Blog Post by
Rev. Dr. Craig M. Howard
As many of you know, one of the ways I relax is by going to a movie each week. Friday is my off day (and I try and take it as often as possible). This is when I try and attend a matinee. There is something relaxing about being in the dark theater, focused on the film. All of my electronics are silenced. For two hours I am not responsible to anyone or for anything. My mind escapes into whatever world I am viewing. I allow my emotions to flow with laughter, tears, and sometimes fear! At the end of the film I exit refreshed and ready to complete my sabbath with minimal interruption and work activity.
I saw an excellent film last week entitled, The Biggest Little Farm. This documentary is about a couple who decides to start an organic farm outside of Portland, OR. The film illustrates how everything can work together in a balanced and healthy ecosystem. As a system, when one thing gets out of balance or ignored, it affects other things in ways we often cannot imagine.
This month has activities for pastors, church leaders, social justice advocates, and those in specialized ministries. Later this year we will address honorably retired pastors, as we build cohorts for new pastors, transitional pastors, and pastors of color. Most of these events happen when various ministers, leaders, and members come together on their own initiative, and then invite the presbytery to join them.
The key to making our ecosystem work is knowing that healthy ministry springs up organically. I’ve learned that pushing programs down from the top often doesn’t work. The presbytery does its best work when people come together with a dream. Then, by utilizing the abundant resources of ideas, mission, and vision, they create the soil that is needed. The presbytery can then be invited to sprinkle its resources of technology, leadership, institutional connections, and finances. From this mix of resources, seeds of ministry sprout, and the entire presbytery is blessed! This is when we do our best work!
If you want more information on these activities, please contact Janice McMillen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Craig M. Howard
|Boundary Training||June 5||St. Mark Presbyterian|
|All Teaching elders and Pastors are required to take boundary training once every five years.|
|Healthy Pastors/Healthy Congregations||June 7/8||Glendale Presbyterian|
|Presented by the Board of Pensions. Each pastor and leadership team learn strategies for pastor and congregational health. The church then earns a grant to reduce pastoral debt or add to retirement savings.|
|Troubling the Waters: For the Healing of the World||June 22||John Knox Presbyterian|
|An exciting program from the Synod, featuring the Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, Director of the Office of Public Witness, Washington D.C. This event will address social justice in Giddings-Lovejoy and beyond.|
|Taste of Tuscany||June 26||St. Luke Hospital Atrium|
|A fabulous dinner for those in specialized ministry, hosted by St. Luke Hospital.|
A Taste of Tuscany June 26 St. Luke Hospital
(A fabulous dinner for those in
hosted by St. Luke’s hospital.)