New Officers' Training

Welcome to this ministry! We are so glad that you have listened to the voice of God calling you into this ordered ministry as a Ruling Elder or Deacon. It is a magnificent calling, and we are all pleased to join you in this ministry. Officer Training plus an Officer Retreat are before us as we come together to prepare you for these roles.

Officer Training will be held during October in a shortened and compressed schedule to accommodate the late start and brief interval. Training Sessions will be held on Sunday mornings from 8:00 –9:00 a.m. from October 14 - November 18th. Three special Officer Training Sessions will be held the evenings of October 7, 14 and 28 to allow us to cover the important information you need to serve confidently and effectively. See the attached training schedule below for more information. We realize this schedule may present you with some schedule challenges; please know that Rev. Sanderford and our Residents, Rev/s Buckley, Koenig-Reinke and Parks-Piatt will gladly meet individually to help in any possible way. Additionally, you are expected to attend an Officer Retreat at Maumee Bay State Park near Toledo, November 9-10. Please register for the Officer Retreat here.

Complete the New Officer Information Sheet

Officer Training Schedule

Book of Confessions (pdf)
Book of Order (pdf)

Session 1 (October 7, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.)

Pre-Work for Officer Training:
  1. Watch: Theoacademy: Being Presbyterian: Foundations of Presbyterian Discipleship
    (http://www.theocademy.com/lessons-for-new-members)
    1. Lesson 1: A People of Grace
    2. Lesson 2: Wicked Bad
    3. Lesson 3: Who do they say that I am?
  2. Read in the Book of Confessions:
    1. The Apostle’s Creed
    2. The Brief Statement of Faith
  3. Read and Explore:
    What Do Presbyterians Believe? By Donald McKim.
    1. Session 1, What Does Presbyterian Mean? By Donald McKim
    2. Session 2, What Does Presbyterian Mean? By Donald McKim
  4. Complete the “To Be a Faithful Christian” Worksheet. Attached.

Session 2 (October 14, 2018, 8:00 a.m.)

Our Faith and Our Call to Ministry: Gifts for Leadership & Ministry
What is Ordered Ministry? What’s a Deacon? What’s an Elder?
A Spiritual Gift Inventory
Leaders: Revs. Melissa Anne Rogers & Jay Sanderford; Deacon CoModerators Doug Gottlibsen & Ellen Johnson

Homework to do before October 14:
  1. Please complete the online Spiritual Gifts Discovery. Bring your results with you to Officer Training. “God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.” 1 Peter 4:10 NLT
  2. How to Speak Presbyterian - Just for fun, please complete the “How to Speak Presbyterian” quiz.
  3. Watch: Theoacademy: Elders & Deacons (http://www.theocademy.com/lessons-for-ruling-elders-and-deacons)
    Theocademy presents quality video series and study guides for Presbyterians. We will use this video series to expand our learning process for Ruling Elders and Deacons.
    • Lesson One: What Is Ordered Ministry?
    • Lesson Two: Being a Leader
  4. Read 3 or more Stories of Our Faith from Scripture. Pick one that helps you understand what it is like to be called by God to ministry & leadership. Be ready to discuss it in a small group of leaders Sunday morning:
    Call/Calling
    • The Call of Abram (Abraham) and Sarai (Sarah), Genesis 12:1-9
    • The Call of Moses Exodus, chapters 3 and 4
    • The Call of Samuel I Samuel 3:1-10
    • Esther's Call Book of Esther, especially 4:13-17
    • Mary's Choice Luke 10:38-42
    • The Call of Lydia, Acts 16: 14-15

    Gifts

    • God Calls All Kinds of People in The ‘Body Of Christ’ Ephesians 4: 1-13
    • Gifts of the Spirit I Cor 12:1-31
  5. For Ruling Elders, read: 10 Things Ruling Elders Should Know
  6. For Deacons, read: Deacons Are Doing

Session 3 (October 14, 2018, 5:00 p.m.)

Your Faith Story
A Special Workshop: Writing Your Faith Story
Leader: Rev. J Sanderford

Session 4 (October 14, 2018, 6:00 p.m.)

What Do Presbyterians Believe?
To Be or Not to Be Reformed?    What is the Church?
Who Did God Create Us to Be? What Is God Making Us Into? Creation, Purpose and Evil…
Using the Confessions as a Map for a Journey of Faith & Service Core Beliefs of Our Presbyterian Faith, Part 2

Leaders: Rev. Jay Sanderford and RM

Session 5 (October 21, 2018, 8:00 a.m.)

