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Presbyterian Nuts and Bolts:  Practical Tools and Training for Doing Congregational Ministry

Saturday, October 13, 2012
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Stuart Hall
Princeton Theological Seminary
 

Course Description

"Presbyterian Nuts and Bolts: Practical Tools and Training for Doing Congregational Ministry" is a leadership training event organized by the educational ministries of Elizabeth, Monmouth and New Brunswick Presbyteries, in partnership with Princeton Theological Seminary, and as a ministry of the Synod of the Northeast. This program is open to the public.

Schedule

After beginning with worship, there will be a two-hour session in the morning, followed by lunch and a two-hour afternoon session. The schedule for the day is as follows:

8:30 a.m. Registration & Coffee (Stuart Hall, Basement Level)
9:00 a.m. Devotions and Morning Worship (Stuart Hall)
11:30 a.m. Lunch, Cokesbury Bookstore & Resource/Mission Fair (Mackay Campus Center)
1:00 p.m. Afternoon Workshops (Stuart Hall)
3:00 p.m. Program Concludes

The Cokesbury Bookstore, by special arrangement, will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Located on the ground floor of the Mackay Campus Center, this full-service Cokesbury bookstore provides meaningful resources for one's Christian journey.

Morning Workshops:

Worshipful Work:  How to Run an Effective and Meaningful Church Meeting.  How-tos of leading an effective, meaningful church meeting which focuses on both being the people of God as well as doing the work of the people of God.  Leader: Wendy Bailey, Regional Executive Presbyter, Monmouth and New Brunswick Presbyteries

Everything You Wanted to Know About Your Benefits... But Haven't Had A Chance To Ask! Clergy, bring your questions and get answers from a representative of the Board of Pensions.  Leader:  Board of Pensions Representative

Dollars & Cents:  Best Practices and Resources for Church Treasurers and Finance Committees. Leaders:  Nancy Tindall, Treasurer,(Monmouth);  Don Barringer, Treasurer, (New Brunswick);  Dave Bomgaars, Treasurer, (Elizabeth)

Office Administration:  An Overview of the All-Important Basics.  This class will cover many of the basics of an office, including professional conduct, communication, listening skills, accountability and accuracy, and most especially modeling a positive attitude about your work and those around you. There will also be a brief introduction to the Administrative Personnel Association of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  Invite a co-worker and bring questions, challenges and best practices to share.  Leader:  Elder Sara L. Burke, Westfield (Elizabeth)  CANCELLED

Grant Writing 101: Introduction to Basic Principles of Grant Writing.  Learn about grant writing in general and what is available through various sources including public and denominational funds and other specifics according to group interests.  Leader:  Rev. Dr. N. Scott Cupp, Pastor 1st Presbyterian Church of Matawan (Monmouth); Former Associate Executive for Church Development in the Synod of the Northeast

 "Now That I'm On The Property Committee..." A Toolkit for Church Property Issues.  The "trust clause" in our form of government says the Presbytery is in charge, but day to day almost all authority and responsibility for church property lies with the local Church.  Come and think about how best to use that property to advance Jesus’ mission.  Leader:  Mark Tammen, General Presbyter (Long Island Presbytery)  CANCELLED

Managing, Preserving, and Using Church Records.  This workshop presents useful information for clerks of session and others charged with managing the historic and current records of congregations and for those who want to integrate church history into the life of their congregations.  Leader:  Nancy Taylor, Presbyterian Historical Society

What's New? What's Worked? Your Congregation in Educational Ministry.  What’s working? What needs special attention? If I only knew about___! Where can I get assistance with___? And more… Leaders:  Helen Wise, Ed. Min.Com. Chair & POINT Rep., (New Brunswick); Patty Williams, Christian Ed. Consultant/Resource Center Director & POINT Rep. (Monmouth)

nFOG: Let's Clear it Up.  What's new about our new Form of Government? Come, bring your questions, find answers and get up to speed on how Part II of our Constitution is getting worked out in our congregations. Leaders:  Mark Tammen

