Bay Area Disciples
Greetings Bay Area Disciples,
I am Jon Nelson, Associate Pastor at Ark and Dove Presbyterian Church in Odenton, MD. For the next year, I will be the convener of the Bay Area Disciples (BAD) Ministry Group. I look forward to the good things God has set before us this year.
Our first meeting will be at the September gathering of Presbytery on September 15th at the First Presbyterian Church in Bel Air. Following lunch, we have the opportunity to meet together. At this first meeting of the 2016-2017 year, we will discuss the past and present work of BAD as well as discern what we would like to do as a group.
When we meet, please bring ideas of what you think would be important and helpful opportunities for our group to pursue this coming year. Ministry Groups, as a reminder, focus on Christian formation and leader development for congregations, missional engagement with our Bay Area community, prophetic witness and action, and the creation of new faith communities. Within those broad parameters, what is God calling us to pursue this year? How can we support each other as connectional congregations? What kind of leadership training would be helpful for our congregations?
Lastly, this ministry group gathered in 2015-2016 on Tuesday nights. Unfortunately, this will not work this year. I propose that we meet the second Wednesday of the month for six total meetings (including the Gathering at Presbytery). At our first meeting at Presbytery, we can solidify dates and locations. Between now and then, please let me know if second Wednesdays are impossible and we will consider other options. Please feel free to e-mail or call me with any questions or concerns. I am in prayer for our little collection of congregations as we seek what God is doing and will do in our communities. I am eager to grow in faith with you.