Tricia Dykers Koenig is the new Associate for Mid Council Relations.
Thank you, mid council leaders! I am immensely grateful for the warm welcome you have extended as I settle into my new position. The last day of the Mid Council Leaders Gathering in St. Louis marked one month on the job. I still don’t have the anticipated bookshelves in my office, or furniture in my apartment, but yesterday I learned how to mail a letter—so things are coming along.
Budget codes, office routines, and technology are a learning curve that my fantastic colleagues are helping me navigate as I figure out what I need in order to be helpful to you. One of the most persistent questions: Where are the resources?!? I am discovering that we often have what I’m seeking, if I know where to look or whom to ask; and it’s my job to provide those connections to you. Like most of you, I have been a consumer of PC(USA) resources for years, but I’m still finding some that I didn’t know existed. (I’ve also been known to file something away and then forget I had it; when it comes to websites, hurray for bookmarks!) All of these might already be familiar to you, but just in case…
If you scroll to the bottom of the OGA homepage, you will find links to most of what’s available from OGA, including information from the Guidebook app used at the recent meetings in St. Louis. (The Board of Pensions videotaped some of the presentations; I’ll alert you when I see them posted.) Or go directly to the Mid Council Ministries page.
Need to know whom to call, but don’t want to carry your planning calendar around? The online subject directory could help you locate the person to contact about a particular issue, and the organizational directory lists staff of all six agencies plus Presbyterian Women.
Wondering what’s going on in the PC(USA)? Subscribe to Presbyterian News Service or to any of a variety of issue-based email lists (immigration, for example).
The advisors from the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Mission Engagement and Support Team can assist your councils in understanding the wide scope of Presbyterian mission. Among the pages they’ve highlighted: a variety of Mission Resources, the PMA Annual Report, and information specifically about 1001 Worshiping Communities.
Research Services has recently unveiled a new Church Trends website, replacing the old Ten-Year Trends site and Comparative Statistics report. There are additional data and tools for comparative analysis that were not available before, and they’re still working to add to it. If you’re looking for information about communities in your area, call on them to help you make the most of this demographics site. And explore all the ways the Research Services folks are offering to assist your projects. I had no idea!
You and your professional organizations also work at supporting one another. Check out the Association of Stated Clerks and the Association of Mid Council Leaders, and for more details on resources being developed by AMCL, click here. Speaking of resourcing one another: Do you have organizational consultants to recommend? I’m developing a list.
In future editions of this newsletter, I’m planning to include stories from you about what you’ve been doing—what’s worked, what hasn’t, what’s exciting, what’s challenging? The best resource for mid councils in the PC(USA) is you, so let’s make those connections. Let me hear from you about what you want to see here, and anything else I should know.