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The Presbytery of Minnesota Valleys includes 52 congregations and one worshipping community, with 6,028 members. They range in size from fewer than 25 members to more than 400 and are involved in everything from local support groups to international missions.

Upcoming Events

May 21: Hybrid Presbytery Meeting on Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church of Willmar from 10:00-3:00 (9:30 registration)
Presbytery Packet, part 1

Rules, Motions, Motion Form

The Rev. Dr. Diane L. Givens Moffett serves as the President and Executive Director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency — the mission arm of the PC(USA). She has held this role since June 2018.

Prior to that, Diane served as senior pastor of St. James Presbyterian Church in Greensboro, North Carolina. While there, she also served on several boards, and was co-chair of the Greensboro Interfaith Clergy Council and vice president of the Pulpit Forum. In April 2018, Diane received the Sojourner Truth Award, the highest honor of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, for her commitment to serving others.
Diane’s service to the denomination also includes serving as the first woman pastor at Elmhurst Presbyterian Church in Oakland, California, and associate pastor of evangelism, discipleship and ministry at Elmwood United Presbyterian Church in East Orange, New Jersey. She has also served as coordinator of the Korean and African-American Pastors Reconciliation Project and executive director at Harbor House Ministries.
Diane holds a bachelor of arts degree in sociology and social welfare from the University of California at Berkeley, and both a master of divinity and doctorate of ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary. 
Diane is married to Mondre Moffett, a trumpeter and professor of black music studies at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. They have three daughters.

June 4: Resiliency: Building Spiritual Fortitude with Laurie Ferguson on Tuesday, June 4 at 10:00am webinar


Speaker: Rev. Laurie Ferguson, Ph.D.

75-minute webinar

Laurie Ferguson is a coach, a consultant and a psychologist. She served as a parish pastor for over twenty years before returning to school and getting her doctorate in psychology.  She specializes in helping people and organizations grow their resilience skills. She consults with judicatories that want to develop a vision and plan for going forward with faithful courage. She has coached leaders for over fifteen years and works with Columbia Seminary in their Coach Training program. More information can be found on her website: lauriejferguson.com

 

Ministry is challenging. Every day you spend your energy listening, planning, leading, praying, and even worrying. This “spend down” of mental, emotional and spiritual energy is constant, and unless you have ways to recharge, you will lose not only your momentum, but perhaps your sense of meaning and call in your work.
 

This workshop is designed to give you some practical tools to re-charge and upgrade your mental and spiritual resilience.

Resiliency is a combination of beliefs, practices and attitudes. One of the most significant components is resonance. Resonant leadership has the quality of being awake, aware and alive, able to inspire and move others, while caring for oneself and engaging in renewal. The concept of resonant leadership is based on the work of Richard Boyatzis. We will look at how resonance can be nurtured as a primary way to sustain our resilience for ministry.


August 20: Stated Presbytery Meeting on Tuesday at Federated Church of Fergus Falls from 10:00-3:00 (9:30 registration)

September 10: Making the "Ask:" stewardship, funds development and talking about money Tuesday, Sept 10 - 10:00am webinar

Shirley D. Carter has a deep passion for service and leadership for the public good.  She began fundraising in her late teens, as president of the Young Adult Fellowship and later became the youngest trustee of a multi-million-dollar trust administered by her local United Methodist Church. She has led two hospital foundations for the last 13 years.  Prior to that, she held leadership positions at two other hospitals and a global humanitarian organization. Shirley and her husband Joel have three young adult children.  She is active in her local Church and volunteers on the Kandiyohi County Area YMCA and Lutheran Social Services of MN boards of directors.  She is also actively involved in a philanthropic education organization. Shirley holds a Master of Business Administration degree with emphasis in healthcare and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive.  She is the current Executive Director of Rice Health Foundation at Rice Memorial Hospital - Carris Health.   

 

Making the AskThis course will provide insights into creating a culture of philanthropy in congregations, by connecting the Church’s purpose with opportunities for giving.  Participants will learn how age and gender impact giving, and ways pastors can feel comfortable about asking.

September 16-20: The Art of Transitional Leadership

Christ the King Retreat Center in Buffalo, MN
Learning Ministy Skills for Today's and Tomorrow's Church Pastors. Staff, COMs and Congregational Leaders

More info

October 3: Preaching in Times of Transition, imaginative preaching Thursday, Oct 3 at 1:00 pm webinar

Gerald C. Liu is assistant professor of worship and preaching at Princeton Theological Seminary. He earned his BA in Music at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, his Master of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University (during which time he was also a theological fellow at Georg-August Universität in Göttingen, Germany), and his PhD from Vanderbilt University with a concentration in homiletics and liturgics. He has previously served as a British Methodist Minister in Nottingham, England before becoming ordained in the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church. Currently he volunteers as a minister in residence at Church of the Village, a United Methodist congregation in Manhattan. His classes and publications explore curiosities about the arts as theological resources and phenomena, Asian American identity, multicultural worship, and the production of believable public Christian witness.

Join Rev. Liu in a discussion about how the biblical canon can shape weekly preaching into an arc of messages rooted in the ever-expanding call to new identities in Christ, adaptive living, and welcoming all people for the glory of God.  


November 2: Hybrid Presbytery Meeting on Saturday at First Presbyterian Church of Redwood Falls from 10:00-3:00 (9:30 registration)


2019 Leadership Development and Educational Training Schedule (click here)

Pastoral Leadership Opportunities


The following congregation within the bounds of our presbytery is currently seeking pastoral leadership:

First Presbyterian Church, Fulda - Solo Pastor, 3/4 time up to full-time
   Ministry Information Form - 03782.AD1

Faith Presbyterian Church, Silver Lake - Part-time Solo Pastor
   Ministry Information Form - 03851.ACO

Hope Presbyterian Church, Spicer - Solo Pastor
   Ministry Information Form - 09565.ADO

The Ministry Information Forms for these opportunities are posted on the Church Leadership Connection web site -- http://oga.pcusa.org/section/mid-council-ministries/clc/



Map of the Presbytery of Minnesota Valleys
Church directions in our Presbytery: www.pcusa.org/search/congregations/


2019 Per Capita - $41.35 Total
$27.00 for Presbytery
$5.40 for Synod
$8.95 for GA

2019 Compensation Policy

2019 Per Capita Apportionment and Mission Pledge Form