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Webinar: Middle Governing Commission's Report

Seattle Presbytery

The Synod of Alaska-Northwest invites you to a Webinar on
Monday, June 11, 7:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time

Learn about the:
Middle Governing Commission's Report
to the 220th General Assembly (2012)

Learn what recommendations for synods and presbyteries that the Middle Governing Commission submitted to the 220th General Assembly (2012). Our Synod's two commissioners, Elder Barbara Ranta and Elder Roger Lee will present an overview and answer your questions. In preparation for this webinar you can see copies of the report, including the executive summary at http://www.pcusa.org/resource/mid-council-commission-final-report-with-full-data/

Once you register we will send you a link to a WebEx website. You will be able to access the meeting with your computer on Monday evening. It is not necessary to have a webcam, but your computer will need a microphone and a speaker, if you wish to ask questions. You will also be able to type questions.

The Webinar is free. Click here to register.

How Can Our Church Do Ministry Overseas?

Seattle Presbytery

Pastor Thinh, Dr. Nguyen, & Pastor Khoa

By Dr. Binh Nguyen / Southeast Asia Ministry Team (SEAM Team)

All churches want to fulfill the Great Commission by sharing the Gospel to all humankind.  Yet, for many churches, doing ministry work overseas can be both very costly and difficult to manage.  However, churches love people, care for people’s spiritual and physical lives, and want to support ministries, especially overseas ministries that can change people’s lives for good.  Opportunities opened in 2000 when the Seattle Presbytery launched its ministry in Vietnam, establishing the United Presbyterian Church of Vietnam (UPCV) -- the first Presbyterian Church in that country.

This month, Pastor Khoa Ho, the Head Pastor of the UPCV will be in Seattle to share with churches in Seattle Presbytery about the last twelve years of ministry and their vision of planting ten new congregations this year in Vietnam.

The ministry of the UPCV is going well, yet in some locations it is still facing hardship.  The church wants to expand its ministry to include more people living in Vietnam into the Kingdom of God.  Therefore, the UPCV has decided to plant more congregations.

As we know, in order to plant a church in a country like Vietnam, leaders need to have wisdom, courage, and a deep love of God and people.  God has already equipped leaders of the UPCV with these qualities.

The UPCV already had ten leaders who have been leading the Bible study groups.  In addition to doing ministry, these leaders need to maintain paying jobs outside the church to provide for their families.  In order to grow these Bible study groups into congregations, these leaders have to dedicate all of their minds, hearts, and time to their ministries, which means they do not have any spare time to do work outside the church.  In order to fulfill their call to full-time ministry, they are seeking financial support for 30 months.  This would allow them to work toward self-sufficiency.  Ideally, the UPCV wants to provide $100 per leader per month.

The Southeast Asia Ministry Team believes that any church can support UPCV’s vision to expand the Kingdom of God in Vietnam. Many churches can afford $100 per month from their missions budgets to support a pastor, while those that can only afford $50 can have their contribution matched by the Seattle Presbytery.  This is a wonderful opportunity for any church, even those who have modest missions budgets, to be involved insignificant overseas ministry and build a strong relationship with a sister church in Asia.

Pastor Khoa Ho is available to meet with interested churches:
             -Tuesday, 3/20: At any time before Seattle Presbytery meeting
             -Wednesday, 3/21: At any time before 6:00PM
             -Tuesday, 3/27: At any time, except from 11:00AM to 2:00PM

If you have any questions or requests or donations related to the UPCV’s vision, please contact the Southeast Asia Ministry Team (SEAM@seattlepresbytery.org).

       - Dr. Binh Nguyen (206-965-0192), Rev. Paul Kim, & Rev. Dale Sewall

 

‘Welcome to the Presbyterian Church!’

