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National Elders Conference

A partner conference as a part of the PC(USA) Big Tent

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.

Conferencia Nacional de Ancianos/as (CNA)

Una conferencia conjunta como parte del «Big Tent» (La gran carpa) de la IP(EEUUA)

La Conferencia nacional de ancianos/as es para aquellos/as ancianos/as gobernantes que quieren servir fielmente con más energía, inteligencia, imaginación, y amor al guiar a sus congregaciones a convertirse en comunidades de fe, esperanza, amor y testimonio. Esta conferencia ofrece una variedad de oportunidades educativas y de crecimiento, incluyendo un día completo de entrenamiento para ancianos/as el viernes en inglés, coreano y español. Schedule (PDF).

전국 장로 컨퍼런스

미국장로교 빅 텐트 (Big Tent) 모임 프로그램 중의 하나로 열리는 컨퍼런스

전국 장로 컨퍼런스는 자신들이 섬기는 교회가 믿음, 소망, 사랑, 그리고 복음 증거의 공동체가 되도록 가이드함에 있어 열심과 지혜와 상상력과 사랑을 가지고 보다 더 충성스럽게 섬기기를 원하는 사역장로 (장로)들을 위한 컨퍼런스이다. 이 컨퍼런스는 교육과 성장을 위한 다양한 기회를 제공하는데, 금요일 에는 영어, 한국어. 스페인어로 하루 종일 실시하는 장로 훈련도 포함되어 있다. Schedule (PDF)

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Conference Hospitality Thursday 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The National Elders Conference will host dessert and an opportunity to meet other registrants. At 7:30 pm, PC(USA) associate for worship David Gambrell will offer brief remarks on ruling elders as worship leaders, and invite participants to assist with closing worship at Big Tent.

Common Workshops Friday 10:00 am – 11:30 am

National Elder Conference workshops include:

Ruling Elders in the Midst of Change

What does it mean to be a Ruling Elder in a rapidly changing church? What are the changes out there for the Presbyterian Church (USA)? Leadership is even more important in a time of huge transitions. This workshop will explore the role of the Ruling Elder as defined by the Book of Order and by our local contexts. Please come ready to share stories, questions and ideas. Leader: Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly.

Young Adult Ruling Elders: Serving as Congregation Leaders

A panel of young adult ruling elders, along with Bruce Reyes-Chow, former General Assembly moderator who moderated a session composed of primarily young adults, will share from their experiences about the opportunities and challenges a congregation has when young adults are leading and guiding the witness of the congregation. Young adults and session moderators are encouraged to come and share in the conversation. Facilitator: Ruling Elder, Rob Fohr, Young Adult Catalyst, Presbyterian Mission Agency.

National Elder Conference Luncheon (with Evangelism and Church Growth Conference and Healthy Ministries Conference) Friday 12:00 noon

New Worshiping Community Panel: Dylan Rooke, building manager, Hot Metal Bridge, Pittsburgh, PA; Steve Yamaguchi, executive presbyter, Los Ranchos Presbytery; Vera White, associate for 1001 Worshiping Communities, PMA. Moderated by Phil Lotspeich, coordinator for Church Growth, PMA.

Workshops Friday 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

The Ruling Elder: Presbyterian Polity (Session 1).

This workshop will give an overview of Presbyterian polity, its history and theology, and the way it influences the life of a congregation and the ministry of ruling elders. Participants are encouraged to also register for Sessions 2 and 3. (Offered in English, Spanish and Korean) - Peggy Hinds, Associate General Presbyter, Mid-Kentucky Presbytery

El/La Anciano(a) Gobernante: Politica Presbiteriana (Sesión 1)

Este taller en un recuento de la politica Presbiteriana, su historia, teologia y la manera que este ministerio da vida a la congregación. Invitamos a los participantes a que se matriculen para los tres talleres. Este taller sera ofrecido en tres sesiones en Español, Koreano e Inglés. Facilitadora – Loyda P. Aja, Secretaria Permanente Asociada de la Asamblea General, IP(E.U.A.) y Anciana Gobernante.

