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2013 Big Tent Partner Conferences


Compassion, Peace, and Justice Conference

Turning the Tables: A Compassion, Peace, and Justice Big Tent Summit

No ordinary conference, “Turning the Tables” combines food justice, local site actions, creative worship, art, interactive workshops, and training to build lasting relationships and models for action in our local contexts as we seek to overturn tables of injustice and violence. Download the "Turning the Tables" flyer and schedule.

Visit the "Turning the Tables" website or contact Rebecca Barnes,, x5624, for more information.

Evangelism and Church Growth Conference

1001: Get in the Game

“1001”?!? Over the next 10 years, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has committed to start 1,001 new worshiping communities across the United States. “1001: Get in the Game” will explore how Committees on Ministry, Committees on Preparation for Ministry, churches, entrepreneurial leaders, racial ethnic partners, missional faith communities, and everyone in between are beginning to give birth to these new, exciting worshiping communities. How will you be involved? See 1001:Get in the Game at Big Tent flyer.

Please contact Philip Lotspeich,, x5266, for more information.

Healthy Ministry Conference

If you serve on Advisory Commissions/Committees on Preparation for Ministry, Committees on Ministry, or as presbytery staff, or seminary faculty or staff, the Healthy Ministry Conference is for you. It’s designed to inspire and equip you in your calling to shape and support healthy leaders for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Delve into skills needed and new models for preparing and retooling leaders for 21st century ministry, and build relationships for collaboration in this important work. This year’s conference will include offerings for beginning and experienced committee members.

Please contact Tim Cargal,, x5771, for more information.

National Elders Conference

The National Elders Conference is for ruling elders who want to more faithfully serve with energy, intelligence, imagination, and love as they guide their congregations to become communities of faith, hope, love, and witness. This conference offers a variety of opportunities for education and growth, including full-day elder training on Friday in English, Korean, and Spanish. Sponsored by the Office of the General Assembly, the Presbyterian Mission Agency, and the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation.

Visit the National Elders Conference site for more information or contact Martha Miller at

National Multicultural Church Conference

Singing Harmony: Models of Multicultural Worship and Music

The conference provides cutting-edge resources and transformative leadership training for all—  clergy and laity, young and old, men and women— reflecting the cultural, economic, and racial ethnic makeup of our diverse communities in the US. Together, we will celebrate 500 years of our Reformed theology in song, worship, and praise. Participants will explore new and diverse models of multicultural worship and music that helps us to glorify and enjoy God. Cosponsored by the Multicultural Congregational Support office and the national Presbyterian Multicultural Network.

Please visit for more information.

Presbyterian Communicators Network Conference

In today’s increasingly complex and rapidly changing religious, communication, and media landscapes, communicators must be conversant with the latest tools and technologies in order to inspire, equip, and connect people around the power of story. This conference assembles a wealth of gifted professionals as presenters across all forms of communication— writing/editing, broadcast, online publishing, visual design, social media, and more. Cosponsored by the Communications Ministry of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, Presbyterian Media Mission, The Presbyterian Outlook, and the Presbyterian Writers Guild.

Please contact Jerry Van Marter,, x5493, for more information.

Racial Ethnic and Immigrants Convocation

The Beloved Community: Under Construction

Join Presbyterians of various cultures and backgrounds in worship and fellowship to explore ways to increase diversity in our church and channel opportunities into one collaborative body, fully exercising the mission of Christ. 

Please contact Sterling Morse,, x5114, or Denise Hayden,, x5089, for more information.

Seminary Support Network Conference

Our Presbyterian seminaries offer vital resources to the church and world in both traditional and nontraditional ways. Learn and share stories that renew and equip church leaders and lift up amazing lives and ministries in theological education. If you have ever wondered how our seminaries are evolving to meet the changing needs of the church in a changing world, come and be part of an exciting, reciprocal conversation with leaders who care.

Please contact Rose E. Niles,, x5337, for more information.

Theology, Worship, and Education Conference

Thinking, Praying, and Living the Faith

The Christian life is shaped by our thinking the faith, praying the faith, and living the faith. Conference participants will reflect on the inner relationship among the content of our faith, our prayer and worship, and our whole lives. We will try to help each other live into a fuller appreciation of how we are shaped as disciples of Jesus Christ.

Please visit the Theology, Worship and Education Conference site for more information.

World Mission Conference

The Power of “We”: The Call to Collective Impact in God’s Global Mission

How can Presbyterians engage in global mission for collective impact? What tools will help your congregation address poverty, do evangelism, and engage in reconciliation? Discover strategies to advocate for, empower, and partner with sisters and brothers throughout the denomination and around the world through mission.

Please visit the World Mission Conference site for more information.


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