Tuesday, May 18, 2010

From clergy shortage to clergy glut

Christian Century Story: From clergy shortage to clergy glut
  • "We have a serious surplus of ministers and candidates seeking calls," said Marcia Myers, director of the vocation office for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), which has four ministers for every opening.
  • The main cause of the sudden turnaround: the bad economy.
  • According to PCUSA data, the church has 532 vacancies for 2,271
  • older clergy who saw their retirement funds evaporate are delaying retirement
  • "Everyone talked about a clergy shortage, but there never really was one," said Chang. There has long been a surplus of ministers, she said. They're simply not serving where they're needed—in small churches.
  • No mention of the amount of money wasted on legal fights

Sierra Presbyterian Church ordered to close its doors

Merced Sun Star Story: Sierra Presbyterian Church ordered to close its doors
  • Stockton Presbytery: 25-14
  • church plans to file an appeal
  • Sierra Saving Grace Homeless Project in Jeopardy
  • Presbytery part of unusual Sierra Mission Partnership- 3 presbyteries
  • $30,550 noninterest loan from the Presbytery for the building of a parking lot
  • the group paid $100 monthly and then, several years ago, raised the payment to $250 a month.
  • 3603 M Street, Merced, CA

Church fund creates bitter feud

Regional officials, congregants battle over $2M 'legacy'

Thursday, May 13, 2010

FPC of Aurora Officially Shifts To EPC

A News Release from The Religion Wire™: First Presbyterian Church of Aurora Officially Shifts Denominational Affiliation

Layman Online: story

  • FPC Aurora, Ill
  • Blackhawk Presbytery: (58-48)Press release on there front page
  • 152 year-old church
  • some 700 members
  • dismissal payment of $140,000 and other long-term provisions
  • pastor Jeff Moore and associate pastor Stephen Rhodes have been dismissed to EPC.
  • Property Appraisal: 2.2-2.6 million - Estimated Sale Price 1 Million
  • Membership voted on April 8, 2009. 317-17
  • Letter to those not attending:
    • Dismissal: 322
    • Not Active: 36
    • Remain/as FPC: 12
    • Remain/Transfer: 2
    • Abstain: 6

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Desert Hills PC (Carefree, Ariz) intends to leave PCUSA

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