Regional Day of Learning Coming to PUMC (2/11/18)

Posted by on Jan 22, 2018 in EventAnnouncement, FEATURED, Training, UMC Shared Ministries | 0 comments

In the business world you always hear terms like “Best in Class”…  “Best Practices”… “Networking.”   In the “business” of sharing God’s love and redemption with the world, the church needs the same  tools. Local churches in the United

Eric Drew, Conference Worship Leader

Methodist Church are not alone; we too have opportunities to “network” and to share “best practices.” 

The Greater New  Jersey Annual Conference (of which PUMC is a part) has set up a series of “Regional Days of Learning” to help us to “network”  (or we  might call  it “fellowship”) with other Methodists in our  area.  The Days of Learning consist of worship, workshops, and (of course), food.  The workshops are geared to lay leadership issues; everything from Building Care to Designing Worship music is addressed.  They are led by experts in the field and attended by others  who are  dealing with the same issues.  And so, the workshops give us a chance to learn from “experts” and to glean information from other church leaders.

The Southern Region  of the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference covers the southern third of our state…”from Bay to shining Sea…”  Somewhere around 150 churches are part of the Southern Region.  We are blessed with a facility that can accommodate that many people, and so we are able to host this event in our building.

So, circle the date:

Southern Region Day of Learning:  Sunday February 11, 2018 (1:45 PM)

 

The Day of Learning is held on a Sunday afternoon.  We’ll start out with “Session A”, take a quick break, and then move right into “Session B”. 

An optional dinner will be provided afterwards.

What’s the Southern Region???

Pitman UMC is a member of the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference (which comprises all of New Jersey plus a few areas in New York and Pennsylvania).   The Conference is divided into nine districts (each district averages around 60 churches each).  In addition to that, the Conference is organized into three regions (Southern, Central, and Northern), each of which consists of 3 districts.

We’re in the Delaware Bay district. The Southern Region consists of our district (which is located in the southwest corner of the state), the Cape Atlantic district (the southestern part of the state), and the Gateway South district (our northern neighbor).

 

Schedule and Workshops

The Day of Learning is a series of workshops, worship/fellowship, and even dinner (if you want).  You pick one workshop from Session A and another from Session B.  All workshops are completed within a session, and most of them are repeated during the second session. 

Here’s the afternoon’s schedule:

  1:45 – 2:15 PM Sign in and Welcome
  2:00 – 2:45 PM Worship
  3:00 – 4:15 PM Session A Workshops
  4:15 – 4:30 PM Break
  4:30 – 5:45 PM Session B Workshops
  6:00 – ???   PM Dinner (optional- Advanced registration required)

 

Workshops

All of the workshops are completed during one session.  So, pick one workshop from Session A and another one from Session B.  Or, if you only want to stay for part of the day, pick only one workshop. 
The following summary of the available workshops has been copied from the Greater NJ Annual Conference website.  Check the GNJAC site for updates and registration information.

Session A (2:00 PM)

Lead Like Wesley (Rev. Brian Roberts, Southern Region DS)

Leadership Lessons that will equip you to transform lives grow disciples and engage your community. Based on the book “Lead Like Wesley”

Conflict Resolution | Nicola Mulligan, Executive Assistant to the Bishop

 

Worship With Next Gen Disciples | Eric Drew, GNJ Director of Worship

Research has shown that as many as 1 in 2 young people have written and recorded their own song. Next generations of disciples are incredibly creative. However, engaging them in worship services and worship planning continues to be a challenge. How can you engage next generation disciples to add energy and freshness to worship? Come to find out more.

 

Small Groups | Heather Mandala, Director of Small Groups Ministry Hope Church

Small Groups are an important factor in the life of a healthy church. This workshop will help you set a vision and plan to grow your small group ministry. Heather oversees a Small Group program with over 500 different participants. She is passionate about small groups and has a wealth of information to share.

 

Creative Sermon Series | Rev. Glenn Conaway, Southern Region DS

Looking at creative ways that can spark interest for both new millennials’ and seasoned attenders that will get them thinking about the Christian Faith.

 

Stewardship is More Than Fundraising | Brian Mickle, UM Stewardship Foundation

In this workshop, we will explore ways to initiate electronic giving, and year round stewardship planning, helping your congregation understand the importance of “generosity” and not just fundraising.

