Skylands District Foundational Leadership Training
The Foundational Leadership Training is designed for church officers, committee and team leaders, and people engaged in various ministries of the church to provide foundational understanding and leadership skills. Trey Wince, GNJ Director of New Disciples will be the preacher during worship.  Two workshop sessions provides opportunity for participants to choose different options to learn about their area of ministry and other more general leadership skills.  There is no cost for the event, but pre-registration is requested so that we might be prepared with adequate numbers of materials for you.  

Schedule for the Day

9:00 a.m. | Registration and Fellowship Time
9:30 a.m. |  Worship Celebration featuring Trey Wince
10:15 a.m. | Workshop Session 1

  • Local Church Finances
  • The Work of the Staff Parish Relations Committee
  • Creating a Website for Your Church – Part 1
  • Creating Worship Together
  • The Ministry of the Board of Trustees
  • Vacation Bible School that Makes a Difference
  • Ministry with Young People
  • Making Mission Happen
  • Ministry through Small Groups
  • Leadership:  Leading the Outbound Church

11:30 a.m. | Break
11:45 a.m. | Workshop Session 2

  • Local Church Finances
  • Meetings that Matter
  • Creating a Website for Your Church – Part 2
  • Creating Worship Together
  • The Ministry of the Board of Trustees
  • Vacation Bible School that Makes a Difference
  • Ministry with Young People
  • Making Mission Happen
  • Ministry through Small Groups
  • Leadership:  Leading the Outbound Church

1:00 p.m. | Adjourn for the Day


Workshop Descriptions

Local Church Finances   |  Rev. Dan Gepford
Recommended for Finance chairs and committees, treasurers, members of the church council, and others dealing with finances in the local church. This workshop will provide participants guidance and direction in dealing effectively with the church financial systems.  In these ever-changing times, having a handle of what makes for an effective financial system in the church including record keeping, tax issues, budgeting, etc. is extremely important.

The Work of the Staff Parish Relations  Committee | Rev. Steve Bechtold
Recommended for chairs and members of the SPRC, Lay Leaders, Lay Members to Annual Conference. The SPRC has an important role in the life of the church as it deals with personnel matters and is the liaison between the church and the District Superintendent.  The workshop will cover the responsibilities of the SPRC, guidelines for dealing with conflict, and outline the committee’s role in the appointment making process.

Creating a (maybe Not-So-Creative) Website for Your Church | Rev. Sang Hoon (Sam) Choi
Recommended for persons involved in communications – must register for both sessions – registration is limited. Your church website could be better, if not more creative. Maybe it doesn’t exist at all, or maybe the volunteer who built it left your church. This workshop is for anyone interested in attempting to implement a new or better website for a local church. It might not help you create a creative website, but it will present some suggestions about frameworks, how to lay out the pages, and popular and useful add-ons to use in building your new or updated (sometimes simpler) church website for more effective mission and ministry in this digital age.  Participants should bring a lap-top with them – at the end of the two sessions, they will leave with a basic website ready to launch. Additional instructions will be sent prior to the workshop.

The Work of the Board of Trustees |  Mr. Marc Ziegler
Recommended for trustees and persons dealing with property and insurance matters. The Board of Trustees has a myriad of responsibilities within the church.  Although much of the work of the trustees is behind the scenes, its work is integral in supporting the many ministries of the church.  This workshop will focus on a helping trustees to understand their function and help to network the various boards throughout the district.

Creating Vacation Bible School that Really Makes a Difference | Rev. Dianna Stone
Recommended for children’s workers, church council members, pastors, and interested persons. Vacation Bible School is an opportunity to reach into the community to welcome children and their families. It is also an opportunity to engage the entire church community in truly being a church that welcomes and invites children into its midst. Join Rev. Dianna Stone to learn how to start a new VBS or take your VBS to the next level, as well as networking with other congregations who are on the same journey.

Ministry with Young People | Rev. Todd Lattih
Recommended for youth leaders, pastors, Christian Educators, and worship leaders. A vital congregation is a congregation that is growing younger.  Engaging the next generations is essential, yet many congregations look to old models of youth ministry that are no longer working. Rev. Todd Lattig will lead a workshop in how to engage young people to be in ministry no matter how many youth you might have in your church.

Leadership: Leading the Outbound Church | Rev. Juel Nelson
Recommended for pastors, church council members, SPRC members, Lay Leaders, and nominating committees. Join the Rev. Juel Nelson, Director of Leadership Development, for a guided discussion about how to effectively recruit new leaders. You will learn how to identify the potential leaders in your congregation, engage and equip them, as they lead the church in making new disciples.

Ministry through Small Groups | Rev. Amy Garrett
Recommended for pastors, persons engaged in educational ministry, small group leaders of all ages, youth workers, and anyone interested in small group ministry. Organizing and launching a small group ministry is a powerful way to engage people in exploring, growing, and deepening their faith. This workshop will help persons to develop skills for planning, inviting, and launching small groups within congregations of every size. 

Meetings that Matter | Rev. Steve Bechtold
Recommended for committee chairs, pastors, small group leaders, and committee members. Do people in your church dread attending meetings? This workshop will focus on basic leadership skills for planning and running a meeting in a way that will engage group members and lead to more efficient, meaningful, and productive meetings. 

Making Mission Happen | Rev. Luana Cook Scott
Recommended for pastors, mission chairs, UMW leaders, church council members, and youth leaders. Mission Engagement is an important part of the Christian’s faith journey.  This workshop will help participants to imagine and re-imagine how their congregations might be in ministry that brings the good news to others in real and practical ways as it deepens the faith life of a congregation and its members. 

Creating Worship TogetherRev. Nancy Robinson
Recommended for Worship chairs, church council members, praise band members and leaders, musicians, and all interested in helping to plan for creative and inspiring worship. Worship is at the heart of the Christian community, the place where the people of God come together to connect with God, to connect with other worshippers, and to connect the good news of Jesus Christ with the practicalities of life.  Join others interested in developing inspiring, inviting, and welcoming worship in exploring a variety of options and ways that worship can come alive for your congregation. 

Questions? Please Contact:

  • Krystina Michalopoulos

Butler UMC

5 Bartholdi Ave
Butler, NJ 07405

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