NJ Missional Working Group Update

The NJ Missional Working Group has been tasked to consider redrawing/restructuring the eight Presbyteries in New Jersey. Here are some of their foundational and visionary questions as they embark on their work: What if our focus on mission and ministry benefitted from sharing human and other resources among presbyteries? What if having fewer presbyteries lightened the organizational…

Collaboration and Renovation

Over the last year, two of the churches in our Presbytery have negotiated a shared space agreement: Christ Church in Hamilton Square and Iglesia Presbyteriana Nueva Vida (IPNV). If you’ve ever been on that campus, you know there is a sanctuary building and then an additional building that houses a full kitchen, dining space, office…

Urban Designation

  At the Pre-Presbytery event, the Urban Working Group presented their final work. If you remember, they were given the tremendous task of “defining urban” in our current context. They worked diligently, finding resources, researching data and deliberating honestly with one another. Their work is truly remarkable. Using three main consideration: poverty, population and diversity,…

Sneak Peak into the November Meeting

We’re grateful for the Urban Working Group who is hosting us at Covenant Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, November 14. This will be our last time time to gather as Presbytery at the Covenant Church. They have sold their building! We will make sure to prayerfully send them into their next season of life together as…

The Way Forward Report

One of our local elders, Elder Sam Bonner of Covenant Presbyterian Church has been serving the larger denomination as a member of the “Way Forward Commission.” I asked Sam to tell us about the work he and the commission are doing: Beth: Sam, tell me about the commission. Sam: Thank you Pastor for this opportunity to…

Creative Changes Afoot

At our Central Leadership Team meeting last week (we meet the 3rd Thursday of the month at 9am), we go talking about the creativity that we’ve seen in several corners of our Presbytery. As you know, and are most likely experiencing, the face of the church is changing. The spiritual needs of those who enter…

Special Speaker at the June Meeting

At our June 13 Stated Meeting of the Presbytery, we welcome The Rev. Shannon Daley-Harris to offer our “equip” segment. Rev. Daley-Harris has worked for the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) for more than 26 years. She currently serves as the Religious Affairs Advisory of the Children’s Defense Fund where we directs the Samuel DeWitt Proctor…

May Presbytery (Fellowship) Meeting

Our next Presbytery meeting is our first “Fellowship” style meeting. But it’s still an official meeting of the Presbytery. We’ll take attendance and expect Teaching Elders and Ruling Elder commissions to be present. The meeting simply has a different format… one without business. So what are we doing? We’ve rented the Garden Theater in Princeton…

Everything you need for this Saturday!

We are looking forward to our second Saturday Presbytery meeting! Well over a year ago, the Transition Task Force compiled a survey that clearly stated we need to offer different times for our Presbytery meetings to as to include more Ruling Elders. We had our first Saturday meeting last June and we were overwhelmed with…

March Meeting Sneak Peak

Presbytery Meeting, Saturday March 11, 2017 at the new location of the Taiwanese American Fellowship PresbyterianChurch (TAFPC) and the current location of Hillsborough Presbyterian Church (HPC). Wait, stop for a second…. Did you know that TAFPC and HPC have found a way forward together? It’s very exciting and we’re looking forward to worshiping with them…

Nominating Update

Here is a list of the committees that our faithful nominating committee is seeking to fill. Please take a moment to read the description of the various committees/teams that make up our Plan of Presbytery. Take this next couple weeks to discern how God is calling you to serve. And contact the nominating committee: Molly…

Conversation on “Change”

After our time with Rick Ufford-Chase, Molly Dykstra texted me saying she’d like a chance to talk about what Rick said. Here is our conversation (although edited for ease of reading) – two colleagues caring about ministry together sharing their thoughts. How would you add to this “conversation?” What thoughts do you have? What responses do…