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“The last will be first, and the first will be last.” Matt. 20:16

Wednesday, April 16

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The Presbytery of Olympia

Washington

The whistle that “Coach” Tanis received from the presbytery

 

The whistle that “Coach” Tanis received from the presbytery

 

It’s a new day in Olympia Presbytery. When beloved general presbyter Rev. Lynn Longfield stepped down after 16 years at the end of 2012, the presbytery set about reimagining its future. Under Rev. Longfield’s leadership a futures task force had developed a mission statement and a plan. To help implement that plan, Rev. Dr. Keith Tanis was brought on board as transitional executive presbyter. He has established two cohorts of congregations to begin a journey toward missional transformation. He also is coaching the pastors of these congregations in missional leadership.

Simply stated, missional transformation shifts the focus of ministry outward. It is not about adding people in the pews or dollars in the offering plate. It is about engaging our communities to see what God is already doing and becoming a part of it.

With Rev. Tanis as coach, these congregations will meet together, pray for one another, and study and put into action the principles of missional transformation. Through it all, they will seek to follow wherever the Holy Spirit leads. It is impossible to know at the beginning what the outcome will be, but they are confident that stepping out in faith will lead to transformation.

Olympia Presbytery serves 6,859 members of 45 congregations and is home to Camp Sound View.

Rev. Sue Watkins, pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Puyallup

Let us join in prayer for:

Presbytery Staff

Rev. Dr. Keith Tanis, executive presbyter
Rev. Kari McFarland, stated clerk/presbytery administrator
Steve Klump, treasurer

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Kevin Garvey, BOP
Karen Gasaway, PMA

Let us pray

Holy God, guide us as we seek to do your will in a world of dizzying change. Help us to be transformed by your steadfast love that never changes. Shift our focus outward into our communities, that we might share your amazing grace so that others can also be transformed. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 5; 147:1-11
First Reading Lamentations 2:1-9
Second Reading 2 Corinthians 1:23-2:11
Gospel Reading Mark 12:1-11
Evening Psalms 27; 51

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