April 29, 2019
What's Stunting Your Church's Growth?
Having honest, accurate information about leadership, ministry and finances is a powerful tool for church leaders who are considering redevelopment or transition as a way to rekindle spiritual vitality within their congregations. With that in mind, the Commission on Thriving Congregations recommends the Holy Cow! Congregation Assessment Tool (CAT) for strategic planning, succession planning, pastoral searches, financial campaigns, as well as, a general understanding of the health and vitality of a congregation.

CAT is a benchmark instrument designed to provide an in-depth look at the experiences, perceptions and aspirations of a church's congregation. It is useful for any church in leadership transition or undertaking strategic planning. It can be used to:

  • Measure the level of satisfaction and energy in the congregation you lead.
  • Identify the critical success factors for improving organizational climate.
  • Pinpoint the strengths of your congregation's culture.
  • Discover where members would like to go in the future.
  • Gauge readiness for change.
  • Uncover potential resources you may be missing.
  • Prepare for a search for your next pastor.

The cost of this assessment tool is based on your average worship attendance. It runs from $430 to $1,100 plus the cost of a trained facilitator. The facilitator may be a consultant with whom you are working, someone in the Presbytery that has been trained or a consultant from Holy Cow! Consulting. Holy Cow! Consulting offers interpretations in two ways: $300 for an online interpretation or $1,000 plus the cost of travel expenses for onsite interpretation. Presbytery level interpreters are available at reduced cost. Support for follow-up planning and efforts may be offered, as negotiated with the Commission on Thriving Congregations.

If a member church of the Presbytery of Baltimore uses the Congregation Assessment Tool (CAT) from Holy Cow, the Commission on Thriving Congregations will share costs based on the following scale:
For further information on Holy Cow! Church Assessment Tool, contact Jennifer Barchi , Chair of the Commission on Thriving Congregations.
Presbytery & Church-wide
2019 Clergy Retreat

As you put the finishing touches on your Easter sermon and move through the busy days of Holy Week, wouldn't it be nice to know that you would have an opportunity to get some time away in just a few weeks -- time to catch your breath, time to talk and laugh with colleagues in ministry, time to be with God in a beautiful, natural setting? Take a minute to sign up for the Clergy Retreat at Bon Secours Conference Center on May 15-16, noon to noon . The cost is only $75 and scholarships are available. 
Click here to View Flier and Register
"A Generation that
Sees Beyond the Limits"
883rd Gathering of the Presbytery of Baltimore

Join us for spectacular worship, fellowship, a bit of business and a good ole' fashioned outdoor barbeque as we gather for the 883rd meeting of the Presbytery of Baltimore on Thursday, May 9 from 4-8 pm at Chestnut Grove Presbyterian Church, Phoenix, MD (21131). We'll also take time during this gathering to commission our youth as they plan to attend the 2019 Presbyterian Youth Triennium this summer at Purdue University, IN

Confirmed Dates for the Dismantling Racism Training in 2019

Monday, May 20, 2019 at Chestnut Grove PC
(3701 Sweet Air Road, Phoenix, MD 21131), 8:30am to 5pm.
Morning refreshments and Lunch are provided
Registration Fee is $20 . Register here!
The Center Work Day
The Center's work day will be held 9am to 2pm on Saturday, May 11. The Center could use your help to prepare for our guests this summer. It's time for our annual deep clean and fix-it day. We'll need help with moving some furniture, replacing bulbs and other minor repairs. For details, e-mail Liv at The Center .
Each year we look forward to the annual meetings for Clerks of Session for training and to review Session Records. The following is a list of meetings for the Baltimore metropolitan area.

  • Saturday, May 18, 2019, 10 am, Hancock PC, Jack Carlson

  • Sunday, May 19, 2pm, Harundale PC, Jack Carlson

  • Wednesday, May 29, 7pm, 1st PC of Howard County, Mary Gaut

  • Saturday, June 8, 10am, Govans PC, Mary Gaut
For more information email The Rev. David Norse.
Catonsville Concerts at 3
Catonsville Concerts at 3 features pianist Katie Mahan in concert at 3pm on Sunday, May 19 at the church. Katie has captured the attention of audiences throughout the world for her innovative musical personality, poetic interpretations, and graceful and charming stage presence. She is at home in a broad repertoire ranging from Bach to Poulenc, and is particularly distinguished as an interpreter of the music of George Gershwin and Claude Debussy. This free concert is presented with special funding from the Maryland State Arts Council, the Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences & the Catonsville Women's Giving Circle. Full Poster
First & Franklin Presbyterian Church Seeks Office Manager
The Office Manager (OM) supports the Pastor (Head of Staff), Session (its Clerk and committees), Board of Deacons, and other paid staff - through general administrative functions.  The OM supports the day to day operations of the church and its surrounding campus properties (Hodge House, St Andrew Parking Lot, Backus House and Patrick Allison House).

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