Nathan attended the Presbytery of Northern Waters meeting in Rice Lake, WI on Friday and Saturday, October 23 and 24. Our presbytery gathers three times a year for worship and business, including this two-day meeting. Here are some highlights:

  • The education segment focused on communal discernment, a model for exploring options and reaching decisions without a debate over win/lose positions.
  • The 2010 PNW budget was approved. The presbytery chose to pass an unbalanced budget, rather than raise the per capita apportionment by an additional $2.52 (the increase this year is $0.25). Our executive presbyter and treasurer chose to decline pay increases for the year in light of this budget situation.
  • The Committee on Ministry invited three congregations to share about changes in their approaches to ministry. These included restructuring the session, reorienting discipleship ministries, and partnering with other local congregations. All three congregations are seeing new vitality in their lives together.

This represents only a little of the business that came before our presbytery at this meeting. For more details, feel free to ask Nathan, or come along to our next presbytery meeting!