Stated Clerk of Presbytery of the Miami Valley
The Presbytery of the Miami Valley, a part of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), seeks a part-time Stated Clerk (30 hours per week with full benefits).
The Stated Clerk serves as ecclesiastical officer of Presbytery of the Miami Valley. Requires ordination as Ruling, Teaching, or Commissioned Ruling Elder.
This leader will work collaboratively with the Executive Presbyter to build on the strengths and hopes of the congregations in our 12-county service area in Southwest Ohio. Candidates must have a deep understanding of church polity, strong communication, detail orientation, strong organization and computer skills.
This key position will be filled by November 1, 2020.
We are seeking a collaborative leader to forward accountability, connection, and identity within our presbytery.
Download the complete position description
- Personal Information Form (PIF) or Resume
- Minimum of three current references
- Supplemental questions (these will be emailed to you upon submission of your resume or PIF)
- Applications must be emailed to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Deadline for completed applications July 31, 2020.
The first-ever virtual 224th General Assembly concludes
More than 400 commissioners, over 180 advisory delegates, and hundreds of staff, churches, and spectators tuned in to take part in the first-ever, fully online 224th General Assembly (2020) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) held June 19-20 and 26-27.
The Presbytery of the Miami Valley delegation to GA 224 was Ruling Elder Commissioner Bruce Saunders (Wilmington), Minister of the Word and Sacrament Commissioner Michael Isaacs, and Young Adult Advisory Delegate Anne Paquette (Dayton: Westminster), pictured at left addressing the GA.
Elona Street-Stewart and Gregory Bentley were elected co-moderators of the 224th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and J. Herbert Nelson was elected to serve a second four-year term as stated clerk of the General Assembly. Street-Stewart and Bentley were the only co-moderator team seeking election from which both candidates were persons of color. Ruling Elder Street-Stewart, the synod executive for the Synod of Lakes and Prairies, is the first Native American to serve as moderator. Minister of Word and Sacrament Bentley, a teaching elder and the pastor of Fellowship Presbyterian Church in Huntsville, Alabama, is African American.
In addition, the Assembly worshiped together and discussed and considered a variety of docket items. The Assembly adopted a unified budget and a small increase in per capita, passed the resolution "Responding to the Sin of Racism and a Call to Action", updated the child/youth/vulnerable adult protection policy, affirmed the need to help those impacted by COVID-19, took action toward supporting Native American concerns, and more.
For more about the 224th General Assembly, check out news from Presbyterian News Service and Presbyterian Outlook. For even more details about all the formal actions taken at GA 224, visit PC-Biz.
The 225th General Assembly is scheduled for July 2-9, 2022, in Columbus, Ohio.
Congratulations to our Stated Clerk Larry Hollar!
Presbytery of the Miami Valley Stated Clerk Larry Hollar was elected by the 224th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to serve a six year term on the General Assembly Permanent Judicial Commission, representing the Synod of the Covenant.
"I look forward to joining a diverse and able group of colleagues to resolve disciplinary and remedial cases that arise within our beloved Church. Please pray that we undertake this important work with wisdom, Spirit and compassion so that our Savior Christ Jesus is honored in all that we do," Larry said of his election.
Racial Justice Resources from Presbytery of the Miami Valley
"Racism is the opposite of what God intends for humanity. It is the rejection of the other, which is entirely contrary to the Word of God incarnate in Jesus Christ. Racism is a lie about our fellow human beings, for it says that some are less than others. Because of our biblical understanding of who God is and what God intends for humanity, the PC(USA) must stand against, speak against, and work against racism." -Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Presbytery of the Miami Valley is assembling a list of resources to help equip churches to work against racism and seek racial justice.
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Meet our new Moderator and Vice Moderator
At its May 12 meeting, Presbytery of the Miami Valley elected and installed Ruling Elder Alice McCollum as Moderator and Minister of the Word and Sacrament Ben Beres as Vice Moderator of presbytery for 2020-21.
Alice McCollum, a lifelong fourth generation Presbyterian, has been an active member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Dayton for over 45 years. She has served Trinity in several capacities: Trustee, choir member, chair of the James I. Davis Endowment Fund, member of the Pastor Nominating Committee, and after several previous terms, is currently a member of the Session. As a Ruling Elder, Alice designs and conducts new member training at the request of the Pastor and the Clerk of Session. Alice particularly values the regulations and directions provided by the Book of Order.
Serving as a judge for more than 40 years has given Alice a chance to practice her ministry: serving the community; encouraging others to improve their lives through education, treatment, and behavior modification; and resolving disputes in a courteous and professional manner: in other words, treating everyone as she would want to be treated. Alice believes in being a servant leader and desires that her efforts reflect her Christian beliefs and values.
