In the Neighborhood

Blog Post by
Rev. Dr. Craig M. Howard, Presbytery Leader
choward@glpby.org


Vanessa has been preaching to the presbytery office for some time now that as a presbytery, we are living in resurrection, and we get to decide what that will look like. One of the consistent concerns I and the staff received is that the presbytery doesn’t care about “us.” Us could mean those in congregations further away from the office or at a distance from St. Louis; us could mean congregations with very small attendance and membership; us could mean those who are theologically more conservative.

As a result of these concerns, I and the staff have attempted various ways of connecting with and communicating with all of our congregations. We have visited more congregations. We have made ourselves available for pulpit supply, session meetings, congregational meetings, and retreats. Now, we are going to try another idea called In the Neighborhood. The entire staff will go down to Cape Girardeau and camp out at the Drury Inn right off I-55. We are inviting churches in the southern region to come by and see us. You are welcome to bring questions regarding the Stated Clerk, pastor transitions, communications, congregation development, or administration questions. It’s okay if you just want to say “hi” and meet the staff. We will be there to meet with you because we care and because you matter.

My hope is that our office becomes a model of ministry that is risk-taking and transformational. The presbytery office is evolving. We are adapting to our new reality of size, geographic location, and theological perspectives that comprise Giddings-Lovejoy. Adaptive change means tackling questions we do not know the answers to, and problems we cannot solve. What we do know is that we need to be different. If we are ever going to be different, we have to try different things. We don’t believe that everything we try will work. But we know we will learn from each experience and experiment. And that is the way it should be.

Rev. Craig M. Howard

9 Responses to “In the Neighborhood”

    • Janice McMillen on

      Good afternoon Betty …. On Thursday, March 28 we will assume office space from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Shawnee Room at the Drury Inn, located right off of I-55, at 3351 Percy Dr., in Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701. Come see us!

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    • Janice McMillen on

      Hi Pat…on Thursday, March 28 and will assume office space from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the Shawnee Room at the Drury Inn, located right off of I-55, at 3351 Percy Dr., in Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701.

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  1. Diane McCullough on

    What a great idea! We are so blessed to have such a creative Presbytery team. It is always a deep and gratifying experience in meeting, prayer and decision making with you and with your wisdom. Thank you for this new creative effort of connection!

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