December 13, 2016 — by Michael Clark

Southern California Presbytery is now 2 Presbyteries: SoCal and Mission Presbyteries

ECO is growing in Southern California. Growing so much that the Southern California Presbytery has become 2 presbyteries at the start of 2017. With about 40 churches spread out over so much of the lower portion of Southern California, this will help the churches in the 2 presbyteries to better work together and help each other in personal and accountable ways. The new MIssion Presbytery includes about 15 churches in what was the northern part of the SoCal Presbytery. They have been busy preparing a new set of leaders and teams. The remaining about 25 churches in the Southern California Presbytery will be reorganizing also with the division in leadership and churches.

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November 9, 2015 — by Michael Clark

8 Keys to Successful Session Meetings

Over my many years of moderating Session (Board of Elders) meetings and after many discussion with other pastor moderators, several keys to holding a better Session meeting have emerged. Here are 8 of them to help you either moderate or participate in these meetings to make them more fruitful:

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September 22, 2015 — by Michael Clark

What is the Church?

With all we have been through in creating ECO together and transferring our individual churches into it, we do well to ask - What is the Church? What is it that we are trying to become? Is the Church another social civic organization like the Elks, Kiwanis, or Rotary clubs? Is the Church a country club for the elite? Are we another advocacy group with our causes like the Sierra Club or the Tea Party? Is the Church a business to be run on business policies and organization structures? What makes Church unique from any other group, institution or organization? 

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