Clerks' Corner

Below are the latest articles from the Clerks’ Corner blog.

Monmouth Presbytery Clerks' Corner

Crunching Our Numbers, New and Improved

Author: Carl
Posted: July 18, 2017, 4:25 pm
Some of us have been noticing for a while that a part of the General Assembly website has been down: that part that allows access to 10-year statistics on congregations. For years, it’s been a reliable, workhorse portion of the website: data on membership gains and losses, financial income and the like.

A few weeks ago, abruptly and without prior notice, that functionality disappeared. After checking back a couple of times, I inquired of some folks in our national office and was told that the ...
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Are We Fish or Scuba Divers?

Author: Carl
Posted: June 22, 2017, 7:36 pm
When it comes to reflecting on the health of congregations, Jim Kitchens is one of the best minds in the PC(USA). A retired pastor of long experience, he "gets it" with respect to the challenges churches are facing.

"It's Not Your Fault" is a little essay he's written, directed at congregational leaders who may be demoralized about AWOL church members and declining financial resources. It will take you just a couple minutes to read it. But it will give you a lot to think about.

"It's not your f...
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Per Capita: A Seat at the Table for Everyone

Author: Carl
Posted: July 5, 2016, 4:28 pm
Outgoing General Assembly Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons has just written a helpful little piece explaining the importance of per capita. It's something I think every minister or ruling elder should become familiar with, because per capita is among the most-misunderstood features of our common life as Presbyterians.

Per capita has been likened to our denominational utility. It pays essential administrative expenses of higher councils (presbytery, synod and General Assembly). Most of what per capi...
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The Top 10 Things that Happened at the 222nd General Assembly

Author: Carl
Posted: June 27, 2016, 6:05 pm
Anyone who’s ever been to a General Assembly knows it’s a rich feast. The business agenda of the Assembly alone is massive, and there are a host of auxiliary meetings and social events as well.

Boiling the work of the Assembly down to just a few items is a challenge, but I’m going to try. Here’s my list of the Top 10 Things that Happened at the 222nd General Assembly:

10) The most talked-about business in advance of the Assembly was the "Foothills Overtures," a collection of constitutional amen...
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Origins of the Old Tennent Church

Author: Carl
Posted: June 5, 2016, 12:31 am
I subscribe to a Presbyterian History blog written by a man named David Myers, a minister in the Presbyterian Church in America. His posts dealing with the history of that conservative breakaway denomination are of little interest to me, but he does write frequently about our common history: particularly the Colonial era. I find those posts to be of much greater interest.

Imagine my surprise when I opened an email today and found that the subject of his latest historical reflection is the Old ...
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