April 2023

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Stewardship Kaleidoscope scholarships available

The Transforming Communities/Vital Leaders committee of the Synod is offering registration scholarships to individuals and groups from the Synod to attend Stewardship Kaleidoscope, September 25-27, in Minneapolis. Click on Stewardship Kaleidoscope for more information on the event. To apply for a scholarship click on the button below.

These scholarships are part of our effort to support church leaders in their work as well as congregational vitality through availability of excellent events in our geographic region.

Scholarship Application

Art of Transitional Ministry

This Week 1 training will be offered virtually by the Synod, October 23-27, 2023. Registration is open.


PC(USA) webinar offers up ways to extend a radical welcome to all God’s children

LOUISVILLE — Radical welcome, defined as “the spiritual practice of embracing and being changed by the gifts, presence, voices and power of The Other: the people systemically cast out or marginalized within a church, denomination and/or society,” was the focus Wednesday of a webinar put on by the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Office of Gender, Racial & Intercultural Justice. Watch the hour-long webinar hosted by Samantha Davis, Associate for Gender, Racial & Intercultural Justice, by going here.

...Read more about radical welcome, including scriptural references, in the “8 Habits of Evangelism” resource here.

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University of Dubuque Theological Seminary announces two new master of arts programs

Coursework for master’s degrees in Reformed theology and ministry begins in August

by the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary | Special to Presbyterian News Service

DUBUQUE, Iowa — The University of Dubuque Theological Seminary says a pair of new Master of Arts programs will be offered beginning later this year.

Beginning in August, the seminary is teaming with Theology Matters to offer a new Master of Arts in Reformed Theology. The fully accredited 36-credt degree, funded in part by Lilly Endowment Inc., will focus on a Reformed understanding of the Scriptures, study of classic texts and practices valued by the Reformed tradition, and congregational ministry. Instructors will include members of UDTS faculty and pastor-scholars whose knowledge has been tested in the academy and significant pastoral ministry. Read more.

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Church Leadership Connection reboot

Nearing the launch of an improved pastor placement service

Fred Tangeman | Office of the General Assembly - April 17, 2023

LOUISVILLE -- Church Leadership Connection (CLC) has been bringing call seekers, congregations, mid councils and other church groups together to fill open calls since 1995. This spring, the denomination’s internet-based matching and referral system is finalizing a comprehensive upgrade. Not only will the new system be more efficient, it will also be more inclusive and easier to access.

Later this month, a new CLC landing page will go live on its familiar site. Over the summer, the full transition from the old system to the new one will commence. Read more.


Righting the Pyramid

Every so often a self-help tidbit shows up in an unexpected place and hits the mark. It resonates and maybe even contributes to an “aha” moment. My most recent one came in the form of an email entitled, “6 Mental Health Tips Psychologists Use.” Six psychologists from around the country shared their best practice for maintaining or improving mental health. A familiar list:... (read more)


by Ann Gibbs, Associate for Ministry Vitality, Presbytery of Milwaukee

The Karnak Temple Complex is located in Luxor, Egypt. There, great pillars etched with hieroglyphs tell the story of Egypt’s past, recalling the feats of the pharaohs and all they built and conquered.  Walking through it is like walking through a forest of history, head craning to look up to the tops. There is another forest in Montgomery, Alabama where the pillars don’t rise up from the ground but hang overhead. These too tell a story of a nation’s past, but one many of us would rather not tell.


These hanging pillars are part of...(read more

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Building Ministry Vitality through Matthew 25

Ecclesial Health: From Fixing To Empowering

A conversation with Jane Johnson.

Ecclesial Health: From Fixing to Empowering is part of Faith and Lead's Building Healthy Communities initiative. Jane Johnson, pastor of Beloved Community congregation in Steven's Point, WI, and congregation members share their experiencing in "making room for the Holy Spirit" as they shifted their ministry focus from trying to fix the church to living into the Kingdom of God.

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Presbyterian Church is year-round Church World Service depot

Good Shepherd hosts one of the few year-round depots in the nation. In the years we have operated as a kit depot we have collected, assembled, and delivered many thousands of kits worth tens of thousands of dollars. It has only been possible because of the incredible support from many churches in Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota as well as Presbyterian Women.


Church World Service is a humanitarian organization that works to end hunger and poverty around the world as well as provide relief during disasters. One of their programs... (read more).

Community Diaper Depot

Housed at First Presbyterian Church, Falls City, Neb., the diaper depot makes available diapers, wipes, lotion, baby wash, detergent, clothing, blankets, shoes and many other items for people in the community.

Community partner, St. Thomas Episcopal Church held a 'baby shower' to help replenish depot supplies.

First Pres. Ch. is located in Homestead Presbytery.

Donated depot items. (contributed photo)

There's an app for that!

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Restorative Actions Updates

April Newsletter


PC(USA) positions

Presbyterian Foundation - Work for the Foundation

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Omaha Seminary
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Before we go ...

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

The PC(USA) Store has resources for children and adults.

For information on mental illness contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.

The NAMI HelpLine can be reached Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., ET.

Call 1-800-950-NAMI (6264), text "HelpLine" to 62640 or email at

In an emergency dial 911. Ask the operator for police officers trained in crisis intervention or trained to assist people experiencing a psychiatric emergency.

988 Suicide and Crisis Hotline - 24/7 free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Dial or text 988.

Crisis Text Line – Text HOME to 741-741

Connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support via text message.

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