2019 Fall Educational Events
for Congregations of Every Size and Shape!
You can register for any--and all--of our classes by clicking here!
Flint River Presbytery
is committed to 
encouraging, empowering and equipping local congregations
so they may vibrant witnesses to the love of God in Jesus Christ
in their communities and in the world!
Step-by-Step Online PR Training
for Congregations
offered by Marilyn Tucker-Marek
Thursday, August 15 from 11 am to 5 pm (lunch included)

Cost is $20 | Location: Northminster Presbyterian Church in Macon

Designed for solo pastors, office administrators, ruling elders and volunteers responsible for creating and sending regular congregational communications

Go to www.flintriverpresbytery.org for online registration
Want to create clear and beautiful digital newsletters
without having to be a technology expert?
This class is for you!
What will be offered?
  • A walk through two Canva creations (of different styles), along with a discussion of the uses of Canva products, which are generally free or have minimal fees attached
  • A walk through the creation of a MailChimp account, setting up e-mail lists, and creating 1 campaign
  • Posting to a church Facebook page (including the scheduling feature, and event creation)
  • A brain-storming session about how to use these applications in specific church contexts.
What is required?
  • Participants should already have a church Facebook page of which they are an administrator or publisher
  • Participants should bring a device (ideally a laptop) on which to work
  • Participants should bring the details of one special church event (date, time, location, etc), and one weekly or monthly church event. 
  • Participants should bring (saved on their device), photos of the church events or church groups they feel comfortable using on social media. 
This will be an incredibly hands on, step-by-step training and participants will not get nearly as much out of it without a laptop on which to work. (Mobile devices will not be a helpful alternative.)
A woman who knows how to move in several directions at once, Marilyn Tucker-Marek is the diligent and deeply faithful pastor to both the Forsyth flock and UKirk students at Mercer. An individual who has often struggled with using technology, she is graciously sharing all that she has taught herself so that congregations can benefit from inexpensive, attractive, and engaging digital publicity.  
Worship for the Wee Kirk:
Worship Planning
with an Emphasis on Music
offered by Tom and Doris Granum of Northminster (Macon)
Friday August 23 (4-7 pm)
and Saturday, August 24 (10 am - 5 pm; lunch included)

Cost is $40 or $20 per session | Location: Presbytery Office in Albany

Designed for pastoral leaders, church musicians, and ruling elders responsible for the planning of worship and music

Registration Deadline is Wednesday, August 7
Go to www.flintriverpresbytery.org for online registration
With particular attention to small congregations who may assume they have limited resources, Doris and Tom Granum will share plans and proven techniques for engaging, meaningful worship with an emphasis on musi c for the coming seasons of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany Sunday.

Both children of this presbytery, Doris and Tom Granum are members of Northminster(Macon).

With a long and fruitful career in public school music, Doris will share how the Americus Dairy Queen motivated her early forays into worship and music leadership. Tom has served a variety of congregations, ranging from a Roman Catholic congregation in a Yupik (Eskimo) village, to a small Jewish temple in Athens, Georgia. Currently working at Mulberry Street UMC, Tom is exuberant about co-directing, with his daughter Meg, the 2021 Montreat Worship and Music Conference.
Faith Formation Across Generation
offered by Vickie Caro Dieth of First (Columbus)
Saturday, September 14 (10 am - 3 pm; lunch included )

Cost is $20 | Location: Presbytery Office in Albany

Designed for any adult who cares deeply about creating space for multi-generational faith formation

Registration Deadline is Wednesday, August 28
Go to www.flintriverpresbytery.org for online registration
Is intergenerational ministry simply a current trend or might it be the very best we have to offer in faith formation?
What does it have to offer our smaller congregations?
Join us for a dialogue on the merits and challenges of learning, worshipping, and growing together as God’s people of every age. We’ll use video segments from a panel presentation given at the 2019 Association of Presbyterian Church Educator’s (APCE) Annual Event in Galveston, TX, to inform our conversation. In the videos, we’ll hear from Karen DeBoer, the Creative Resource Developer for Faith Formation Ministries.
Vickie Caro Dieth is new to our presbytery, so let’s give her a big welcome! Her first year working in ministry could be described as a comedy of errors, complete with a Montreat rental house that burned to the ground, a church van with a broken speedometer in Atlanta traffic, and waking up on Youth Sunday, not sure who would preach that morning. Her father told her, “If you still think you want to work in the church, there might be something to this!” He was right. Over 20 years later, she’s still passionate about educational ministry, and recently received her Doctorate in Educational Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary. She serves on APCE’s Annual Events team and is the editor of Montreat’s Youth Conference Small Group Leader Manual. She is married to Danny Dieth, pastor at First (Columbus). They have two daughters, Ellie and Abby, and two guinea pigs, who serve as marvelous conversation starters.
Healthy Boundaries
and Christian Caregiving Workshops
offered by Rev. Dr. Karl Kling
Healthy Boundaries
Friday, September 13 (2-4 pm) No Cost

