Presbytery Diaconal Conference
Presbytery of the South
Orlando, Florida: February 6-7, 2015
Would you drive 10 hours to attend a regional Diaconal Conference? At least one deacon in the Presbytery of the South valued such a conference enough to do just that, not to mention the 30 other men who traveled to Orlando from nine OP churches throughout Florida and Alabama to attend the conference. Knowing that so many deacons were making a similar commitment to attend, the four brothers on the presbytery's newly-minted Presbytery Diaconal Committee (PDC) who organized the conference worked hard to construct the conference in such a way that it would be well worth the time and cost sacrifices made by all the attendees.
The conference ran from 4:00 PM on Friday, February 6th, until noon on Saturday the 7th. That time was chock-full of a good blend of presentations, workshops, and fellowship amongst the brothers. The weather was pleasant, the fellowship sweet, and the food fabulous, particularly the dinner planned and executed by a 16-year-old young lady from Lake Sherwood OPC - an aspiring chef who shows great promise!
The majority of these brothers, all members of the same regional church, acknowledged that they had never before met any of the other men around the room. And yet, by the end, one deacon expressed what
must have been in the minds of many - that this was his first taste of what it means to be a regional church. Praise the Lord!
Presentation topics included those that would edify deacons in their service to their local churches, as well as those that would be instructive to the members of the PDC in their service to the regional church.
For the benefit of deacons in their local labors:
- The High Office of Deacon (David Nakhla, CDM Administrator)
- Visitation (Dan Forssell, Deacon)
- Walk up Requests for Aid (Carson Ryan, Deacon & PDC Member)
- Working with the Session
(Matt Avery, Deacon & PDC Member)
For the benefit of the PDC in its regional labors:
- What is a Presbytery Diaconal Committee (Michael Borg, Minister & PDC Member)
- Caring for Ministers
(David Haney, OPC Director of Finance)
- Disaster Response
(David Nakhla, Disaster Response Coordinator)
Since this southern portion of the country receives the brunt of many hurricanes, the PDC does sense a particular burden for facilitating disaster response preparedness within the presbytery. Yet, evident by the wide scope of topics covered at this conference, this committee seeks to be a resource to the presbytery in all things diaconal. May the Lord bless this worthy endeavor.
Please let us know if the CDM can work with your presbytery in organizing a conference like this.