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The Rev. Timothy Cargal, Ph.D., serves as the Coordinator, Preparation for Ministry/Exams for Mid Council Ministries of the Office of the General Assembly.

“... the Land that I Will Show You” is the blog of the Office of Preparation for Ministry/Examinations of the Presbyterian Church (USA). This blog is designed to serve as a resource for those discerning and preparing for a call to the ministry of Word and Sacrament as ordained teaching elders of the church. It will also provide a place for reflecting on and dialoging about the changing context of pastoral ministry in the early 21st century.

For quick announcements about changes or developments in the preparation process, dates related to exams or other key events, discussion boards, surveys, etc., you can follow us on Facebook at “Preparing for Presbyterian Ministry.”

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November 30, 2012

Changes Coming to CLC

CLC logo“Church Leadership Connection” (CLC) is an Internet-based matching and referral system widely used by Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregations seeking pastoral leadership and by teaching elders and those seeking first calls to be ordained as teaching elders in the church. Having been in place for more than a decade, the CLC system will be receiving some significant updates in the coming year.

My colleagues in the Office of Vocation who manage CLC have highlighted the following changes in a report to the General Assembly earlier this year:


November 20, 2012

Thanksgiving and Leadership

Turkey cartoon characters with signs saying "Happy Turkey Day" and "Give Thanks"One of the ironies of modern American life is the juxtaposition of Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday. At least according to the traditional view of things, we gather together with family and friends on Thursday to give thanks for all the things we have—and hopefully to recall that the most important things are not “things” at all, but intangibles like “faith, hope, and love” that Paul reminds are the things that abide (1 Corinthians 13:13). Then on Friday we rush out to buy things by the trunk-load because we are convinced those important to us need them—need ...