Updated mobile app, Commissioner’s Handbook, committee reports available for 38th General Assembly


GA2018AppThe 38th General Assembly Commissioner’s Handbook and reports from the EPC’s permanent and interim committees to the Assembly are available for download in pdf format at www.epc.org/ga2018documents. The Assembly is at Hope Church in suburban Memphis, Tenn., June 19-22. The Handbook is available in its entirety as well by individual sections.

The GA mobile app has been updated with information and content for the 38th General Assembly and is available for Apple iOS and Android operating systems.

The app includes a wide variety of information, including area maps, daily schedules, exhibitors, GA-related documents including daily dockets, committee reports, standing committee information, and more. The app offers one-touch access to EPConnection (the EPC’s news and information service) and the denomination’s Facebook and Twitter feeds. Users also can view live streams of Assembly business sessions and worship services, and send prayer requests to the Hope Church prayer team.

Previous users of the iOS version will need to update the app on their mobile device for the most current content. New users can click here to download the GA app for iOS, click here to download for Android, or search for “EPC GA” in the iPhone App Store or Google Play.

The app was produced by AppsforMinistry.com and the EPC Communications Department.

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38th GA World Outreach activities celebrate God’s work in the world


GA2018BannerMore than 50 EPC World Outreach global workers and staff are registered to attend the 38th General Assembly, June 19-22 at Hope Church in suburban Memphis, Tenn. Don’t miss the opportunity to get to know the ministries of World Outreach and its global workers! World Outreach activities and meetings include, but are not limited to:

Tuesday Leadership Institute: Building Blocks of a Missional Church
This seminar is geared to ignite your church to missional living and also help build a missional DNA within your congregation. God’s heart is for the nations, and we are all given the opportunity to participate in this work using our many different talents.

Tuesday Evening World Outreach Banquet
This year’s World Outreach banquet will honor Greg and Sally Livingstone, who helped start Operation Mobilization in the 1960s, directed the U.S. office of North Africa Mission in the 1970s, founded Frontiers in the 1980s, and now serve as EPC World Outreach Senior Advisors. The guest speaker is Bob Blincoe, President of Frontiers USA. Also featured will be “stories from the mission field” presented by World Outreach global workers serving overseas.

Wednesday Networking Lunch: Where in the World are You Going?
Need ideas for short-term mission projects for your church? Join us to discover what other EPC churches are doing, exchange information and ideas, and create an opportunity for new partnerships to begin. If you have a short-term opportunity to share, contact Shawn Stewart at shawn.s@epcwo.org.

Wednesday Dinner: Global Worker Presentations
For those who purchased tickets for Wednesday dinner, come hear World Outreach global workers describe how God is using and blessing their work among people groups who have little or no access to the gospel.

Thursday Dinner: Global Worker Meet-and-Greet
Join us for dinner and meet your World Outreach global workers, including our newest appointees who will be presented to the Assembly in the worship service following dinner.

Thursday Evening Worship with Global Worker Commissioning
The featured speaker for the Thursday evening worship service is Ligon Duncan, Chancellor and CEO of Reformed Theological Seminary. In addition, new World Outreach global workers will be commissioned. Please note that due to potential security concerns, the commissioning portion of this service will not be live streamed.

World Outreach exhibits
Many of our global workers will have displays about their ministries at the World Outreach exhibit area in the Main Lobby at Hope Church. Stop by any time between Tuesday and Friday afternoon and get acquainted!

For additional World Outreach events at this year’s General Assembly, including more Networking Lunches on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, see www.epc.org/ ga2018worldoutreachevents. If you have questions about any of these activities, contact Cassie Shultz at cassie.s@epcwo.org or 407-930-4313.

For details about the 38th General Assembly, including daily schedules, Assembly documents, and more, see www.epc.org/ga2018.

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#epc2018ga the official General Assembly hashtag


GA2018BannerAdd your voice to the proceedings of the 38th General Assembly by including the hashtag #epc2018ga on your social media posts. Connect your message with others on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media platforms.

If you are not attending the Assembly, you can search for #epc2018ga on your favorite social media platform and keep up with what everyone is saying.

Let’s start talking!

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General Assembly exhibitors provide wealth of ministry resources


GA2018BannerA wide variety of ministries and organizations will host exhibit booths at the EPC’s 38th General Assembly, June 19-22 at Hope Church in suburban Memphis, Tenn.

“Our exhibitors provide opportunity for our commissioners and guests to connect with an assortment of like-minded ministries,” said Jerry Iamurri, Assistant Stated Clerk. “Many of these are official EPC partners, and we are pleased to provide this avenue of contact for our churches and ministry partners.”

Exhibitors scheduled to appear are:

For more information about these organizations, see www.epc.org/ga2018exhibitors. For details about the 38th General Assembly, including online registration, daily schedules, and more, see www.epc.org/ga2018.

