Blackhawk Presbytery
Saturday, November 01, 2014
Supporting Thriving Faith Communities in Northern Illinois
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Blackhawk Presbytery
1922 N. IL Rte. 2
P.O. Box 199
Oregon, IL 61061


Stronghold Camp & Retreat Center

Synod of Lincoln Trails

Presbyterian Church (USA)

The per capita assessment for 2014 is $35.56
(GA-$7.02; Synod-$3.81; Blackhawk
Presbytery $24.73)
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Our Vision

Grounded in the biblical image for human community, as disciples of Jesus, 
following His witness and command for His church,
guided by the principles of trust, open communication, and genuine relationships, 
we will challenge and support our congregations to be thriving faith communities by 
     providing competent pastoral leadership,
     resourcing to energize ministry, and
     developing networks and partnerships of Presbyterians.

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November 10, 2014

10 AM to 7:30 PM

Stronghold Camp and Retreat Center

Registration begins at 9 with continental breakfast

                     Led by: Rev. Laurie J. Ferguson Ph.D.

It is a volatile time, with changes and disruptions coming from every direction.

Being a church leader is demanding, multi-faceted work, whether you serve as a teaching or ruling elder.

A specific quality that supports the known and unknown challenges you face is resilience.

Resilience is a set of attitudes and practices that can create reserves of energy. The energy is spiritual, physical, mental and emotional. It is a precious commodity for leaders and congregations!


The best news about resilience is that it is something you can cultivate and deepen both personally and as a community.


The workshop on Nov. 10 will offer you:

·         An understanding of what is needed to create resilience reserves

·         Specific practical ways to develop your own resilience and hardiness

·         Concrete steps to take to help your congregation be more resilient

Using presentations, small group interaction and personal reflection, we will consider ways that you can build skills to be agile and hardy for the spiritual frontiers we face.


Laurie J. Ferguson is a Presbyterian teaching elder, an organizational consultant and a licensed psychologist. She works with leaders and faith communities who are seeking to thrive, not just survive in rapidly changing environments. She is a certified coach at the PCC level, and specializes in leadership development and career transitions. She received her Ph.D. from Adelphi University and her M. Div from Princeton Seminary.  Dr. Ferguson is a member of the Hudson River Presbytery and lives in the Hudson River valley. Please visit: