The Greater New Jersey Commission on Archives and History is hosting a six hour self-contained workshop on how to start, manage and complete a local church history. This is one workshop you do not want to miss since it will not be offered again on this scale in the near future. 

One of the most important aspects of being United Methodist is having the ability to tell stories of how God and the local church have created a relationship with each other. Local church histories are perfect vehicles for such stories. These stories have many benefits including: giving vitality to the life of the present day church, historical context, meaningful identity and direction to a renewed faith covenant with God. These covenantal tapestries become the heart and soul for a vital congregation. But getting a local church history started, manage the process and complete the publication is often complicated, time consuming, resource depleting and frustrating. Resources may be scarce, or, if available, interpreting the content can be hazy at best. A comprehensive history is not a one person job. It takes team work and support from the pastor and congregation. We must remember that a local church history is also a congregation’s gift to the greater human knowledge as well as a testimony to the works of God in the community through a United Methodism.

The Greater New Jersey Commission on Archives has the perfect solution to this problem. Marie Amerson, college professor and author, has devised a manual for local churches to manage the process from start to finish.

Amerson will give two identical workshops on September 18 and 19 based on her bookDusty Books and Faded Records. Friday’s session will be held in The United Methodist Church Archives and History Center in Madison, NJ. Saturday’s workshop will be held at Chews United Methodist Church in Glendora, NJ. Each workshop will start at 10 A.M. Local church archival records will be used as part of the training.

The deadline for registering is September 12, 2015. A registration fee of $25 will cover both the workbook and lunch. For further information on registration and the schedule contact Reverend Don DeGroat at or 570-646-9298.  Click here for brochure.

The United Methodist Church Archives and History Center in Madison, NJ

36 Madison Ave
Madison, NJ 07940
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