Vacation Bible School in the presbytery
Summer is here, and it's time for Vacation Bible School! Presbytery of the Miami Valley would like to list your church's VBS on our website, along with other churches in the presbytery. We'll publicize all VBS opportunities in the presbytery all summer long.
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Kirkmont Center is one of the Camps that Change the World
The Center for Faith and Service recently named Kirkmont Center, Zanesfield, one of its Camps that Change the World. "The Center for Faith and Service looks to lift up and affirm these important institutions and the work they are doing in the lives of young people."
Big Tent in Knoxville July 30-August 1
Big Tent, a conference that will inspire and equip Presbyterians to live missionally, will be held July 30-August 1 on the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
"Experience that deep sense of community one would expect at a national gathering of Presbyterians- a great big family reunion! Join us for a wide variety of workshops, all under one Big Tent... Join us for worship, bible study, displays of the PC(USA) agencies, and a wide variety of workshops and other activities. All are welcome!"
"Discover a Presbyterian Church (USA.) that is more exciting, more diverse, and more faithful than you ever imagined. Big Tent will inspire you and make you proud to be Presbyterian."
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POAMN/ARMSS Joint Conference October 13-16
"The Spirit Sustains: Purpose, Call, Mission, & Ministry" is the theme of the joint conference of the Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network (POAMN) and the Association of Retired Ministers, Their Spouses or Survivors (ARMSS), to be held October 13-16 at the Crowne Plaza, Albuquerque NM. POAMN offers partial scholarships to attend the conference. Both first time attendee and small church scholarships are available.
POAMN is a network of persons who are engaged in ministry with older adults. These people work in presbyteries and synods, they are leaders in congregations, and some serve in specialized ministries such as chaplains in care facilities and presbytery staff who are involved with older adult ministry committees.
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Rest and Rekindle: A retreat for women clergy in October
The Transfiguration Spirituality Center, Glendale, OH, will hold Rest and Rekindle, a retreat for women clergy, October 26-30. The cost is $225 for the entire retreat or $75 per night. A deposit of $25 is due by September 1. A full refund will be given if a clerical emergency requires cancellation. People are encouraged to come for the entire week, but individual days are available, too. Email Faith Lang or call 513-771-5291 for more information.
Church Business Administrator Certification Seminars July 21-30
Church Business Administrator certification seminars through The Church Network (formerly NACBA), will be held at Union Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Richmond, VA, July 21-30. The entire two-week core course requirement can be fulfilled or, for those who need just a few of the seminars, register for one week or individual classes. These seminars are open to anyone with interest in this area, and will give participants valuable information on the administration of churches.
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Lombard Mediation Skills Training Institute August 3-7
Lombard Mennonite Peace Center will offer Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders (MSTI), August 3-7 in Glen Ellyn, IL. MSTI provides 32 hours of training, which is useful for judicatory leaders, clergy, pastors in transitional/interim ministry, and lay leaders. The training is designed to equip church leaders with the skills necessary to deal effectively with interpersonal, congregational, and other forms of group conflict. The five-day institute also includes a component on congregational mediation and consultation, placed within the context of family systems theory.
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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A guide to all things Presbyterian
Presbyterians Today’s new special issue and guidebook, Welcome to the Presbyterian Church!, is the perfect resource to give you a quick overview of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and what it means to be Presbyterian. It's an excellent resource for leadership training, new member classes, adult Sunday School, etc.
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NEXT Church offers new resources for ministry
NEXT 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. Get ministry resources>>
New initiative seeks to create 1001 new worshiping communities
In June 2012, the 220th General Assembly declared a commitment to a churchwide movement that results in the creation of 1001 new worshiping communities in the next 10 years. 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. Learn more>>