Entries by Megan

Focus on Leadership: Accountability

Even many long-time Presbyterians think that the “ruling” of Ruling Elder means to reign, or to be in charge of. Instead, as it was likely originally intended even of community or royal rulers, to rule is to measure. Ruling elders are called to be good at measuring the mission and work of the church and […]

Confirmation Resources

If your church has confirmation education, and you are looking for an update to your curriculum, you have probably noticed there are a lot of options out there. In addition to what you may have used in past years, here are three excellent options you might consider, that have come out, or will come out […]

Reformation Resources

2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation kicked off by Martin Luther on October 31, 2017. Throughout the year people are celebrating throughout the world and in many different denominations that have arisen from this reformed view of Christian practice. We wanted to connect you with some resources available to learn about, talk […]

Focus on Leadership: Celebration

We are surrounded by stories of challenge, both inside and outside the church. It can seem like all of our passion, care and work are producing less and less. Our denomination (and most Christian denominations in the United States) is shrinking at a time when less people understand concepts of stewardship, membership and leadership, which […]

Focus on Leadership: Rest

In our leadership posts over the last year we’ve talked about the importance of Sabbath, taking care of yourself, and taking care of others – paying attention to the things causing stress and anxiety, and taking a breath before diving in. Implicit among these thoughts is the idea of getting the proper amount of rest, […]

Focus on Leadership: Pilgrimage

The language of journey is prevalent in the church. Many would even say it is overused. However, we haven’t really come up with a good alternative, and there’s probably a good reason for that. Our faith life really is a journey or pilgrimage, without a specific endpoint. The whole point of our faith life is […]

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 […]