Paul Grier and Ellie Johns-Kelly from the Presbyterian Foundation led us in the 4th conversation about congregational sustainability. There were x congregations represented in the conversation. The themes of this fourth meeting were engaging young adults and knowing our financial reality.
Here are two notes from Beth Scibienski’s notes:
“Young adults are compelled by the gospel – not by programs or buildings or institutions – but by churches who are living the gospel.”
“For every member lost who is in their 70s, we must replace them with 3-4 members in their 30’s or 40’s and 7 members in their 20’s to regain the same financial donations.”
Let’s keep the conversation going. Ask someone from one of the churches who attended: Dutch Neck, West Trenton, Somerset, Kingston, Witherspoon, New Brunswick/ Livingston Ave, Christ, Grace/ South Brunswick, Covenant and Ewing.
The next meeting will be in May; when we know the details, we’ll pass them on.
Update on finding a new Executive Director – the job description will be live starting Monday, February 8 and can be found on the Presbytery website.
- Equipping the Saints – February 13 –Register here
- Exploring Adult Faith Formation – Register here
- Transition Task Force retreat at Princeton seminary – February 13 – say a prayer as we continue to work on our goals.
We are happy to share good news and/or opportunities for us to connect with one another. Let us know what you know by emailing Beth Scibienski, firstname.lastname@example.org