Wednesday, April 16
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The Presbytery of Olympia
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.
Let us join in prayer for:
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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.