Greetings, APA Members
In our busy social media crazy world, we often forget the importance of being in a live face-to-face setting with others from the PCUSA community, which brings me to the fact that our national conference is less than two months away.
There is so much to gain by attending a national conference; but finding the time away from the office, the location of the conference, or money can make it challenging to participate, which can make it easy to talk yourself out of committing to the APA National Conference and attending the annual meeting. However, it is at the national conference where we can all come together as one body to communicate the needs of our members and this organization. The larger church is changing at all levels, and these changes are impacting our members, and it is at this time that we need to develop and redevelop those relationships and strengthen the bond of APA so we can continue to grow and move forward during this period of transition of the church and APA.
Understand that APA is an investment that our members have put a lot of time, energy, and money into over the last 41 years and in order to capitalize on that investment we all need to be engaged and participate at all levels. It is easy to falsely believe that social media, the Internet, and one’s involvement at one level more than the other might constitute that attending this conference may seem unnecessary. There is power in being connected to other people who are active in your line of work. Recognize, that choosing whether to participate in this year’s national conference will impact your results. Know that when two or more people begin to discuss topics on a deeper and personal level, the success of the event to those involved becomes irreplaceable. It is the people that decide if a conference will be successful and the reason to attend.
If you still are undecided about attending I ask that you please consider the five reasons you should attend the 2017 national conference.
1.) Educational Opportunities
Participating in the various classes and partaking in the plenary sessions will help you achieve another level of knowledge that can only prepare and assist you with your job skills and personal achievement. Classes that will be offered include:
- Level I – History (Before Reunion) Part A & Part B (Core Class) 5 hrs.
- Level II – Legal Matters (Core Class) 2.5 hrs.
- Level III – GA Entities (Core Class) 2.5 hrs.
- Elective – Designing for Communication 2.5 hrs.
- Elective – Grants from PCUSA Entities 2.5 hrs. First Time Offered!
- Elective – Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 Beginner and Advanced
3.) Encounter new PCUSA Entities & Partners
You will have the opportunity to learn and understand what it means to belong to the larger church, develop relationships with other GA entities and our partners such as the Board of Pensions, Special Offerings, the Presbyterian Foundation, and the Insurance Board.
2.) Networking with peers
APA provides you the opportunity to form and develop long lasting relationships with others that understand your job duties and can provide support to you in your occupation.
4.) Position Yourself as an Expert
Knowledge is power, and with the knowledge, you become your asset and an asset to your employer. Being involved at all levels of the organization, taking classes, developing relationships and experiencing the larger church you will be in a better position to make informed decisions that can be beneficial to you as an individual and can also help you make informed decisions for the better development of APA.
5.) Have fun!
There is always a fun filled time at the APA National Conference and this year will be no exception. Thanks to our planning committee for arranging a group painting class and a planned outing to see Terry Fator perform. This fun doesn’t even include all of the food and fellowship.
In conclusion, please consider how your attendance at this conference will impact the growth and development of APA. For registration materials, please visit our website http://pcusa-apa.org/ .
APA National President