Christian Caregiving Workshop
Saturday, September 14 (9am-3:30pm; lunch included ) Cost: $20

Location: First Presbyterian (Columbus)

Registration Deadline is Thursday, September 12
Go to www.flintriverpresbytery.org for online registration
“Healthy Boundaries” Workshop ; September 13, 2-4pm

This 2-hour workshop will explore the role that healthy relationship boundaries play in the ministry and self-care for Teaching Elders and Ruling Elders in Flint River Presbytery. Practical case studies will help participants discuss the opportunities and challenges that elders face in everyday ministry settings. Participants will also examine the spiritual, ethical, and legal responsibilities elders and leaders have as they serve in ministry. 

“Christian Caregiving” Workshop ; September 14, 9am-3:30pm

This 6-hour workshop is designed to equip, celebrate, and empower Deacons, Ruling Elders, Teaching Elders, and Stephen Ministers to take another step forward in their ministry of caring for others in the name of Christ. The goal of the workshop is to learn more about the resources of faith, church, community, and healthcare networks in order to share Christ’s healing and wholeness. Practical case studies, small group interaction, and time for individual reflection will provide many opportunities for discussion and learning. The ideas and skills shared during the workshop will be useful for Christian Caregiving ministries in local congregations.

Biography of Karl Kling, D.Min.

The Rev. Dr. Karl Kling is a clinical Fellow in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and a Psychotherapist Member in the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). He has served congregations in Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Florida, Georgia, and Alabama over the course of 38 years of ministry.  As part of his pastoral ministry, he served as a Marriage and Family Therapist and Pastoral Counselor in private practice for 10 years.

Dr. Kling earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Austin Presbyterian Seminary in the area of Pastoral Care; an M.Div. degree from Fuller Theological Seminary; and a Bachelor of Science degree from the Wharton Business School in Philadelphia.  He currently is a Member At Large of Flint River Presbytery.
Global Church IS Small Church
hosted by The Outreach Foundation
Saturday, September 28 (10 am - 3 pm; lunch included)

Cost is $20 or $10 per session | Location: Presbytery Office in Albany

Registration Deadline is Friday, September 13
Go to www.flintriverpresbytery.org for online registration
Good News from Hard Places   (10 am to 12 noon)

Come learn why the Church in difficult places has much to teach us about both the cost of discipleship, as well as its fruits! Marilyn Borst shares first-hand experience behind global headlines as she sheds light upon the work and witness of the Presbyterian Church in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Egypt, as she has visited all of these places in the past year!   She will also show us how congregations of any size can develop and nurture dynamic global relationships as she draws upon her experience in long-term partnerships.

The Church and God’s Mission (1 pm - 3 pm)   

The church at its best has recognized that it is a missionary society and that each person is a member of that society. In this second session, we will look at concrete ways that each person in the small church can participate in God’s mission to the world. Citing two incredible churches that moved forward in mission, Mark will tell the story of one elder and one mission committee and how those churches “got going” with global mission.  Mark will draw upon his extensive global travel as a PC(USA) pastor and help you connect with deep global church relationships. These global relationships have the potential to change the ethos of one’s life as well as revitalize your congregation!
Marilyn Borst is Associate Director for Partnership Development of The Outreach Foundation, a Presbyterian mission agency which celebrates its 40 th anniversary this year. She works with churches around the USA to help them discern God’s call to global engagement while connecting them to that work alongside the global church in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and the Middle East. She travels extensively, nurturing relationships with church leaders, assessing ministry initiatives and leading short-term vision teams especially to Cuba, Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt, Syria and Israel/Palestine. Her heart for the church in difficult places has also brought her to Iran, Pakistan and North Korea. Prior to joining The Outreach Foundation staff, Marilyn served for over 6 years as Director of Global Ministry at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta where she oversaw the international partnerships of this 8,000-member congregation in over 33 countries. Marilyn holds a B.A. in Classical Studies from Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI), an M.A. in Art History from Michigan State University, and an M.A. in Theology from St. Thomas University (Houston). She has participated in four archeological digs in Jordan and Egypt and taught as adjunct faculty at the University of Houston for 20 years. She is ordained as an elder and has been married to Mark Borst for 40 years. The Borsts reside in Atlanta where they are endlessly entertained by the antics of their precocious cats, Anthony and Cleopatra
Rev. Dr. Mark Mueller serves The Outreach Foundation as Director of Development. After working for ten years as a teacher and school administrator, Mark heard God’s call to pastoral ministry, and he served congregations for twenty-three years. Mark earned a B.A. from the University of Arizona, a M.Ed. at BYU, a M.Div. at Louisville Theological Seminary and a D.Min. at Columbia Theological Seminary with an emphasis on Evangelism and New Church Development. Mark and his wife, the Rev. Dr. Toby Mueller, have two married daughters and one grandson.
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