In addition to several professional leadership positions, Alice has served on many community boards including the United Theological Seminary and Dayton Children’s Hospital. Currently, Alice is actively involved with her Sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Tau Lambda Omega Chapter, which is a service-oriented organization, feeding the hungry, clothing the less fortunate, and delivering other vital services to the community. Alice also enjoys providing memorable experiences for her grandchildren.
While Alice’s involvement in the presbytery was somewhat limited for a while, she has been Vice Moderator for the past year and a member of the Permanent Judicial Commission prior to that. She has served as a commissioner to presbytery representing Trinity and has attended other presbytery meetings for educational development. Alice is excited and humbled to take on these roles in the life of the presbytery.
Ben Beres is the sheepdog for a great little community in Huntsville, Ohio and pastor of Huntsville Presbyterian Church , and much prefers barking to biting. He’s the blessed husband of Sarah and adoring father of Mason, 15, and Kirk, 9 3/4.
He’s served on Administrative Commissions, the Committee on Preparation for Ministry, and the Committee on Ministry of this presbytery, and also got to serve as a Commissioner to the 220th General Assembly for the Presbytery of the Miami Valley.
Ben graduated from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 2005, and is wrecking the statistical curve for first calls.
When he’s not navigating the choppy waters of physical-distance pastoring, he enjoys meandering conversations, comic books, coaching his kids, and embarrassing his wife with his effervescent karaoke skills.
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If you haven't done it, yet, we encourage you to like our newly revised Presbytery of the Miami Valley Facebook Page. We are posting announcements, events, and other items of interest on the page to help Presbyterians in the Miami Valley keep up with what's going on in our presbytery and its churches. Thanks so much!
During the coronavirus pandemic we are also posting important updates using this platform.
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LIMITED INVOLVEMENT IN THIS YEAR'S BUILD
Catch the Building Spirit’s 28th Habitat House Build
Catch the Building Spirit, (CtBS), the Presbyterian/Catholic Habitat for Humanity partnership, which provides affordable housing for families in need, will limit its involvement to construct this year's house at 26718 Sandy Drive, Trotwood.
The house, which is being built for Ira and Terese Compton and their three children, is three bedrooms and one bath.
Because of the COVID-19 virus, Catch the Building Spirit
is limiting its involvement with this year’s build:
· CtBS has concerns about the uncertainty of the coronavirus and the fact that most of its regular volunteers and leaders are in the high-risk category.
· CtBS cannot provide house leaders to the 2020 build. Members will volunteer as they are able to and at their discretion during the build.
· CtBS will provide an initial $10,000 donation toward the house build and provide additional funds as they become available later.
· There will be no Blitz week as we know it this year.
Catch the Building Spirit still encourages volunteers to work on the house build. Visit the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton volunteer website for further information on the build schedule and safety requirements.
For more information, visit Catch the Building Spirit's website or email Hank Baust, Presbyterian Coordinator for Catch the Building Spirit, or call 937-429-0360.
Habitat Houses through Catch the Building Spirit is a designated network of Presbytery of the Miami Valley.
A resource for churches: On Calling An Educator
The revised On Calling An Educator manual is now available online in downloadable format. The manual is designed to be a resource for Presbyterian churches that are considering calling an educator to be a part of the church staff. In addition, this is also a resource for Christian educators who are responding to a call from God to educational ministry in the church and are seeking a position. Congregations and educators will find guidance in these pages for their separate and mutual journeys toward providing the best leadership for the important task of education.
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Regarding Ruling Elders
Ruling elders are called to ministry in partnership with teaching elders. Within this calling, ruling elders have responsibilities in several areas of the life of the church including exercise in leadership, governance, spiritual discernment, and discipline. This monthly PC(USA) series seeks to lift up the specific responsibilities while also providing an opportunity for Ruling Elders to reflect upon how they are lived out.
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NEXT Church offers new resources for ministry
NEXT Church is a network of leaders across the Presbyterian Church (USA) who believe the church of the future will be more relational, more diverse, more collaborative, more hopeful, and more agile. NEXT Church provides space for hopeful conversations about the theology, culture, and practice of ministry in a time of adaptive change.
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Initiative seeks to create 1001 new worshiping communities
The 220th General Assembly declared a commitment to a churchwide movement that results in the creation of 1001 new worshiping communities by 2022.
Across the PC(USA), God is raising up leaders in churches and presbyteries who are creating new worshiping communities. They are taking on new and varied forms of church for our changing culture. Primarily they are seeking to make and form new disciples of Jesus Christ, to change and transform the world.
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Northminster Mission Fund
Grants up to $5,000.00 are available to individual Congregations, Congregations in Partnership, Designated Presbytery Networks, and Validated Ministries of the Presbytery of the Miami Valley, for the continued purpose of building up the body of Christ. Pending available funds, grants may be renewed for one year.