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Equipping the Saints: Leadership Training Day

Developing congregational leaders through the educational ministries of Elizabeth, Monmouth and New Brunswick presbyteries, in partnership with Princeton Theological Seminary and the Synod of the Northeast PC(USA)

Saturday, January 10, 2015
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Stuart Hall
Princeton Theological Seminary

In case of inclement weather, Equipping the Saints: Leadership Training Day will be rescheduled to Saturday, January 31, 2015.

Registration Information
There are several ways to register:

  • Online by clicking here.
  • By fax using this registration form.  Fax to (PTS, Continuing Education) at 609-497-0709
  • By mail using this registration form:  Equipping the Saints Registration
    Continuing Education, Princeton Theological Seminary, 20 Library Place, Princeton, NJ 08542
  • For Group Registration: please complete this registration form and return it by email, fax, or mail (see details above).

If you experience any difficulties in registering for this event, please call 609.497.7990.

Program Description

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Equipping the Saints is a day of workshops, worship, resources and fellowship planned especially to support and equip church members in their ministries. This day is for new and ongoing church officers, pastors, worship leaders, educators, and any interested others. Equipping the Saints is 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. Workshops are led - almost exclusively - by volunteers. This program is free and open to the public.

Program Agenda

Saturday, January 10, 2015  

7:30 - 9:00 am Registration and Coffee in Stuart Hall (basement)
9:00 - 11:00 am Morning Workshop, Stuart Hall (various locations); Hymnal Workshop, Scheide Hall
11:10 - 11:30 am  Worship, Miller Chapel
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Lunch, Mackay Campus Center; The Resource Fair will also be available during this time.
1:00 - 3:00 pm Afternoon Workshop, Stuart Hall (various locations); Hymnal Workshop, Scheide Hall; PTSem History/Library Tour (Library)
3:00 pm End of Program

 

Morning Workshops - 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Please choose one.

Creative Worship By Any Other Name? Finding ways to create and order alternative styles of worship: Often, worship seems locked in to standard labels - for example “Traditional” vs. “Contemporary,” both of which have seemingly well understood content and form. But some worship leaders are finding there’s room for more creativity than either standard can offer. Often such worship is described under the broad category of “Alternative Worship,” where planners use a variety of forms, music and content to engage worshippers with a multi-sensory and participatory experience, often using the traditional framework and rubrics. Join a panel of worship planners as they provide knowledge based on their experience of creating alternative worship, and as they also provide resources to help participants to approach creating such worship experiences in their own settings. Leaders: Rev. Sharyl Dixon (Kingston/New Brunswick), Rev. Beth Scibienski (Grace/New Brunswick) and Rev. Jeffrey Vamos (Lawrenceville/New Brunswick).

Conquering Compassion Fatigue in the Helping Professions: In today’s world of reduced finances and resources, helping professionals are at increased risk for burnout. We’ll teach you why it’s important to take care of yourself – and show you how to do it. You’ll also learn how to recognize and beat “compassion fatigue”, maintain healthy emotional boundaries with the people you care for, and build a strong support system. Leader: Dr. Bob DiCuio, Licensed Psychologist (Cigna/Board of Pensions)

Training/Orientation for Session Clerks: The Clerk of Session has three basic and very important responsibilities in the life of the local congregation. First, the Clerk is the keeper of the congregation’s story. In the Minutes, the Clerk formulates and manages the collective memory of the Body of Christ in a particular time and place. This is not just done for posterity, but to express a church’s living identity. We will discuss strategies for keeping effective Minutes and records. Second, the Clerk, along with the Moderator, oversees the process and procedures of the session and congregation, ensuring good order and organization. We will discuss the basics of Presbyterian polity and effective organizational principles and practices. Finally, the Clerk helps the church keep the teachings of Jesus about inclusiveness, which the Presbyterian Church has historically embraced. Our system works best when there is a healthy and broad participation in decision-making. We will discuss ways within our system to be open to the many different voices in a congregation. Join us for a lively conversation on the work of the Session Clerk. Leader: Rev. Paul Rack (Elizabeth & Monmouth)

Elders 101: "I Will, With God's Help": Training for Ruling Elders: This session will focus on the ordination vows of Ruling Elders and how each vow informs, empowers, and equips men and women to faithfully serve God and their particular congregations. Leader: Rev. Shelley Gardner (Woodbridge/Elizabeth)

