223RD GENERAL ASSEMBLY, JUNE 16-23, 2018
Apply to be a Commissioner, Alternate, or YAAD
In June 2018 in St. Louis, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will hold its 223rd General Assembly. Important matters will be discussed and resolved during the week-long Assembly, which occurs in alternating years. Presbyteries from around the country send voting commissioners as well as advisory delegates to take part. Our presbytery can send two Teaching Elders and two Ruling Elders to St. Louis, and one Young Adult Advisory Delegate (YAAD) who is between the ages of 17 and 23 when the Assembly begins. We also may elect up to four Alternate Commissioners in the event an elected commissioner cannot serve for some reason.
Currently, our presbytery has openings for one Teaching Elder Commissioner, one Ruling Elder Commissioner, and one YAAD, as well as up to two Teaching Elder Alternates and two Ruling Elder Alternates for the 223nd General Assembly. That Assembly which takes place June 16-23, 2018, in St. Louis, MO.
Ordinarily, alternate commissioners for the 223rd General Assembly will be asked to be commissioners for the 224th General Assembly in Baltimore, MD, June 20-27, 2020.
Unlike some other presbyteries, we do not operate on a seniority system under which longevity in the presbytery is a major factor in who gets selected. We welcome applicants with a range of experiences to consider becoming commissioners.
Serving at General Assembly is serious and very rewarding work, involving advance preparation such as reading materials for the committee to which you are assigned, reviewing background materials on candidates for Moderator and other roles, and understanding issues that may come to the Assembly floor. Whoever our presbytery elects must commit to doing this preparation as well as serving faithfully during the intense week of work at the Assembly. Nowadays all these materials are transmitted digitally, so nominees need to be very comfortable using computers.
The presbytery’s Committee on Nominations is now seeking applicants for these important positions. If you are interested in serving as a Commissioner, Alternate, or YAAD, please download and complete the appropriate application below and return it by Monday, July 24, 2017 by email to presbytery’s Stated Clerk, Larry Hollar or by mail to him at the presbytery office.
Commissioner/Alternate Application YAAD Application
FEBRUARY 2-12, 2018
An opportunity to see God at work in Cuba
The Outreach Foundation will provide an opportunity to see God at work through the church in Cuba February 2-12, 2018, when it sponsors a trip to connect with fellow Christians of the Presbyterian Reformed Church of Cuba. Participants will be learning from church leaders and exploring partnership possibilities with congregations of the Presbyterian Reformed Church in Cuba. They can absorb the history and culture that shape the ministry context for our partners to the south and discern how changes in relations between our nations will affect them.
The Outreach Foundation, which sponsors this trip, is a Presbyterian organization which reaches across all the Presbyterian family of churches to help establish partnerships with Christians and churches throughout the world, particularly in areas where it is difficult and perhaps even dangerous to be a Christian because of economic and/or political challenges they must face.
The Rev. Rob Fulton (H.R.), former pastor of First United Presbyterian Church, Bellefontaine, will be a part of the trip and invites people from the Presbytery of the Miami Valley to join him. For questions, email Rob Fulton or call him at or 937-441-3997.
More information about the Cuba trip & application>>
PRESBYTERIAN DISASTER ASSISTANCE
Annual meeting expands knowledge of disaster ministries and response
The annual meeting of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) was recently held in Atlanta, GA. Members of the volunteer National Response Team (NRT) and National Volunteer Team gathered to expand the team's knowledge of disaster ministries and response.
PDA members receive training throughout the year in areas such as natural and human-caused disasters, emotional and spiritual care, church damage, post-disaster volunteer work force housing, long-term community rebuilding, and refugee and immigration in disaster response.
PDA enables congregations and mission partners of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to witness the healing love of Christ through caring for communities adversely affected by crises and catastrophic events. The organization gratefully receives support through your One Great Hour of Sharing donations.
PDA is made up of 102 clergy and lay members representing 34 states and Puerto Rico. NRT members commit to one month of service annually. In 2016, national volunteers spent approximately 2,377 days in 62 presbyteries in response to church damage, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, storms, human caused disasters and in the refugee ministry.
Local NRT member is available to speak at PMV churches
Sally Dyer, a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Dayton, has been part of the National Response Team of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance since 2011. She is willing to visit churches in our presbytery to speak about PDA and what it does, as well as to share information about disaster preparation for churches. For more information, email Sally Dyer or call er at 937-623-7953.
Apply for Synod Grants and Scholarships
Scholarships for Racial Ethnic College Students: For college, university and seminary students who are minority persons, members of a Presbyterian Church (USA) congregation within the bounds of the Synod of the Covenant, and in good academic standing. Scholarships are for one year, may apply for a second year, demonstrated financial need. Apply by September 1.
New Covenant Grants: One-time grants in amounts up to $10,000 are available to congregations, institutions and organizations within the bounds of the synod that have formal established ties to the synod. Projects must fit within the three mission priorities of the synod: Church Transformation and Development, Multicultural and Justice Ministries, Ministries in Higher Education. Apply by October 1.
Program Grants for Racial Ethnic Congregations: For racial ethnic and multicultural Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregations within the bounds of the Synod of the Covenant. Grants are for one year, may apply for a second year, demonstrated financial need. Ordinarily, grants do not exceed $3000. Apply by October 1.
Peacemaking Scholarships: Available to assist those attending specific peacemaking events or trainings that would help further the cause of peacemaking or justice within the Synod of the Covenant. The scholarship is for up to $500. Apply no more than 60 days before the event
Learn more about the grants/scholarships and apply>>
SAVE THE DATE
POAMN Regional Conference October 19
The Presbyterian Older Adult Ministry Network (POAMN) will hold its regional conference Thursday, October 19, in Winston-Salem, NC. This year's regional conference theme is Celebrating God’s Gift of Aging and will feature keynote speaker the Rev. Dr. Jill Crainshaw, Blackburn Professor of Worship and Liturgical Theology, Wake Forest University School of Divinity, Winston-Salem, NC. Registration will open on August 1.
PRESBYTERY OF DETROIT
Motor City Mission Corps offers year-long apprenticeships to young adults
The Motor City Mission Corps is a ministry initiative of the Presbytery of Detroit which invites young adults to live in Detroit and serve a year-long nonprofit apprenticeship with a focus on breaking down racism and building equitable community.
Participants live in community, serve in organizations with a reputation for making change in the city of Detroit, and explore how they might be called to join God’s work in the world. Housing and a small stipend are provided.
Placements are diverse and include: Cass Community Social Services, Presbyterian Villages of Michigan, Southwest Detroit Immigrant and Refugee Center, and Westminster Church of Detroit.
Learn more and apply>>
New Resource: 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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New 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.