Polity Conference and Fall Meetings 2013

Oct. 12 - 17, 2013

Polity Conference and Fall Meetings


Detroit, Michigan

Polity Conference – October 14-16
Association of Executive Presbyters Annual Meeting – October 12-14
Association of Stated Clerks Annual Meeting – October 16-17
Synod Stated Clerks Gathering – October 16 (during breakfast)


The Stated Clerk’s Polity Conference provides the opportunity for mid council staff leaders to gather with OGA staff leaders to learn about polity issues, share common concerns, discuss the current state of the church, and discern our common life together.

Download and review the Schedule of Events (updated 10/14/13). 

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Featured Speakers:

  • Corey Schlosser-Hall, Executive Presbyter, North Puget Sound Presbytery

Managing the Emotional Dynamics of Change 

  • Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk
  • Neal D. Presa, Moderator of the 220th General Assembly (2012) 


  • Opening Worship on Monday – Gradye Parsons, preaching
  • Morning Prayer on Tuesday
  • Closing Worship and communion on Wednesday – Neal D. Presa, preaching

 Additional presentations:

  • Overview of the 221st General Assembly (2014) in Detroit and the anticipated business before the assembly
  • Updates from special committees and commissions
  • Update from Linda Valentine, Presbyterian Mission Agency Executive Director
  • Book of Order changes
  • Updates on the marriage study, church leadership connection revisions, per capita projections, and western area regional ecumenical dialog
  • Discussions on 1001 New Worshipping Communities and implications for mid councils, BOP healthcare decision implications, and the evolution of mid councils

 Planned breakout groups include:

  • Sessions and Manuals of Operation               
  • Ruling Elder Training and Resources
  • Care and Feeding of Alternative Pastoral Leadership
  • Immigration and Advocacy
  • Using the Annotated Book of Order              
  • Special Committee on Preparation for Ministry Trends in Mid Council Sharing
  • The Belhar Confession   
  • Use of the 5-Part Form and the New System for Reporting Inquirers and Candidates
  • What Do We Do About Per Capita?
  • Ministering to the Loyal Remnant of a Split Congregation   
  • Responding to the Mandated Representation Functions in Mid Council Contexts   
  • Churches Leaving - A Panel Discussion          
  • Records Management for Mid Councils          
  • New Models of Committees/Commissions on Ministry

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