Laity, bring your pastors for a resource day in the Northern Region with a special afternoon session dedicated to applying what is learned for your ministry and community.

Keynote Speaker | Rev. Mike Mather
Rev. Michael Mather has served as pastor of the Broadway United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana for the past 13 years and has been a United Methodist pastor for 31 years.

Before graduating from Drew Theological Seminary, Michael grew up in small towns in Southern Indiana.

He is a faculty member of the asset-based Community Development Institute at DePaul University and is the author of an upcoming release titled “Having Nothing, Possessing Everything: Finding Abundant Communities in Unexpected Places.”

What does it take to chart a new course?
Hear the story of Broadway United Methodist Church and how it has created new ways to connect and support the surrounding community.

Learn more about Rev, Michael Mather at: www.broadwayumc.org

Price Break Extended: $10 per person by February 22nd | $20 per person after February 22nd
Breakfast refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Please indicate childcare needs on registration form. Prior registration for childcare is required.

Schedule of the Day:
8:30 a.m. | Registration
9:00 a.m. | Worship, Plenary with Keynote Speaker, Rev. Mike Mather
10:30 a.m. | Break
10:45 a.m. | Workshop Sessions
12:15 p.m. | Lunch
1:30 p.m.  | Plenary with Trey Wince, GNJ Director of New Disciples
2:15 p.m.  | Application & Next Steps
3:00 p.m. | Adjourn

Workshop Descriptions:

Morning Plenary
Discovering Abundance in Unexpected Places | Rev. Mike Mather, Broadway UMC
Our congregations and communities are places overflowing with abundance, even when we feel like we don’t have much. We discover this abundance when we live as if the Gospel were true, in our practices, in our structure, in all that we do.
Connecting with the Community
Name, Bless and Connect | Rev. Mike Mather, Broadway UMC
How do we connect in our communities?  We begin with recognizing the giftedness of the people around us.  We celebrate it and then invite and encourage connection. (Workshop translated in Spanish & Korean. Please indicate on registration form.)
Leading Ministry with Millennials
More Than Just Coffee | Rev. Jess Winderweedle & Team, Kingston UMC
Is your church looking to connect with millennials, but does not know where to begin? Hear from the team at Kingston UMC whose ministry with young adults goes beyond getting a cup of coffee. Discover how to take your ministry to the next level.
Small Groups
Big Ideas for Every Small Group Leader | Rev. Gina Yeske, GNJ Director of Small Groups
What’s next for your small groups? Let’s uncover some new big ideas that can bring vitality to your small group ministry. 
Contemporary Bilingual Multicultural Worship
Rev. Lyssette Perez, Rosario Quinones and Alma Matos, UMC of The Rockaways 
Sunday morning can be the most segregated time of the week. However, if we walk down in any city or town, we will see all sort of people, hear voices in different languages, and smell a variety of foods from different restaurants.  Bring open hearts, a Bible and any instruments you have. 
Leadership and Conflict Resolution
Conflict as a Transformative Experience | Rev. Dr. Steve Bechtold, Skylands District Superintendent
Are you experiencing a situation that needs resolution in your church, community or life? Who isn’t? Join the discussion as we learn how to lead in the process of conflict resolution. 
Afternoon Plenary
Making It Stick | Trey Wince, GNJ Director of New Disciples
You are inspired. Great! Let’s explore together how to take bit size next steps, that won’t make you feel overwhelmed and put learning into practice. Let’s make it stick.  
*Rev. Jana Purkis-Brash, Executive Director and Brian Mickle, Director of Development, from The United Methodist Stewardship Foundation of Greater New Jersey will be on-site to provide resourcing information and answer questions.

Questions? Please contact:

  • Juel F. Nelson

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Bethany UMC in Wayne and Fort Lee

491 Alps Road
Wayne, NJ 07470

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