Seattle Presbytery

‘Welcome to the Presbyterian Church!’
An introduction to all things Presbyterian 

Dear Friends,

Now in its second printing, Presbyterians Today’s special guidebook, Welcome to the Presbyterian Church!, has been getting rave reviews from church leaders and people in the pews. This inviting, easy-to-read guide is packed with facts, stories, pictures, charts, links and much more about:

• Famous Presbyterians in history
• Presbyterian beliefs
• Church organization and governance
• Presbyterian worship
• Highlights about social justice … evangelism … stewardship … vocation … ecumenism … mission
• The Bible … prayer … the sacraments
• What it means to be “connectional” … Reformed
• How to speak Presbyterian
• … and a lot more!

Because the cost is so low (as little as 85 cents a copy in bulk), your church can stock up and have a ready supply on hand to help you throughout the entire year in many ministry areas, including:

• New member training … welcome kits … visitor packets
• Confirmation classes … youth groups … adult Sunday school
• Evangelism and outreach
• Elder, deacon and officer training
• Marriage preparation
• … and more

In fact, Welcome to the Presbyterian Church! is so affordable, you might want to give a copy to every family in your congregation as a great reference tool and refresher to celebrate what it means to be Presbyterian. (And parents and grandparents: it’s also a great guide to order for family members and friends.)

Order online or call (800) 524-2612 and ask for item #1211610013

Social Media Articles

Seattle Presbytery

I follow a number of blogs talking about social media's place in the church, and think you may find some of them helpful or interesting. Some weeks I find lots of articles I like, some just a few. I'll post a round-up every few weeks with the articles I've enjoyed or found most useful.

Clergy Must Navigate Traditional Boundaries In New Social Media World - Just like the title suggests, where clergy can/should draw the line when interacting with parishoners - both presently and when they leave the church - is a new and uncharted area. The article doesn't have any answers, but it does pose some interesting questions as launch points for a discussion.

Church Websites & First Impressions - Are you being intentional in what face your church's website shows to the world? Does it accurately reflect who you are as a congregation? It's important to provide basic information, as many (most?) people who visit your church will have looked on its website before attending.

Social Media Is Relational - "It's about relationships and social media is about relationships. A lot of companies don't understand that. They think it's a new way to market themselves.  In contrast, religious organizations have been relying on word-of-mouth marketing and relational marketing for forever, so they take to social media well." How can we turn to social media to help us be better at relationships?

How Should The Church Use Social Media? - Mind-blowing statistics (in the form of pictures and graphs!) about how much the Internet and social media have been changing in even the last couple years. Provides a launch point for discussions about how this can be incorporated into your church's life.

(In case you missed the last round-up of social media articles, click here!)

Hip-Hop Redemption - New book by Ralph Watkins of Columbia Theological Seminary

Seattle Presbytery

Decatur, GA. Ralph C. Watkins, associate professor evangelism and church growth at Columbia Theological Seminary, is the author of Hip Hop Redemption: Finding God in the Rhythm and the Rhyme (Engaging Culture) published by Baker Academic. In this new work, Dr. Watkins offers a theological exegesis of the music and culture of hip-hop, as well as an analysis of its popularity. While acknowledging that sexism, misogyny, and capitalistic greed are part of the hip-hop culture, he finds in the beat and rhyme a prophetic voice crying out and sharing the pain of African American youth in the city. Revealing what is inherently good and redeeming in the music, Dr. Watkins sees implications for evangelism, worship, and spiritual practices, and for opening the power of the Bible for ministry to misunderstood generation.

Dr. Watkins is the author of several more books, including From Jay-Z to Jesus and The Gospel Remix. He previously was assistant dean of the African American church studies program and associate professor of society, religion, and Africana studies at Fuller Theological Seminary.

'The Spirit' November Issue is Available

Seattle Presbytery

  • Rev. Lynell Caudillo's trip to the Tumekutana conference in Kenya.
  • Celebrating 100 years at Woodland Park Presbyterian
  • Get to know the newly ordained and installed pastor of Mt. View
  • EP Scott Lumsden on the Affiliation Model of church governance
  • Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow on 'The Unexpected Safety of the Radical Jesus'
  • Rev. Jeff Keuss finds the gospel in pop music
  • SE Asia Ministry Team report from Dr. Binh Nguyen
  • Photos and more!

