Cohort Groups for Commissioned Ruling Elders—A message about a pilot project from Presbyterians Supporting Christian Education (PSCE)

Cohort Groups for Commissioned Ruling Elders—A message about a pilot project from Presbyterians Supporting Christian Education (PSCE)

Cohort Groups for Commissioned Ruling Elders—A message about a pilot project from Presbyterians Supporting Christian Education (PSCE)

Commissioned Ruling Elders (CRE) in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) are invited to participate in one of three cohorts whose goals are collegial support, sharing new ideas, and learning best practices for ministry. The cohorts are designed to test the church’s need for such support and to strengthen the design of future cohorts.

These inaugural cohorts will meet for six months in 2022 with the aim of providing data that will inform the future of the PSCE-sponsored CRE project. Groups will consist of up to eight participants and a facilitator. The cohorts will meet for two hours once each month on Zoom. Participants will receive a stipend of $300 for the six months.

Each participant must have a current commission in effect. Topics for engagement by participants will include spiritual disciplines and practices, seasonal needs in the church’s program year (i.e., Advent, church school, session meetings, educational opportunities), and the sharing of the needs and concerns of each participant. Preparation for meetings may include short reading assignments.

This program is sponsored by Union Presbyterian Seminary’s P.S.C.E. program (Presbyterians Supporting Christian Education), which provides support for those in ministry in the denomination. A set of cohorts is currently under way for Christian Educators. This new initiative expands the meaning of Christian Education to include the broader work of the church.

Applications will be received beginning March 1 and deadline for applications is April 22. The cohorts will run from May – November 2022. For further information, contact Mariyln Johns.

 

Director of Outreach and Discipleship at Ankeny Presbyterian Church

Director of Outreach and Discipleship at Ankeny Presbyterian Church

Director of Outreach and Discipleship at Ankeny Presbyterian Church

Ankeny Presbyterian Church, a 185-member congregation of the PC(USA), is seeking a full-time Director of Outreach and Discipleship (including Christian Education).  This person will guide us in reaching new people and developing innovative discipleship strategies.  Ankeny is one of the fastest growing cities in the Midwest and offers plentiful opportunities for ministry.  APC is located in a stable neighborhood with an excellent facility, strong financial resources, and committed leadership with a vision for sharing God’s love in our neighborhood and beyond. The starting salary is between $36,000 and $40,000, commensurate with experience.  We offer paid vacation, medical expense assistance, flexible hours, and multiple paid holidays.  We are open to negotiation. If you are interested, please contact Pastor Eric Pasanchin.  To learn more about the church, visit www.ankenypcusa.org.

 

 

 

Rev. Kevin Freese Retires

Battle Creek First Presbyterian Church celebrated 19 years of Rev. Kevin Freese’s leadership at a worship service and retirement party on Sunday, June 27th. Pastor Kevin was presented with a host of gifts, speeches, well-wishes, and a picnic-style lunch. He and his wife Wanda have moved to Sioux City where they will enjoy more time with their family – especially the grandkids! Congratulations to Kevin and Wanda on your retirement.

 

 

Memorial Presbyterian Church, Cherokee, Celebrates 151 Years

Organized in 1870, Memorial Presbyterian Church in Cherokee celebrated 150+1 years on Sunday, June 27. Special music by children, youth, and adult choirs led the congregation in praising God for the countless lives that have been blessed through the ministry of the church. Representatives from the Presbytery of Prospect Hill and former pastors and youth directors brought greetings to the congregation. Former pastor Rev. Ray Kruger gave the sesquicentennial message. Guests, including Cherokee Mayor Craig Schmidt, attended the celebration service and congratulated the congregation for its witness and ministry in the city.

 

 

Meet Mission Coworkers Mark and Miriam

Mark Adams and Miriam Maldonado are Presbyterian mission co-workers serving in Agua Prieta, Mexico, in the binational ministry Frontera de Cristo. With colleagues from the National Presbyterian Church of Mexico, Mark coordinates the six ministry areas of Frontera de Cristo: church development, health, family counseling, the New Hope Community Center, mission education, and the Just Trade Center. Miriam connects people and organizations across borders to help the community and families of the church grow their own food, increasing their nutrition possibilities and connection with God’s creation and one another.

Read More about Mark and Miriam’s work.

 

Meet Mission Coworkers Christi and Jeff Boyd

As regional liaison for Central Africa, Jeff Boyd facilitates support for the relationships and programs of Presbyterian Church (USA) partners in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cameroon, and Equatorial Guinea. He also resources PC(USA) congregations that want to be involved in ministry with partner churches in the region.

Christi works in the Congo, Madagascar, Niger, Rwanda, and South Sudan. She accompanies global partners as they seek to remedy the marginalization of women and children in their communities and engages with Presbyterians in the US who wish to come alongside and promote those efforts.

Read More about Jeff and Christi’s ministry