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Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic

The Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic is a regional body of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC). Our mission is to resource, train, and
encourage one another to fulfill the Great Commission.

Teaching Elder
Kevin Cauley

Moderator

Upcoming Meetings

95th PMA
Online Zoom Meeting
April 25, 9:00 a.m.
Registration coming soon

96th PMA
September 25-26, 2020
River Oaks Community Church
Clemmons, NC

2021
Missional Regions 
Will Meet Separately.
Dates and Locations
To Be Determined

EPC Joins Ecumenical Call to Prayer and Fasting
for Good Friday, Provides Resources

An article published at the EPC Connection website, calls for a day of prayer and fasting for all those who worship in the EPC. We encourage all Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic churches to participate. 

The EPC and its 143,000 members are uniting in prayer and fasting with the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) on Good Friday, April 10. The historic, ecumenical effort is a response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic sweeping North America.

UPDATE, April 3: As the event has gained traction in the evangelical community, additional groups are providing resources for a Good Friday prayer and fasting emphasis. These include the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, the Christian Reformed Church in North America, the Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians, the Christian and Missionary Alliance, the Converge network of churches, and the National Association of Evangelicals.

“When the leaders of the PCA and ACNA and I first discussed this, we had hoped that many of our 550,000 total church members would take part,” said Jeff Jeremiah, EPC Stated Clerk. “Between one and two million people are now involved through their denominations and networks. It’s almost hard to imagine that many people humbling themselves and earnestly seeking the Lord.”

More information and resources to distribute to our churches are available in the article. 


UPDATE:
95th Stated Meeting Will Be Held On-line to
Vote on Overture to General Assembly

April 25, 2020

UPDATE, April 7, 2020:

These days, things seem to change constantly. Our planned meeting schedule is a victim of this! 

Our April online meeting will be the 95th Stated Meeting of the presbytery. This will be held as a Zoom meeting beginning a 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 25, 2020. A packet, registration, and Zoom instructions are in the works and will be announced soon.

Our planned July meeting will NOT be held. The plan now is to hold our 96th Stated Meeting on the regular September dates, September 25-26, 2020 at River Oaks Community Church in Clemmons, NC. 

The highlight of our 95th Stated Meeting on April 25 is to vote on the proposed Overture to General Assembly creating the boundaries of the three new presbyteries previously approved by PMA. We will be forwarding the language of this Overture to you within the next week. Technically, all overtures are due to the Office of the General Assembly by April 10, but we have received permission to finalize this Overture at our called meeting on April 25 and it will be presented at the General Assembly meeting in June. As you may be aware, it takes two meetings of the General Assembly for an Overture of this type to be ratified. The “first reading” will occur at the 2020 GA meeting and the final reading and vote will take place at the 2021 GA meeting. The plan is for the approved recommendation for the three presbyteries to become effective on January 1, 2022 if all necessary elements are in place.

We wil lalso be examing a Teaching Elder. If we become aware that there are other items that must be included, we will announce that soon.

In addition, we are offering a weekly “Fireside Chat/Time of Prayer” with and for our pastors. This meeting will be offered by Zoom link and will be scheduled by region. 

The times are as follows—

  • Coastal region will be 10:00 a.m on Tuesdays beginning on March 24.
  • Piedmont region will be 10:00 a.m. on Wednesdays beginning on March 25.
  • Mountain region will be 10:00 a.m on Thursdays beginning on March 26.

The Zoom link will be sent to pastors.

On a personal note, I want to thank all of you for your prayers. As you may know, I’m in quarantine at a skilled care facility in Black Mountain receiving IV antibiotics each day for an infected knee joint. I’m stuck in my room until at least April 7. Not exactly the way I want to see our presbytery through this time of testing, but God has a purpose.  I’m not really suffering or in any danger. I’m just confined for the time being. I look forward to seeing you all when all of this blows over, and it will. God has a plan and purpose for each of us and all of us in this time of national crisis.  

In the meantime,

“Stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always devote yourselves fully to the work of the Lord because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” I Corinthians 15.58.

Your brother in the battle,

Ron

Rev. Ronald W. Horgan
Stated Clerk
Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic
 


New Missional Region Facebook Groups Created 

Michelle Munger (see other things Michelle does on our Resourses page) has created new Facebook groups for each of the multiplication regions. These groups allow those who are members of that group to post directly for real time interaction with one another. Please welcome and invite your region brothers and sisters. Further admin logistics will be worked out in time.

PS. Don't fret about the name of the group. We can change those once we are settled on each region's name...

Here are the links:
Mountain: https://www.facebook.com/groups/618574605400689/
Piedmont: https://www.facebook.com/groups/208932690320270/
Coastal: https://www.facebook.com/groups/314662386176273/

Thank you Michelle! 


Ken Priddy Offers New Book 
VACANCY: Finding Who's Missing & Bringing Them Home

Numerical growth in the church is a maligned subject these days as champions swell with pride over growth-at-all-costs spiking while critics shrinkwith pride over uncompromising allegiance to self-inflicted isolation. What does God say about numerical growth in His word and what does He mean by what He says? Ken Priddy spent three years probing for answers to these questions and discovered something surprising. Numerical growth in the church is not about numbers, it's about names, names that are recorded in the Lamb's Book of Life. The journey is covered in VACANCY: Finding Who's Missing & Bringing Them HomeKen's Manuscript Edition. It's yours to download FREE with permission to share it with anyone. Enjoy!

The GO Center

See more Resources from Ken and other presbytery authors here.


Multiplication Transition Newsletters 

The Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic Multiplication Transition Team is offering regular updates on our plans to transition to three missional regions and ultimately into three distinct Presbyteries.

Please click on this link for the latest news. 


Transition Prayer Initiative 

Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic asks all of its churches to be in prayer about our ongoing transition to three Missional Repions and ultimately into three presbyteries. To help with this initiative, we have created a bulletin insert for use in your church.

You can download an PDF version of this insert here.   


Proposed Missional Regions

See PMA Directory of Worshiping Communities to identify the Missional Region for each church.

Click here or on the map below for for an interactive version of the Missional Region Map. 

missional region map

Proposed PMA Transition Timeline 

Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic Multiplication Transition Team proposed the timeline above to move from one presbytery in three missional regions to three distinct presbyteries. The transition will occurs in several steps outlined above. 



PMA to Multiply into Three Missional Regions

At its 91st meeting, the Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic voted 136-11 to move forward with the vision of multiplying from one to three presbyteries. Initially, we will begin to move toward three missional regions and when structure and finances are developed in each of the regions, the PMA will multiply into three new presbyteries. This will likely take us 3-5 years and will require approval of the General Assembly. Thanks to the Presbytery Multiplication Study Team led by Dr. Bill Enns and including Moderator Duke Lineberry, Scott McGregor, Ken Priddy, Powell Sykes, Jan Teagle, and Wes Vander Lugt.


Read this important information to learn more about our future. 

PMA Multiplication Study Team Report - Dr. Bill Enns

Dr. Ken Priddy's Presentation re PMA Multiplication

FAQ - PMA Multiplication Study Proposal

PMA Multiplication Study Team Motion and Rationale for 91st PMA Meeting, January 2019


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