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Spring 2012 Presbytery Highlights: First, Mississippi Valley, Northeast & Virginia

First Presbytery

The spring meeting was held Feb. 16, 2012

  • Received Rev. Tom Irby from the Georgia Foothills Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America and approved his call to the Fuller Memorial Church, Durham.
  • Approved Rev. Doug Petersen as the stated supply for the Westminster Church, Albemarle, NC.
  • Received a report from the Trustees Committee on various items concerning church properties. The following recommendations were approved:
    1. Authorized the Presbytery treasurer to pay expenses associated with these properties.
    2. Approved paying possible expenses for the sale of the Asheville property from the Church Extension Fund.
    3. Approved paying possible expenses for the sale of the All Saints’ property from the Church Extension Fund.
  • Thanked Rick Conant for his assistance with matters relating to the All Saints’ property.
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Killing the Clergy Softly: Congregational Conflict, Job Loss and Depression

By David Briggs

They are called “clergy killers” — congregations where a small group of members are so disruptive that no pastor is able to maintain spiritual leadership for long.

And yet ministers often endure the stresses of these dysfunctional relationships for months, or even years, before eventually being forced out or giving up.

Adding to the strain is the process, which is often shrouded in secrecy. No one – from denominational officials to church members to the clerics themselves – want to acknowledge the failure of a relationship designed to be a sign to the world of mutual love and support.

But new research is providing insights into just how widespread – and damaging – these forced terminations can be to clergy.

An online study published in the March issue of the Review of Religious Research found 28 percent of ministers said they had at one time been forced to leave their jobs due to personal attacks and criticism from a small faction of their congregations.Read More

Presbytery Highlights Second & Catawba

Presbytery News

by arpmagazine

Catawba Presbytery Highlights

From the meeting of Catawba Presbytery at the Centennial Church, Columbia, SC on March 13, 2012:

  •  Heard a message from Andrew K. Putnam, Moderator of Synod and member of Catawba Presbytery.
  • Approved a new mission work in Rock Hill, SC to begin on April 1, 2012 and to be called Hill City Church, Associate Reformed Presbyterian.
  • Approved a call for Andrew R. Stager to be developer for the Hill City Mission to begin April 1, 2012.
  • Approved Ruling Elders Alan Broyles from the Tirzah Church and Cole McKinney from First Rock Hill to serve as Provisional Session members for Hill City Mission.
  • Approved a call from the Board of World Witness for George Paul Robelot to be a Cooperative Missionary for World Witness as a Church Planter and Member Care Coordinator to the Evangelical Alliance Mission in Europe beginning June 7, 2012. 
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