Free Nutrition Workshop - Pacific Science Center

Seattle Presbytery

The Pacific Science Center is offering free nutrition workshops!

The Youth and Family Programs Department at the Pacific Science Center is offering free 1 or 2 hour nutrition workshops to King County organizations and venues between now and the end of June 2012. The workshop development and delivery is paid for by a grant from the Seattle and King County Public Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The primary focus is to increase the overall health and wellbeing of King Country residents through education and empowerment. The potential programs and locations that would work for workshop delivery are endless (church groups, family nights, staff training, classroom presentations, etc.). The only requirement is that the location needs to be in King County.

The workshop includes activities surrounding food choices, sugar content, exposure to new fruits and vegetables (we bring some for them to try as a component of the activity) and the cost and health benefits of eating/cooking at home vs. fast food.

I would work out the date(s), venues etc. with you and we would provide the staff and materials. We would ask for marketing help on the part of your organization in order to ensure a good turn out and achieve grant requirements but that is it! The workshop works best with a group size of 20-30 and is designed for families with children 5+. There is flexibility in group size and audience which we can talk about if you are interested. The teachers would be happy to adapt their style and the material as much as possible to fit your needs.

We also have a Wellness cart that focuses on neighborhood wellness that can be delivered to a more festival type setting where it can be stationary for a few hours with guests coming as they please. The activities on the cart can be adapted to guest who spend 2 minutes at the cart or 2 hours. An ideal venue would be a carnival, fair of sorts, 5K, etc.

The Cart includes activities that focus on smoking, traffic safety, access to healthy food options and physical exercise.

If you're interested in learning more, please contact Janna Landis, Youth & Family Programs Volunteer at (206) 443-3646 or jlandis@pacsci.org

Recent Social Media Articles

Seattle Presbytery

I follow a number of blogs talking about social media's place in the church, and think you may find some of them helpful or interesting. Some weeks I find lots of articles I like, some just a few. I'll post a round-up every few weeks with the articles I've enjoyed or found most useful.

An Internet "Getting Started" Plan For Technically-Challenged Churches - Success is about baby steps, and only taking on what you can handle and are ready for. This is the first part in a series of how to get serious with your technology and social media.

The Church Should Embrace Social Media, For Dialogue's Sake - an important reminder that a part of being involved in social media, and with this generation, that you need to be engaged in a two-way conversation with your audience instead of simply talking at them and ignoring responses.

Three Social Media Rules For Churches - Knowing what to post, and how to be effective in social media use, can be overwhelming. This post offers three simple rules to guide your content and help you get started.

An Internet "Getting Started" Plan For Technically-Challenged Churches Part 2 - The next part in the series about how your church can get started with social media

Social Media Policies - This site has compiled the social media policy at dozens of organizations and businesses. If you're looking to create a policy for your church, you might browse a few of these and see what strikes a chord.

(In case you missed the last round-up of social media articles, click here!)

BellPres' The Bible Plain and Simple

Seattle Presbytery

Rev. Tom Brewer, keeping it plain and simple in the web-based media player.

By Rev. Sandy Hackett, Pastor, Lake City Pres.

Anybody else looking for great Adult Ed resources? I found one! There is an online video series called The Bible Plain and Simple that is being produced by the good folks at First Pres. Bellevue. They’ve posted a play list for the first two years of a four year series on their site.

The class is taught live at FPCB on Wednesday nights, and also streams live on the web for people who want to watch from home and not brave the weeknight commute. BellPres then archives those as podcasts for folks who want to watch on their own schedules. New classes go up every week during each teaching quarter.

The first time I’d heard about this great resource was driving home from the Whitworth Institute for Ministry with Scott Mann, FPCB’s pastor for Christian Growth. They are kind of quiet over in Bellevue about the great work they are doing, so I asked if I could tell some more folks about it. 

