Apply to be a Commissioner, Alternate, or YAAD

GA 223In June 2018 in St. Louis, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will hold its 223rd General Assembly. Important matters will be discussed and resolved during the week-long Assembly, which occurs in alternating years. Presbyteries from around the country send voting commissioners as well as advisory delegates to take part. Our presbytery can send two Teaching Elders and two Ruling Elders to St. Louis, and one Young Adult Advisory Delegate (YAAD) who is between the ages of 17 and 23 when the Assembly begins. We also may elect up to four Alternate Commissioners in the event an elected commissioner cannot serve for some reason.

Currently, our presbytery has openings for one Teaching Elder Commissioner, one Ruling Elder Commissioner, and one YAAD, as well as up to two Teaching Elder Alternates and two Ruling Elder Alternates for the 223nd General Assembly. That Assembly which takes place June 16-23, 2018, in St. Louis, MO.

Ordinarily, alternate commissioners for the 223rd General Assembly will be asked to be commissioners for the 224th General Assembly in Baltimore, MD, June 20-27, 2020.

Unlike some other presbyteries, we do not operate on a seniority system under which longevity in the presbytery is a major factor in who gets selected. We welcome applicants with a range of experiences to consider becoming commissioners.

Serving at General Assembly is serious and very rewarding work, involving advance preparation such as reading materials for the committee to which you are assigned, reviewing background materials on candidates for Moderator and other roles, and understanding issues that may come to the Assembly floor. Whoever our presbytery elects must commit to doing this preparation as well as serving faithfully during the intense week of work at the Assembly. Nowadays all these materials are transmitted digitally, so nominees need to be very comfortable using computers.

The presbytery’s Committee on Nominations is now seeking applicants for these important positions. If you are interested in serving as a Commissioner, Alternate, or YAAD, please download and complete the appropriate application below and return it by Monday, July 24, 2017 by email to presbytery’s Stated Clerk, Larry Hollar or by mail to him at the presbytery office.

PDF Commissioner/Alternate Application               PDF YAAD Application

Around the Presbytery

Retired Navy SEAL to speak about servant leadership on July 7

Retired Navy SEAL, Robert Ekoniak, will speak Friday, July 7, 7:30 P.M., at Corinth Presbyterian Church, Dayton. He was a member of the elite SEAL Teams 1 and 5, then instructed and trained others as they joined the SEALS. Robert is a committed follower of Christ and will be speaking on servant leadership in all aspects of life. For more information, call Lance Crooks at  937-287-7724.


The Learning Resource Center: Free resources for all churches in our presbytery

LRCSThe Learning Resource Center (LRCS) at Southminster Presbyterian Church, Centerville, is open to all members or staff of the churches in the Presbytery of the Miami Valley. There are no fees required to use the materials .

Some of the resources are designed to help teach a class while some will be especially for individuals to use for study, devotions, or to read for enjoyment. There are many videos/DVD's, some with study guides for teaching and others for personal use. The collection has an extensive fiction and children's collection.

The LRCS is open for self-serve anytime the church is open, 8:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M. Monday-Friday. For assistance, email Gay Amos anytime or call 937-433-1810 on Mondays.

Annual meeting expands knowledge of disaster ministries and response

PDAThe annual meeting of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) was recently held in Atlanta, GA.  Members of the volunteer National Response Team (NRT) and National Volunteer Team gathered to expand the team's knowledge of disaster ministries and response.

PDA members receive training throughout the year in areas such as natural and human-caused disasters, emotional and spiritual care, church damage, post-disaster volunteer work force housing, long-term community rebuilding, and refugee and immigration in disaster response.

PDA enables congregations and mission partners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to witness the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by crises and catastrophic events. The organization gratefully receives support through your One Great Hour of Sharing donations.

PDA is made up of 102 clergy and lay members representing 34 states and Puerto Rico.  NRT members commit to one month of service annually. In 2016, national volunteers spent approximately 2,377 days in 62 presbyteries in response to church damage, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, storms, human caused disasters and in the refugee ministry.

Local NRT member is available to speak at PMV churches

Sally Dyer, a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Dayton, has been part of the National Response Team of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance since 2011. She is willing to visit churches in our presbytery to speak about PDA and what it does, as well as to share information about disaster preparation for churches. For more information, email Sally Dyer or call her at 937-623-7953.

Apply for Synod Grants and Scholarships

College StudentsScholarships for Racial Ethnic College Students: For college, university and seminary students who are minority persons, members of a Presbyterian Church (USA) congregation within the bounds of the Synod of the Covenant, and in good academic standing. Scholarships are for one year, may apply for a second year, demonstrated financial need. Apply by September 1.

