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Mid Council Relations

a bi-weekly newsletter from the OGA

From Tricia Dykers Koenig, Associate for Mid Council Relations:

I am hopeful that this newsletter will become a vehicle for exchanging ideas among you, mid council leaders. When you have questions or comments about what you see here, I want to hear them.

Thanks to Sheryl for getting us started!

“Community exegesis,” “good failure,” “between inspiration and incarnation,” and more – from Sheryl Kinder-Pyle, Executive Presbyter, Presbytery of the Inland Northwest

My four months of sabbatical were most definitely a time of renewal and rest but it was also a time of reflection thanks to the Pastoral Study Project of the Louisville Institute. I was curious. For the last three years our presbytery had been involved in a process of missional transformation with consultation from Al Roxburgh and The Missional Network (TMN). As an Executive Presbyter in the PC(USA) I wondered about leadership. Specifically, what are the leadership capacities necessary for missional transformation of a regional church body?

One of the key missional practices that we had been learning was listening. So I listened. With the help of contacts of The Missional Network I connected with 21 leaders across nine different regional church bodies in North America and the United Kingdom. My conversation partners included Lutheran, Episcopalian, Church of England, British Methodists, British Baptists, Churches of Christ (U.K.) and Presbyterian regional leaders. Here are some clips of interviews with regional body leaders.

The clips are brief; when you get the chance to sample them, let’s share reactions. What do these interview excerpts spark for you?

I have recently taken a tour of mid council websites and Facebook pages, “liking” pages and signing up for newsletters whenever I could figure out how. If your mid council site doesn’t have an option for subscribing to your electronic news—or perhaps if it does, and I missed it—would you please put me on your list at tricia.dykers-koenig@pcusa.org?

I expect that I will occasionally see an item in a newsletter that I’d like to share with everyone, or ask more about; for example, the Presbytery of the Miami Valley has a monthly presbytery-wide Scripture focus. But when you have something exciting happening from which others would benefit—or ideas you’re exploring, or learnings from experiments that didn’t work as anticipated—please don’t wait for me to notice; send it right along.

Here’s another set of videos—Presbyterians reflecting on ministry and leadership—this time from the Presbytery of the Northwest Coast. (Thanks to Corey Schlosser-Hall.)

2018 blessings,
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Tricia Dykers Koenig
Associate Director for Mid Council Relations
tricia.dykers-koenig@pcusa.org
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Louisville, KY 40202
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Honoring ecumenical and interreligious excellence


The Ecumenical and Interreligious Service Recognitions of the PC(USA) are a public acknowledgement of the significant service to the causes of Christian unity and interreligious relations rendered by presbyteries, congregations, and individuals. Awards are made in conjunction with the General Assembly.

Nominations of suitable candidates (presbyteries, congregations, and individuals) are being requested. The nomination must state clearly why the nominee should be selected, how the nominee meets the criteria, and what difference the reported action or activity has made with respect to the visible unity of the Church or in nurturing interfaith relations. Nominations may include additional supporting material, if available.

Please email nominations to the Reverend Mary Gene Boteler at mgboteler@gmail.com. The final selection will be made by the General Assembly Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations.  

Take note

Deadline approaching
Andrew Yeager-Buckley recently emailed mid council leaders on behalf of the Co-Moderators, the Reverend Denise Anderson and the Reverend Jan Edmiston, seeking your input as they select committee leaders for the 223rd General Assembly (2018). Check your email for Andrew’s note, and make sure to follow up no later than January 15 if you have insights that can help Jan and Denise choose the most capable leaders for 223rd General Assembly (2018) assembly committees.

Annotated Book of Order
The 2017-2019 Annotated Book of Order is now available online. This page includes tips for navigating the program.

Moderators’ Conference
The Moderators’ Conference is returning to Louisville this year, giving mid council moderators the opportunity to experience the Presbyterian Center and the iconic Brown Hotel—November 15–17.

End-of-year contributions
For mid council financial staff: As we greet 2018, there are many timelines and procedures that PC(USA) staff are working under to meet closing, auditing and financial reporting schedules. Your gifts are important! Therefore please note that the week of January 22nd will be the last week for processing contributions related to 2017 activity. Your contributions (shared mission and special offerings) must be received before January 26 so that all 2017 activity can be recorded and accounted for in a timely fashion. Contributions can be mailed to:

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
P.O. Box 643651
Pittsburgh, PA 15264

We appreciate your assistance. For questions contact: Toni Carver Smith at toni.carver-smith@pcusa.org or 502-569-5833. Thank you!

Upcoming meetings
  • All Agency Review Committee—January 21–23
  • Rules of Discipline Task Force—January 30–February 1
  • Association of Presbyterian Church Educators—January 31–February 3
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