Join us for this presbytery training event on March 21!

The Training Team of the Presbytery of St. Augustine invites you to a day of enrichment as we explore our presbytery’s theme for the year: Unity in Diversity.  The training is appropriate for pastors, elders, lay persons, youth workers, and Christian educators.

The training event will include eight “THEO Talks” (15 minutes per speaker) – four in the morning and four in the afternoon. During the concurrent workshops, you will have the opportunity for conversation / discussion with the THEO Talk panel speakers OR choose from four other workshops. See the schedule and workshop details below. Can’t stay the whole day? Come for a portion. Your $12 registration covers all sessions plus lunch.

Come connect with your sisters and brothers in Christ at the Montgomery Conference Center and be informed and enriched. The Montgomery Conference Center is in Starke. Visit their website for directions.

Register online or
download PDF Brochure and registration form

The registration deadline is March 11, 2020.

Schedule at a Glance

8:30-9:00 – Check in / Registration
Morning Session (9 am -12 pm)
9:00-10:00 – Morning THEO Talks
10:00-10:30 – Break
10:30-12:00 – Concurrent Workshops (choose 1)
12:00-1:00 – Lunch!
Afternoon Session (1-4 pm)
1:00-2:00 – Afternoon THEO Talks
2:00-2:30 – Break
2:30-4:00 – Concurrent Workshops (choose 1)

THEO Talks

The THEO Talks will include eight speakers (4 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon, 15 minutes per speaker) addressing timely topics. The topics and their speakers for the morning and afternoon sessions are listed below.

Morning THEO Talks: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

  1. LGBTQUIA Issues – Matthew Ray
  2. Conversion Therapy Concerns – Jose Vega
  3. Immigrant / Immigration issues – Reina Saco
  4. Racism and its Impact on Healthcare – Donna Parker

Morning Concurrent Workshops – 10:30-12:00 (choose 1)

A1 – THEO Talks Panel Discussion – An opportunity to further engage the morning THEO Talk panelists and their topics.

A2 – Healthy Pastors / Healthy Congregations Clark Simmons is Board of Pensions Senior Consultant for the Southeastern United States. Clark is an elder at Decatur Presbyterian Church and has participated at every level of church life. Clark joined the Board of Pensions in 1998.  Previously, he was Director of the Capital Campaign and Church Relations at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia.  As Senior Consultant, Clark oversees Church Relations work in the Southeast US.

Join Clark as he dives into the financial realities facing our pastors and how congregations can help.  Discussion topics will include a Theology of Benefits, effective salary, housing allowance, terms of call and Flexible Spending Accounts.  (Please note: This workshop is not the training session needed for the $10,000 PCUSA grant.)

A3 – Adulting: The Extended Journey of Older Adolescents and How the Faith Community Can Accompany ThemRev. Bill Hoff, associate pastor, Riverside Presbyterian Church, Jacksonville, FL and a member of the presbytery’s Coordinating Council.

What happens after Youth Group? How do churches minister to and engage older adolescents? This is a workshop for those who care about youth who are transitioning to life beyond high school (18-30).

  • Developmental challenges of older adolescents
  • Parents and young adults
  • The church’s ministry with young adults


Afternoon THEO Talks: 2:00 – 3:00

  1. Sexism in Society and the Church – Rebecca Harrison
  2. Housing Issues – Jayne Moraski
  3. Racism in the Legal System and Voting Rights Issues – Jhody Polk
  4. Racial Issues in the School System – Tina Certain

Afternoon Concurrent Workshops – 2:30-4:00 (choose 1)

B1 – THEO Talks Panel Discussion – An opportunity to further engage the afternoon THEO Talk panelists and their topics.

B2 – Your Presbytery: Making Connections – creating a culture where everyone works together for the glory of God Rev. Chris Lieberman, Relationship Coordination Director for the Presbytery of St. Augustine; and Ruling elder Mary T. Mickel, past Moderator of the Presbytery of St. Augustine.

How can we come together as the presbytery and express love for God and neighbor? Learn  how we encourage congregations (and handle problems that arise), how we care for candidates for the ministry of Word and Sacraments, how we prepare and respond to disasters, how we provide opportunities for spiritual growth and educational enrichment, and how we develop partnerships with siblings in Christ around the world. Come make connections with others in your Presbytery family.

B3 – Becoming a Welcoming ChurchRev. Craig Davies has been an interim pastor for several congregations in the presbytery; serves on the Call Commission and is also one of four Area Relationship Coordinators in the presbytery.

Most churches perceive they are a friendly church because the members are friendly to one another.  But they don’t think about walking in the shoes of first-time guests.  They don’t look at their facilities, their parking, their website, or their friendliness from a guest perspective.  This workshop will provide a game plan for churches to become more hospitable and welcoming.  Pastor Davies will guide participants toward a practical framework for making a difference for those who visit their church.

Register online or
download PDF Brochure and registration form