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This blog is now being posted at a new web address. Please visit us at: http://www.pcusa.org/blogs/prep4min Update your bookmark and join us for our continuing discussion of issues related to preparation for ministry with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in the 21st century. Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2011 at Preparing for Ministry
Today the headlines across our church are about the adoption of Amendment 10-A, which replaces the language in the current G-6.0106b concerning the “standards for ordained service.” The Office of the General Assembly has released a variety of materials to assist in understanding what has and what has not changed... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2011 at Preparing for Ministry
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The Office of Vocation is proud to offer the “Healthy Ministry Conference” as part of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s biennial Big Tent event. This conference is the most comprehensive training event offered to support presbyteries in their work of discerning and developing the gifts for ministry of those exploring a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2011 at Preparing for Ministry
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Yesterday I was contacted by an executive presbyter for some statistical information to be used in an upcoming meeting with the small church cluster in that presbytery about the challenges faced by churches of under 100 members as they seek pastoral leadership. He was particularly interested in two issues. One... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2011 at Preparing for Ministry
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With apologies for the delay (March has been a busy month of travel and meetings), I do want to follow-up on the question about what other issues test takers raised in their feedback forms after the spring ordination exams. There were several comments related to things related to the administration... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2011 at Preparing for Ministry
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Last week I read through the evaluation forms submitted by those who wrote senior ordination exams at the end of January. These exams were only the second to involve online registration and the first that required all test takers (and all readers as well) to use computers for their work... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2011 at Preparing for Ministry
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Years ago I worked with the youth of a congregation as a seminary intern (yes, it was many years ago). One time as I was gathering my charges at the close of a fellowship outing to an amusement park, one of the young people came up and told me they... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2011 at Preparing for Ministry
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An old real estate adage has it that the three most important things in selling a property are, in order, "Location, location, location." And what is true for real estate is true for ministry as well. It is all about "location, location, location." During a synod CPM/COM training event this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2011 at Preparing for Ministry
Next week I will be part of the leadership for a training event for the five presbyteries in South Carolina. In reviewing some data about those presbyteries, I found the following: While 51% of our churches in South Carolina have 100 or fewer members, only 3% of the inquirers and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2011 at Preparing for Ministry
Just before Thanksgiving, I heard some reporting about the effects of the loss of “human capital” on our economic recovery. Economists study the effects on both individuals and the broader economy when people are part of the “long-term unemployed” who have been looking for work more than six months. Such... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2010 at Preparing for Ministry
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I’m participating in the “Pastoral Leadership Gathering” being hosted by the Arch Street Presbyterian Church and Broad Street Ministries in center city Philadelphia. More than a hundred pastors and presbytery leaders have come together to reflect on the changing context of ministry and how we engage communities with the message... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2010 at Preparing for Ministry
One of the most familiar “call stories” in all of Holy Scripture—God’s call to Abraham to leave homeland and family and, “Go ... to the land that I will show you” (Genesis 12:1)—gives this new blog its name. It is in some ways, if you think about it, an unusual... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2010 at Preparing for Ministry
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