New Covenant Grants: One-time grants in amounts up to $10,000 are available to congregations, institutions and organizations within the bounds of the synod that have formal established ties to the synod. Projects must fit within the three mission priorities of the synod: Church Transformation and Development, Multicultural and Justice Ministries, Ministries in Higher Education. Apply by October 1.

Program Grants for Racial Ethnic Congregations: For racial ethnic and multicultural Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregations within the bounds of the Synod of the Covenant. Grants are for one year, may apply for a second year, demonstrated financial need. Ordinarily, grants do not exceed $3000. Apply by October 1.

Peacemaking Scholarships: Available to assist those attending specific peacemaking events or trainings that would help further the cause of peacemaking or justice within the Synod of the Covenant. The scholarship is for up to $500. Apply no more than 60 days before the event

Learn more about the grants/scholarships and apply>>

Big Tent July 6-8 in St. Louis

Big TentPresbyterians from around the country will join together at Big Tent 2017, held on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis, MO, July 6-8. The theme will emphasize the hope of the Gospel and its power to transform society in our current cultural context, marked by anxiety, racial division, political animosity, and economic inequality. Through dialogue, workshops, exhibits, and engagement with one another, participants will engage the Church in its mission of justice-making and peace.

Learn more and register>>

Covenant Gathering July 16-21

Covenant GatheringThe annual Covenant Gathering will be held July 16-21 at its new location, the Geneva Retreat and Conference Center, Rochester, Indiana. Join Christian friends from Synod of the Covenant and Synod of Lincoln Trails and beyond.

"Discover and explore how we are blessed by God and how to share that blessing within your families, your churches, and the world. Covenant Gathering is a little bit conference, a little bit vacation, with facilities for all abilities!!!

"Come learn, worship, relax, and refresh. Adult classes include options: Being Mortal; Big Bang Theory; Do Not Be Afraid! Bible study; Presenting God's Word in Speech, Drama and Song; Waking Up White; Social Media 101 for Churches.

"Children and Youth have age-appropriate educational and fun activities taught by experienced teachers and leader."

Learn more and register>>
Motor City Mission Corps offers year-long apprenticeships to young adults

Motor City Mission CorpsThe Motor City Mission Corps is a ministry initiative of the Presbytery of Detroit which invites young adults to live in Detroit and serve a year-long nonprofit apprenticeship with a focus on breaking down racism and building equitable community.

 Participants live in community, serve in organizations with a reputation for making change in the city of Detroit, and explore how they might be called to join God’s work in the world. Housing and a small stipend are provided.

Placements are diverse and include: Cass Community Social Services, Presbyterian Villages of Michigan, Southwest Detroit Immigrant and Refugee Center, and Westminster Church of Detroit.

Learn more and apply>>

New Resource: On Calling An Educator

The revised On Calling An Educator manual is now available online in downloadable format. The manual is designed to be a resource for Presbyterian churches that are considering calling an educator to be a part of the church staff. In addition, this is also a resource for Christian educators who are responding to a call from God to educational ministry in the church and are seeking a position. Congregations and educators will find guidance in these pages for their separate and mutual journeys toward providing the best leadership for the important task of education.

Download On Calling An Educator>>

Regarding Ruling Elders

Regarding Ruling Elders
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 monthly PC(USA) series seeks to lift up the specific responsibilities while also providing an opportunity for Ruling Elders to reflect upon how they are lived out.

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NEXT Church offers new resources for ministry

NEXT ChurchNEXT Church is a network of leaders across the Presbyterian Church (USA) who believe the church of the future will be more relational, more diverse, more collaborative, more hopeful, and more agile. NEXT Church provides space for hopeful conversations about the theology, culture, and practice of ministry in a time of adaptive change.

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New initiative seeks to create 1001 new worshiping communities

1001 Worshiping CommunitiesThe 220th General Assembly declared a commitment to a churchwide movement that results in the creation of 1001 new worshiping communities by 2022.

Across the PC(USA), God is raising up leaders in churches and presbyteries who are creating new worshiping communities. They are taking on new and varied forms of church for our changing culture. Primarily they are seeking to make and form new disciples of Jesus Christ, to change and transform the world.

Learn more & get involved>>

Northminster Mission Fund

Grants up to $5,000.00 are available to individual Congregations, Congregations in Partnership, Designated Presbytery Networks, and Validated Ministries of the Presbytery of the Miami Valley, for the continued purpose of building up the body of Christ. Pending available funds, grants may be renewed for one year.

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