Through an online program at Union Presbyterian Seminary elders can become “Qualified Ruling Elders (QRE)” eligible to preach and officiate the sacraments in our congregations. QREs are also eligible to serve in churches as pastor, a role called “Commissioned Ruling Elder (CRE).” A CRE performs all the functions of a pastor – leading worship, providing … Continue reading Become a QRE or CRE!
The Elder Ministries Committee of the Presbytery is pleased to announce a new program of training for persons interested in preparing to help local congregations as Ruling Elders Commissioned to Pastoral Ministry (CREs). The same program can be taken by any member of the Presbytery for their own personal enrichment. Beginning in September, 2016, Union … Continue reading Prepare to be a Commissioned Ruling Elder (CRE)
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2015 PREVIEW EVENT Come to the 2015 Vacation Bible School preview event at the Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church. Make plans to attend the MARCH 7 Presbytery meeting. Representatives from Cokesbury and GROUP Publishing will be there to introduce their VBS programs (see below). Make connections to coordinate sharing materials and decorations with other … Continue reading VBS Preview Event
This year the staff of Presbytery offered officer training at 5 locations around the Presbytery. Designed for new and returning elders and deacons, this training meets the requirement in the Book of Order that elected officers be trained before their installation. Overall there were 215 participants from approximately 70 churches! Participants could select any of … Continue reading Wide Participation in Officer Training
2014 Community Officer Training Events This training is for new and returning elders and deacons. Interested church members may also attend if preregistered. Your registration is needed as we plan for handouts and food. Register here online or by mailing a form and $12 check to the Presbytery Office, 807 W King Street, Elizabethtown, NC … Continue reading Officer Training 2014
Training you need to make a difference for Jesus! The Presbyterian Church–like all churches in North America today– is undergoing massive changes. Tried and true methods of church growth and effective mission are less and less effective in the new cultures all around us. Still the church is blessed with many dedicated leaders who want to … Continue reading Be a More Effective Church Leader
Serving your community begins with understanding your community. Learn about your area with this amazingly accurate online tool. Easy-to-use map based data analytics tools are here for you at MissionInsite to give current community information for your ministry planning. Demographic Info. for your congregation www.missioninsite.com For help using MisisonInsite contact Owen Carriker or Mike Armistead.
TRANSFORMATION GRANT (includes Technology) This grant may help congregations purchase new technologies, devices or services that might not fit into a congregation’s already slim budget. All of our grant money is intended to help churches minister either directly to people who do not have a regular church home or to help churches prepare to reach … Continue reading Grants Available for Transformation and Education
At the Equipping the Saints event, Elder Jay Bender reviewed the many honors and responsibilities of serving as a Clerk of Session. He covers how to take good minutes, what records to keep, how to support and assist the pastor and proper order. This video series reflects the 2013/2015 PCUSA Book of Order. You can … Continue reading Clerk of Session Training Videos