The Mid Councils Commission of the 219th General Assembly met this week. Here’s a Presbyterian Outlook reprot on what went down. The short version: Let’s do away with Synods as we know them…
I am sitting at the Fall meeting of the Committee on Theological Education, and we were just showed a video of a fantastic program, For Such a Time as This.
For Such a Time as This: A Small Church Residency — Growing Leaders, Growing Churches is a timely and innovative program that pairs small, underserved congregations with recent seminary graduates in a two-year pastoral residency relationship during which they are supported and guided by a network of pastor/mentors, presbytery, seminary, and national church leaders.
One of our member presbyteries, Heartland Presbytery, is already significantly invested in this new venture, with two different pastors participating. One of those, Rev. Jason Ku, is serving First Presbyterian in Holden, MO. The Holden church has seen significant success in growing Christ’s church both deep and wide.
Click here to watch the promotional video (featuring both Rev. Ku and Heartland’s Executive Presbyter, Rev. Charles Spencer).
If you or your church is interested in either participating in or giving to the program visit the For Such a Time as This website.
Carol Howard Merritt, Moderator of the PC(USA) Nature of the Church in the 21st Century committee, offers some thoughts on what it might take to transform existing congregations.