​How can the Commission On Ministry help you and your congregation?  What could we do now to partner with you and help you as you do ministry?  What could the COM do to help you overcome obstacles that might hinder your future in ministry?  In many presbyteries the COM is not seen as a partner in ministry, but instead it is viewed as a regulatory body.  It really need not be that way.  The COM in MKP would much rather partner with you to help you achieve what you hope to achieve in ministry than be called in as a last resort to manage struggles and conflicts. Let us know now what you need in ministry so we can assist you as the partner in ministry we’d like to be.  Tell us now how we can help you achieve your goals and build on your strengths as you minister in the name of Jesus Christ.  Take a minute now to call or write me and share your ideas on how the COM can be proactively engaged in ministry that supports you (502-550-2811 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

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Dear Friends of Mid-Kentucky,

I had hoped at the Presbytery meeting to have a minute to say a word or two

regarding my role as the COM staff person for Mid-Kentucky Presbytery.  With so

much on the agenda, I understandably didn’t have that opportunity.  Instead of just

waiting until the next meeting, however, I’ve decided to write a note to everyone

now.  I think you have a right know how I plan to function in this new capacity and

what to expect from me.  Since I began this work April 1, this is already a little


First, you can and should expect honesty.  I make every effort in ministry to be as

transparent as possible.  Like everyone, I have my blind spots, but I make it a

priority to say what I mean and not mince words.  What I say can be taken at face


Second, you can and should expect open dialogue.  I hope everyone will feel free to

come and talk to me about issues you may be facing in your life, in your ministry, in

the life and ministry of your congregation, as well as your thoughts on actions being

taken in the Presbytery.  It is my aim to listen and respond responsibly.

Third, you can and should expect a point of view.  While I hope everyone will feel

free to talk to me, please know that I have opinions.  Coming to me to express your

point of view will not necessarily mean I agree with it.  However, I have thick skin,

don’t offend easily, and feel honest conversation is healthy and necessary.  Any

disagreements we have on a subject will not affect the common bond we share in

Christ Jesus.  

That’s it for now.  I intend to write regularly about issues concerning the presbytery

as it pertains to COM.  Be looking for a word or two the next time I write about how

your congregation can begin working with COM and the Finance Committee to

address your changing future in the event you see it coming.

Peace in Christ,

Rev. Tom Vandergriff

MKP COM Staff Support

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Is your congregation experiencing a decline in membership and member giving?  Is your building in need of repairs that your budget cannot afford?  Are you wondering if you can sustain ministry into the future at your current location and with your current budget?  If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, do you know what to do next?
The Commission on Ministry and the Finance Committee together have a process in place to help you navigate these waters.  As a first step, please contact me
(502-550-2811 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), and I’ll then immediately contact Finance Chair Jim McArthur and COM Chair Ben Blake.  Together we’ll set the process in motion to help you. 
One last comment: If your congregation is noticing significant changes in the areas mentioned above, you need to be looking at your ministry now and taking the necessary steps to plan for your future.  Don’t wait.  Call on the COM and the Finance Committee to help you navigate the process early.   Waiting only slows a process everyone wants to move through efficiently.
Peace in Christ,
Tom Vandergriff
MKP COM Staff Support

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