Tuesday, July 21
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Synod of Living Waters
Aware of the evolving nature of the denomination, the Synod of Living Waters decided over a decade ago to focus its life and work on resourcing and strengthening its presbyteries. “Synod ministries” ceased in favor of supporting and encouraging “presbytery partnerships”—which have included presbytery ministries such as a joint collegiate retreat, conflict-management training, events for first-call pastors, and training for GA commissioners.
Increasingly, the synod’s focus has turned to the need for presbyteries to develop creative ways to work together and share resources. A “Shared Futures” summit was held in 2013, with a follow-up in 2014. The gatherings have led to creative new sharing of staff and resources, such as the Presbytery of South Alabama’s executive working part-time with the Presbytery of Mississippi, the Presbytery of the Mid-South sharing some of its young adult ministries staff person’s time with the Presbytery of St. Andrew in return for some time from its executive, and the Presbytery of St. Andrew providing administrative services by contract to the Synod of Living Waters and Living Waters for the World.
These efforts and programs are strengthening our common life and revitalizing connections among our 12 presbyteries and 679 congregations as we seek to faithfully participate in God’s mission in the world.
—Gregory A. Goodwiller, executive presbyter and stated clerk, Presbytery of St. Andrew
Let us join in prayer for:
Rev. Terry Newland, synod executive
Carie Turner, financial administrator, Synod of Living Waters and Living Waters for the World
Ellen Kellum, administrative services, Synod of Living Waters and Living Waters for the World
Steve Young, executive director, Living Waters for the World
Kendall Cox, director of education, Living Waters for the World
Jeff Wagner, director of operations, Living Waters for the World
Ralph Young, networks coordinator, Living Waters for the World
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
God of grace, we know that we are stronger and more effective in mission when we work together. Guide us, by your Holy Spirit, into a life of ever-increasing connection to each other. In Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.