All of our churches are welcome to participate in this course, drawing on the excellent resources these good teachers have available to them. The video is professionally produced, and a pleasure to watch. The content is substantial, well researched, and engagingly presented. You can play each week’s class on any schedule that works for your congregation. Monthly circles? Weekday Bible studies? Small groups? Sunday School? Even just alerting your folks to the possibility of watching on their own is giving them a great tool for developing biblical literacy.

Thanks, Scott Mann! Always glad to find a new way to encourage my congregation!

Recent Social Media Articles

Seattle Presbytery

I follow a number of blogs talking about social media's place in the church, and think you may find some of them helpful or interesting. Some weeks I find lots of articles I like, some just a few. I'll post a round-up every few weeks with the articles I've enjoyed or found most useful.

Is A Church Website Enough? What About The Social Media Revolution? - A  lengthy, but well worth reading article. Social media has been a paradigm shifter. Businesses are having to change how they interact with customers (talk with instead of at them), and churches need to do the same. The new 'normal' is laid out in broad strokes, and leaves you to open the conversation with your church about what you need to do in order to be successful. The first comment is also worth reading, as he points out businesses have a fundamentally different purpose than churches.

The Biggest Mistake You Can Do With Internet Outreach - This podcast (16 minutes, or you can read the transcript) talks about how to talk with people instead of at them, and why that's so important, as well as how to walk the line online between being too formal and not formal enough in order to maintain your audience's attention.

Do You Pray On Facebook? Real Relationships And Spirituality Can Happen Online - Just like the title suggests, your real-life self and your online self are becoming less and less distinct, and what happens in one can enrich the other.'

8 Social Media Tips For Increasing Turnout At Your Event - The author suggests 8 strategies for helping to create successful events by effectively utilizing social media outlets

Who Monitors Your Church's Twitter Account? - Having a Twitter account is great ... but having one and not using it is potentially more harmful than simply not having one at all. Are you making sure to engage your followers?

(In case you missed the last round-up of social media articles, click here!)

Recent Social Media Articles

Seattle Presbytery

I follow a number of blogs talking about social media's place in the church, and think you may find some of them helpful or interesting. Some weeks I find lots of articles I like, some just a few. I'll post a round-up every few weeks with the articles I've enjoyed or found most useful.

Q: Do I Need To Go To Church Since I Find Fellowship Online? - The author argues the merits of online Christian fellowship versus what you get with in-person contact, and the ways that each can help to enrich your relationships.

7 Ways Churches And Their People Can Work Together To Share The Gospel Online - Seven ways that churches can use social media to help share the Gospel. Possibly a few you haven't thought of or aren't currently using!

5 Social Media Myths In The Church - Five common misconceptions about the use of social media.

How The New Facebook Affects Church Social Media - We all know Facebook just made another round of changes; you now, more than ever, need to keep people engaged with your page or it will slowly stop showing up in their news feed.

Facebook Changes: Subscriptions - One of the changes Facebook made is the idea of Subscriptions. You're now able to publish updates seen even by people who haven't 'Liked' your page!

19 Ideas For Your Church To Use Social Media To Interact With Its People - Social media shouldn't be used just to target people outside your church; you should also be using it to reach people already in your church. There are tips to getting started with this, as well as 19 (!) ways you can use social media to interact with your existing members

(In case you missed the last round-up of social media articles, click here!)

Recent Social Media Articles

Seattle Presbytery

I follow a number of blogs talking about social media's place in the church, and think you may find some of them helpful or interesting. Some weeks I find lots of articles I like, some just a few. I'll post a round-up every few weeks with the articles I've enjoyed or found most useful.

 Social Media Strategy Worksheet - A great social media development strategy worksheet that ministries can utilize to help create an effective social media strategy.

Why A Church Website Isn't Enough - A website should be a part of your outreach strategy, so having a static unchanging page won't cut it any more. Since it's likely the backbone of your internet outreach strategy, to be really effective, it needs to have changing content.

Can Ministry Be Done On LinkedIn? - LinkedIn can have multiple purposes in your church, from posting job openings to posting status updates from your Business Profile.

