Monday, August 20, 2007

Presbyterian Panel Survey – Today.

Dahlia of the day: Bloomquist Dawn.

I completed the latest Presbyterian Panel Survey today. It is great being able to do them on line. The one drawback is that I wish I had been able to make a copy of the survey. Today’s survey was about the General Assembly Council and what I thought should be the priorities of each ministry area. The input for the survey will help the GAC set priorities for the coming years.

I felt like crying when I completed the survey. It is my understanding that the GAC came up with the different possible priority areas. It was the same old, same old thing. It is like the GAC is rearranging the deck chairs on the Presbyterian Titanic. It would have been nice to have even one creative, outside-the-box idea for how we can be a denomination in a post denominational era.

I am so thankful for the local church—the front line of ministry. Very little of what the denomination does has an impact on the daily ministry of our church. Fortunately, the ideas and information we have received from the Purpose Driven Presbyterian Network has had a profound impact on our local church.

I have attended Presbyterian Coalition gatherings—to date they have not been able to articulate anything that would assist our church or denomination. I attended the New Wineskins meeting. They had some good ideas but there was little traction in the denomination. I haven’t been to a Global Fellowship gathering yet. Still, I don’t see anything they have done that would impact the daily life of Evergreen.

I am so thankful for finding out about the Purpose Driven Presbyterian Network. At least there is one corner in this denomination that has something to offer our congregations.


At 11:30 PM , Blogger Presbyterian Gal said...

These dahlias are just beautiful. I am enjoying them so much as well as your posts.

Does the Purpose Driven Presbyterian Network have a website? Is it based on Rick Warren's book?

At 7:51 AM , Blogger Pastor Lance said...

Hi Presbyterian Gal,

The Purpose Driven Presbyterians Network does have a web site. Their URL is:

The network started with Trinity Presbyterian Church in Satellite Beach, Florida. In fact, their annual gathering is still held there. Michael Carey (the church’s pastor—now co-pastor) had read Rick Warren’s book and felt that it fit fairly well within our Presbyterian theology (the one area that needed to be tweaked was a larger view of “mission.”). Michael searched the country for PCUSA churches that were using the Purpose Driven model. The network has grown from those humble beginnings.

Also, thanks for the comments on the dahlias. The photos do not do them justice. Let me know if you see one or two that you particularly like. I would be more than happy to send you a tuber or two next spring for your flower garden.



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