Executive Minister's Desk

The Regional Synod of New York

Summer…relaxing, restoration and reading…

Dear RSNY Family,

As we pass the mid-way point of summer, I offer prayers for our Ministers of Word and Sacrament, Consistories, Students, and faithful members of the Regional Synod. As you continue your summer, may you have a season of relaxation, reading, recreation, restoration and rejoicing with family and friends. I also pray that you seek every opportunity for growing closer to our Lord Jesus.

Throughout the summer months, continue to pray for the healing of our land. In a land filled with violence, illness, and evil, remember that life can be blessed and better as we include our Lord Jesus in our plans to re-open God’s church with Missional and Visional Celebration for a healthy witness in our church communities.

As you spend time relaxing and reading, consider some suggested books on Church Revitalization, also what you are reading this summer?

The Post Quarantine church:  6 urgent Challenges & Opportunities

           that Will determine the Future of your Congregation – Thom Rainer

Reclaiming Glory: Revitalizing Dying Churches – Mark Clifton

A Church Beyond Belief – Michael Bos

Fierce Love:  A Bold Path to Ferocious Courage and Rule-Breaking

            Kindness that Can Heal the World – Jacqueline J. Lewis

The Woke Church – Eric Mason

Church Forsaken – Jonathan Brook

Pursuing God’s Will Together a DISCERNMENT Practice for Leadership

Groups – Ruth Haley Barton

Continue to have a blessed summer and stay safe.


Rev. Dr. Micheal Edwards