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Studying Christian education, mission funding FAQs, and more …

March 4, 2019

From Tricia Dykers Koenig, Associate Stated Clerk
Associate for Mid Council Relations, Office of the General Assembly, 502-322-0903, 502-569-8360

Christian Educator

Studying Christian Education

Did you know there is a GA Special Committee to Study the Reformed Perspective of Christian Education in the 21st Century? With a particular focus on further study of the certified Christian educator process and faith formation in small congregations and racial/ethnic minority congregations, we would like to hear your voice. To participate in a short interview, please send an email to with your name, role, and contact info. Please share this request with your congregations as well. The committee thanks you!

Conversations with the Clerk in 2019

Let’s connect! J. Herbert Nelson, II, Kerry Rice, and I are traveling around the denomination to share a meal and conversation.

Here’s the schedule for the next few months:

  • April 11, noon–3:00 p.m., San Francisco Presbytery Office, 545 Ashbury Avenue, El Cerrito, CA, hosted by the Presbytery of San Francisco. Register by March 31.
  • May 21, 11:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m., Hanover Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, DE, hosted by New Castle Presbytery. Register here no later than May 10 so that lunch can be ordered for you.
  • May 29, noon–3:00 p.m., Park Ridge (IL) Presbyterian Church, hosted by the Presbytery of Chicago

Presbytery Leader Formation Orientation

I haven’t been around long enough to know if this is officially a record, but this year’s orientation component of the Presbytery Leader Formation program welcomed to Louisville a whopping 22 participants, serving 20 presbyteries—to get introduced to each other, PLF, and some of what’s available through OGA and PMA. Thanks to Wilson Gunn and Joey Lee for their leadership; sadly, we missed Amy Williams Fowler due to flight cancellation.

Some of these presbytery leaders have been in their positions for a while, and some haven’t yet begun; I hope you will make them all welcome in this ministry community, and think about sharing the good things you are doing with them and others, including through this newsletter.

  • Atlantic Korean American – David Kang
  • The Cascades – Clark Scalera
  • Central Nebraska – Polly Deppen-Williams
  • Cherokee – Joel Alvis
  • Coastal Carolina – Jerrod Lowry
  • Denver – Dana Hughes
  • Elizabeth – Leslie Dobbs-Allsopp
  • Great Rivers – Ryan Landino
  • Heartland – Dee Cooper
  • Hudson River – Deb Milcarek
  • The James – Fred Holbrook
  • John Calvin – Malinda Spencer
  • Lake Michigan – Fran Lane Lawrence
  • Maumee Valley – Matt Meinke
  • Miami Valley – Terry Kukuk
  • Middle Tennessee – Robin and Ray Thomas
  • New Castle – Tracy Keenan
  • New Covenant – Lynn Hargrove
  • Palo Duro – Scott Campbell
  • Providence – Olivia and Hoover Haney

This Month in Per Capita

This Month in Per Capita …

Just a few of the ministries enabled by your per capita giving that are taking place this month:
  • GA Committee on Representation meeting
  • GA Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations meeting
  • Training for a presbytery Permanent Judicial Commission

Mission Funding FAQs

How do Presbyterians fund mission?
What are “Ministry Support Costs”?
Can funds be sent via PC(USA) mission personnel or any staff travelling internationally?
How can I know that my funds are being spent as directed?

These and other questions about supporting Presbyterian mission are addressed in this FAQ from Rosemary Mitchell, Senior Director, Mission Engagement and Support, PMA.

How Has Your Presbytery Helped Your Congregation?

A recent meeting of Miami Valley Presbytery included interesting and engaged small group discussions during which presbyters and guests filled out a checklist of the various ways the presbytery supports churches, and then discussed four questions:
  1. How many boxes did you check on the checklist?
  2. How does being part of our presbytery connect you and your church to the body of Christ?
  3. What types of support the presbytery offers are most important to you?
  4. Is there additional support you would like to see the presbytery offer?
Thanks to Larry Hollar for passing this along!

Preaching, Teaching, and Spiritual Formation

Yellowstone Presbytery has a preaching, teaching, and spiritual formation cohort, open to the entire presbytery, that gathers for prayer, Dwelling in The Word, and a discussion of ways to hone preaching skills. In a presbytery that is spread out geographically, the next gathering will happen the evening before the presbytery meeting begins, and will include food, fellowship, Scripture, prayer, and discussion about an aspect of preaching.

White Privilege Conference

The 20th White Privilege Conference will be in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, March 20–23, 2019.

When you register, you can receive a 15% discount by selecting the non-profit rate and using the code PRES2019 at the end of the registration process.

Where Are the Co-Moderators?

Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri
March 2–11 Israel, West Bank, Gaza
March 15–17 Presbytery of Lake Michigan
March 26–27 Union Presbyterian Seminary
March 29–31 Presbytery of Northern New England

Cindy Kohlmann
March 8–15 Seattle

224th General Assembly (2020) Deadlines

The 224th General Assembly (2020) will be in Baltimore, Maryland, from June 20–27, 2020.
Deadlines for the assembly are:
180-day: December 23, 2019 report Commissioners and YAADs to OGA
120-day: February 21, 2020 amendment to/interpretation of Book of Order; reports to the assembly
60-day: April 21, 2020 overtures with financial implications
45-day: May 6, 2020 all other overtures, comments
30-day: May 21, 2020 consultation with affected entities

Conference Dates

  • New Stated Clerk Training. March 25–27, 2019, Louisville.
  • Big Tent. August 1–3, 2019, Baltimore, Lord Baltimore and Radisson Hotels.
  • Mid Council Leaders Gathering. October 18–20, 2019, Baltimore, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel.
  • Association of Stated Clerks and Association of Mid Council Leaders. October 20–21, 2019. Baltimore, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel.
  • Moderators’ Conference. November 21–23, 2019. Louisville.
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