A Synod of the Sun Network is formed around a specific and creative purpose, mission, or ministry project enabling relationships and mission opportunities not possible within a single presbytery. Each network chooses its priorities, leaders, and implements its own activities. Each network requires a covenant relationship with the synod whereby the synod becomes a partner in ministry and mission. The Synod of the Sun offers its resources of connection, consultation, and communication along with limited funding and administrative support.
INVITATION TO CONNECT:
The Synod’s mission is to serve Christ by connecting, equipping, and empowering Presbyterians for Christ’s mission within and beyond the Synod’s bounds.
The Planning Guide itself is provided to all levels of the church for various purposes that may not include becoming a Synod Network. Once completed, the Network Planning Guide along with the Covenant of Partnership may be submitted for consideration for endorsement as a Network of the Synod of the Sun.
As you read through the Planning Guide, or enter into discussion with members or partners of your ministry, we invite you to connect with the synod by asking questions about the process, what it might mean for you and your partners and, in what ways the synod can assist. You can do that by contacting Valerie Young, at 214-390-1894 or .
PURPOSE OF THE GUIDE:
This is a tool for discernment and planning to be used by any Church, presbytery, or synod committee. Completion of the “Planning” Section of the guide will help us to understand the partnership’s identity, the purpose you have discerned your work to be, and the ways in which God is calling you to carry that out.
The “Evaluation” Section of the guide should be updated as your project, event, or ministry progresses. Evaluating the impact of your project and providing recommendations can assist future Networks.
COMMISSIONED PASTOR NETWORK
A new network has formed to supplement the work being done by the Committees on Ministry in our various presbyteries. The leadership team includes Nancy Ruff (Palo Duro), Jim Blischke (Tres Rios), Sharon Curry (Grace), Mark Southard (Cimarron) and Nanette Cagney (South Louisiana).
Although in the planning stages, several ideas are being discussed. These include an online resource library, an online book study based upon the book Holding Faith, a mentorship program between more and less experienced commissioned pastors, and a workshop to address issues faced by commissioned pastors.
We have currently compiled a list of over 80 commissioned pastors serving in the Synod of the Sun. The majority of the churches being served have a membership of 0-50. If you are a commissioned pastor and have not yet been contacted by the CP Network, please contact Nanette Cagney (firstname.lastname@example.org).
OKLAHOMA PRESBYTERY NETWORK
The inaugural event of OPN was held in July 2018 (click here to read the story), with more events and programs on the horizon.