Help For The Technically-Challenged Church - If you're intimidated by trying to start social media in your church, or think you're not able/ready, this article offers thoughts on how to get your feet wet in ways that work for your church and meet its needs.

(In case you missed earlier round-ups of social media articles, click here!)

Workshop Rotation + Godly Play

Seattle Presbytery

By Aaron Willett, SeaPres Communications 

One Sunday morning, I witnessed a magic trick cast as a complex children’s sermon whereby a coin passing through an apparently impenetrable barrier created a metaphor for our own passage into heaven. As I sat there, befuddled by the theological implications and confused by the analogy, I realized that I wasn’t the only one—the children clearly shared my lack of comprehension. I asked myself, “Isn’t there a better way?” 

Turns out that there is: story and repetition. 

Two Sunday school curriculum models have emerged that meet these essential criteria. While they are distinct in their approaches, both Godly Play and Workshop Rotation teach from the story first. They are tactile—relying on sight and touch as much as the spoken word—and offer a number of ways for children to find their own place in the story. Both of these models are now being used in a number of churches across our presbytery. 

Godly Play

Based on the Montessori movement, Godly Play is fluid and tactile. According to Jennifer Reeve-Parker, Director of Ministries to Children & Families at Mercer Island Pres., “It really allows time for kids to see the story in this really playful way. The wording is very specific and Godly play has this amazing routine to it.” Each Sunday, as the children enter the room, they become connected by ritual. Jennifer recalls the specific wording used to prepare the group, “This is a special place, and in this place we have all the time that we need. We can walk more slowly and talk more quietly because we know that we are with God and listening to God.”

Dani Forbess, University Presbyterian’s Faith Formation Lead, describes the opportunity found in the fluidity and freedom, “One of the most appealing things about the Godly Play rhythm is the freedom that it affords to the children. This can feel unsettling at times, especially as both children and teacher are adjusting to the new rhythm. But as it develops, it allows active boys to do the very thing they need to do – be active with the story! It also allows for more reflective children to get lost in the story, if they so choose. Whereas, the ones who prefer a more social approach can engage with a small group of children and work together on one story. The opportunity to engage the story in a way unique to oneself abounds.” 

Part of the routine embraced in Godly Play is the liturgical calendar. Using a felt calendar, the children of MIPC (from four years old through second grade) mark the passage of time in liturgical colors. The colors provide another touchstone to connect the story of the Bible to their lives. Jennifer says, “They love getting-ready season, which is Advent… It’s really fun, and it’s a great way of teaching our church story.”

The richness of Godly Play is felt in more than ritual—each week the story is told not just in words, but with “manipulatives”: wooden figures and miniature props. Using the desert sand box, Jennifer showed me how the story of Abram and Sarai would be enacted, moving the figures across the sand, “…And then you go to the next place and you see their footprints in the sand all the way along. There’s always something to watch when you’re hearing a Godly Play story.” Dani describes children as young as three using the manipulatives to engage in a way that is personal and unique. She shares that the freedom this creates “is both challenging and powerful.”

Workshop Rotation Model

The Workshop Rotation Model gives children the opportunity to learn one Bible story over a period of several weeks across a number of different workshops. Each workshop has a theme around which the activity is centered. Possible workshops include art, music, science, cooking, drama, story, computers, movies, and games.

At MIPC, where both models are used, Jennifer and her crew of teachers first introduce the Bible story, then encourage the children to interact with it and “try it on. Whether it’s through an art project, watching a movie, or acting it out—[they] interact with it and then talk about it in small groups and figure out how it applies.”

Workshop Rotation allows a great deal of customization in each church community. Many curriculum resources are shared freely at rotation.org, and more are available for purchase. As Jennifer says, “You can really choose and make it your own.”