 

Tell Your Church’s Story | Josh Kinney, GNJ Editorial Manager

Your church has a story. From the people who make up the congregation to the impact your church has on its community, there’s a story to be told and an audience needing to hear it.

 

Facility Care | Alex Mayer, GNJ Property Manager

Effective trustees will function as Christian stewards of property God has entrusted to the congregation. This workshop will help guide trustees through the many details of caring for your church physical properties.

 

Team Building | Chris Heckert, Haddonfield UMC, Senior Pastor

Re-imagining how we communicate, organize, and lead ministry teams in a changing landscape

Church is a Team Sport | Jeff Bills, Hope UMC, Senior Pastor

Every church has a staff. Some have paid staff – all have volunteer staff. The key leadership challenge is to have the church staff working in a coordinated way that is aligned with the church’s vision and values. This vitally important process requires church wide support beginning with the pastor and Staff Parish Relations committees.

Session B (4:30 PM)

Lead Like Wesley | Rev. Brian Roberts, Southern Region DS Leadership

Lessons that will equip you to transform lives grow disciples and engage your community. Based on the book “Lead Like Wesley.”

 

Pastoral Evaluation Process | Nicola Mulligan, Executive Assistant to the Bishop

Worship With Next Gen Disciples | Eric Drew, GNJ Director of Worship Research has shown that as many as 1 in 2 young people have written and recorded their own song. Next generations of disciples are incredibly creative. However, engaging them in worship services and worship planning continues to be a challenge. How can you engage next generation disciples to add energy and freshness to worship? Come to find out more.

 

Small Churches: Claim Your Future | Rev. Gina Yeske, GNJ Director of Small Groups Ministry

Too often the urgent day-to-day matters in a small church consume the energy of both the pastor and the laity, there is nothing left to plan for the future. You will receive tools to help small church leaders begin to evaluate how their church is prepared to move into the future. This would be a good starting point for any small church considering Team Vital. Based on materials from Discipleship Ministries. Creative Sermon Series | Rev. Glenn Conaway, Southern Region DS Looking at creative ways that can spark interest for both new millennials’ and seasoned attenders that will get them thinking about the Christian Faith.

 

New Year, New Roles! | Brian Mickle, Director of Development, UM Stewardship Foundation

New to the role of being part of the finance team?” We will dig deep into the roles of the members of the Finance Committee and the role of the pastor in congregational finances. We will survey several areas of the ministry of the Finance Committee: Financial Direction, Annual Funding Campaign, Developing the Annual Budget, Financial Communications, Financial Reports, Safeguards for Church Funds, Annual Audit, and Planned Giving. Please bring with you a copy of the church’s 2018 budget and information about the 2017 Stewardship campaign if available.

 

Tell Your Church’s Story | Josh Kinney, GNJ Editorial Manager

Your church has a story. From the people who make up the congregation to the impact your church has on its community, there’s a story to be told and an audience needing to hear it.

 

Beyond Buildings, Fiduciary Responsibility of a Trustee | Lynn Caterson, GNJ Chancellor and Chair, Absecon UMC Board of Trustees

This workshop will instruct trustees in matters beyond supervising and maintaining the church’s physical property. They are also responsible for all gifts to the congregation and all legal requirements related to the local church.

 

Safe Sanctuaries | Debbie Barnett, Regional Safe Sanctuaries

This workshop will cover the development and how to maintain Safe Sanctuary policies.

 

Out of the Box | Tom Stark, Good Shepherd UMC, Senior Pastor

Listening to the congregation and community to develop high impact ministry.

 

Sign Me up!

The Day consists of 4 parts:  Worship, Session A, Session B, and Dinner.  You don’t have to stick around for all four parts.  Pick one or two workshops (one from each session), sign up for the dinner if you want, or head home early if you don’t have the time.  You can participate in any part of the Day…

Regardless of how many parts of the day you participate in, registration is $10.  This includes all materials (and the dinner if you’re so inclined).  Here are the details:

  • Cost:   $10.00
  • Registration Deadline:  Thursday February 8, 2018
    (Pre-registration is required.  No walk-ons will be admitted)
  • Date:  Sunday, February 11
  • Time:  Begins 1:45 PM
  • Location:  Pitman United Methodist Church (Directions)

To register, fill out the form that’s on the Greater NJ Annual Conference website.  This button will take you there:   Registration  

 

Here’s a report about last year’s Regional Day of Learning…

PUMC Hosts Regional Day of Learning (2/12/17)

 

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