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Big Tent 2017

Other Big Tent Activities


Face to Face

Church Leadership Connection (CLC) (, a ministry of the Office of the General Assembly, is sponsoring a Face-to-Face event at Big Tent. Search committees, mid council staff, teaching elders and other church professionals have an opportunity to move beyond the written words of Personal Information Forms (PIF) and Ministry Information Forms (MIF) to meet and talk directly with one another about the possibility of ministry together. Face-to-Face is an opportunity to connect with a number of folks, and an opportunity to be open to the movement of the Holy Spirit leading you to places and people you may have never imagined.  Hours are 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 8:30 a.m. – noon on Saturday.  See the Schedule of Events for information on special trainings.

For more information, call 888-728-7228, ext. 5225, advance registration is required at

Pre-and Post-Big Tent Conferences and Meetings

There are several pre-and post-Big Tent options for education and networking, listed below. Please review the full Big Tent Schedule of Events for more information, including separate registration fees for most of these events. Residence hall accommodations are available for those arriving early for these meetings and conferences; the cost for these additional night(s) are included in the pre-conference fees.

Middle Eastern Pastor’s Leadership Development Conference
Begins with dinner on Tuesday, July 4, 6:00 p.m. and ends with lunch on Thursday. The registration fee is $100, which includes residence hall lodging for Tuesday and Wednesday nights and 6 meals (Tuesday dinner through Thursday lunch). This conference provides a lifelong learning experience in the areas of evangelism, church revitalization, and pastoral leadership to Middle Eastern pastors and lay leaders.  This training event is also an opportunity for Middle Eastern pastors and leaders to meet for fellowship, reflection, mutual encouragement, spiritual nourishment, and sharing best ministry practices.
For more information contact Magdy Girgis (

Presbyterian Intercultural Pre-conference
Sponsored by Racial Ethnic and Women’s Ministries (PMA) and the Presbyterian Intercultural Network
Begins at noon on Wednesday, July 5, and ends with lunch on Thursday, July 6. The registration fee is $125, which includes residence hall lodging for Wednesday night, and 4 meals (Wednesday lunch through Thursday lunch). The fee for commuters is $60, which includes Wednesday lunch and dinner, and Thursday lunch. To be the church, always reforming, the church God is calling us to be in this time and place, requires safe “sacred space” for honest, open, and often difficult conversations about the power of race in our lives, white privilege, “black lives matter,” institutional racism, power imbalances and power sharing.  Enter this “sacred space” during this pre-conference.  Learn to recognize the power of racism.  Learn to speak truth to power.  Learn to build genuine, mutual, and just intercultural relationships and communities.  Experience the holy, transforming power that enters our lives through truth telling, genuine listening that seeks to understand deeply, confession and repentance. Come, join us!  Explore with us!  Discover with us! Be Transformed!
For more information, contact Lemuel Garcia (

Young(ish) Mid Council Leaders Gathering
Thursday, July 6, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. The fee is $20, which includes lunch. All mid-council staff and elected leaders age 40ish and younger are invited to gather for a time of conversation, fellowship, and consultation. Join us to learn more about our different roles and discuss how we can support one another in this important ministry!
For more information, contact Andy James (

Egypt -  Christians in Tumultuous Times
Thursday, July 6, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. No fee, but advanced registration is encouraged.  Attendees may bring their own lunch. Sponsored by the Egypt Partnership Network (EPN)
In this most recent history of revolution(s), the Synod of the Nile, the Evangelical Theological Seminary of Cairo (ETSC) and the over 375 Presbyterian Churches of Egypt have forged a powerful witness for Christ.  Join our presenters as we share and answer questions concerning the vision, challenges and reality of the Evangelical (Protestant) Presbyterian Church's growth and needs.  Learn, too, of the new PCUSA Egypt Partnership Network's efforts to inform and strengthen the partnership of congregations in the USA and Egypt. Led by Rev. Alfred Graise,  Egyptian – American, co-pastor, Calvary Presbyterian Church, Riverside, CA and coordinator of the Egypt Partnership Network (EPN) and EPN Leadership Team Members Rev. Dr. Steve Gorman, recent PCUSA Regional Liaison, Synod of the Nile, Cairo, Egypt (2013- 2016) and Dr. Stan Skreslet, Professor of Church History. Union Presbyterian Seminary. 

Presbyterian Intercultural Young Adult Network Post Conference
Begins at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 8, ends after lunch on Sunday, July 9. Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast and lunch are provided. Open to all young adults attending Big Tent at no additional fee. We are a testifying community who believes in transformative discipleship and the liberating healing of Jesus Christ. As young adults in the PC(USA), we come together to witness God’s good work in our lives both in and outside of the church. We recognize that our unity is enlightened by our different cultures and backgrounds, and from a mosaic of generational traditions and beliefs. We are committed to the work of the Holy Spirit, especially in being disciples and by making disciples of others for the establishment of the Realm of God.
For more information, please contact Mei-Hui Lai (

National Asian Presbyterian Council (NAPC)
Begins 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday July 5 and ends before 4:00 p.m. on Thursday July 6
Fees: $100 (includes Wednesday lodging), $150(includes Tuesday and Wednesday lodging) or $50(no lodging). Each fee includes Wednesday dinner and Thursday breakfast and lunch.

At this biennial NAPC Pre-Conference gathering we seek to help the Asian Presbyterian Church leaders, ordained and lay alike, understand the structure of the PC(USA) as it exists and as it pertains to our role as People of Color in the greater Church. We will have Judy Lussie of Presbyterian Women, and Mark Koenig, Coordinator for Leadership Development, Racial Justice, and Networking at the Presbyterian Mission Agency come and speak with us about their expertise and experience also. At NAPC we acknowledge that we have much to learn from each other and we hope you come join us at this Pre-Conference Gathering with your stories of how you have come and stayed at the table.
For more information contact