사역장로: 장로교 정치제도(Session 1)

이 워크숍은 장로교 정치에 관한 것으로서, 그 역사와 신학 및 교회와 사역장로들의 삶에 미치는 영향을 살펴본다. 참여자들은 Sessions 2와 3도 등록해서 참석할 것을 권장한다. 루이빌한인장로교회 교역장로(목사)인 한명성목사와 루이빌 장로교 신학교 2학년 김지은 신학생 이 함께 인도한다. Martin and Jieun Han

Ruling Elders as Spiritual Leaders

Being a ruling elder is not all about knowing the Book of Order and being in meetings. It includes having “maturity of faith,” being “compassionate in spirit,” measuring the congregation’s “fidelity to the Word of God,” and exercising “spiritual discernment.” Explore the spiritual foundations of serving as a ruling elder. Tom Hay, Associate Stated Clerk of the PC(USA) General Assembly, Associate for Assembly Operations

Workshops Friday 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Ruling Elder: Roles and Responsibilities (Session 2)

This workshop will explore the role of ruling elders in their ministry of discernment and governance. The responsibilities of the session will also be covered. Participants are encouraged to also register for Sessions 1 and 3. (Offered in English, Spanish and Korean) Peggy Hinds, Associate General Presbyter, Mid-Kentucky Presbytery

Responsabilidades de los/las Ancianos/as Gobernantes (Sesión 2)

En este taller vamos a explorar las responsabilidades de los/las ancianos/as gobernantes –Trabajando con el consistorio. Tambien recibiremos ayudas sobre el ministerio de discernimiento, y como se gobierna la Iglesia Presbiteriana (E.U.A.). Invitamos a los participantes a que se matriculen para los tres talleres. Facilitadora – Loyda P. Aja, Secretaria Permanente Asociada de la Asamblea General, IP(E.U.A.) y Anciana Gobernante.

사역장로: 역할과 책임(Session 2)

이 워크숍은 분별과 치리에 있어 사역장로의 역할을 알아보며, 당회의 임무도 알아본다. 참여자들은 Sessions 1과 3도 참석할 것을 권장한다. 루이빌한인장로교회 교역장로(목사)인 한명성목사와 루이빌 장로교 신학교 2학년 김지은 신학생이 함께 인도한다. Martin and Jieun Han

The Ministry of Ruling Elders After Session Service

Whether you have just completed your first term on session or the fifth, questions always arise for ruling elders at the end of their service: How do you manage that transition and let go? How do you resist the temptation to simply fade away? What is the role of an inactive Ruling Elder? How can you appropriately stay engaged and involved as one ordained to ordered ministry? Led by Diana Barber, ruling elder, Synod of Lakes and Prairies.

Workshops Friday 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

The Ruling Elder: Leading in Congregational Life (Session 3)

This workshop will offer ruling elders the opportunity to integrate the information from sessions 1 and 2 into the congregational setting, through engagement with case studies. Participants are encouraged to also register for Sessions 1 and 2. (Offered in English, Spanish and Korean). Peggy Hinds, Associate General Presbyter, Mid-Kentucky Presbytery

El/La Anciano/a Gobernante: Dirigiendo en la Vida de la Congregación (Sesión 3)

En este taller vamos a integrar lo que aprendimos en la Sesión 1 y 2 por medio de casos de estudios. Invitamos a los participantes a que se matriculen para los tres talleres. Facilitadora – Loyda P. Aja, Secretaria Permanente Asociada de la Asamblea General, IP(E.U.A.) y Anciana Gobernante.

사역장로: 교회 운영(Session 3)

이 워크숍은 sessions 1과 2에서 배운 것을 가지고 실제 일어났던 케이스 를 다루며 교회 생활에 적용한다. 참여자들은 Sessions 1과 2도 참석할 것을 권장한다. 루이빌한인장로교회 교역장로(목사)인 한명성목사와 루이빌 장로교 신학교 2학년 김지은 신학생이 함께 인도한다. Martin and Jieun Han

Ruling as Elders in Times of Trouble

When conflict or trouble begins to brew in the congregation, what can ruling elders do to “further the peace, unity, and purity of the church?” Doska Ross, ruling elder, Synod of Southern California and Hawaii and Joyce Lieberman, teaching elder, Office of the General Assembly.

