day Mid Council Leaders Gathering of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Reverend Frank Spencer, president of the Board of Pensions, asked attendees, “Is today’s outcome determined by what has already happened?”

Spencer began his sermon, titled “What’s Past Is Prologue,” with a reading of the genealogy in Matthew 1:1–17, “The very first words of our New Testament, [that] have never made it into the reading of our Common Lectionary.”

Mission co-worker Doug Dicks is returning to his spiritual home

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 09:59

October 18, 2017

Mission co-worker Douglas Dicks is going home. Not to his boyhood home in Virginia but to his spiritual home in Israel/Palestine.

Mid council leaders seek new ways of supporting ministry

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 06:04

Losses, demographic changes call for new models, panel of leaders say

October 18, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Jerry Van Marter

Director of Communications and Assistant Stated Clerk

St. Louis

Reflecting on the losses Los Ranchos Presbytery has experienced in the last five years – nine churches containing more than 10,000 members dismissed to other bodies and net loss of church property totaling $60 million -- Forest Claasen, co-executive recalls a story attributed to, but probably not told, by Desmond Tutu.

“The missionaries came to our land with the Bible and said, ‘let us pray,’” the story goes. “So we closed our eyes and prayed and when we opened them up they had the land and we had the Bible. And we got the better part of the deal.”

Creating an environment for transformation

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 12:00

GA223 will seek to engage attendees in service, learning in St. Louis

October 17, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Jerry Van Marter

Director of Communications and Assistant Stated Clerk

St. LouisFrom June 16-23, 2018

From June 16-23, 2018, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will meet in the “Gateway City” for the 16th time since 1851 and the first since 1988.

Planning for the Assembly comes as St. Louis continues to experience unrest, dating back to the police shooting of an 18-year-old black man, Michael Brown, in the summer of 2014 in suburban Ferguson, Missouri. “The protests are primarily economic, but you cannot separate out the various factors that contribute to them,” the Rev. Craig Howard, executive of Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery told 300 Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) leaders here October 16 during the annual Mid Council Leaders Gathering.

Playing for keeps

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:00

Mid Council leaders discuss how to cultivate resilience in face of change

October 17, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Eva Stimson

Correspondent, Office of the General Assembly

St. Louis

When Kerry Rice thinks about resilience, he thinks of two of his favorite toys from childhood — Legos and Play-Doh.

“You can put them together any way you want to make something new,” he says, “but they never lose the nature of what they are.”

Assembly panels update mid council leaders on their work

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 08:00

Glimmers of hope emerge for representatives of year-long process

October 17, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Gregg Brekke

Special to Office of the General Assembly Communications

St. Louis

The three groups tasked with discerning the form, function and vision of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) gave updates October 15 to 300 church leaders gathered here for the annual Mid Council Leaders Gathering.

Initiated by the 222nd General Assembly (2016) in Portland, Oregon, the 2020 Vision Team, the All Agency Review Committee and the Way Forward Commission have worked for more than a year at their respective tasks. The presentation to mid council leaders provided the groups’ representatives an opportunity to describe the process and possible outcomes of their activities.

Christian formation leaders identify life-long Christian practices of faith

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 07:17

October 17, 2017

For the Rev. Olivia Stewart, participating in the Christian Formation Symposium — a gathering of seasoned practitioners from across the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) — was “awesome.”

사역장로에 관하여: 영적 지도자를 월간 시리즈

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 06:46

신실하게 응답하기

October 17, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Diana Nishita Cheifetz

우리 세상의 사건들이 혼돈 속으로 소용돌이 치는 것처럼 보입니다. 지난 몇 달 동안 들었던 질문입니다: "요즘 뉴스에 어떻게 대처합니까?"

이 세상에서 제가 가장 두려워하는 것는 선함goodness 또는 신God-ness의 죽음이라는 것입니다. 그리고 저의 머리를 떨구고 그저 울기를 원하는 때가 있습니다. 때로는 그렇습니다! 예수님께서 예루살렘을 위하여 눈물을 흘리셨던 때로부터 가끔 하나님께서 저와 함께 울고 계신다고 생각합니다.

Hope and humor abound in dialogue between two top PC(USA) leaders

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 05:58

Stated clerk and BOP president address Mid Council Leaders Gathering

October 17, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Eva Stimson

Correspondent, Office of the General Assembly

St. Louis

Hope, the faithfulness of God, and whether Louisville is really the center of the Presbyterian universe were among the topics addressed in a wide-ranging dialogue between two top leaders of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) at the 2017 Mid Council Leaders Gathering here October 16. 

Respecto a los/as ancianos/as gobernantes: una serie mensual para líderes espirituales

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 18:57

Respondemos fielmente

October 16, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Diana Nishita Cheifetz

A medida que los acontecimientos de nuestro mundo parecen estar envueltos en el caos, he escuchado una pregunta durante meses: «¿Cómo afrentar las noticias en estos días?»

Presbyterians called to be healers and table turners

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 14:00

Mid Council Leaders workshop offers resources on immigration issues

October 16, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Eva Stimson

Correspondent, Office of the General Assembly

In a time when immigrants are increasingly stigmatized and threatened with deportation, Teresa Waggener, an immigration attorney for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A), asked a group of synod and presbytery leaders:

“How can we be the hands and feet of Christ? How do we reach out and support immigrants and refugees without doing any harm or putting them in danger?”

