August 20, 2019
Big Tent and Beyond
Baltimore was host to nearly 800 Presbyterians earlier this month. Living up to its name, Big Tent drew broad attendance with topics as diverse as the participants. In addition to numerous workshops and presentations, here are just a few highlights from the weekend.
Visitors joined local churches for a prayer walk downtown to advocate for more to be done to avoid gun violence. Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, told marchers too many people have been left behind in the struggle to survive.
Plenary Speaker
Rev. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah shared personal thoughts on the stakes and realities of evangelism in today’s changing world. Read more
Cindy Kohlmann and Ruling Elder Vilmarie Cintrón-Olivieri held a debriefing with more than 170 people, giving them an opportunity to digest what they’d heard during the plenaries, worship and learning opportunities. Read more
And This Year’s Award…
It was a big honor for The Center in Baltimore to be named a 2019 Traditioned Innovation Award winner. As one of only five initiatives recognized for their community engagement, we couldn’t be more proud. According to Victoria White, of Leadership Education, “The Traditioned Innovation Award recognizes and affirms the faithful and innovative work of an outstanding Christian initiative. This year the award focuses on catalytic organizations that are effective in their own community while also nurturing ministries in other communities. Their work creates a broad impact because they are committed to nurturing future ministry leaders and creating interconnected networks.” To read more, visit their website.
Youth Triennium
Last month, almost 70 high school students from 11 different churches in our presbytery piled into two buses and headed for Indiana. The week included plenary speakers and many new friendships. Read more.
No pews is good news
Baltimore's Light Street Presbyterian Church was recently recognized for adapting to a neighborhood that has evolved greatly over the past decades. Its ability to reconnect with the community using innovative ministries is remarkable, as the church strives to return to its social justice roots.
Why Coaching?
Spiritual Leader Development provides scholarship funding for pastors seeking coaching. This fall we will launch a new initiative to introduce group coaching. A cohort of pastors, CLPs, and interns will meet monthly by social media to explore creative solutions with colleagues and coaches and build relationships with others in the presbytery. The cohort will be using curriculum materials created by the Chris Holmes Coaching Group called the Academy for Artful Living. If you are interested in learning more about coaching, visit our website here.
Upcoming Events
884th Gathering of the Presbytery of Baltimore
All calendars should be marked for Thursday, September 12, as we assemble at St. John United Church in the Interfaith Center in Columbia, MD. Additional information, and a link to register for lunch can now be found on our website .
Healthy Boundaries Refresher Training
This is for those who have already completed a full-day training in Baltimore Presbytery, or through another approved training program, and are due for their five-year refresher course. The session will be held from 9 am - noon on Thursday, September 19, at Central Presbyterian Church. More Information
Help Wanted
Interim Pastor
Hamilton Presbyterian Church is looking for an individual to serve part time providing Sunday worship, administering the sacraments, visiting members, and other special services. For more information, contact Rita Krauth at
Interim Pastor
Hope Presbyterian Church seeks a part time Interim Pastor to provide a balanced ministry of preaching, pastoral care, and administrative oversight to the congregation. For more information, or to send a resume, contact Mark Heinekamp at .
Director of Mission and Communication
Woods Memorial Church is seeking a DMC. The Director provides leadership and direction for the mission of the church and also provides supervision of communication for the ministries of the church. For more information, please go to and/or contact Bill Hadley at
Music Director
Havenwood Presbyterian Church‘s goal in worship is to create an intergenerational and inclusive experience utilizing traditional, contemporary, and multinational music. This 15hr/week commitment involves 5-7 hours at the church. The ideal applicant is a capable musician on our Allen organ, Kimball baby grand, and Roland FA08 workstation, and can both lead and develop our ensembles as worship leaders. To schedule an audition and interview, please send resume and cover letter to the Music Director Search Committee at no later than August 24th
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