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38th General Assembly final preparations underway


GA2018PrepIn an annual tradition for the EPC staff, it’s “all hands on deck” assembling registration packets for the General Assembly. From left, Marti Brenner, Samantha Arcara, Joan Smith, Cassie Shultz, Sandi Iamurri, Becky VanValkenburg, Rebeca Santana, Catherine Rutter, and Kristi Jeffcoat ensure that each Commissioner’s lanyard receives the proper credentials, meal tickets, and more.

The 38th General Assembly will be held June 19-22 at Hope Church in suburban Memphis, Tenn.

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GA Networking Lunches offer learning, connecting opportunities


GA2018BannerNetworking Lunches at the EPC 38th General Assembly provide opportunity for connecting with others with similar ministry interests on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, June 20-22, from 12:00-1:30 p.m. at Hope Church in Cordova, Tenn. For more information, see www.epc.org/ga2018networkinglunches.

Wednesday, June 20

  • Connecting for God for Life (hosted by the EPC Women’s Resource Council)
  • Creating Pathways for Church Planting (hosted by the EPC Church Planting Team)
  • Equip your Congregation to be Champions of Human Life (hosted by Presbyterians Protecting Life)
  • Freed by the Truth: Owning and Healing our Racial History (hosted by Clayborn Reborn)
  • Haiti, MBF, and WPC: A Partnership Success Story (hosted by the Medical Benevolence Foundation)
  • How Your Church Can Reach College Students (hosted by CCO)
  • LGBTQ: Caring for the People Behind the Letters (hosted by OneByOne)
  • Pastoral Letter on Human Sexuality Question-and-Answer (hosted by the EPC Interim Committee on Pastoral Letter on Human Sexuality Issues)
  • Westminster Society: The Lord’s Supper (hosted by the Westminster Society)
  • What Your PNC Should Know Before Starting a Pastor Search (hosted by the Vanderbloemen Search Group)
  • Where in the World Are You Going? Missions in the EPC (hosted by EPC World Outreach)

Thursday, June 21

  • Advice for Clerks of Session (hosted by the Presbytery of the Pacific Northwest)
  • Creating or Continuing a Disability Ministry (hosted by the Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic)
  • Engage 2025 Presbytery Home Teams (hosted by EPC World Outreach)
  • EPC Benefits and Retirement Plan (hosted by EPC Benefit Resources, Inc.)
  • Generosity and the New Tax Law (hosted by the EPC Foundation)
  • God is Using Business Professionals (hosted by EPC World Outreach)
  • How to Build a Contagious Church Staff Culture (hosted by the Vanderbloemen Search Group)
  • Medical and Dental Mission (hosted by EPC World Outreach)
  • Millennials in Ministry (hosted by Hope Church, Cordova, Tenn.)
  • Ministry Spouses: Opportunities and Challenges (hosted by the EPC Women’s Resource Council)
  • Westminster Society: Jonathan Edwards (hosted by the Westminster Society)
  • Women Teaching Elders and Candidates (hosted by the EPC Women’s Resource Council)

Friday, June 22

  • Bringing Salt and Light to Our Public Schools (hosted by Hope Church, Cordova, Tenn.)
  • EPC Benefits and Retirement Plan (hosted by EPC Benefit Resources, Inc.)
  • EPC Sierra Leone Update (hosted by EduNations)
  • EPC’ers Loving Muslims (hosted by EPC World Outreach)
  • Every Pastor Needs a Mentor (hosted by PastorServe)
  • Fundamental Elements of a Vital Church (hosted by the EPC GO Center)
  • How Can My Church Re-Engage Millennials? (hosted by the EPC GO Center)
  • International Theological Education Network (hosted by EPC World Outreach)
  • Navigating the Risks of Ministry Life (hosted by Pastor-In-Residence Ministries)
  • Starting a Special Needs Ministry (hosted by Hope Church, Cordova, Tenn.)
  • Westminster Society: The First Sermon Series (hosted by the Westminster Society)
  • Who Will Lead After You? A Guide to Effective Succession Planning (hosted by the Vanderbloemen Search Group)

 For more information about the 38th General Assembly, including online registration, daily schedules, and more, see www.epc.org/ga2018.

General Assembly registration deadline May 31


GA2018BannerIf you have not yet registered for the 38th General Assembly, June 19-22 at Hope Church in suburban Memphis, Tenn., don’t delay—registration fees double on June 1. Click here to register now.

Why the increase in fees? Think of it as our encouragement to “live considerately with one another.” In the past, too many attendees registered after June 1—which caused unnecessary uncertainty for the host church planning team. Raising registration fees in June has helped our local planning teams tremendously, and in recent years less than 10 percent registered after June 1. Thank you for registering before the deadline!

In other GA-related news, we are in the process of final editing of the Committee Reports and Commissioner’s Handbook. These and other Assembly documents will be posted at www.epc.org/ga2018documents when they are available.

If you are a Ruling Elder planning to attend, be sure to complete the two-part registration process. Step one is to ensure that your Clerk of Session has completed and submitted the Commissioner Certification Form. For you to vote at the Assembly, we need certification that your Session has elected you as a Commissioner. Also, be sure you are registered. You can start the online registration process at www.epc.org/ga2018.

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you in Memphis!