Gathering Helpful Information

Just last week, I was asked, “do you know a good plumber and electrician?” And two weeks before, I was asked about a painter. And when our churches were merging, the first question folks asked is “does the Presbytery know how to help us? Is there a realtor we can trust? A builder?” A list of…

Upcoming Training Opportunities

Boundary Training Workshop  Thursday, September 29th Trinity United Presbyterian Church, Cherry Hill  *1:00 pm – 9:00 pm for Teaching Elders (Parts 1 & 2) * 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm for Ruling Elders, Deacons, nursery attendants, musicians,  youth workers, secretaries, office administrators, treasurers, and teachers ——— Monday, October 24th Chatham Township Presbyterian Church 9:30 a.m. –…

Two Blog Series from this Summer

There were two blogs this summer that had interesting, helpful, challenging subject matter. Here are some links to catch up if you’re interested… The Institute of Youth Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary features a series on Youth Ministry and Disability.  “Even though there is a long way to go before the church, and youth ministry…

Looking toward September

Hello again, We are grateful for the work of the Executive Director Search Committee who is in the process of extending a call to one of the candidates! Please pray for this process and we look forward to introducing this individual to you when the details are ironed out. The Transition Task Force met for…

Changes Foreseen

The Transition Task Force met last Saturday, July 16 to continue fashioning a “clear structure for our future.”  This is one of the task force’s six goals.  Just as the former Book of Order included specific instruction, so did our former Plan of Presbytery. We have found with nFOG (the New Form of Government of the PCUSA),…

Summer Work

  Just like in our churches and ministries, we’re grateful for the work that continues over the summer months. Although I don’t suggest we take our laptop into the ocean with us as we work over the summer, I am hoping that we are taking advantage of the opportunities to do our work differently during…

Weekly Update from TTF

Just a few thoughts to keep us on the same page… How did Saturday go? Saturday’s Presbytery meeting was a wonderful success! We had a great turn out in terms of attendance. The format was well received as we heard folks share how nice it was to meet during daylight hours, how having a meal in…

Thank you John Williams!

John Williams has been our “Consulting Executive Presbyter” for several months. He has asked to finish this assignment June 15. John has begun to serve his home community as the President of their board and John is also anxious to return to work on a book he is writing. We are so grateful for John’s…

Flyer for Presbytery meeting

People have asked for a flyer to pass along to their leaders and congregation for our upcoming June 11 Presbytery gathered meeting. Here it is:  Presbytery flyer June 11 We hope it serves you as you invite your folks to gather. Things you can do to prepare for our meeting: Forward the flyer to your leadership…

Moving Along…

The TTF met last week for our regularly scheduled monthly meeting and we have a longer “retreat” type meeting set up for Saturday, June 4. The Saturday meetings have proven to be a really great use of our time; we get a lot done when we’ve got longer time together. Generally speaking, we’re moving along…

Snapshot of the PC(USA)

“Over the past four years, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has become more liberal. Presbyterians are committed to their local congregations, and they take pride in the PC(USA)’s history, form of government and the idea of being a connectional church. But they don’t agree on where authority in the denomination should lie – and many hold…

Congregational sustainability 

Several churches attended the last meeting with representatives from the Presbyterian Foundation to discuss congregational sustainability last week. It’s been two years since we first gathered to talk about using our assets appropriately, being honest about our financial trajectories and creating space for the next generation of worship and work in the PCUSA.  My take…