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[PCUSANEWS] PC(USA) administrative staffers gather in Florida

Date Tue, 5 Aug 2003 16:17:41 -0500

Note #7870 from PCUSA NEWS to PRESBYNEWS:

PC(USA) administrative staffers gather in Florida
August 5, 2003

PC(USA) administrative staffers gather in Florida

Fourteen members are newly certified

By Jerry L. Van Marter and Jewel McRae-Brown

LOUISVILLE - More than 90 administrative staff from congregations, middle
governing body offices and the General Assembly gathered in Sarasota, FL,
July 18-20 for the annual conference of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
Administrative Personnel Association (APA).

APA's goal is to provide educational, training and networking events -
working with presbyteries, synods and ten regional councils - to assist
administrative staff to become more professional in their work and thus
further the work of the entire denomination. The newest APA regional council
- the Greater Midwest Region) - was chartered here.

This year, workshops covered a wide spectrum of topics, such as
communications and problem solving, spiritual growth, an overview of the
denomination's Directory for Worship, theology, stewardship and capital funds
campaigns, and courses on the church's benefits plans led by PC(USA) Board of
Pensions representatives.

At a July 19 banquet, 14 members were honored for having completed APA
certification at various expertise levels in the past year.

Theresa Wright from the Presbytery of Tres Rios in Midland, TX, was
introduced as the APA's new office manager. She may be reached at:

More information about the APA and the benefits it has to offer Presbyterian
administrative staffers is available by contacting APA President Cathy
Ballenger by email at or by visiting the website,

APA has also launched an Extra Commitment Opportunity (ECO) Fund, project
#E051483. Gifts to this project will provide scholarship money for
administrative staff to attend national and regional conferences for
certification. To learn more about the fund contact the National Ministries
Division liaison to APA, Jewel McRae-Brown at:

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