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Welcome to the Presbytery of Genesee Valley

“Genesee Epiphany”

 by Rev. Colin Pritchard

The Next Presbytery Meeting…

The next Presbytery of Genesee Valley Meeting is Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The meeting is being held at Third Presbyterian Church
(4 Meigs Street, Rochester, NY  14607)

The next Stated meeting of the Presbytery is Tuesday, January 29th at Third Presbyterian Church (4 Meigs Street, Rochester, NY  14607).

Neighborhood 6 (Dansville, Brick Perry, Warsaw, Pike, Mt. Morris, Ossian, Sparta, Tuscarora, Groveland, Trinity Nunda) is invited to bring an EXTRA Elder Commissioner from EACH church in the neighborhood!  Please share this email with those EXTRA commissioners.

There are 3 pre-meeting opportunities, beginning at 2:30:

  • Presbytery Meeting Design  The purpose of Presbytery gatherings is to fulfill the mission of Presbytery, “Know Christ, Live Christ, Share Christ”, centered in the health, vitality and sustainability of congregations in gathered neighborhoods. During the Presbytery meeting, the Big Picture Team will bring forward recommendations to help us better achieve this purpose.  The new model, if approved, has the potential for the Presbytery to live more fully into its mission and ministry.  Through quarterly gatherings that are uniquely shaped to satisfy the responsibilities of the Presbytery, as well as, focusing on building up individual pastors and churches, (while enhancing their connections with one another), this model is designed to be a catalyst that sparks more healthy, vital and sustainable congregations and neighborhoods.  –led by members of the Big Picture Team


  • Intergenerational Ministry  With the help of a grant from our Presbytery’s “Healthier Congregations” team, Third Presbyterian Church’s educator, Becky D’Angelo-Veitch was able to participate in a coaching cohort on intergenerational ministry through “Vibrant Faith” as part of a sabbatical this past summer.  Join Becky prior to our January meeting for a presentation on the basics of intergenerational ministry as well as a time of sharing and conversation around this topic that seems to be at the forefront of ministry innovation these days.  Our time together will include conversation around not only the topic itself, but also recommended resources, ideas for implementation and sharing of participants’ own experiences.  –led by Beck D’angelo-Veitch (Third)
  • A Look at the Docketled by Rev. Amy Williams Fowler

On-site registration opens at 2:00pm and the regular stated meeting begins at 4:00pm.

A meal is available for $9.00.  All meals must be ordered and paid for by Tuesday, January 22nd.  (Pastors and Clerks, please make sure to share this email/news with anyone from your congregations that would like to attend).

Childcare is also available if requested by Tuesday, January 22.


Please click on the link below and register now! 

COMPLETE Mailed Docket -Jan29 20191


** Click and Print a copy of the Mailed & Taken Docket to bring to the meeting **

And starting new, attached is the TAKEN docket!  With so many using their tablets, smart phones and laptops at the meeting, we’ve decided to start sending out the Taken docket electronically as well.  With this meeting, we’ll also have the hard copies available on the pick-up table.  Over time, we hope to eliminate the need to print so many hard copies – saving trees, money, and expense!

Click on the link below to register:

** Deadline for Reserving/Purchasing a meal and Requesting Childcare is Tuesday, January 21, 2019.  Payment for meals must be made PRIOR to the meeting ** 

For more information regarding PGV Meetings, please refer to the Presbytery Meeting page

**In the event of a severe weather forecast which would make traveling hazardous, Presbytery Meetings and Presbytery-wide events may be cancelled and rescheduled for another date.  Read More:  Presbytery Meeting and Event Cancellation Policy

Measuring Mission Project

“Measuring Mission Project”

Healthier Congregations Team, “Tools and Training” Working Group


In the Fall of 2014, Rev. James Evinger and Rev. Roderic Frohman, decided to apply their combined 90 years of experience in managing the social justice/service programs of congregations in the form of a workbook of best practices.   Why? Because most congregations are willing to engage the community, but their efforts are mostly toxic to the beneficiaries, as well as their efforts burn-out their church volunteers because of poor internal administrative, diagnostic, personnel and spiritual practices.

From January 2015 to July 2017 Frohman and Evinger field-tested their 135-page workbook, Activating Your Missional Congregation, in a pilot study of eight, three -hour workshops, with five congregations of the Presbytery of Genesee Valley. Each workshop was concluded with an evaluation.


There were a number of tangible benefits for the participants.

  • Deeper communication: “In my six years here as the Pastor, this is the most honest and open discussion of mission in our congregation that I’ve seen. It gives me new possibilities.”
  • Insight: “I think we really started to ‘get it’ by the end of the 6th workshop. It does take time to absorb and trust this process.”
  • Significance: “We provide two buildings for use by non-profit groups serving our town. We charge each $1/year to make it legal. Until this discussion, we never considered that our in-kind support had significant dollar value.”
  • Identification of a barrier: “I look at all our many mission projects and the high percentage of our members that volunteer. No wonder we are tired and no wonder it’s hard for each project to find new volunteers!”
  • Awareness of volunteer motivation: “As we interviewed people about their motivations to do mission, we realized how different those motivations are [from what we expected].”
  • Paradigm shift: “As a result of this series, I see mission in a whole new perspective.”


Five additional congregations are now being recruited to participate in a second round of the eight-workshop, one-year, missional assessment study using the workbook.   Guided by Frohman and Evinger, and with the involvement of “graduate” pastors of the pilot study, each congregation will research and assess their own congregation’s missional practices using the 6 assessment guidelines of the workbook: identity, vitality, process, motivation, context, and toxicity vs. development.

The participating congregations will gather at a common location on eight selected Saturday’s over 12 months (2017-2108) to participate in plenary and breakout sessions regarding the assessment guidelines of the workbook. Each participant and each team will conduct individual and group research, about each’s congregation and community, and report back to the next workshop about their findings. In the final workshop, #8, each team will present its mission development plan for the future of their congregation. Frohman and Evinger, and the “graduate” pastors, will continue to be in consultation with the congregations over a one-year period of time while they implement their plans.

As the pilot congregations have done, the five new teams will be urged to:

  • end a lesser quality social mission project;
  • revitalize, expand, or improve an existing project;
  • start a new project or combine several existing ones;
  • celebrate and promote an existing project which is working well;
  • Find a way to go beyond short-term, crisis relief.


The program is supervised by the Healthier Congregations Team, Tools and Training Working Group, which is staffed by Susan Orr, Presbyter for Healthy Congregations / Stated Clerk.



Rev. Roderic P. (Rod) Frohman (HR)
[email protected]

Rev. James S. (Jim) Evinger  (HR)
[email protected]

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