PNews 7/27/23

Growing Your Church in Tough Times

There will be a seminar offered on Wednesday, September 13 from 9:30am – 12:30pm, at Northminster Presbyterian Church in New Castle, PA, called “Growing Your Church in Tough Times: What Jesus and the Experts Say.” The featured speakers are Bill Webster, President of Vital Signs Church Consulting, and Jim Farrer, the founder of Vital Signs. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
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Free Training for Pastors and Church Leaders

Vanessa Bates, CRE, is offering free Training in Church Administration to all pastors and other church leaders as part of her D. Min project. The four-session training will be held via Zoom from 1-3 p.m. (Eastern) on Thursdays beginning July 27 and concluding on Sept 7. Participants can register for one or all of the modules on this site.
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Registration Open for the Henderson Leadership Conference

Registration is now open for this year’s Henderson Leadership Conference at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. The Conference takes place September 24-26, 2023. This year’s keynoter Dr. Will Willimon will present the Henderson Lecture on Church and Ministry, “Hope for the Many Churches Where Few Are Gathered,” Monday evening, Sept. 25, 2023, at 7:00 person and online.
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Synod TED Talks

At the October 2022 Synod Assembly gathering in State College, PA, the Sunday night program included about a dozen videos and first-person talks highlighting ministries and initiatives in our congregations and presbyteries. They are available on the Synod’s YouTube channel for use as a Sunday morning “Minute for Mission” or as a conversation piece during a weekday Bible study. Their ninth and final video features Bethesda Presbyterian Church, and can be viewed here.
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Celebration Corner: ‘Talk Pittsburgh’

Four members of our Presbytery joined a discussion on KDKA’s ‘Talk Pittsburgh’ to discuss a recent study of why people are leaving faith communities and what those communities might try to reverse the trend. Rev. Mike Holohan, Rev. Erin Angeli, Dr. Scott Hagley, and Dr. Brock Bahler joined Heather Abraham, the host of “Talk Pittsburgh.” The discussion can be viewed here.
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New Book of Order Available!

The New Book of Order 2023-2025 is now available! You can download the Book of Order as a PDF here, or order a physical copy of the book here. The Presbytery Office will not be placing a bulk order, so if you would like a copy, please choose one of the options listed above.
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