top of page

Presbytery Leadership Summit

Facilitated by Rev. Shavon Starling-Louis
NEXT Church Co-Chair
EP Forum - August 15-16
Leadership Summit - August 16-17
DeSoto Presbyterian Church, DeSoto, TX

Synod of the Sun will pay room & board (double occupancy) for 4 from each presbytery to attend.


This event is open particularly to Committee Leadership of Presbyteries - Councils; Futuring & Transition Task Forces; Search Committees and Committee Moderators. 


The program will feature NEXT Church "Cultivated Ministry" tool but tweaked to Presbyteries working with smaller churches and for smaller church themselves.


We will work together to understand the ministries of our tiny churches and how we can take care of them. 

  • In this day of shrinking budgets and shrinking membership what defines your church? 

  • Downsizing does not mean dying!

  • How do you assess viability?

  • How do you measure a congregation’s heart?


Because our discussions will be guided by NEXT Church’s “Cultivated Ministry” tool, participants should visit the Cultivated Ministry site and check out their resources. Visit the site here:


“There used to be a widely held and simple answer to this question: success is measured by growth in membership, attendance, and financial support. Increasingly, however, these metrics seem out of touch with the realities of ministry in contemporary post-Christendom North America.”


“Sometimes our work needs to be reduced in order to expand. Sometimes aspects of it need to come to an end.”


“The key to making this paradigm shift is understanding that learning is the primary goal of assessment.”

Pre-Event Homework/Information — An intro to the backstory of how Cultivated Ministry came to be. — A blog post about storytelling written by Shawna Bowman — A blog post by Casey Thompson that reminds us that Cultivated Ministry helps re-center us on the theology and values that ground the work we do. — A blog post by Becca Messman on why measuring ministry matters, but isn’t about worshipping the numbers. 

DeSoto Presbyterian Church is located at 212 W. Pleasant Run Rd., DeSoto, TX.

Hover over picture to learn more about Shavon Starling-Louis
Shavon Starling-Louis

Shavon is Co-Chair of NEXT Church and Pastor at Providence Presbyterian Church in Providence, RI. 

Click HERE to read her full bio

  • White Twitter Icon
= RevShavon

Event Hotel


For those of you requesting lodging in your registration, we are staying at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Desoto. Please indicate on your registration form if you will need airport transportation



Holiday Inn Express and Suites

1310 N. Wintergreen Rd

Desoto, TX 


bottom of page