Stated Clerk of Presbytery of the Miami Valley
The Presbytery of the Miami Valley is looking for the right person to become our Stated Clerk. The Clerk must be a Teaching Elder or a Ruling Elder who will be on the active membership roll of one of our member congregations. Candidates should have a strong working knowledge of the Book of Order, Book of Confessions, and Robert’s Rules of Order. Other qualifications include: excellent computer and communication skills, including proficiency with addressing large groups; good organizational skills and attention to detail; and an ability to work collaboratively with presbytery colleagues in our common ministry.
The position is half-time (20 hours/week). Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience and ability. For a detailed job description, see the link below. Interested candidates may send a cover letter and résumé to SCSearch@miamipresbytery.org
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EQUIPPING FOR MINISTRY NETWORK
Two new adult classes begin in September and October at Southminster
Two new adult education opportunities will be held at Southminster Presbyterian Church, Centerville, beginning in September and October. The classes, which are sponsored by the Equipping for Ministry Network of Presbytery of the Miami Valley and Southminster, are open to everyone.
The Dead Sea Scrolls: Sunday, September 27 and Sunday, October 11, 2:30-4:30 P.M. in the Adult Lounge at Southminster. The class will be taught by the Rev. Joe Hookey, Pastor Emeritus of Oxford Presbyterian Church, Oxford and Chair of the Leadership Council of the Presbytery of the Miami Valley.
Jesus, The Bible, and Homosexuality: This class will meet in six sessions beginning Sunday, October 18 and concluding on Sunday, November 22, 2:30-4:00 P.M. in the Adult Lounge. The class will be taught by the Rev. Ray Merz, a retired United Methodist Church pastor who attends and frequently teaches classes at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Dayton.
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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."
Synod of the Covenant Grants and Scholarships
Scholarships 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. Apply by September 1.
Learn more about the grants/scholarships & apply>>
MISSION TO THE USA
Apply to be a host church for partners from the Middle East
The Synod of the Covenant's Mission to the USA is a reverse mission program where mission partners from other countries come to the United States. This year, the synod will host several Christian partners from the Middle East (Egypt, Syria, Lebanon). The partners will be placed with host congregations from October 16 - November 8, 2015.
This is year two of a three year focus on the Middle East. The host congregation will schedule the partner to lead Bible studies, discussions about their life as a Christian in another part of the world, and, perhaps, share the partner with another congregation.
The application deadline has been extended.
Apply to be a host church>>
Mission Yearbook transitions to new digital-only format
The 120-year old Presbyterian Mission Yearbook for Prayer & Study will become an online-only free digital resource starting in 2016. This move broadens the reach of the book’s audience by sharing its inspiring content in a timelier manner and also demonstrates good stewardship of church resources.
The Mission Yearbook dates back to 1892 as a simple calendar of prayer to help women’s societies pray for missionaries on designated days. It has the longest history of any denominational mission and prayer book in the United States.
The publication’s esteemed history will be reflected in the online version of the Mission Yearbook by connecting Presbyterians to the greater church and energizing them for mission.
Over the past decade, as readership of the printed Mission Yearbook declined, the cost per book increased dramatically, making it less accessible to many.
Rodger Nishioka: The Church in the Innovative Age on September 26
Dr. Rodger Nishioka, Associate Professor of Christian Education at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA, will lead a workshop titled The Church in the Innovative Age Saturday, September 26, 1:30-3:30 P.M. at Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church, Cincinnati.
Participants in the workshop will explore what it means to be doing ministry in this Innovative Age and how we can nurture and develop our theological imaginations in our children, youth, young adults, and adults for greater faithfulness and witness.
Space for this event is somewhat limited. Please email Barb Tesorero, Interim Pastor at MAPC, for more information or to reserve your space.
Evangelism Sunday September 27
Free materials are available from the Presbyterian Mission Agency for Evangelism Sunday, September 27. The scriptural theme is from John 20:21, “As the Father has sent me, so I send you…” and is centered in the words of Jesus that are at the core of who God is and what God is about.
Free materials include an introduction, a free sample from the Engage Mission curriculum, and worship and liturgy materials.
Learn more and get the materials>>
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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Black Theology and Pastor Care Retreat October 18-21
The Irvin Moxley Black Theology and Pastor Care Retreat will be held October 18-21 at the Quaker Hill Conference Center, Richmond, IN. The event is hosted by the Synod of the Covenant.
The theme of this year's retreat is Saving the Soul of America: Ethical Dreams of Racial Justice and will be facilitated by the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II Director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness (OPW) in Washington, DC.
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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.
Synod Assembly Highlights
The Synod of the Covenant Assembly met August 7-8 in Maumee, OH.
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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.
Find out more and order>>
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>>