Afternoon Workshops:

Grant Writing 101: Introduction to Basic Principles of Grant Writing.  Learn about grant writing in general and what is available through various sources including public and denominational funds and other specifics according to group interests. Leader:  Rev. Dr. N. Scott Cupp, Pastor 1st Presbyterian Church of Matawan (Monmouth); Former Associate Executive for Church Development in the Synod of the Northeast

Worshipful Work:  How to Run an Effective and Meaningful Church Meeting.  How-tos of leading an effective, meaningful church meeting which focuses on both being the people of God as well as doing the work of the people of God.  Leader:  Wendy Bailey, Regional Executive Presbyter, Monmouth and New Brunswick Presbyteries

Everything You Wanted to Know About Your Benefits... But Haven't Had A Chance To Ask!  Clergy, bring your questions and get answers from a representative of the Board of Pensions.  Leader:  Board of Pensions Representative

Creating Safe Churches.  This workshop will offer an introduction to ‘safe church ‘ministry through scripture mandates, significant DVD stories, and additional materials, bibliographies, and useful resources; practical ‘nuts and bolts’ of Safe Church programming and policy making; sample policies, programmatic emphasis, and specific church stories; tools for use in your own congregational setting. Leaders: Elder Barbara DeCarlo – Discipling Ministries Coordinator, Trinity Presbyterian Church, East Brunswick, (Monmouth) and Elder Patty Williams – Christian Education Consultant/Resource Center Director (Monmouth)

Dollars & Cents:  Best Practices and Resources for Church Treasurers and Finance Committees. Leaders:  Nancy Tindall, Treasurer, (Monmouth);  Don Barringer, Treasurer, (New Brunswick);  Dave Bomgaars, Treasurer, (Elizabeth)

Instructions

IFPL Register ButtonChoose your method of registering your workshop choices and your lunch reservation (optional). Workshop choices may be changed at any time. Registration closes at noon on Thursday, October 11. Lunch registration closes at noon on Wednesday, October 10.

Register online by clicking here.

Fill out this registration form and:

  1. Fax: 609.497.0709.
  2. Mail: Nuts & Bolts Registration, School of Christian Vocation and Mission, Princeton Theological Seminary, PO Box 821, Princeton, NJ 08542.
  3. For Group Registration: please complete this registration form and return it by email, fax, or mail (see details above).

Additional Notes about Registration

Lunch buffet reservations will be accepted until noon on Wednesday, October 10;  after that time, participants who have not registered must plan to bring their own lunch. Those who have registered to purchase lunch will do so in the Mackay Campus Center for $10 cash between 11:30 and 1:00pm. There is a PNC ATM available in the lobby. For those coming only to the afternoon programs, you may eat lunch in Mackay before your register at Stuart Hall. People are welcome to eat their lunch in the main lounge or elsewhere on campus.

Workshop registration will close at noon on Thursday, October 11 for planning purposes. Changes to existing registrations may be made until that time. Registered attenders are welcome to change their workshop choices on the day of the event.

Walk-in participants are more than welcome. If you have not registered by noon on Thursday, please come anyway, and bring your lunch! Register for workshops in the basement of Stuart Hall beginning at 7:30 a.m. and receive up-to-date information on workshop offerings.

Important information about potential for changes to workshop offerings: because our workshops are led solely by volunteers, workshop leaders are given the option of canceling their workshop if the number of attendees is too low to warrant their time and travel. Cancellations for this reason will be determined by the end of the day Wednesday, October 10; all who have registered for any cancelled workshop will be notified via email in the morning on Thursday, October 11. Participants are welcome to attend any workshops they wish on the day of the event. Every effort will be made to keep workshop offerings current on the website; please check for any updates.

Should the weather be inclement, all participants will be notified via e-mail, and updated information will be available on the website. For those who cannot access e-mail, the outgoing message will also be updated at 609-497-7990.

You may download a Nuts & Bolts pdf brochure by clicking here.

If you have any questions, please email us at scvm@ptsem.edu or by telephone at 609-497-7990.