Deacons 101: Ministry of Care & Compassion: Being a Faithful Deacon: For all Deacons and Christians engaged in ministries of care and compassion. Participants will explore what it means to “teach, urge and direct the congregation to show Christ’s love to the friendless and those in need”; practice active listening; identify pastoral needs in times of illness, depression, end of life, grief and life transitions, and develop healthy systems of trust and communication with the pastor and the care receiver. Leader: Rev. Christina Hindley (Lakehurst/Monmouth)

Structuring Terms of Call: Save Money, Save Taxes and the New 2015 Medical Dues Model: Tools You Can Use: Sessions and Teaching Elders need to annually review the terms of call (G-2.0804). This can be confusing! Learn how to structure terms of call to be more effective. We’ll cover the basics and go in-depth, exploring Flexible Spending Arrangements and other Section 125 plans to permit qualified medical expenses to be paid with pretax dollars (and their potential savings of thousands of dollars) as well as considering if your church is eligible for the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit (hint: it most likely is!). We'll also look toward the new 2015 Medical Dues Model, and share an overview of resources the Board will provide. Leader: Rev. Allison Seed (Board of Pensions)

The Young(er) Saints: Nurturing Youth Ministry in the PC(USA): “If we only had more (or more faithful) young people” is a phrase we hear all the time from our church members. Most churches long for a thriving youth ministry while guessing at what one might look like. In this workshop we’ll discuss the nuts and bolts for healthy, sustainable youth ministry in a PC(USA) context. Topics include volunteer recruitment, staff and volunteer training, ministry models, curriculum and connecting youth to the ministry of the wider congregation. Leader: Rev. Abigail Visco Rusert, Assistant Director, Institute for Youth Ministry, Princeton Theological Seminary

Teambuilding 101: Teambuilding for Small Groups: Bring your leaders and/or group members... deacons, elders, youth chaperones/leaders, church staff.. and experience groupbuilding with the Johnsonburg team! Work together to solve challenges and communicate effectively to achieve goals through hands-on experiences. This is not a sit-and-git workshop! Join us- we promise it will be fun and productive! Leaders: Elise Bates Russell and Staff, Johnsonburg Presbyterian Center

A Hymnal with a Story to Tell: Salvation history is the organizing principle of Glory to God. This results in a structure of the hymnal that is like a musical and poetic systematic theology, as well as a clear illustration of the structure of Reformed worship. This workshop would illuminate that structure and give pastors and musicians alike the tools to read the hymnal with theological eyes - and provide teaching tools for their congregations - new and old members alike. Leader: Noel Werner, Director of Music (Nassau Presbyterian/Princeton)

When the Time Comes: What You Need to Know About End-of-Life Issues for Yourself and Your Loved Ones: Learn about personal and legal choices you can make now that will communicate your wishes to those who love you as you face health and aging issues; discuss how to care for others facing difficult medical choices or a final illness; and find out about how hospice can make a final illness a time of grace, dignity, and greater quality of life for individuals and their families. Leaders: Jo Carolyn Dent-Clark, Caregiver Specialist-Senior Well-Being Coordinator, Greater Trenton Behavioral HealthCare and Elder (Covenant Presbyterian/Trenton), Mary Ellen DuPree Leonard, Elder (Grace Presbyterian/Kendall Park); Dawn Neglia, Deacon (Grace Presbyterian/Kendall Park)

Spiritual Direction: Is this Someone Who Tells Me How to Pray??? My definition of spiritual direction is: “Counseling is going in and talking with a counselor about how I am doing. Spiritual direction is talking about how God and I are doing.” A director is someone who helps me discern how God is at work in my life, especially during those times where I cannot see it at all. Come learn more about this ancient practice of “spiritual companioning…” Leader: Rev. Lisa Lancaster, Chaplain/Director, Pastoral Care (CentraState Health Care System)

Afternoon Workshops - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Please choose one.

Small Group Ministry: Small Group Ministry is all about growing disciples. As such, Small Group Ministry is a way to not only help congregants meet and grow closer to one another through shared interests and dialogues, but to also grow closer to God in the process. Whether it be through casual small groups like hiking or knitting, discernment groups interested in prayer or a book study, or a missional group keen on endeavoring a hands-on mission opportunity, small group ministry can provide meaningful community and spiritual formation alike for one and all. Please join us as we explore the program at one church and its effect on the congregation and beyond. Leader: Barbara DeCarlo, Coordinator, Discipling Ministries (Trinity Presbyterian/East Brunswick)

The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Drawing upon the work of Ronald Heifetz and and Marty Linsky, this workshop will explore practice of adaptive leadership, which mobilizes people to tackle tough challenges and thrive. Heifetz has written that, “The most common cause of failure in leadership is produced by treating adaptive challenges as if they were technical problems.” What’s the difference? As leaders how do we mobilize discovery, shed certain entrenched ways, tolerate losses, and generate the capacity to thrive anew? We’ll identify some of the adaptive challenges faced by churches today and discuss how we might create cultures of learning in our congregations Leader: Rev. Cheryl Galan, Transitional Leader, The Presbytery of Elizabeth

