Tap into God’s power and be a vehicle of change
November 12, 2013
Access God-given power through the Holy Spirit to be agents of change for Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) mid councils, Moderators’ Conference 2013 attendees were told on Friday, November 8.
“God is powerful and calls us to be vessels through which that power can be exhibited,” said Bill Golderer, convening pastor of Broad Street Ministry and pastor of Arch Street Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. The PC(USA) is not exempt from this because it is fussy or petty or discouraged or tired, he said.
Lay claim to the power being offered by the living God and do what is being asked,” Golderer challenged the group.
His plenary message, coupled with that of Theresa Cho, associate pastor of St. John’s Presbyterian Church in San Francisco, set the stage for the annual gathering that enables mid council moderators to receive training, share best practices, fellowship, and connect with staff.
In addition to the plenary session, worship services, a parliamentary procedure training session, workshops, and a ministry fair helped fill the conference, which ended November 10.
Attendees also got an opportunity to spend time with Neal Presa, Moderator of the 220th General Assembly (2012), and Tom Trinidad, Vice Moderator of the 220th General Assembly (2012).
Golderer shared how the Holy Spirit is “on the move” within the two congregations he leads, and then told those present they needed to truly believe that “it is an exciting time to be Presbyterian.”
Conflict, fear, and anxiousness were just some of the themes that came up from attendees queried prior to the conference, he said. There is no new model to purchase in order to be the moderator God has called you to be, however, there is power available to be agents of healing in mid council bodies, Golderer said.
“Do you believe that the Holy Spirit has offered you power that can change your presbyteries? I do,” he said.
Cho delved even deeper into the notion of utilizing the Spirit as she led the group in an examination of the biblical story of the man born blind in John 9. “Where are you in the story? Where is your presbytery or synod as a whole? Are we guarding tradition … or scared of the repercussions?”
Ultimately, “your job is to create space,” she said. “Healing is happening. The spirit is flowing. Creativity is in abundance.”