Beaver-Butler Presbytery will hold Leadership and Administrative Training on Sunday, March 10, from 2-5 p.m. at Cranberry Community United Church (2662 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township). Registration begins at 1:45 p.m.
This annual event designed for church leaders is organized by the Encouraging Churches to Flourish Unit of Beaver-Butler Presbytery. Additional information will be available closer to the date.
Cranberry Community United Presbyterian Church will host an Understanding Self to Understand Others event June 24-28. This five-day event is designed to equip church leaders with the knowledge and skills necessary to deal effectively with interpersonal, congregational and other forms of group conflict. It also includes a component on congregational mediation and consultation, placed within the context of family systems theory. Although focused primarily on the church setting, the skills learned are directly transferable to other settings, including the business and academic worlds.
The gathering will be presented by the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center.
The Presbytery of Carlisle will hold a Bible study on “Bible and Race” on Tuesday evenings from Jan. 16 until March 19. This Zoom gathering from 6:30-7:30 p.m. will discuss various topics around the intersection of the Christian faith and issues of race.
The Presbytery of Carlisle will host a gathering focusing on “Stuff They Didn’t Teach You in Seminary (That You really Need to Know to be a Pastor)” on the four Wednesdays in February at 9:30 a.m. at Gettysburg Presbyterian Church. (Location and time could change depending on who signs up.)
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Market Square Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg will host a discussion on the centrality of African Americans in the 19th century and how these civic and church leaders strategized to resist injustice on Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The keynote speaker, presented by Market Square’s Anti-Racism Task Force, will be local professor Dr. Kimeka Campbell.
Going forward, there are opportunities for folks in the Presbytery of Carlisle to learn and be in conversation about race. A Bible and Race teaching by Zoom will be held Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. Simply register here to receive the Zoom link. All are welcome!
The Presbytery of Carlisle will hold Boundary Training on March 6-7 at Silver Spring Presbyterian Church in Mechanicsburg. Dr. David Olsen is returning to lead the training for two sessions that will cover the material in his engaging workshop on boundaries for pastoral excellence.
Two dates are being offered: Wednesday, March 6, for active ruling elders and church staff, and Thursday, March 7, for clergy. There is a cost to attend the in-person trainings. To register or learn more, click here. Registration deadline is by March 1.
The Presbytery of Carlisle will hold its Ruling Elder Communion Training on Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to noon at Highland United Presbyterian Church. Training is held so that ruling elders may be authorized by their sessions to preside at the Lord’s Supper. The training must be completed every three years and is intended to give ruling elders a biblical, historical and theological understanding of the Lord’s Supper as well as practice in celebrating Communion.
Anyone is welcome to attend the training and then you may be authorized and invited by your Session to preside at this special meal. This training will be limited to 20 participants. To register, contact Kristal Smith with your name, church name and contact information.
The Presbytery of Donegal will hold an online Leader Development Day on Sunday, March 3, at 2 p.m. The day will include leadership training and workshops for new and experienced clerks of session, ruling elders, deacons and ministers. A listing of workshop topics, as well as registration, will be available soon.
The Presbytery of Lake Erie will hold an Intergenerational Pathways Workshop on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 10-11:30 a.m. at Wayside Presbyterian Church in Erie. This workshop is an excellent place to begin as you explore ways to become a more intentionally intergenerational congregation. Evaluate your current ministry areas through an intergenerational lens. Learn why gathering multiple generations together helps to cultivate Christ-centered community.
The workshop leader will be the Rev. Jessica McClure-Archer. In addition to her full-time role as pastor at Sampson’s Mills Presbyterian Church in White Oak, PA, Jessica serves as a workshop leader for GenOn Ministries and is passionate about bringing the generations together to deepen relationships and foster intentional intergenerational community.
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The Philadelphia Chapter of the National Black Presbyterian Caucus and the Presbytery of Philadelphia’s Annual African American Heritage Celebration Weekend will be held Feb. 23-25. For more information, click here.
The Presbytery of Redstone Mission Team is planning a spring trip to Charleston, WV, the week of April 28-May 4. Work will include flood relief or general repairs for those in need. Cost is $300 with the volunteer paying $150 and the balance coming out of the Mission Team Fund. If interested, e-mail Phyllis Frye at email@example.com or call 724-468-3740.
Shenango Presbytery, in conjunction with the Carolyn Knox Foundation, will hold Leaderfest 2024 on Saturday, March 9, at Westminster College and New Wilmington Presbyterian Church. This year’s keynote speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Graham Standish, the executive director of Samaritan Counseling, Guidance, Consulting, a faith-based, spiritually-integrating psychotherapy center. Three TED-type talks focusing on “Spending Time with Jesus,” “Intergenerational Worship” and “Mental Health in the Church” will also be offered.
As the world changes, often individuals and churches resist change. This can be deadly for churches as they slowly decline, and individuals as they struggle to adapt to a changing world. People and churches that embrace change can really thrive, but to do so they have to embrace healthy transformation. Graham will share principles of, and his experiences with, leading people, churches and organizations through healthy transformation that create healthy, thriving lives and communities. He’ll help us understand how to cast compelling visions, understand and overcome resistance, and create processes that generate positive energy.
Are you a newly elected ruling elder or deacon? Are you currently on the session or re-elected to serve on the session or as a deacon? Would you like to know more about the polity (government) of the church, the theology that guides our work, the responsibilities of elders and deacons?
The Presbytery of West Virginia will hold an Officer Training on Feb. 11 and 18 from 2-5 p.m. on Zoom. This is a repeat of the November offering. These two sessions will build on and connect with each other, so participants are strongly encouraged to participate in both. There is no cost for this training, but you do need to sign up in order to receive the Zoom link and advance assignment. Participants will need a current copy of the Book of Order for the assignment and classes.
The Presbytery of West Virginia will hold its 2024 Festival of Faith on Saturday, April 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Charleston.
Rev. Dr. Shannon Craigo-Snell, professor of Theology at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary who grew up in the Teays Valley Presbyterian Church, will be the keynote presenter, speaking on “Understanding the Roots of Racism.” How can we live out our Christian commitments to love and justice in the current context of racial tensions? One important step is to remember how we got here. This address will recount the history of race and racism in the United States, creating space for new ways forward.
In addition to her keynote, Shannon will be leading a workshop on “Christian Understandings of Evil,” which will provide a framework of how different Christian communities have addressed the question of making sense of the reality of evil and our faith in a loving God and an opportunity to wrestle with it today.
There will also be more than a dozen other workshops on a variety of topics, plus mission displays and times for fellowship, food and worship. More information and registration forms are available at by clicking here.
All sessions, particularly those whose churches do not have pastoral leadership, are invited to send ruling elders (they don’t have to be on the session currently) to this Communion Training event on April 28 from 3-5 p.m. Participants must be approved by the session of their church of membership to be authorized. Note that there is an advance assignment that includes reading sections of the 2023-2025 Book of Order.
There is no cost to participate. The registration deadline is Friday, April 19. Register by submitting your name, church, email, phone number, and date of session approval to attend this training to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions, you may contact Susan at this email address or 304-667-9428.
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