March Presbytery Meeting

March 10, 2020
Calvary Presbyterian Church, Florham Park, NJ
144 Ridgedale Avenue
Florham Park, NJ 07932

1 – 5 pm

Theme: Matthew 25: Building Congregational Vitality

The March Presbytery meeting will continue with our focus on Matthew 25. In January we look at the Matthew 25 focus of Dismantling structural Racism. This meeting we will focus on Building Congregational Vitality.

Our guest presenter will be Rev. Cindy Kohlmann, Co Moderator of the General Assembly, and will be focusing on the Co-moderators book study – Neighborhood Church: Transforming Your Congregation into a Powerhouse for Mission.

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE MARCH PRESBYTERY MEETING

Examination of Hannah Allred for Candidate
Report of the NJ Transition
Five minutes of World Mission
Remembering Elders and Pastors who joined the Church Triumphant in 2019
Election of Moderator and Vice Moderator of 2020 -2021
Time of Fellowship 

What is Congregational vitality?

a community’s vitality is primarily its spiritual strength and its capacity for purposeful mission. Congregational vitality is evident in a worshiping community when its structural systems, finances and discipleship practices are aligned in such a way that the community is actively engaged in the mission of God in their local community and the world, and they are powerfully focused on growing as disciples in the way of Jesus Christ. Faith comes alive when we boldly engage God’s mission and share the hope we have in Christ.

Who is Cindy?

Cindy Kohlmann graduated from Whitworth College in 1995 with a B.A. in Theatre and Religion and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary with an M.Div. in 1999. While in seminary, Cindy served in the U.S. Naval Reserves as a Chaplain Candidate, where she learned to go to where the sailors worked and gathered in order to do ministry. Discerning a call to parish ministry, she was ordained in 1999 to serve as the solo pastor of the New Jersey Presbyterian Church in Carlisle, OH. In 2005, she married the Rev. Eric Markman and moved to Massachusetts, where she served the Clinton Presbyterian Church for 8 1/2 years. During her pastorate in Clinton, Cindy helped the church become multicultural in worship, leadership, and fellowship, welcoming immigrants from West Africa and Brazil into all aspects of the church’s ministry. In 2010, Cindy added a temporary position with the Presbytery of Northern New England (PNNE). After PNNE went through two years of visioning and reorganization, Cindy was asked to stay on in the newly designed role of Resource Presbyter. At the end of 2014, she said goodbye to the Clinton church, and began a full-time position shared between the Presbyteries of Boston and Northern New England on January 1, 2015. As Resource Presbyter, Cindy provides leadership to both Presbyteries, facilitating conversations about vision and structure, designing opportunities for leadership training, planning programming during Presbytery meetings, and connecting congregations and pastors with both local and denominational resources. To provide balance, she loves walking and running, watching birds and animals and being outside, and reading. In addition to her husband Eric, she has two amazing adult stepdaughters and two extremely opinionated cats.