Tonia Davidson, Capitol Hill Presbyterian’s Children and Family Ministries Director, spoke of their own process of figuring out how the model “fit uniquely for our church.” Eventually they arrived at B.A.S.E. (Biblical And Spiritual Equipping) Camp and based their workshop titles around that theme. Their workshops include Rock Solid Productions (drama), the Story Telling Tent, Map it Out, Creation Station, Zion Flicks, the Table (cooking) and the Apostle’s Workout (gross motor).

Each workshop room is decorated to fit its theme. CHP’s Story Tent is draped floor to ceiling with flowing fabric and pillows. MIPC’s movie theater room is just like a small theater with tiered seating and low lighting. The time invested in these rooms pays dividends measured in excitement and attention span.

One of the advantages seen by Tonia at CHP is a greater involvement of men in leading workshops, “especially when I’m needing to recruit around specific talents.” She shared about men being involved as actors, artists, teaching science lessons and even one man who “did a workshop on baking that tied into the [Lord’s] prayer.” 

Engaging Both Children & Teachers

Dani, Jennifer and Tonia all spoke of how the depth of the biblical story in both Godly Play and Workshop Rotation feeds student and teacher alike. They related times when parents have been surprised by how well their kids know the biblical narrative. Jennifer talked about how the children are more attuned to the liturgical colors in the sanctuary than many of the adults in worship. 

Workshop Rotation and Godly Play are designed to pull children into the Bible’s story, helping them to find their own place within its pages.

FURTHER READING

To learn more, visit www.rotation.org and www.godlyplay.org

Mission Resource Persons Available

Seattle Presbytery

As of September 1, 2011 SUE YOUNG-SOON KINSLER has retired after 39 years as a PCUSA mission coworker, but is still visiting North Korea a number of times a year to continue her unusual ministry of helping orphans and disabled persons in that mostly-closed country. The Kinslers moved from Seoul to Bothell, WA on June 30 this year.

After founding a sheltered workshop  for the disabled, Bondong Koinonia in Seoul, from 1998 Sue’s main emphasis has been taking food and other help to orphanages and the disabled in hunger-stricken North Korea. Making 6 to 11 trips per year from 2004 to 2011, Sue Kinsler has raised support for three orphanages, three bakery/soymilk plants and a center for the disabled with sheltered workshops in Pyongyang and Sariwon, North Korea as well as helping 8 schools for the hearing-impaired and 3 schools for those visually disabled in various provinces in North Korea.

People are fascinated to hear Sue tell of her social work help which displays God’s love for the unfortunate in troubled North Korea and how the gospel gets in where overt evangelism is not allowed.

REV. ART KINSLER served in evangelism and church planting in South Korea’s new factory areas as well as being an associated missionary at the Presbyterian Church of Korea’s General Assembly offices and in charge of the PCUSA mission office in Seoul from 1994.

A biocketch of the Kinsler’s and mission letters are available on line here.

Contact points for the Kinslers:
Cell phone: 425) 412-0523
Home phone 425) 354-3018
15703 36th DR SE
Bothell, WA 98012

STREAM: A Group for Pastoral Leaders with Tony Robinson

Seattle Presbytery

From Congregational Leadership Northwest

STREAM: a group for Pastoral Leaders with Tony Robinson, jointly sponsored by CLN and Samaritan Center, begins on October 13. A generous donation allows us to offer up to 3 $100 scholarships for participants, reducing your registration cost to $249 for the eight sessions. If you are interested in one of these scholarships use the contact form at our website (Quick Link 1) or call Tony Robinson direct at 206 335 7269.

This STREAM group starts on October 13 and goes through May. It offers support, theological reflection, refreshment, encouragement, accountability and a missional orientation to the eight participants. Led by seasoned pastoral leader and congregational consultant, Tony Robinson. Common reading includes two exciting new books, "Becoming the Pastor You Hope To Be" by Barbara Blodgett and "Nurturing Spiritual Depth in Christian Worship" by Janice Springer.

This STREAM group meets on Thursday morning, 9:30 to noon at the Samaritan Center in the Ravenna neighborhood of Seattle. For more information and registration, click on Quick Link 1, then "Events and Seminars." Some denominations also provide partial scholarships. Contact yours to see.

