APA Southeast Regional Conference Coming August 8-11th
A Note From Nancy Fine
For years I sought an organization that would better equip me with my professional duties at First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach. In 2010, I discovered the Administrative Personnel Association (APA) and quickly became a member. Founded in 1976, APA was created as an organization dedicated to the education and certification of administrators that serve the governing bodies of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Desiring to be acknowledged and promoted as an organization that encourages its members to see proficiency in administration, the Administrative Personnel Association sought to be, and was approved as, a certifying body of the Presbyterian Church at the 2016 General Assembly.
This year, the National APA Conference was held at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with their Associate Pastor of Congregational Care, Rev. David Shinn, providing an uplifting worship service. Attended by 52 of its 254 members from throughout the association’s seven regions, the classes offered were Polity I, Polity II, The Church and Persons with Disabilities, Google Docs, Pastoral Care, and, Spiritual Growth and Discipline. One of the highlights of this three day conference was the Keynote address by Rev. Dr. Jan Edmiston.
The Southeast Region, consisting of members in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee, will be holding their conference in Nashville, Tennessee, from August 8th through 11th. Classes offered include Church History Before the Reunion, Core Principles of an Effective Meeting, Record Management in the Computer Age, Polity III, Safety in the Workplace, and, Basics of Project Management. A highlight of the conference will be the Assertiveness Skills class, taught by APA founder, Joyce Bauer.
The Presbytery of Tropical Florida has ten APA members: Susan Carpenter, Presbytery of Tropical Florida; Deborah DiRoberto, The Community Church; Stephanie Duffee, First Presbyterian Church of Port St. Lucie; Sandra Figueredo, Presbytery of Tropical Florida; Nancy Fine, First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach; Melanie Fuller, First Presbyterian Church of Stuart; Shari Lowe, Life Member; Ana Marson, Sunset Presbyterian Church; Barbara Prieto, Riviera Presbyterian Church; and, Leonor Yanez, Presbytery of Tropical Florida.
Ask me how to become an APA member so you can join us in Nashville in August or at the 2019 National Conference at Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. You will be glad you did.
Business Administrator, First Presbyterian Church of Delray Beach
National Membership Chair, Administrative Personnel Association of the PCUSA
—The APA is affiliated with the Office of Vocation (a joint office of the General Assembly Council and the Office of the General Assembly) and certified APA members are listed in the Directory and Book II of the General Assembly Minutes and are invited to the presbytery meetings and are given privilege of the floor (without vote). The Book of Order G-2.11 refers to Certified Church Service “… reflecting their faith through their work and strengthen the church through their dedication.” Further, “The presbytery shall encourage sessions to make continuing education funds and time available to those seeking certification, and shall affirm the skill and dedication of theses certified persons…”.