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Presbytery and synod news

March 6, 2014

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Presbytery of East Iowa will host two leadership seminars this spring at Camp Wyoming.

On March 28-29, the Rev. Gary Hansen of the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary will lead a retreat called Prayer and Leadership. Building on his book, Kneeling with Giants: Learning to Pray with History's Best Teachers, Hansen will lead various types of prayer, provide time for mediation and prayer and talk about our connection to those who have led the way of prayer in the church. 

On June 6-7, Rodger Nishioka of Columbia Theological Seminary will lead a retreat focusing on leadership in the 21st-century church. He will use a combination of formal and informal presentations and discussions. Areas he will cover include looking at the Book of Acts as a way to move us into a discussion of the 21st-century church, the importance of good group building as leaders and a conversation about the challenges of being a church leader in this century.

Register for one or both of these events here

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Synod of South Atlantic is sponsoring a Disaster Preparation, Mitigation and Response Training Saturday, March 8 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., in Columbia, South Carolina. The training is meant for the presbyteries in South Carolina (Trinity, Charleston Atlantic, Foothills, New Harmony and Providence.)

A disaster preparedness plan is essential to make sure the important things are taken care of in the event of a disaster. Securing church property and documents, having supplies on hand, identifying at-risk members of your congregation and seeing that their needs are met and knowing what post-disaster communication methods are in place are all important components of a plan.

EAGAN, Minn. — Project Grow, a two-day summit offering practical strategies for church growth, will run April 28-29 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Lincoln, Neb.

Sponsored by the Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation, the Synod of Lakes and Prairies and the presbyteries of Central Nebraska, Homestead and Missouri River Valley, the event will include speakers Tex Sample, a well-known author and storyteller; Shannon Craigo-Snell, professor of theology at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary; and Charles Arn, a well-known author in the field of church growth.

EAGAN, Minn. — TheEmerging Leaders Institute will feature Brian McLaren, a prominent leader in the emerging church movement, at its May 12-15 event at Dunrovin Retreat Center in Marine on St. Croix, Minn.

Hosted by the Plymouth Center for Progressive Christian Faith, this year’s event is titled “The Hyphenated Pastor: Creating Church at the Intersection of Movements and Institutions.” The institute is designed for congregational leaders who have completed seminary or graduate-level ministerial preparation and are serving in a called or commissioned capacity and are under the age of 40 in their first seven years of parish ministry. Details about the conference can be found here

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Leonard Sweet will headline the Presbytery of Sacramento’s 2014 Preaching Pastors Conference at Zephyr Point Conference Center, Lake Tahoe, Calif., May 19-21.

SEATTLE — Seattle Presbytery’s Festival of Preaching Northwest will run April 28-May 1.

The theme for 2014 will be “Preaching in a Post-Modern World.” The event will feature more speakers than ever: Debbie Blue from the House of Mercy; Anna Carter Florence of Columbia Seminary; Scott Kisker from United Theological Seminary; independent theologian Tony Jones; young Disciples of Christ leader Jose Morales; Heidi Neumark, Lutheran pastor and author; Rodger Nishioka from Columbia Seminary; Fleming Rutledge, Episcopal teacher and eminent author; Melissa Skelton, pastor of St. Paul's Episcopal in Seattle; Will Willimon of Duke; and Jim Forbes, pastor emeritus of The Riverside Church.

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