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Leader Formation: Investing in Ruling Elders and Deacons

Leader Formation - Webinars

 

As ruling elders and deacons serving in local congregations across the denomination, webinars give us an opportunity to gather together virtually and in the presence of other leaders who walk alongside us on this formation journey 

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Practicing Inclusion: A Leader Formation Webinar
October 13, 2022;  7:00 – 8:30 pm (eastern) 
Register HERE by October 5, 2022

Diversity. Participation. Inclusion. These are not just socially of-the-moment words, but foundational values related to our openness to the work of the Holy Spirit within the PC(USA). Creating spaces where we can listen to all who are seeking God’s will together can help us discern where God is calling and leading us in mission and ministry, but how do we create and foster those spaces? What are some things that can get in the way? In this webinar, we will talk about the impact of implicit bias, why it’s important to consider and reduce implicit bias as Christians in the PC(USA), and some tools you can use to create spaces that invite and welcome full participation of a diverse group of people in the discernment processes and governance of the church.

This event is provided for free for participants and is funded through your per capita dollars. It does not come without cost, however. Knowing the diversity of language within the PC(USA), this webinar will be provided in several languages with interpretation based on requests made through the registration process. As a result, there is a registration deadline of October 5, 2022, in order to be able to have time to arrange for those services. This event will be recorded and will be available in English following the event. 

Register for the webinar by October 5, 2022, here.

This webinar will be led by Jihyun Oh who is Teaching Elder member of Greater Atlanta Presbytery, and currently serves as Director of Mid Council Ministries and Associate Stated Clerk in the Office of the General Assembly. Prior to denominational work, she served congregations as interim pastor, associate pastor, and parish associate, and served the patients, families, and staff in the ICUs of a Level I Trauma hospital as a chaplain. Jihyun is an ICF-trained coach and a Qualified Administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and is passionate about helping people, and the many parts of the church, discover anew who we are becoming... and then put action behind that discovery. Part of her task in her current role is to proactively imagine ways to bridge the gap between the Church that was and the Church that is and is still becoming.

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Leader Formation: Investing in Ruling Elders and Deacons
Good Stewards of God’s Grace – A Webinar
March 30, 2022; 7:00 – 8:30 pm (eastern)

View the recording of the webinar in full screen here.  
 

View and download the presentations slides (pdf) and additional resources. 

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Presiding at Baptism
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“Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received” (1 Pet. 4:10). As spiritual leaders in the congregation, deacons and ruling elders have vital gifts to offer in the leadership of worship. This webinar will help to equip ruling elders and deacons for particular roles and responsibilities as worship leaders in a variety of settings, including: the Service for the Lord’s Day; services of ordination, installation, and commissioning; the extended service of communion; and other ministries of compassion and care with those who are sick, homebound, or hospitalized.

This webinar was led by the Rev. Dr. David Gambrell. David is associate for worship in the Office of Theology and Worship of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He was an advisory member of the Glory to God (WJKP, 2013) hymnal committee and coordinated the 2017 revision to the PC(USA) Directory for Worship (part of the Book of Order). He is co-editor (with Kimberly Bracken Long) of the latest edition of the Book of Common Worship (WJKP, 2018), author of Presbyterian Worship: Questions and Answers (WJKP, 2019), and editor of the Connections Worship Companion (WJKP, 2021).
 

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During the Year of Leader Formation in 2021, ruling elders and deacons had an opportunity to join together in three webinars. The recordings of these events are found below.

Year of Leader Formation: Investing in Ruling Elders and Deacons
Deacon Ministries – A Webinar
September 16, 2021; 7:00 - 8:30 pm (EDT) 


According to our PC(USA) Book of Order, “the ministry of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of compassion, witness, and service . . .” The ways that this ministry is lived out varies from one congregation to another, depending on culture, context, and needs of the church and broader community. In this third webinar of The Year of Leader Formation series, a panel of deacons, pastors, and ruling elders explored this vital ordered ministry of the church. Hear about the ways that the gifts and skills of deacons are used within congregational ministries, community impacts of deacon ministries, and the connection between discipleship and deacons. 

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Year of Leader Formation: Investing in Ruling Elders and Deacons
Parliamentary Procedure for Leaders – A Webinar
July 14, 2021; 7-8:30 pm (eastern) 

View the recording of the webinar in full screen here.  

 

View and download the presentations slides (pdf): 

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PC(USA) ruling elders and deacons have responsibilities as leaders in Christ’s church. Whether you serve as a moderator or as a participant, your call will involve meetings conducted by parliamentary procedure – usually Robert’s Rules of Order. Most Presbyterians have learned about parliamentary procedure through observation during meetings; during this Year of Leader Formation webinar, you can expect to learn more about the theological connections between parliamentary procedure and our Book of Order and gain skills to help you participate more confidently and effectively. You will have an opportunity during the registration process to name questions you would like to see addressed.

The webinar will be led by Associate Stated Clerk Tricia Dykers-Koenig, who served as parliamentarian for the online 224th General Assembly (2020). Tricia is Associate Director for Mid Council Relations in the Office of the General Assembly, a minister member of the Presbytery of the Western Reserve, and a Registered Parliamentarian.

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Year of Leader Formation: Investing in Ruling Elders and Deacons
Discovering our Gifts – A Webinar
April 14, 2021; 7-8:30 pm (eastern)

View the recording of the webinar in full screen here.  
 

God has gifted each of us with a variety of skills, interests, and talents. As those called to leadership in the church, particularly to the ministries of ruling elder and deacon, many of those gifts are called upon in a variety of ways. Take time to explore and discover your own talents, how they can be used to form effective teams, and ways that we work together in community as God’s children. During this Year of Leader Formation webinar, you can expect to search within yourself while also being introduced to some tools to use in your own congregation.

 

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