The necessity of making our proclamation compelling has never been greater during our lifetime than it is today. More than ever, we need to work diligently to assure both that our message is honestly preached and truly heard. What are we doing today to assure that our proclamation is not only honest, but also inviting? In this week’s meditation, Getting a Hearing, Rev. Dr. Sheldon W. Sorge explores this and more.
The first in a series of four webinars, Way of Spiritual Fortitude, presented by 1001 New Worshiping Communities, kicks off Wednesday, October 20 at 7:00pm. This first webinar is designed to help pastors and church leaders develop strength and resilience to perform ministry. The Rev. Dr. Brian McLaren, an author, activist and pastor, will lead the conversation, titled “The Way of Spiritual Fortitude.” To register, visit pcusa.info/spiritualfortitude.
“Sustaining Your Pastor for the Long Haul” is a workshop by Rev. Dr. Graham Stanish and sponsored by the Synod of the Trinity for congregations offered on October 27 from 6:30 to 7:45pm. The combination of the pandemic and polarization has taken its toll on pastors. Those who have done the best are in congregations where they have felt deeply valued and appreciated. This gathering of church elders and members during Pastor Appreciation Month offers an opportunity for churches to consider how churches can minister to their pastors so that they feel renewed and restores for ministry.
W-4.0404 of the Book of Order provides us with the constitutional questions asked of leaders within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) when they are ordained, installed, and commissioned. Coming Alive in Christ: Training for PC(USA) Ruling Elders and Deacons based on the Constitutional Questions provides a study of these beliefs that are central to our lives of faith and in our community with each other. The free resource is provided through Equip, the church’s online training site.
Come treat yourself on Monday mornings at 10am to Coffee with Clergy! It’s a space for Pastors to shake off the Monday morning drudge with coffee, laughter, and great conversation among colleagues. B.Y.O.C. (or tea)! Next week’s topic, “Generational Differences”. Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, and Gen Z – how do we recognize and accommodate each generation in the church?
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The Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People (SDOP) will host a virtual discussion next month with New Mexico Women’s Global Pathways and a host of community leaders and clergy from around the country to help churches build authentic relationships to fight poverty. Registration is open now for “The Struggle is Real! How the Church Can Understand Ways to Listen, Engage and Form Relationships with Communities to Eradicate Poverty.” The forum and dialogue session will take place via Zoom from 4 p.m. through 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Oct. 29.