Conquering Compassion Fatigue in the Helping Professions: In today’s world of reduced finances and resources, helping professionals are at increased risk for burnout. We’ll teach you why it’s important to take care of yourself – and show you how to do it. You’ll also learn how to recognize and beat “compassion fatigue”, maintain healthy emotional boundaries with the people you care for, and build a strong support system. Leader: Dr. Bob DiCuio, Licensed Psychologist (Cigna/Board of Pensions)

Records and Archives in the Digital Age: We’ll help you understand the kinds of records you’re creating, and whether to keep them forever. We’ll talk about how digital archives are like the ancient Greek arkheion. We’ll sketch a satisficing path to authenticity for born-digital text documents, we’ll talk about preserving email accounts, and we’ll talk about your storage environment. We’ll discuss what to do with personnel files, insurance policies, and other temporary administrative records. We’ll also examine the FEMA floodplain map layers in Google Earth and talk about what climate change means for records in New Jersey. Leader: David Staniunas, Records Archivist (Presbyterian Historical Society/Philadelphia)

Elders 201: Elder as Spiritual Leader: The role of ruling elder in a congregation is expanding in the church today. Elders should expect that a call to leadership in the church will not only demand their time and energy in service to the maintenance of worship, education and mission programs, but it will challenge them to grow in their faith. This workshop will explore the demands of adaptive leadership in the church, the sacredness of the call to leadership, and the expectations and possibilities of spiritual growth as an elder (both while actively serving on the session and once rotating off the board). Leader: Rev. Wendy Bailey, General Presbyter (Monmouth)

Deacons 201: So Much Need – So Little Time: Finding Peace and Hope Amidst the Turmoil: For all Deacons and Christians engaged in ministries of care and compassion. Participants will discuss Scriptural directives for setting boundaries and self-care; examine our gifts, motivations and preferences; distinguish life-giving care from hopeless enabling; develop spiritual practices to deepen our trust in God as the healer, and learn that God is God, and we are not. Leader: Rev. Christina Hindley (Lakehurst/Monmouth)

Sharing Hope: Understanding Mental Health Needs in Congregations: 1 in 4 adults live with a mental illness in any given year. But stigma prevents people from seeking help and finding treatment resources. The church can be a major part of the solution and share accurate information and support to their members. Come to hear directly from individuals and family members who live with mental health challenges as they share their perspectives on recovery and how a congregation can promote their wellness. The workshop will provide resources on mental illness and information on community resources, as well as some specific mental health ministries that have worked in congregations. Representatives of NAMI Mercer will participate in the leadership. Leader: Sally T. Osmer, LCSW, Executive Director, NAMI Mercer, facilitator.

Best Practices in Education for Your Congregation: Sharing What Works: Be a part of a collaborative discussion about the things that actually work in our congregation's educational ministries; learn about innovative resources to serve your congregation, including multigenerational programs and one-room Sunday Schools. Leader: Patty Williams, Genesis Center (Monmouth)

Creating a Culture of Generosity: Is your congregation’s approach to stewardship stuck in a rut? Are you living in a state of scarcity and longing for abundance? You will leave this workshop with ideas for organizing your generosity/stewardship leadership group, communicating with the various generations composing your congregation, integrating all aspects of your church into the life of generosity and teaching the spirituality of generosity. Leader: Rev. Ellie Johns-Kelley, Ministry Relations Officer, Presbyterian Foundation

Youth in Crisis: Constructing Systems of Support in the Congregation and Community: Depression, cutting, suicide threats, addiction, bullying and abuse: these are the issues that young people in our congregations face on a daily basis. This workshop will address the questions that arise for volunteers and staff when we encounter these young people in crisis. Who is a mandated reporter? How can I offer support to a young person/family in crisis? How do I identify resources and facilities for counseling and rehabilitation in my community? What are the legal and congregational ramifications of my action or inaction? Join us as we work through case studies, identify pressure points and construct a holistic congregational response to youth in crisis. Leader: Rev. Abigail Visco Rusert, Assistant Director, Institute for Youth Ministry, Princeton Theological Seminary

Teambuilding 201: How to Lead Teambuilding:  Need help building your team, back at your church, but not sure how to do it? Come experience a variety of activities and learn how to weave hands-on experiences and debriefing together to help your team. We promise you will leave with great tools to build a more effective ministry team back home!   Leaders: Elise Bates Russell and Staff, Johnsonburg Presbyterian Center

