Synod of Lincoln Trails, PC(USA)
Thursday, May 26, 2016
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2016 Stated
Meeting Schedule:
Friday & Saturday
April 1-2
Springfield, IL
Friday & Saturday
October 21-22
Indiana Interchurch Center,
Indianapolis, IN
Reports and papers for all meetings will be posted under For Commissioners and Committee Members/Meeting Papers.
Judy Lucas will alert all those invited to the synod meetings when papers are available for downloading.
1100 W. 42nd Street
Suite 210
Indianapolis, IN 46208
The Mission of the Synod of Lincoln Trails of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is to develop, nurture and support leaders in partnership with our presbyteries and congregations and coordinate Presbyterian mission strategy within the synod. 

Synod Continues to Provide Transitional Ministry Education with MALT Program for 2016
Scheduled Transitional Ministry Training (formerly Interim Pastor Training) for 2016:
   May 2-6, 2016 in Saint Louis, MO
   October 31 - November 4, 2016 in Saint Louis, MO (Registration to go "live" in June check back often.)
Click Here for more information on the program.  

Introduction to Systemic Racism
Presbytery of Chicago Sponsors Workshop on Racism
    On Saturday, January 16th, ninety-eight members of the Presbytery of Chicago joined Chicago ROAR facilitators Derrick Dawson and Joy Bailey for an Intro to Systemic Racism workshop.
     The purpose of this workshop was to introduce the idea that racism is a systemic, institutional problem of power and to create the rationale for a structural intervention to dismantle it. To address the racism not only present in our world, but also in our neighborhoods and congregations, we must first learn how it was born, nurtured, and grew into the manifestations we see today.
See photos from the day by clicking HERE.  
Synod Continues Funding Opportunity For 2016
Mission Initiative Grants are one-time grants of 'seed' money designed to help begin new congregation based missional activities. These one-time grants are for dollar amounts up to $1,500 and grant recipients will be able to share their stories and progress six months and one year after receipt of the grant. 
Trees need three essential things to grow strong:
               digging the dirt around the roots, loosening of soil so nutrients can get to the roots;
               water, transport of nutrients; and,
Using this metaphor, the Synod is supplying the seeds or seedlings in the form of grant funds. In the application you will have the opportunity to relay the ways that you will be supplying the three essentials while growing a strong new mission through your congregation.
The Synod meets two times in 2016 and applications received prior to each meeting will be reviewed at that meeting. If you have any questions concerning the new Mission Initiative Grants, please contact Judy Lucas at the Synod office. Please note application deadlines: March 14th for consideration at the April 1-2 Synod meeting: and, October 3rd for consideration at the October 21-22 Synod meeting.
Click Here to view the Application Process and Application.
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Synod's Mission Initiative Grant at Work...
2014 Mission Initiative Grant Recipient
First Presbyterian Church and Their Buddy Bags Program
Meli Cangahuala, Jamie Schwingle, and Christina Berry (pictured) are hard at work filling bags to provide weekend food for elementary age school children. Click Here to see how the grant process works and to learn more about First Presbyterian Church and their Buddy Bags Program. 

The Synod of Lincoln Trails Partners with
The Presbyterian Foundation to Create
Ministerial Excellence Fund: Sustaining The Call
          The Synod opened a mission exchange account with the Presbyterian Foundation as an important part of continuing the work of the Ministerial Excellence Fund Program in the State of Indiana. Four years ago The Lilly Endowment gave grants to 16 denominations to address economic issues facing Indiana pastors. The presbyteries of Ohio Valley, Wabash Valley, and Whitewater Valley all received grant money. The directors of the Ministerial Excellence Fund of the presbyteries understood the need to conduct fund-raising campaigns to help fulfill the following: to meet the obligation of matching funds as required by The Lilly Endowment; and, to create the means to continue the fund activities beyond the initial grant timeline.
Click here to read more about the initiative and as well as interviews conducted with pastors who have benefitted from the Ministerial Excellence Fund Program.
Check back often as our website will continually be updated and will include a "Give Now" button for immediate giving to the program. Giving can be done in two ways: online at and search for Ministerial Excellence Fund or by mailing a check to the Ministerial Excellence Fund, Synod of Lincoln Trails, 1100 W. 42nd Street, Suite 210, Indianapolis, IN 46208
2016 Per Capita Figures
General Assembly: $7.12
Synod of Lincoln Trails: $3.81 
Presbytery of Blackhawk: $24.73
Presbytery of Chicago: $22.07
Presbytery of Great Rivers: $17.07
 Presbytery of Midwest Hanmi: $16.07
Presbytery of Ohio Valley: $19.07
Presbytery of Southeastern Illinois: $29.07
Presbytery of Wabash Valley: $28.45
 Presbytery of Whitewater Valley: $26.77
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