**Update 12/1/17 – This report has been shared and removed from our site.  If you are interested in the contents of this report, please contact the Albany Presbytery Office.**

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

The final report of the Synod of the Northeast Administrative Review Committee (SARC) for Albany Presbytery is now available on the presbytery website on the Presbytery Meetings page of the website.  On Nov. 15, members of the SARC will present it in person during our meeting at Saratoga.  Having been charged on your behalf with designing a process to help us move forward toward the future God intends, your Staffing Process Advisory Team (SPAT) views the SARC report as potentially helpful.

And yet, to ensure that the step really leads forward, let us focus on what there is to learn and how to improve, rather than dwelling on troubled relationships experienced for whatever reasons in the past.  How can this report assist us toward “advancing the realm of God and being living examples of the Gospel of Jesus Christ?” — to quote from its final sentence.

Your SPAT team has worked independently of the SARC.  On our own, we came to conclusions and initiated a process substantially in agreement with the SARC recommendations. In particular:

  • We recognized the need to focus on trust, communication and healthy relationships.
  • We recommended that Presbytery clarify goals and expectations before determining a new structure for staff.
  • We have been paying attention to the process of decision-making, not just the content of decisions themselves.
  • We are reaching proactively out to leaders and congregations who have seemed to feel distant, inviting them to converse with SPAT members.
  • We have offered ways to facilitate more conversation: through small-group discussions, through an online forum [please see the Transitional Planning page on the website for details], and through retreats proposed for 2018.  We thank all stakeholders who thus far have engaged.  We urge everyone else to give it a try!
  • We suggested – and welcomed – the move toward a part-time, temporary Resource Presbyter whose work will support several ongoing ministries and enable the longer-term discernment to advance.
  • We have practiced partnership with the Synod of the Northeast through consultation with Synod Leader Harold Delhagen, who has met with SPAT on a regular basis.

Such actions are fully in the spirit of the SARC report.  As members of SPAT, we do not feel anxious over when and how Albany Presbytery should respond.  Though the journey is full of surprises, we trust fully in God that the most meaningful response will emerge over time as the process already begun continues unfolding.

Faithfully,
Terry Diggory, Samantha Brewer, Lynn Brown, Katy Stenta, Ted Wright
The Staffing Process Advisory Team

**Update 12/1/17 – This report has been shared and removed from our site.  If you are interested in the contents of this report, please contact the Albany Presbytery Office.**


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