Entries by Megan

An Invitation to Dream With Us

A little more than a year ago, the Synod of the Northeast invited representatives from each of the seven presbyteries in New Jersey to a 24-hour conversation at a conference center in Princeton. Ruth Boling, Lynn Rubier-Capron, and I joined that gathering where the possibility was raised of aligning the presbytery boundaries in New Jersey according […]

Newark Presbytery Pastoral Leader Retreat Reflection

Jesus told his disciples, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile,” and for the second straight year the Presbytery of Newark has offered that opportunity to its ministers using the facilities of the Holmes Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center, a retreat facility in a beautiful wooded environment in Holmes, New […]

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. […]