Entries by Megan

Focus on Leadership: Joys of Camp

Some of us take the beauty of nature for granted. We have forested backyards or go camping each spring when the weather turns warmer. We go skiing. We grew up spending a week at camp and in nature. It’s not that we don’t appreciate the natural beauty of the world, quite the opposite – we […]

Focus on Leadership: Let the Children Lead

A common phrase you hear around churches is, “Children are the future of the church,” in reference to the children and/or youth around your church. This often is said as you discuss children’s programming, or hear a youth lead liturgy or pray. You hear it on confirmation Sunday and Children’s or Youth Sunday, those days […]

Focus on Leadership: Learning to Listen

As leaders it can become easy to get distracted by the noise in our own heads. We spend a lot of time thinking and praying about the mission and work of our ministries, so we will also have lots of ideas about how to fulfill our mission. One of the key skills that will help […]

Doing the Work: Meeting Well

We Presbyterians both joke and are teased about the number of meetings we have. We like to be organized and talk through decisions – what’s wrong with that? Nothing is wrong with that. At least on the face of it. But even before our lives got filled up with other options for how to spend […]

Doing the Work: Seeds of the Kingdom

A lot of the work we do following Jesus makes us question whether we are even doing anything. We do not always see the full results of what we do, or any results at all. Throughout his ministry, Jesus uses agricultural metaphors in his parables. This is apt for a people who probably had a […]

Presbyterian Youth Triennium 2019 Announcement

We have less than a year until the next Presbyterian Youth Triennium! PYT ’19 will be happening from Tuesday, July 16th – Saturday, July 20th, 2019 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, for high school youth and accompanying adult advisors. (High school youth encompasses entering freshmen through graduated seniors; adult advisors must be 21+ […]

Doing the Work: Service to the Wider Church

When we are ordained to ministry as Deacons, Ruling Elders and Ministers of Word and Sacrament, we answer nine questions, and with our answers vow to fulfill the unique calls of these ordered ministries. Eight of the questions are the same for all of the offices of ordination, with one question unique to each office. […]

Doing the Work: Educating the Educators

Christian formation is our business. Through preaching, teaching, hands-on mission and service, and fellowship, with a current of accountable community running throughout, we learn how to follow Jesus Christ well. And to do all this we rely not only on our pastors, but on paid and volunteer educators. These are people within our communities with […]

Doing the Work: Mission Trips

There is legitimate debate about the effectiveness of short-term mission trips – questions of healthy impact and autonomy of those being visited and served, long-term results and repercussions, and whether they are adequate opportunities for spiritual development for participants. These are all important considerations as we seek to live out God’s call in our lives […]