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Equipping the Presbyters for Spring Presbytery, at Green Valley Presbyterian Church, Las Vegas, March 15 -18, 2015

This workshop is produced for the presbyters attending Spring Presbytery to teach, prepare, and inform our presbyters about the 8 amendments referred by the 221st General Assembly to the presbyteries for vote at this meeting.  With this teaching, study may begin!  Our presbyters are commended to prepare their consciences for these important votes. 

For the full briefing ... please launch or download EPbtrs2.6 - Sessions and Presbyters 2015.pdf ...  (patience, it takes some time to load). 

For the GA Study Guide, please go to this PCUSA web page:  http://www.pcusa.org/resource/ga221-proposed-amendments-constitution/.

For the letter to councils from the Special Committee on the Confession of Belhar, please download or launch the Letter to Councils 2015.pdf.

For the "affirmations" letter,  please launch or down - 5_affirmations_letter_from_gradye.pdf

Please send your comments or questions to Art@AGRitter.com

 

Equipping the Presbyters for Spring Presbytery, at Mt. View Presbyterian Church, Las Vegas, March 5, 6, 2013

This workshop is produced for the presbyters attending Spring Presbytery to teach, prepare, and inform our presbyters about the 19 amendments referred to the presbyteries for vote at this meeting.  With this teaching, study may begin!  Our presbyters are commended to prepare their consciences for these important votes.  ... launch or download EPbtrsNov2012.pdf ...  (patience, it takes some time to load)  Please send your comments or questions to Art@AGRitter.com!

 

Equipping the Saints, Green Valley PC, Henderson, November 10, 2012

This workshop is produced for the purpose of teaching, preparing, and informing our presbyters about our polity -- as a context for resolving near-term and long term issues for congregations and sessions that are related to the new Form of Government in our denomination ... launch and read EquippingTheSaints2012.pdf ...  (patience, it takes some time to load)  Please send your comments or questions to Art@AGRitter.com!

 

Equipping the Administrative Personnel Association, September 28, 2012

Presbyterian 101 - APA Certification Level II 2.5 hours

This six part series was presented  during the APA Pacific Region Conference at Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center on Lake Tahoe, Nevada.  One of the Association's many elective classes required  for certification, it addressed all of its suggested topics listed in the 2012 APA Certification Handbook. 

Part 1 ... sets the context - with an overview of the class content and then a brief survey of the church from its beginnings.  Then it shows how one church presents 'Presbyterian 101' to its visitors ... launch and read Pbyn101-The Class.pdf* ...

Part 2 ... takes a close look at Presbyterians (in the PCUSA) today - what they do, what they prefer, what they believe.  ... launch and read Pbyn101-Presbyterian Ethos.pdf* ...

Part 3 ... examines the church from the historical organizational polity perspective - setting the stage for the family of Presbyterian churches - and the history of American Presbyterianism  ... launch and read Pbyn101-Presbyterian History.pdf* ...

Part 4 ... reviews history and development of the Book of Confessions - through The Confession of Belhar (referred to the Presbyteries by the 219th General Assembly; but, not affirmed) to the new translation of the Heidelberg Catechism (referred to the Presbyteries by the 220th General Assembly for consideration).  ... launch and read Pbyn101-The Book of Confessions.pdf* ...

Part 5 ... reviews the Book of Order - "NOW WITH 'newFOG'" - in terms of what the administrative professional should read and know to support the daily operation of the congregation and  what the various committees and officers of the congregation, session, and deacons should read and live for the congregation ... launch and read Pbyn101 The Book of Order.pdf* ... 

(Coming soon:  "Preparing the Presbytery Commissioner's Conscience to Vote -a review of the amendments to the Book of Order referred for consideration to the Presbyteries by the 220th General Assembly.)

Part 6 Concludes this series and addresses the entities of the PCUSA - from local congregations, to presbyteries, to synods, to the General Assembly and its entities.  Handouts were provided to list favorite acronyms, abbreviations, and 'Presbyterianisms' that pepper church-talk.  ... launch and read Pbyn101 Councils and Entities.pdf* ...

*Please be patient, these take some time to load.  Please send your comments or questions to Art@AGRitter.com!

 

Equipping the Saints, Mt. View Presbyterian Church, Las Vegas, April 14, 2012

This workshop is produced for the purpose of preparing the Mt. View Presbyterian Church Session about our polity -- as a context for transitioning from the previous Book of Order to the current Book of Order.  It contains two exercises for the session members that were not used in the live presentation - and some of the Q&A from the presentation.  Launch and read this PDF online (patience, it takes some time to load) ... or right click here and Save target as... to download it to your computer, much more quickly!  Please send your comments or questions to Art@AGRitter.com!