Where Do We Find the Right Words to Say: Holy Scripture
“The Bible Tells Me So…”   The Word in Worship
What Do We Believe? Core Beliefs of Our Presbyterian Faith, Part 3

Leaders: Revs. Jay Sanderford and Blair Buckley

Homework to do before October 21:
  1. Get out your favorite Bible. Read your favorite Bible story to yourself, out loud! Explore your Bible all over again. Read the creation story in Genesis 1 and the story of the call of Abram/Abraham. Read a favorite Psalm… (mine is Psalm 139). Read from one of the prophets. Read the story of the woman at the well in John 4 and the story of Bartimaeus in Mark 10. Then read Colossians or Ephesians. Look again at the list of the books in the Old Testament, and those in the New Testament.
  2. Take the quiz, The Bible Tells Me So… It’s all for fun!
  3. Read the short excerpt from The Confession of 1967 and Guidelines for Holy Scripture. Both are important guides to reading and understanding how to read and interpret Scripture, as shaped by our Presbyterian culture.
  4. Read "Scripture: the Word of God" a chapter excerpt from Donald McKim’s book, Introducing the Reformed Faith.
  5. Watch: Theoacademy: Elders & Deacons (http://www.theocademy.com/lessons-for-ruling-elders-and-deacons) - Lesson Eleven: The Word in Worship

Session 6 (October 28, 2018, 8:00 a.m.)

What Do Presbyterians Believe?
     To Be or Not to Be Reformed
Who Did God Create Us to Be? & What Is God Making Us Into?
     Creation, purpose and evil…
Using the Confessions as a Map
What Do We Believe? Core Beliefs of Our Presbyterian Faith, Part 2

  1. Watch: Theoacademy: Elders & Deacons (http://www.theocademy.com/lessons-for-ruling-elders-and-deacons)
    1. Lesson Five: Being a Confessing Church
    2. Lesson Six: The Confessions
    3. Lesson Seven: A Brief Statement of Faith
  2. Review briefly the “Presbyterian & Reformed” document. Think of it as a map of the big ideas of being Presbyterian. Come prepared to discuss our Presbyterian distinctives.
  3. In Selected to Serve, by Earl Johnson, read the Chapter 6, The Book of Confessions, pp. 96—118.
  4. In your Book of Confessions.
    1. Read the Prefaces to each of the creeds and confessions.
    2. Read the “Review of the Book of Confessions” paper that is attached. Follow the instructions in this worksheet that take you on a tour of the Confessions and ask you to reply to a question about each of the Confessions. Do as much reading and work as you can: think of this as an introduction that you can come back to again. And again. And again. There is a LOT of information in the Book of Confessions and you are best to take it in in small bites.

Leaders: Rev. Jay Sanderford and RM

Session 7 (October 28, 2018, 5:00 p.m.)

Your Faith Story
A Special Workshop: Writing Your Faith Story
Leader: Rev. J Sanderford

Session 8 (October 28, 2018, 6:00 p.m.)

Worship and Sacraments: Worship, Baptism and Communion

  • The Dynamics of Worship
  • The Word in Worship
  • The Sacraments in Worship
  • Prayer and Song in Worship

Leaders: Rev. Jay Sanderford and RM

Homework to do before October 28:
  1. Complete the Worship and Sacraments Quiz
  2. Watch: Theoacademy: Elders & Deacons (http://www.theocademy.com/lessons-for-ruling-elders-and-deacons)
    • Lesson Ten: The Dynamics of Worship
    • Lesson Eleven: The Word in Worship
    • Lesson Eleven: The Word in Worship
    • Lesson Twelve: The Sacraments in Worship
    • Lesson Thirteen: Prayer and Song in Worship
  3. Write a short paragraph, telling what you know about the story of your own baptism.
  4. Write a short paragraph describing your deepest memories or stories about worship.

Session 9 (November 4, 2018)

  • The Work of Ministry: What Do Elders and Deacons Do?
    Duties of the Office of Elder & Deacon
  • Governance and Ministry, Polity and Discipline: How We Organize Ourselves, Give Leadership & Make Decisions a.k.a. Presbyterian Principles of Church Polity

Elders with Pastors Rev. Jay Sanderford & RM’s
Deacons with Rev. Melissa Anne Rogers & D Gottliebsen & E Johnson

Session 10 (November 11, 2018)

Christian Life Academy featuring Dr. Rodger Nishioka
Worship at 9:30 or 11:00 a.m. with Dr. Nishioka Preaching
Christian Life Academy Presentation at 4:00 p.m. with Dr. Nishioka presenting, Social Hall

Session 11 (November 18, 2018)

On Being Leaders at First Pres
A Special Workshop in 2 Parts:

  • How to Get Things Done at First Pres, Communications, Publicity, Scheduling, Meetings
  • Safety and Security at First Pres

Leaders: J Sanderford, L. Robinson, S. Talbott & Leader of Safety & Security Team