A conversation with Mid-Council Leader Steve Shive

January 31, 2018 by Lee Hinson-Hasty

At Stewardship Kaleidoscope in September 2017, I took some time to sit down and film a conversation with Steve Shive. If you don’t know Steve, you should! He’s the General Presbyter of the Presbytery of Wyoming, with a vast territory that spans the entire state.

Steve was ordained in 1985 and has served First Presbyterian churches in both Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Fargo, North Dakota, before being installed in his current position 6 years ago this March. Steve and I met in 2015 when I keynoted a Synod event for leaders of both Committee on Ministry and Committee on Preparation for Ministry. We reconnected when he attended a workshop Tim Cargal and I led at the 2017 Big Tent Event in St. Louis.

When we met again in September, Steve and his Presbytery were engaged in a planning process for the future.  While doing so, they observed that 16 of the 22 serving pastors will be eligible to retire in the next five years. Tallying that number was a wake-up call, and showed them just how dire the situation is, particularly when there are only two candidates under care from the Presbytery.

We know that not every Presbytery is facing such a shortage. Some are in much better shape. But EVERY church deserves to have a pastor.

Watch the conversation to find out more – and to see what Steve Shive says about what we should do to stave off the looming crisis.

Our thanks to Mark Crowner, who created the video.