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AUG-SEP 2018

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SERVANTS 14 AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2018 | Pr e s by te r i a n s To d ay F irst Presbyterian Church in Dickson, Tennessee, was in a rut. The pastor of more than 30 years had retired a year before, and the six-member session was keeping the church together. But they were barely surviving. It was all they could do to keep up with their regular tasks, let alone start any new creative ventures. Throughout this time of transi- tion, there was growing confusion among the congregation about who did what. Who did a member contact to reserve the fellowship hall? Who did a person call to put an event into the newsletter? Something needed to be done. The session decided to host a churchwide retreat, beginning on a Friday night and ending Saturday afternoon. Young and old met in the fellowship hall and began discuss- ing First Presbyterian's history and current trends in congregations. On Saturday morning, they began exploring the responsibilities of the church. With Post-Its on hand, members identified the various responsibilities found in the Book of Order — from the Great Ends of the Church to the jobs of pastors and elders. They then listed their own congregation's jobs that involved tasks that were identi- fied as the traditional domain of the women's group, the men's group and the deacons. After designating those and sorting through the rest of the Post-Its, they found other catego- ries that needed attention such as administration (finance and person- nel), worship, education, property and membership. Recognizing the need for better communication within the congregation as well as with the greater community, a communica- tions category was added, too. Over the next two months, session members took the Post-Its and organized committees and created committee descriptions based on the needs of the church. They shared those descriptions with the congre- gation and invited members to join the committees through bulletin inserts and Sunday morning chancel announcements. They made calls and wrote emails to those they wanted to personally invite to serve on com- mittees. Eventually, each committee Restructuring committees revive a church 'Decently and orderly' can be exciting BY JEANNIE HUNTER After identifying what needed to get done in the church, the First Presbyterian session restructured committees. This led to new energy within the church, especially among the children's programs. COURTESY OF FIRST PRESBYTERIAN Endorsed Mover for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Stevens is proud to deliver over 110 years of family-owned moving expertise and quality services to Presbyterian Church (USA) Members, Clergy and Employees and Educators: • Discounted pricing • Top-rated drivers and crews • Customized moving packages • Stevens Home Protection Kit™ • Free no-obligation move estimate • Single point-of-contact Trust the Stevens Worldwide Van Lines USDOT 72029 CALL VICKI BIERLEIN: 800.248.8313 Clergy Move Center ™ T h e w a y t o m o v e

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