Schedule for the Day

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. | Registration and Fellowship Time
9:00 – 9:30 a.m. | Devotion
9:45 – 10:45 a.m. | Workshop Session 1

  • Staff Parish Relations Committee
  • Role of the Lay Leader
  • The SUPERBOWL of Stewardship
  • Fresh Expressions
  • Reaching More, Younger, Diverse People
  • From Fellowship to Hospitality (Part 1)
  • Building Websites (Part 1)

11:00 – 12:00 p.m. | Workshop Session 2

  • New Year, New Roles!
  • Simplified Board Model
  • Reaching More, Younger, Diverse People
  • From Fellowship to Hospitality (Part 2)
  • Building Websites (Part 2)

12:00 p.m. | Adjourn for the Day

Workshop Descriptions

Staff Parish Relations Committee | Rev. Gina Kim
An effective committee builds a strong positive relationship between staff and congregation resulting in effective pastor (and staff) leadership and cooperation with the congregation empowering the church to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. This committee works with the lead pastor and other staff to fulfill legal and ethical responsibilities related to staff. This committee consults with the bishop and district superintendent on matters of clergy leadership of the local congregation as part of the appointment process. This committee enlists, evaluates, and annually recommends candidates for professional ministry to the church conference.

Role of the Lay Leader | Mr. Thomas Kemper
An effective lay leader functions as the primary representative and role model of Christian discipleship and faith lived out in the church and in daily life. The lay leader works with the pastor to fulfill the mission and vision of the congregation. Tom will share his personal testimonies as well as the practical facts of the role of the lay leader in a local church.

The SUPERBOWL of Stewardship | Rev. Jana Purkis Brash/Mr. Brian Mickle                                                
Stewardship is more than Fundraising. 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.

New Year, New Roles! | Rev. Jana Purkis Brash/Mr. Brian Mickle
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 your church’s 2018 budget and information about the 2017 Stewardship campaign.

Fresh Expressions | Rev. Brian Neville
A Fresh Expression is a form of church for our changing culture, established primarily for the benefit of people who are not yet members of any church. A few examples from the district will be presented. There will be discussion around why to have a Fresh Expression, how to hold tradition and innovation in tension, what the heart of Fresh Expressions is, and who starts Fresh Expressions.

Simplified Board Model | Rev. Brian Neville/Rev. Gina Kim
Do you not have enough volunteers in leadership? Perhaps it’s time to try a simplified board model that allows volunteers to do less maintenance and more ministry. Everyone is busy and has less time to spend on the administrative work of the church these days, all while there is a greater demand of new ministry ideas. Churches need to move from maintenance to mission and ministry. We will explore more simplified, efficient methods of leading churches that reflect more modern systems.  

Reaching More, Younger, Diverse People | Rev. Trey Wince
In this workshop, please join Rev. Trey Wince, GNJ’s Director of New Disciples, as we talk about “what NOT to do” when trying to reach more and younger diverse people. This will springboard us into more conversation.

From Fellowship to Hospitality (Part 1) | Rev. Juel Nelson
Christian hospitality is more than fellowship, it about sharing our lives with each other and building meaningful relationships. Join us for two sessions as you develop what are your next steps in cultivating a culture of hospitality in your church. (Participants should register for both workshop session 1 and 2).

Building Websites (Part 1 & 2) | Rev. David Wehrle
David Wehrle is no expert web designer/builder nor is he an expert at email marketing or social media, but he has been on a decade-long quest to streamline church communication and increase its effectiveness at the church he serves. The Leonia United Methodist Church website (Leonia.Church) gets over 8,500 (25 per day) views from over 3,500 (10 per day) visitors each year and produces dozens of visitors to church worship services as well. At this seminar, David will share what he’s learned and help you build a starter website for your church based on WordPress and the Leonia Church model. Your new website will:

  • Streamline all of your church communications by becoming a searchable and long-term database of all church news items (without showing them all to the world);
  • Automatically stay up to date;
  • Automatically post all of your news and photos to several social media sites/accounts;
  • Allow you to instantly change its look and feel without editing anything;
  • Ensure that your church shows up high on the list of search results;
  • Streamline your email communications;
  • Streamline print communication (if you absolutely have to have it; and you probably do on some scale);
  • And much, much more!

Requirements for Building Websites workshop:

  • Notebook computer with working Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card for $15 purchase (domain name registration and one month of hosting)

(Please contact if you need assistance. Participants should register for both workshop session 1 and 2

Questions? Please contact:

  • Krystina Michalopoulos

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100 Dayton St
Ridgewood, NJ 07450

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