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One Congregation’S Journey


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How one congregation moved through conflict and beyond it to become a flourishing churfch.

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One Congregation’S Journey

  1. 1. One Congregation’s Journey<br />Hope in Conflict<br />Flourishing<br />Church <br />Consultants<br />
  2. 2. Pleasant Hills Presbyterian<br />
  3. 3. PHPC’s community context<br />Gradual shift from middle-class to working class residents<br />Neighborhood elementary school has increasing numbers of children at risk<br />On major artery from downtown to suburbs<br />
  4. 4. PHPC from 1989-2000<br />Well-loved pastor, Hal Johnson<br />Worship attendance increased from 90 to 160<br />Added office and classroom space to building<br />Comfortable financial growth<br />
  5. 5. BUT<br />No changes in staff design<br />No changes in expectations of pastor or of session<br />No changes in circle of lay leadership<br />No changes in congregational identity<br />
  6. 6. 2000-2001 Interim Time No apparent changes in<br />expectations of pastor or of session<br />circle of lay leadership<br />understanding of identity<br />assumptions about future<br />
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  8. 8. PHPC 2002-2006<br />Call to Ryan Edwards<br />What they didn’t know they needed to negotiate with each other<br />Increasing anger and mutual disillusionment<br />Leading to loss of members and financial difficulties<br />
  9. 9. Conflict between Pastor Ryan Martin and long-term lay leaders<br />Loss of newer members<br />Financial shortfall<br />PHPC by 2005<br />
  10. 10. In crisis: 2005<br />Decreasing worship attendance, membership<br />Diminishing energy for mission<br />Exhausted, angry, or uninformed members<br />Exhausted angry disillusioned leaders<br />Exhausted angry disillusioned pastor<br />
  11. 11. In groups of 2 or 3 discuss(15 minutes)<br />What’s going on at Pleasant Hills?<br />What would you recommend to the session and the pastor if you were on the COM?<br />
  12. 12. The rest of the story (SO FAR)<br />Ryan Edwards took another call<br />Two-year skilled interim pastor<br />New pastor is a good fit<br />Restoration of congregation’s self-confidence<br />Renewal of mission commitments <br />
  13. 13. Congregational identity<br />Had been a pastoral size congregation… ”returned to their comfort zone”<br />Strong lay leaders, significant commitment to mission, excellence in worship, nurture of relationships in congregation<br />
  14. 14. Ribbitt!<br />