Women’s Retreat at Lakeshore Center

Women’s Retreat at Lakeshore Center

Women’s Retreat at Lakeshore Center

All women are invited to Lakeshore Center’s annual Women’s Retreat. Come for the whole event April 12-14 or stop by for part of it. We are excited to welcome back Jennifer Dukes Lee who will be sharing about the spiritual practice of journaling, using her book “Stuff I’d Only Tell God”. A copy of the book is included in the registration cost. Register here.

Behold! An Event for Micro-Church Leaders

Behold! An Event for Micro-Church Leaders

Behold! An Event for Micro-Church Leaders

Monday – Thursday, March 4-7, 2024
Oklahoma City, OK, at the Bradford House and Westminster Presbyterian Church

Behold! is open to pastors, commissioned ruling elders, and congregation members seeking community for exploration of God’s redemptive work in the church during these rapidly changing times. Whether you’re seeking tools for discernment or a theological undergirding to explore adaptive change . . . whether you’re excited to step into a bold new journey or you’re anxious or grieving (or a bit of all of this), we invite you into a community of committed congregational leaders to wrestle with God’s call upon your congregation and to gather skills and tools for a purposeful response.

Join us as we explore practical tools for discernment and change theory, rooted in our rich biblical tradition of adaptive leadership and a God who is ever reforming us. We will celebrate tender sprouts of ministry, mourn the dry places, and practice recognizing and living into God’s fresh works.

Learn more here

Connect with College Students

Connect with College Students

Connect with College Students

Dear Friends,

We are the pastors at First Presbyterian Church, in Brookings South Dakota, home of South Dakota State University.  We know that many young members of YOUR churches are also proud Jackrabbits here in our town.

We understand that the life of a college student doesn’t always allow or encourage regular attendance at church, but if your student is looking for a Presbyterian church where they can visit- whether it is only occasionally or on a regular basis, we are here with open arms.  Our worship services are traditional and our congregation is mostly older, but your students will be welcomed and nurtured- with no guilt and no expectations.

If you would like to share contact information, or would like to encourage your students to share their contact information, we have established a website to do this here.

We would use this information to send students a welcome email and to send invitations when we have fellowship or service opportunities. Students could opt out at any time by replying to the email or text.

Hoping we can support your students!

Robby and Donna Flint, CRE’s
Pastors, First Presbyterian Church, Brookings, South Dakota

Rural Ministry Conference

Rural Ministry Conference

Rural Ministry Conference

The 43rd annual Rural Ministry Conference will be held on March 3-5 at the Best Western Hotel and Conference Center in Dubuque, IA. The theme for this year’s conference is The Creation Groans, the Creation Waits, the Creation Hopes, the Creation Sings: Congregations Responding to Climate Change. Keynote speaker is Rev. Dr. Schifferdecker from Luther Seminary. In addition, there will be several breakout sessions discussing climate change at the congregational level. For more information, click here.

Mission Coworker to Visit Iowa

Mission Coworker to Visit Iowa

Mission Coworker to Visit Iowa

Ellen Smith, PCUSA mission coworker and liaison for Eastern Europe, will itinerate in Iowa in April 3-10. Ellen and her family lived and served in Russia and Ukraine for several years. If you would like to schedule a speaking engagement for Ellen at your church, contact Amgad Beblawi. Read more about Ellen here.

Continuing Education Grants for Pastors

Continuing Education Grants for Pastors

Continuing Education Grants for Pastors

As you plan your Continuing Education for 2024, remember the Board of Pensions has a $5,000 grant available for participation in one of 7 different programs.
 
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) ministers and CREs need the opportunity to step away from the demands of ministry and practice self-care so that they might experience the flourishing of life. That’s why the Board of Pensions provides programs that cultivate wholeness and nurture ministries, like Clergy Wellness Support. This 2-page grant application may be completed by any Minister or CRE who is currently enrolled in Pastor Participation Plan or Minister’s Choice Plan.
 
One such program is the CREDO-like Clergy Wellness Program from the Davidson Centre in North Carolina.  All tuition and travel are covered by the grant.