New Streams of Congregational Song: Attendees will have a chance to explore the resources in the hymnal which represent trends in congregational song from the mid 20th-century through the 21st-century. Many genres will be explored including Black gospel, praise and worship, and music from the World church, particularly African, South American, and Asian countries. Leader: Noel Werner, Director of Music (Nassau/Princeton), organizer

Princeton Theological Seminary: A Family Picture Album, followed by a Guided Tour of the Seminary's new Library and its Treasures: Listen to an illustrated talk on Princeton Seminary’s history and learn the stories of its founding, the lives of some of the people who have lived and worked here, and about the campus which you are visiting today. This presentation will feature nineteenth and twentieth century historic photographs from the Seminary’s archives. This talk will be followed by a guided tour of the new library from top to bottom. We will spend some time in the Special Collections department viewing some of its rarely displayed treasures, including an 11th century Greek Orthodox manuscript lectionary, a copy of the first edition of Calvin’s Institutes, and a pre-Luther (1494) vernacular German Bible with hand-colored woodcuts depicting scenes from the Biblical stories. This workshop will limited to a maximum of 20 participants. Leader: Kenneth Woodrow Henke, Curator of Special Collections and Archivist, Princeton Theological Seminary.

Spiritual Direction: Is this Someone Who Tells Me How to Pray??? My definition of spiritual direction is: “Counseling is going in and talking with a counselor about how I am doing. Spiritual direction is talking about how God and I are doing.” A director is someone who helps me discern how God is at work in my life, especially during those times where I cannot see it at all. Come learn more about this ancient practice of “spiritual companioning…” Leader: Rev. Lisa Lancaster, Chaplain/Director, Pastoral Care (CentraState Health Care System)

Registration Information
There are several ways to register:

  • Online by clicking here.
  • By fax using this registration form.  Fax to (PTS, Continuing Education) at 609-497-0709
  • By mail using this registration form:  Equipping the Saints Registration
    Continuing Education, Princeton Theological Seminary, 20 Library Place, Princeton, NJ 08542
  • For Group Registration: please complete this registration form and return it by email, fax, or mail (see details above).

If you experience any difficulties in registering for this event, please call 609.497.7990.

Registration FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

When does registration close?
Registration closes at noon on Thursday, January 8, 2015.

How do I buy lunch?
You may buy lunch for $10.00. Lunch reservation and payment must be made by noon on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. If you register online, you will be required to pay for lunch by credit card; if you wish to pay by check, please register using this registration form and mail in your registration with your lunch check by Friday, January 2, 2015. You will receive a lunch ticket when you check-in on the morning of the event.

May I bring my own lunch?
Yes. Please know that anyone bringing lunch is welcome to eat in the Mackay Campus Center. For the safety of those with severe food allergies, Princeton Theological Seminary has a strict policy of no food allowed in Stuart Hall or any classrooms.

May I change my workshop choices?
Yes. Changes to existing registrations may be made until noon on Thursday, January 8, 2015. Change your mind at the last minute? We will do our best to accommodate your workshop choices on the day of the event. Please know that some classes may be full due to room capacity limits.

Are walk-in participants welcome?
Yes. If you have not registered by noon on Thursday, please come anyway, and bring your lunch! Please check the webpage for workshop cancellations and schedule changes. Register for workshops in the basement of Stuart Hall beginning at 7:30 a.m. and receive up-to-date information on workshop offerings at that time. Please know that some workshops may be full due to room capacity limits.

Will workshops change or be cancelled?
It can happen. Because most workshops are led by volunteers, we give leaders the option of canceling due to low enrollment. Please note the following:

  • Cancellation of workshops due to low enrollment will be determined by the end of the day Monday, January 5, 2015.
  • If your selection is cancelled, you will be notified via email on the morning of Wednesday, January 7, 2014. At that time, you may go back into the registration system and select another workshop until noon on Thursday, January 8th. You are welcome to select another workshop on the day of the event, but please know that some workshops may be closed due to room capacity limitations.
  • Every effort will be made to keep workshop offerings current on the website; please check for any updates.

What happens if the event is cancelled due to the weather?
In case of inclement weather, Equipping the Saints: Leadership Training Day will be rescheduled to Saturday, January 31, 2015. All participants will be notified by email and updated information will be available on the website. For those who cannot access email or the internet, the outgoing message at 609-497-7990 will be updated to note the cancellation

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If you have any questions, please email us at coned@ptsem.edu or call 609-497-7990.