Update on Session and Administrative Commission
On Thursday, July 13, our church Session met for the first time with the presbytery’s Administrative Commission (AC). A second meeting will be scheduled in the near future.
The AC has 5 members, led by Bernie Johnson who is a retired Presbyterian teaching elder. One of the 5 is Jeff Japinga, our Executive Presbyter of Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area. The other 3 are people who also have long and active involvement with Presbyterian churches.
The July 13 meeting was a “get to know you” time. The 5 AC members described their church backgrounds and interests, as well as what skills/experiences they have to benefit our church as it discerns its future. The AC has a wealth of knowledge and wisdom to offer us, I believe.
Our Session members then shared with the AC our leadership positions in DAPC, as well as some history we each have with our church and joys/concerns we have related to the health and vitality of DAPC.
The focus of this first meeting was give the AC a better understanding of DAPC’s current mission efforts, its history with community relationships, its hopes and dreams, its concerns about future viability, and trends around attendance figures and finances. The AC was given information to study about these matters, including past church assessments about DAPC’s core values, strength of membership involvement, hopes/dreams for its future, and options considered for continuing our church’s worship and outreach.
At the close of our meeting, the AC said that it would meet alone in week, which it did. When that meeting concluded, it reported back to the Session that the AC would like to meet alone for a second time to further digest their readings/discernments. The Session is now waiting to hear back from the AC when we can schedule the second meeting with the Session and AC.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support during this time of considering the future options of DAPC. Please know that the AC can only recommend possible avenues for DAPC, and cannot dictate any final outcome. Stay tuned! We know in all things, our confidence lies with God in Christ who holds us dearly and in great appreciation.
In Christ’s name, Pastor Gary