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SYNOD OF THE NORTHEAST MOVES TOWARD CREATING
05 May 1996 15:18:45
95225 SYNOD OF THE NORTHEAST MOVES TOWARD CREATING
A KOREAN-LANGUAGE PRESBYTERY, ADOPTS RESTRUCTURE PLAN
by Allen Kratz
ROCHESTER, N.Y.--The Synod of the Northeast voted June 23 to "proceed
toward the creation of a Korean-language presbytery" by creating a
committee that next January will bring to the synod assembly a
recommendation to either create or not create such a governing body.
If ultimately approved by the synod, the new presbytery would need
approval by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
Operations would begin in January 1997.
The eight-member committee will consider the legal, financial,
administrative and "Book of Order" issues relating to the creation of the
proposed presbytery, which, unlike the current 21 geographic presbyteries
in the Synod of the Northeast, will encompass the synod's eight-state
region in New York, New Jersey and New England.
There are currently three nongeographic presbyteries (two Korean and
one Native American) in the PC(USA): Hanmi, in the Synod of Southern
California and Hawaii; Midwest Hanmi, in the Synod of Lincoln Trails; and
Dakota, in the Synod of Lakes and Prairies.
Advocates for the new presbytery say that it would draw more
Korean-speaking Presbyterians into the denomination because, with their own
governing body, they would not face the obstacle of being minority-language
speakers as they are now in predominantly English-speaking governing
Restructuring plan approved
The commissioners approved, with virtually no floor debate, a
"Structural Design for Mission" that:
* reaffirms six mission goals
* emphasizes both "shared ministry" by the synod with its constituent
presbyteries and "cooperative ministry" by the synod with non-Presbyterian
* cuts the number of full-time synod associate executives (who report
to the synod executive) from nine to four "mission associates"
* reduces the number of support staff
* calls for commissioners from each presbytery to meet twice yearly
instead of once yearly.
The six mission goals that the proposed structure affirms are
community building, communication, church development, nurture, leadership
development and advocacy.
The four new "mission associates" will be responsible for four
clusters of duties:
* budget and finance
* church development, redevelopment and revitalization
* leadership and church-program development
* outreach ministries and advocacy.
They will be aided by either full-time or part-time "project
For more information contact Presbyterian News Service
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Louisville, KY 40202
phone 502-569-5504 fax 502-569-8073
E-mail PCUSA.NEWS@pcusa.org Web page: http://www.pcusa.org
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