• Outlook Reporting 1 min ago

    PMAB approved budget changes: Reserve fund, conference centers, website discussed

    PMAB approved budget changes: Reserve fund, conference centers, website discussed

    by Leslie Scanlon
    LOUISVILLE – The Presbyterian Mission Agency Board has approved adjustments in the mission budgets for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) for the next three years – authorizing spending increases that the denomination will pay for by drawing down reserves. Also, funding for both the Ghost Ranch and Stony Point conference centers – both of which have significant needs for capital improvements – remains a subject of discussion. These conversations have significant implications for the denomination’s financial future. With declining unrestricted revenue – and with reserves being drawn down closer and closer… continue reading...
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  • Outlook Reporting 4 hours ago

    Breaking news: Presbyterian Outlook interim consulting editor announced

    Breaking news: Presbyterian Outlook interim consulting editor announced

    Dear Outlook Friend, On behalf of the Presbyterian Outlook Foundation Board of Directors I am pleased to share the news with you that the Rev. Dr. John Wimberly has accepted our call and been contracted with to serve as our interim consulting editor.  In a note below, John will share his own thoughts with you. We are in a true partnership with you, our readers and subscribers.  In this period of transition we have felt your support and are hearing your ideas.  Please keep both coming our way!  Our commitment remains to… continue reading...
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  • Outlook Reporting 20 hours ago

    PMAB asks, “What makes a good governing board?”

    PMAB asks, “What makes a good governing board?”

    by Leslie Scanlon
    Consultant Rebekah Basinger is leading the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board in a discussion of board governance Sept. 18; Photo by Leslie Scanlon LOUISVILLE – The Presbyterian Mission Agency Board spent a day talking about what makes a good governing board. “An organization will be no stronger than its board, at least in the long term,” Rebekah Basinger, a consultant who led the discussion and who has expertise in fundraising and board governance for faith-based organizations, said at the start of the conversation. Among the issues the board discussed: Who controls… continue reading...
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PMAB approved budget changes: Reserve fund, conference centers, website discussed

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LOUISVILLE – The Presbyterian Mission Agency Board has approved adjustments in the mission budgets for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) for the next three years – authorizing spending increases that the denomination will pay for by drawing down reserves. Also, funding for both the Ghost Ranch and Stony Point conference centers – both of which have significant needs for capital improvements – remains a subject of discussion. These conversations have significant implications for the denomination’s financial future. With declining unrestricted revenue – and with reserves being drawn down closer and closer to the required minimum – the PC(USA) will face increasing difficulties in balancing its future budgets unless new sources of revenue are found. On Sept. 19, meeting in Louisville, the board approved the following budget changes: For 2014: The board committed $1.5 million from the denomination’s reserves for high-priority capital expenses at Ghost Ranch. The board also voted … [Read more...]

Breaking news: Presbyterian Outlook interim consulting editor announced

John Wimbly

Dear Outlook Friend, On behalf of the Presbyterian Outlook Foundation Board of Directors I am pleased to share the news with you that the Rev. Dr. John Wimberly has accepted our call and been contracted with to serve as our interim consulting editor.  In a note below, John will share his own thoughts with you. We are in a true partnership with you, our readers and subscribers.  In this period of transition we have felt your support and are hearing your ideas.  Please keep both coming our way!  Our commitment remains to report and comment upon both the news and theological issues that shape the Presbyterian movement and inspire Christian thought and prayer. We believe John will continue that commitment in his interim service.  John holds graduate degrees in both theology and business practice.  He is a professional church consultant whose true passion is the local congregation.  Alongside four decades of congregational ministry, John has been a contributor to the Outlook and he … [Read more...]

PMAB asks, “What makes a good governing board?”

Consultant Rebekah Basinger is leading the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board in a discussion of board governance Sept. 18; Photo by Leslie Scanlon

LOUISVILLE – The Presbyterian Mission Agency Board spent a day talking about what makes a good governing board. “An organization will be no stronger than its board, at least in the long term,” Rebekah Basinger, a consultant who led the discussion and who has expertise in fundraising and board governance for faith-based organizations, said at the start of the conversation. Among the issues the board discussed: Who controls the agendas for the board’s meetings? Is time being spent on what matters most? How can the board measure whether it’s making progress on things that matter? Where’s the accountability? What should the relationship be between the board and the national staff of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)? How can board members be ambassadors for the PC(USA) once they leave these meetings and head back home? Here are some points from the discussion. How much detail? How can board members get the information they need to make good decisions without micromanaging … [Read more...]

PMAB committee hears update on study process for proposed revisions to Directory for Worship

LOUISVILLE (PNS) When the 221st General Assembly (2014) voted to forward to the church the draft of the proposed Directory for Worship — the middle section of the Book of Order, Part II of the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) — it set into motion a yearlong, churchwide period of study and comment, which began on July 1, 2014. “It’s important that you as a committee of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board be as equipped, informed, and as well prepared as possible as we seek and receive comments on the revised directory,” said the Rev. Charles Wiley, coordinator of the office of Theology and Worship in reviewing the process for members of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board’s (PMA) Worshiping Communities Committee on Sept. 17. To facilitate this study process, the Theology and Worship office of has already made available a number of initial resources, including an online shortcut to the full text of the directory in English, Korean, and Spanish; an email … [Read more...]

Intergenerational “children’s messages”

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The children’s time is the hardest part of worship. I stress about making that message meaningful far more than I worry about delivering the sermon. Though there is much debate in seminary classes about whether the children’s time is an appropriate way to minister to kids at all, it still shows up in many church liturgies. As much as it stresses me out some weeks, it’s also a part of worship that keeps me grounded and joyful. In the past, I was used to having tiny kids come forward “to join me on the steps for our time together.” I’m accustomed to meeting with kids who are four years old up to those still in early elementary school. But in my present call, older kids are the ones who meet me up front. They are in fifth, sixth and even seventh grades. There is a part of me that wonders, “Are kids in this age group too old to keep coming forward?” Although I suspect there may be a parental push causing them to do so, I also wonder if the initiate might really be theirs. Perhaps they … [Read more...]

Giving Peace a Chance: GA Moderator Rada Joins Boulder Interfaith Peace Walk

A soggy afternoon did little to dampen the spirits of Muslims, Jews, Christians, and friends who participated in Boulder’s 9/11 interfaith “Walk for Peace and Solidarity.” —Vicki Fogel Mykles

BOULDER, COLORADO (PNS) So, an iman, a rabbi, and a Presbyterian minister met in a parking lot… To be precise, they met on the afternoon of Sept. 11 in the parking lot of the Islamic Center of Boulder (Colorado) along with 150 members from local Muslim, Jewish, and Christian faith groups.  They congregated to commemorate, celebrate and cross-pollinate with an organized “Walk for Peace and Solidarity.” This unlikely band of men, women, and children gathered to commemorate the 13th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. While not uncommon for interfaith groups to recall the tragic events of 9/11, this group had an additional and much more personal reason to gather. The buildings of the three main participants ― the Islamic Center, Congregation Har HaShem, and St. Andrew Presbyterian Church ― are lined up just blocks from each other along one of Boulder’s busiest thoroughfares.  They also sit squarely in the floodplain of Boulder Creek, a normally tranquil trickle that roared … [Read more...]