Comings and Goings is a blog written by Theology, Formation, and Evangelism Director Charles B. "Chip" Hardwick as he travels throughout the church. God is on the move out and about in the world, working to redeem all things in Jesus Christ. As we join this mission, by the power of the Spirit we see God on the move. This blog contains glimpses of how Chip finds this to be true in his comings and goings.
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This past weekend I visited Los Angeles for two events. The first was time at Fuller Seminary; the second of the two events was the regional conference for the Fellowship of Presbyterians, about which I am writing here. The conference was a meeting at First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood. This organization is a group mostly made up of theologically-conservative churches and teaching elders who remain committed to the denomination (rather than seeking dismissal to another Reformed body).
This past weekend I was in Southern California for two events. The first was to spend a day getting to know Fuller Theological Seminary and its ministries to Presbyterian Students. (Although Fuller itself is not Presbyterian, many, many candidates for ordination in the PC(USA) graduate from its programs.) In my next post, I will talk about the second reason for my visit, the Southern California gathering of the Fellowship of Presbyterians.
One of the hats I wear for the Presbyterian Mission Agency is serving as co-leader for one of our strategic directions: identifying, cultivating, and sustaining transformational leadership for new and existing worshiping communities as they join Christ’s mission to the world. In this capacity, I recently went to Huntsville, AL, to join a two-day workshop conducted by Stan Ott, a widely-respected leadership development and church revitalization expert within the PC(USA) who heads up the Vital Churches Institute.
A couple of weeks ago I was at the “Equipping the Saints” event for John Calvin Presbytery, meeting in Springfield, Missouri. It was great to have the opportunity to preach for the ruling and teaching elders who came that day, and to lead two workshops on the Confessional church. That workshop discussed why we have these statements of faith that make up the Book of Confessions, how they guide our faith, and the breadth of contexts from which they come. We also spent some time digging into the Nicene Creed, the earliest of the confessions included in our book.
This is the fifth and final post resulting from the opportunity I had last week to attend a short course at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University called “Leading a Vibrant Faith Community.” Twenty students from a variety of Christian and Jewish traditions came together to learn about topics typically discussed at business school (but not at seminary), learning from Kellogg’s world-class professors. Today’s post looks at a concept called “organizational ambidexterity” and attention to new worship communities and existing congregations within the Presbyterian Church (USA).