 

Equipping the Saints, First Presbyterian Church, Las Vegas, November 5, 2011

This workshop is produced for the purpose of teaching, preparing, and informing our presbyters about our polity -- as a context for resolving near-term and long term issues for congregations and sessions that are related to the new Form of Government in our denomination - the result of the vote of the presbyteries over this past year ... launch and read ...  (patience, it takes some time to load)  Please send your comments or questions to Art@AGRitter.com!

 

Equipping the Administrative Personnel Association, November 2, 2011

History of the PCUSA Since the 1983 Reunion - APA Certification Level II 5 hours

This four part presentation occurred on one day during the APA National Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.  One of the Association's required Level II classes, it addressed all of the suggested topics listed in the APA Certification Handbook for 2011. 

Part 1 ... set the context - Acts 2 to '82 in a brief survey of the church from its beginnings.  Then it reviews PCUSA splits and re-joins in the run-up to the Reunion ... launch and save* ...

Part 2 ... detailed the 120 year run-up from the Civil War split into the 'northern strand' and 'southern strand' churches through the union presbytery experience to the 1983 Reunion -- and the reorganizational actions and denominational history from then to date.  ... launch and read* ...

Part 3 ... examines the church from an organizational polity perspective - reviewing the structure of today's PCUSA (using the First Presbyterian Church, Las Vegas, the Presbytery of Nevada, the Synod of the Pacific, and the 2010 General Assembly as examples) with emphasis on the denominational offices of specific importance to the Administrative Professionals ... launch and read* ...

Part 4 Concludes this series and addresses current trends in the PCUSA, explores possible futures and strategies for the church, and details the biggest administrative challenge since the Reunion - the absorption of the 'newFOG' reorganization of the Book of order - and what church entities need to do now about the changes made effective in July by the affirmative vote of the Presbyteries over this last year ... launch and read* ...

*Please be patient, these take some time to load.  Please send your comments or questions to Art@AGRitter.com!

 

Equipping First Presbyterian Church, Las Vegas Spirit Lifters - in five parts, September - October, 2011 

This five part series was presented to the Spirit Lifters class on successive Sunday mornings to review the History of the Presbyterian Church in the USA - ending with a review of current denominational issues.  The material was repurposed and expanded to the needs of the APA four-part presentation above.

Part 1 ... set the context - Acts 2 to '82 in a brief survey of the church from its beginnings.  The focus is on the American Presbyterian experience -- the 'northern church' splits and rejoins up to the present ... launch and read* ...

Part 2 ... addresses organizational polity - the present day structure of the PCUSA (using the First Presbyterian Church, Las Vegas, the Presbytery of Nevada, the Synod of the Pacific, and the 2010 General Assembly as examples) and issues within the PCUSA ... launch and read* ...

Part 3 ... reviews the history of the PCUSA in the context of the sweep of American religious history, reviews the splits and re-joins as they run-up to reunion, and examines "What has the Reunion done for us - and to us?" ... launch and read* ...

Part 4 ... asks "What is a Presbyterian?" and addresses the distinctive beliefs and worship practices.  it also reviews the purpose of the church and its Book of Confessions ... launch and read* ...

Part 5 concludes this series.  It reviews the history of the PCUSA's polity and what influenced its development, tours the Book of Order (including the 'newFOG'), and explores current trends implying possible futures and strategies for the church and its members ... launch and read* ...

*Please be patient, these take some time to load.  Please send your comments or questions to Art@AGRitter.com!

 

Equipping the Presbytery, March 15, 10:30 am, Green Valley PC, Henderson, NV

This live presentation will precede the Spring Meeting of  the Nevada Presbytery and is aimed at preparing our Presbyters for floor consideration of the Constitutional Amendments referred by the 219th General Assembly ... keep reading ... now posted for comment - (patience, it takes some time to load).  Please send your comments to Art@AGRitter.com!

 

Equipping the Presbyters, live January 10-17 - or online, right now!

This online workshop is the result of seven live workshops presented in January to prepare our Presbyters for considering the Constitutional Amendments referred by the 219th General Assembly for voting in our Spring Presbytery meeting March 15-16 at ... keep reading (patience, it takes some time to load)


Equipping the Saints, November 6, 2010, Mountain View PC, Las Vegas, NV  

This workshop is produced for the purpose of teaching, preparing, and informing its presbyters about our polity -- and -- the three major issues referred to the presbytery by the 219th General Assembly of the PCUSA for vote in ... keep reading (patience, it takes some time to load)

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