Workshops Saturday 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Conversation with the Stated Clerk of the PC(USA)

Ruling elders are invited to bring their morning coffee and to come and sit down with Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (USA), to discuss the state of the church and current issues in the life of the denomination.

Keeping the Foundations Before You

As the session leads and guides the witness of the congregation, the session it is to keep before it the marks of the Church, the notes by which Presbyterian and Reformed congregations have identified themselves and the Great Ends of the Church. Ruling elders are invited to come explore what these foundations of Presbyterian polity are and how the inform the work of the session. Led by Doska Ross, ruling elder, Synod of Southern California and Hawaii

Workshops Saturday 10:00 am – 11:30 am

“Discern and Measure”

In G-2.0301, ruling elders are ordained to “discern and measure” the fidelity of the congregation to the Word of God and to strengthen and nurture its faith and life.” What does that mean and how do we live out that responsibility, whether or not we are actively serving on session? We are used to running meetings and making decisions, but what difference does it make if we fully accept this charge? Led by Diana Barber, ruling elder, Synod of Lakes and Prairies

Women’s Leadership in the Immigrant Context: The Korean Case

At its 2009 annual meeting, the National Council of Korean Presbyterian Churches (NCKPC) received a report prepared by an NCKPC special committee to study the current status of women’s leadership in Korean congregations. This was a bold step in an effort to lead Korean congregations into the 21st century. The report and study document also contains recommendations for promoting gender equality and equity in Korean churches. You are invited to learn about the findings and engage in a dialogue about promoting the leadership of women ruling rulers in Korean congregations in the PC(USA). Facilitated by Unzu Lee, teaching elder and associate for Leadership, Presbyterian Women

21세기를 향한 한인교회의 비존은 전문적인 목회자 중심에서 교회 공동체의 목회로 전환하는 것이라고 NCKPC는 2003년 총회에서 선언하였습니다. 여성은 교회 공동체의 반 이상을 차지합니다. NCKPC는 2007년에 여성지도력 강화 특별연구위원회를 구성하였고, 이 위원회는 2009년에 연구결과와 향상방안을 담은 리포트를 NCKPC총회에 제출하였습니다. 이 웤숍은 이 리포트에 담긴 연구결과와 향상방안을 나누고 대화하며 함께 우리가 갈 길을 찾아가는 기회가 될 것입니다.

Partner Conference Luncheon Saturday 12:00 noon

“Faith at Work”
Speaker: Mike Ferguson, ruling elder and living out his faith as a reporter for the Muscatine Journal (Iowa)

Common Workshops Saturday 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

National Elder Conference workshops include:

Peace by Piece: Tools for Building a Pastoral Care Practice for Ruling Elders and Deacons

This workshop is designed to teach the basic tools of pastoral care and the art of spiritual presence to Ruling Elders and Deacons who minister to the sick, suffering, broken, and dying in their congregations and communities. The workshop is led by two hospital chaplains, one who ministers primarily to adult oncology patients and their families and one who ministers primarily to pediatric ICU patients and their families. This workshop will help participants to understand the emotional and spiritual needs of those for whom they care and will teach pastoral care interventions for helping others to find peace and healing in their suffering. Specific topics covered will include: communication and listening skills; dealing with grief and loss; theological questions; death and dying; religious rituals, and self-care. Leaders: Rev. Katie Anderson, Louisville, KY and Rev. Skye Murray, Louisville, KY .

Called to Discipleship: Preparing Church Officers for Leadership

The Book of Order calls for preparation of church officers for leadership in the church. This workshop will look at some basic elements of ordained leadership and explore ways those elements can be instilled in Elders and Deacons for effective and dynamic service. Content will be both theological and practical. Electronic materials available from kmichael@wpc-mpls.org. Leader: Rev. Kathy Michael, Associate Pastor for Adult Education and Leadership Development, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis, MN.

 

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