Mental Health 101 - June 8

Mental Health 101 - Equipping Faith Communities To Better Serve Those Broken By Mental Health Difficulties And Disorders

Individuals struggling with mental health problems are more likely to go to a member of the clergy before a physician or mental health provider. Do you feel equipped to serve those struggling with a mental illness?

This seminar will help you to:
RECOGNIZE the signs of mental illness,
REFER those struggling to professional care, and
RESTORE lives through the supportive community.

Thursday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Presbytery Center at 1110 Lovett Blvd., Houston, TX 77006

This seminar will be led by Matthew S. Stanford, Ph.D. Dr. Stanford is CEO of the Hope and Healing Center and Institute in Houston and adjunct professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Studies at Baylor College of Medicine and the Department of Psychology at the University of Houston.

This is a FREE EVENT. Lunch will be provided at no cost.



Multigenerational Church with Karl Travis - Mar. 31-Apr. 1

Being and Becoming a Multigenerational Church
Unpacking Generational Theory with Rev. Dr. Karl Travis

           The blessing and the curse of healthy congregations is that we have four to five living generations, each with a unique worldview and organizing principles, gathered in a body committed to being a Beloved Community that focuses more on what unites us than what divides us.

      The Rev. Dr. Karl Travis wowed participants at the 2016 Presbyterian Leadership Enrichment Event with his insights drawn from generational theory, sparking multiple requests for more time and greater detail spent on this important topic. Karl returns to us with an extended format, designed to help church teams consider how differing generational approaches can best be addressed in a way that honors all and does not set up unintended barriers to participation.   The event is Friday, March 31, and Saturday, April 1. It is hosted by St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (5308 Buffalo Speedway, Houston), sponsored by The Congregational Resourcing Team of the Presbytery of New Covenant, and made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Vision Initiative Fund.

      Bring your leadership team and walk away with new insights and action plans tailored to your unique context for ministry. Register online at by Tuesday, March 28 to assist us in our hospitality preparations. Those who wish to bring their own meals are welcome to do so; meals are available for $15 dinner and/or $10 for box lunches. Individuals may register for Friday sessions, Saturday sessions, or both.


Friday, March 31

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.       Welcome and Review/Overview of the Generations

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.       Table Conversation

5:45 – 6:30 p.m.       Dinner

6:30 – 7:15 p.m.       Implications for Worship

7:15 – 7:45 p.m.       Table Conversation:  What are our unique take-aways and next steps?

7:45 – 8:00 p.m.       Evening Prayer and Dismissal

Saturday, April 1

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.       Coffee and Gathering

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.       Mission Engagement

9:45 – 10:15 a.m.     Table Conversation:  What are our unique take-aways and next steps?

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.   Break

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.   How we are organized to do our work – Committee Structure, Task Groups, and More

11:15 – 11:45 a.m.   Table Conversation:  What are our unique take-aways and next steps?

11:45 – 12 noon       Where are we now?  What are the big Ahas?

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.   Lunch

12:45 – 1:30 p.m.     Money, Generosity, Giving, and Stewardship 

1:30 – 2:00 p.m.       Table Conversation:  What are our unique take-aways and next steps?

2:00 – 2:15 p.m.       Final Remarks, Tying It Together, and a Challenge Commit to Next Steps

Clergy Retreat - Apr. 25-27

      Rev. Dr. Laura Mendenhall will lead this year’s clergy retreat on April 25 through 27 at Camp Allen in Navasota, Texas. Clergy and spouses are invited to “Finding Water in Dry Land” where they will have an opportunity to remember the source of living Water, to recognize when their thirst is quenched and when it is not, and to drink deeply from God’s Word. There will be time to be nourished by good food and drink, by walks in the woods, and by rest and relaxation.

      Keynoter Laura Mendenhall is a recently retired Presbyterian pastor who has served several churches in Texas and Florida. She served as President of Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta and as Senior Philanthropy Advisor of the Texas Presbyterian Foundation. She has served as Moderator of Mission Presbytery and in many other capacities in the Synod of the Sun and at General Assembly levels. Laura is looking forward to being with pastors from New Covenant presbytery, particularly just after Holy Week. In the exhaustion after the Easter high, may this be a time of encouragement and support. Register by April 17. Contact Carrie Walker for more information at 713-526-2585 or

Flyer with Registration Form

Congregational Resourcing Team (CRT) Survey

The Congregational Resourcing Team (CRT) exists to equip and resource members and congregations for ministry in their churches and communities in support of the Presbytery of New Covenant’s vision of “Growing congregations that passionately engage their communities to make disciples.” 

Please help us better know how to meet your needs by responding to the following questionnaire.

Intercultural Encounters - Aug. 4-11

Intercultural Encounters (Walking Together)


A trip is planned for interested members of New Covenant Presbytery with CEDEPCA in Guatemala for August 4-11, 2017. These trips are designed to establish long-term relationships between individuals of faith in the presbytery and in Central America. CEDEPCA (The Protestant Center for Pastoral Studies in Central America) has a long-standing relationship with New Covenant Presbytery. Their major emphasis is on pastoral education (pastoral studies and seminary training), Women’s studies including indigenous persons, disaster relief, and intercultural encounters. The focus of the trip in August will be on pastoral/seminary education and women’s studies. Please join us in this exciting opportunity. If interested, please e-mail Robert Beach at


Presbytery Meetings

2017 Presbytery Meetings

Stated Presbytery Meeting:  Saturday, March 18, 2017
Clear Lake Presbyterian Church, 1511 El Dorado Blvd, Houston, TX 77062

Call to Meeting
Welcome Letter
Meeting Toolkit
Minutes of November 19, 2016

2017 Stated Meeting Dates and Information

Saturday, March 18 @ Clear Lake PC
Saturday, July 15 @ First PC in Sugar Land
Saturday, November 189 @ Northwoods PC in Houston

Materials for each meeting are posted HERE two weeks prior to each meeting. Prior to the meeting, Commissioners should study the documents. It is important to have access to these materials during the meeting, either through an electronic device or having paper printouts.

New Business (which is posted at least 3 days before meeting date) must be submitted to the Office of the Stated Clerk no later than 4 days prior to the meeting.

Postlude, a post-meeting publication, is emailed to commissioners after each meeting to assist in reporting to their sessions.

The Packet is in pdf format - you must have an updated version of Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer in order to access it. For information, systems requirements, and a free download of this invaluable web software click here

Past Meeting Materials

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