Neighborhood Exegesis: How About You?

Seattle Presbytery

By Rev. Eyde Mabanglo, North Point Church Parish Associate

"The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood." -John 1:14, The Message 

About twenty years ago, a pastor friend of mine left his preaching position in order to open a small chain of coffee shops on the Kitsap Peninsula. He said that he had more meaningful conversations with people about spiritual matters in his coffee shops than he ever did as a pastor in a church. Just a few years ago, another pastor friend of mine did the same thing; several Bible study groups now make his coffee shop their weekly home. He just opened his second coffee shop (“The Global Bean”) in the new, neighborhood YMCA. These pastors both left the pulpit, but they didn’t leave their call or their passion there.

How about you? Are you a pastor with a call and a passion to initiate a missional community in our Presbytery? We want to help…

In 2000, Central Kitsap Presbyterian Church’s session worked with the Seattle Presbytery to create a satellite campus in Poulsbo, a 15-minute drive from the CKPC ‘main campus’. This missional community (granted we didn’t call it that back then) based its approach on focusing on the neighbors—their life’s dreams, family needs, real fears, and spiritual questions. We learned to listen…to the neighborhood. “North Point” eventually walked through the New Church Development (NCD) process and chartered in 2005. We began worshipping in our new sanctuary this summer which is located within a rural block of the neighborhood’s elementary school, junior high, and high school.

How about you? Is your session prayerfully considering a missional community within or beyond your local congregation? We want to help…

The Catalyzing Missional Communities Committee (CMC) can help to guide, resource, and encourage many different kinds of initiatives. Some of those exciting developments involve ethnic groups becoming better grounded in their neighborhoods with welcomed attention to language barriers, family traditions, and worship practices. Some of these fellowships are strategically made up of mixed cultures as well.

How about you? Do you or your church see a multi-cultural opportunity in your neighborhood? We want to help...

Rev. Craig Williamson, the associate for the western office of PC(USA)’s church development, challenged the CMC to consider “neighborhood exegesis.” More and more church leaders are successfully engaging in neighborhood exegesis and watching for God’s movement in their communities. This situational awareness, humility, and adaptability are important tools in the missional leader’s tool belt. Twelve delegates from our Presbytery attended the NCD conference in Florida and received more practical tools to help us move forward in ministry at all levels here in Seattle. For example, in Detroit, a Presbytery is strategizing with local congregations to merge two churches in order to be one stronger missional presence in their community.

How about you? Do you have a missional story or strategy that you’d like to share with your fellow presbyters? We want to hear it!

To share or ask questions, please contact the Catalyzing Missional Communities Committee by:

Recent Social Media Articles

Seattle Presbytery

by Christa Peck, SeaPres Communications

I follow a number of blogs talking about social media's place in the church, and think you may find some of them helpful or interesting. Some weeks I find lots of articles I like, some just a few. I'll post a round-up every few weeks with the articles I've enjoyed or found most useful.

Holy Eavesdropping: Why Facebook Is Great For Ministry - Facebook can give you glimpses into people's lives in ways that you may otherwise have never seen. Social media can let you connect with your congregation (and fellow members!) in meaningful ways beyond the scope of Sunday morning church service.

Email Marketing Is Not Dead - Email marketing is still important to communicate with your church members, but it's not your grandfather's email message - it's important to integrate other types of social media into your email campaigns to maximize its impact with your audience.

How Facebook Killed The Church - This article explores a bit about why Millenials are less into attending church than previous generations, and the role that technology (cell phones, facebook, etc) are playing in this shift.

What Is Your Ministry's Web Strategy? - Are you being deliberate in your web strategy? Are you accomplishing your goal and keeping all your decisions focused on achieving your stated purpose? Both an excellent bulleted list, and a link to a more in-depth article about being effective and intentional in the ways you reach out to past, present, and future members of your community.

(In case you missed the last round-up of social media articles, click here!)