Blog post by
Rev. Dr. Craig M. Howard
Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy
It’s time I doubled back and shared more material from our August Presbytery Gathering at Edwardsville, First. After each Presbytery Gathering we send out a survey to determine what went well and what did not. The surveys are reviewed by the Presbytery Gathering Planning Team. Our last gathering from September returned a record number of responses. Thank you! Many of you requested we provide the documents from the pre-sessions.
The theme of the gathering was Missional Church. In addition to our presenter Dr. Bonnie Sue Lewis from Dubuque Seminary, we had two pre-sessions. In one pre-session we focused on the work of the personnel committee in our congregations. It was led by Laura Arnold. She shared material that would be helpful for all personnel committees. These materials can be found here. The other pre-session involved an exploration of the surrounding communities of Edwardsville. Members went into the neighborhood, visiting stores and shops, speaking with neighbors, and observing the life of the community. The documents used to perform our community exegesis can be found here.
There were so many good ideas on this survey. You encourage us to continue tweaking the order of day’s events. You want us to bring in the best speakers on the specific topic, yet don’t forget our local talented leaders. You desire us to be considerate of your time, while making sure there is time for us to get to know one another.
Thank you again for your input, suggestions, and critiques. We are listening! You are being heard! Together we will shape and craft our Presbytery Gatherings and our time together into a form that is beneficial to everyone.
Rev. Craig M. Howard