PC(USA) leaders report on talks with ECO

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 10:00

Agreement to ‘whole truth-telling,’ presbytery-to-presbytery discernment comes out of WCRC-mediated meeting

October 16, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Jerry Van Marter

Director of Communications and Assistant Stated Clerk

St. Louis

A trio of Office of the General Assembly (OGA) leaders briefed the 300-strong Mid Council Leaders Gathering here Sunday (October 15) evening on the progress – or lack thereof – of conversations between the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians (ECO) over the sometimes chaotic process of departure of churches from the PC(USA) to ECO.

More than 70 churches join covenant as Hunger Action Congregations

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 07:20

October 16, 2017

In recognition of World Food Day, the Presbyterian Hunger Program has announced that more than 70 Presbyterian churches have become Hunger Action Congregations since the initiative was announced last summer.

PC(USA) called to “embrace who we are”—a denomination of small churches

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 06:53

Statistics show those preparing for ministry do not mirror the larger church

October 16, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Eva Stimson

Correspondent, Office of the General Assembly

St. Louis

Leaders of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) presbyteries and synods examined the “State of the Church” during a series of plenary sessions at the 2017 Mid-Council Leaders Gathering in St. Louis.

“We need to embrace who we are,” said Kris Valerius, assistant stated clerk for denominational rolls and statistics in the Office of the General Assembly, at a session on “Congregational Realities” October 15 here.

Taking it to the streets

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 14:00

Panel urges mid-council leaders to put faith into action, then they do

October 15, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Eva Stimson

Correspondent, Office of the General Assembly

St. Louis

The five panelists spoke with passion, and then hurried off to a protest at the police department.

On Day 30 of a justice movement they said will go on “as long as it takes,” these pastors and theologians from the St. Louis area challenged Presbyterian mid-council leaders to join them in the streets.

The panel on “Faith in Action: Being Church in Times of Social Unrest” was one of the workshops offered for stated clerks and mid-council leaders of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in St. Louis October 13–17.

Be ye noisemakers

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 09:29

Forget losses, celebrate God’s abundance, Nelson tells mid council leaders

October 15, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Jerry Van Marter

Director of Communications and Assistant Stated Clerk

St. Louis

General Assembly Stated Clerk J. Herbert Nelson, II loves Westerns.

In one film he watched recently, Nelson told 350 church leaders today (Sunday) gathered here for the annual Mid Council Leaders Gathering,20 people were locked inside a barn, assailed by a large gang of bad guys. In desperation, the besieged ones just started making as much noise as they could.

Fun and games?

Sun, 10/15/2017 - 09:19

Workshop offers creative ways to look at conflict

October 15, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Eva Stimson

Correspondent, Office of the General Assembly

St. Louis

When she first became executive presbyter of the Presbytery of Donegal, Erin Cox-Holmes approached two small congregations about the possibility of sharing a pastor.

They told her, “That would never work. We were on opposite sides in the Revolutionary War.” 

Presbyteries need written policy on departing congregations, Japinga tells moderators

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 18:00

Without policy, animosity can drive decisions, Twin Cities Area leader says

October 14, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Eva Stimson

Correspondent, Office of the General Assembly

St. Louis

Jeff Japinga, executive presbyter of the Presbytery of Twin Cities, opened his workshop, “A Presbytery Response to Departing Congregations, with a prayer:

“I’m not sure any of us want to talk about this, O God,” he said. “We’d rather talk about ministry and mission.”

But how to deal with congregations that want to leave the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is “a question we’re all wrestling with across the country,” Japinga said.

Worship is like a tree, Gambrell tells mid council moderators

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 16:00

‘Rooted, growing, bearing fruit for the world’

October 14, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Eva Stimson

Correspondent, Office of the General Assembly

St. Louis

Presbytery moderators and vice moderators from across the country at the Mid Council Leaders Gathering in St. Louis began the day October 14 learning the basics of planning worship.

“I like to think of worship as an organic, dynamic thing — like a tree that is rooted, growing, bearing fruit for the world,” said the Rev. David Gambrell, associate for worship in the Office of Theology and Worship of the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA), in a plenary session on “Worship Responsibilities of a Presbytery Moderator.”

Building blocks

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 13:00

In times of adaptive change, leaders must be growers rather than builders, McFayden tells Mid Council Leaders Gathering

October 14, 2017

Office of the General Assembly

Jerry Van Marter

Director of Communications and Assistant Stated Clerk

St. Louis

When Ken McFayden was expecting his first child in the late 1980s, a master craftsman in his congregation suggested that they build a cradle together.

“I had never build anything in my life,” McFayden recalled in his second presentation to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s annual Mid Council Leaders Gathering here October 14. “He insisted that I do the actual building while he watched and offered advice.” After designing, preparing the wood, constructing the cradle – all while making plenty of mistakes – McFayden experienced what he called “the joy of creating something that’s built to last.” He said he hopes that cradle will eventually be used by both his sons for their children. 

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