Entries by Megan

Focus on Leadership: Reconciliation

One of the most difficult things in our human existence is admitting when we’ve been wrong. This is especially difficult if we are leaders and our organization is wrong, and perhaps has been for a long while. In the Presbyterian Church (USA) constitution, we affirm, “‘The church reformed, always to be reformed according to the […]

Focus on Leadership: Finding Your Passion

“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” ― Frederick Buechner You have probably heard this quote from Frederick Buechner before. Those who have been through PC(USA) seminaries or PC(USA) elder training (or both) will find it to be a favorite among our colleagues. It […]

Nominating Committee Request

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ in Newark Presbytery, Could you help the Nominating Committee? We are searching for a candidate for the Vision Accountability Board who has human resources skills and experience. If you know someone with those gifts, would you please have them contact one of us, or pass on their name and […]

Holy Week in Newark Presbytery

Holy Week starts after Palm Sunday and ends with Easter Sunday. You can follow Jesus and the disciples throughout the week in the different gospel accounts (Matthew 21-28; Mark 11-16; Luke 19:28-24:12; John 12:12-20:18), and while many churches don’t have Holy Week services throughout Holy Week, some have additional services during the three days that make […]

Focus on Leadership: Letting Go

As we get ready to enter Holy Week, many of us are preoccupied with the details of the week – worship services to plan and prepare for, a different schedule, Easter egg hunts, extra people in our sanctuaries and halls. We can forget to take it all in for ourselves – walking with Jesus into […]

Focus on Leadership: Saying No, Saying Yes

A couple years ago during this same week of Lent, Lutheran (ELCA) pastor Nadia Bolz Weber wrote back-to-back blog posts on the spiritual practice of saying, “No,” and the spiritual practice of saying, “Yes.” The spiritual practices, indeed arts, of saying no and saying yes are applicable throughout the year, but Lent is an especially […]

Focus on Resources: Mental Health First Aid

One would think that if there was anywhere we could show exactly who we are and talk about our deepest joys and deepest struggles, it would be the church. And yet, so many ideas of who we “ought to be” as Christians become the standard of what we expect people to be within our church […]

Focus on Leadership: Take a Breath

It’s Lent. What does that mean to you? Are you giving up chocolate or doughnuts? Adding in an act of kindness each day? Some other practice? No practice? Perhaps Lent stresses you out because you just want to do it “right” as a leader in the church. It’s time to take a breath. Teaching elders […]

Lent 2017

Lent begins March 1st, with Ash Wednesday, and concludes with Holy Week, April 9-15. We wanted to share some resources for worship, study and practice this Lent as well as what churches around the presbytery are doing this Lent. We will post Holy Week schedules closer to Holy Week, as churches add Holy Week events […]

Focus on Leadership: Making Room

How much time do we spend complaining about traffic? About the crowded streets, about other drivers, about how it is slowing us down? When you are in that traffic, is your tendency to think about other drivers as adversaries or partners? If we see them as adversaries, we are probably less likely to give people […]