"Building Sermon Series for Vital Worship"

Meeting time:
Meeting location:  Grace UMC in Wycoff
Group Leader: Scott Bostwick
Facilitator: Brian Neville
Our clergy have the gifts and talents to create excellent sermon series. We will explore locally made intro videos, Greek and Hebrew exegesis, using lawn signs, study guides, sermon outlines, graphics, testimonies and more.  We will use the best illustrations from our local churches and work together to provide and create resources.    

"Preaching that Communicates"

Meeting time: Second Wednesdays (Oct – May) from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. with lunch
Meeting location:  Grace UMC in Wycoff
Facilitator: David Wehrle
Focusing on successful communication in preaching in English as a second language, we will explore audience, sermon structure, transitions, illustrations, voice, expression, and supporting media.  We will discuss the semantic range of English vocabulary, colloquial and spoken grammar, idiom, and pronunciation will focusing on big idea preaching in order to be better communicators.    

"A Culture of Excellence and Sense of Community Among Young Korean Clergy"

Meeting time: First Tuesdays (starting in September) from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
Meeting location:  Rotating between Calvary Korean UMC in East Brunswick and Grace Bethel UMC in Leonia
Group Leader:  Dail Min
Facilitator: Hark Bum Chang
Young Korean clergy will focus on practical leadership ideas and potential in ministry using discussion, case studies and guest speakers.

"Christian Leadership in a New Era"

Meeting time: First Thursdays (Oct – May) from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Meeting location:  First meeting at Hillsdale UMC , rotating at participating churches thereafter.
Group Leader: Alison Vanbuskirk Philip
Facilitator: Gina Kim
What does it mean to be Christian pastor-theologians when technology continues to alter the way people relate to each other and experience the world?  How do we stay spiritually rooted in a world that is changing at a rapid pace? How do we help our congregations deepen their walk with Jesus and share God’s love with new people when politics polarize us?  We will discuss fresh expressions, new monasticism, and missional theology.

" The Generous Church"

Meeting time: First Wednesdays (Oct – May) from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Meeting location:  Mission & Resource Center
Facilitator: Juel Nelson
How does the spirit of generosity become contagious and inspire committed stewardship? We’ll discuss a holistic approach to stewardship that can transform lives, churches and communities.  Content will be most applicable for small to midsize churches.


"Chaplains in Ministry with First Responders"

Meeting time: First Thursdays (Oct. – May) 10:00 a.m.
Meeting location:  Mission & Resource Center, Neptune NJ
Facilitators: Charlie Soper and Derrick Doherty
Practicing chaplains that work with first responders (police, fire, emt, etc) will create a safe place to discuss and support one another in this special ministry, offer training opportunities and consider how we might use this connection with our public safety departments and community to form additional connections and ministry with our local church.

"Northern Shore Clergy: Leadership Development"

Meeting time: Second Thursdays (Oct. – May) 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., bring your own lunch
Meeting location:  Mission & Resource Center
Facilitator:  Gina Hendrickson
Leadership in the Body of Christ through Family Systems Theory
Connecting family systems theory to understanding the church as a living, emotional system, we will look at practical leadership ideas to lead in the midst of change, anxiety and conflict in the church.  We will focus on becoming a positive force for healing and collaboration in developing a healthier, more vital church.


Getting a Handle on Mission

Meeting time: First Tuesdays (Oct. – May) 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Meeting location: St. Peters UMC in Ocean City
Facilitators: Larry Oksten
Mission, evangelism, and outreach are vital to a church but it is also vital that we know the differences between them.  We will explore what really makes a church tick. 

"Designing a Sermon Series"

Meeting time: First Tuesdays (Oct. – May) 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
Meeting location:  Magnolia UMC (300 E. Evesham Ave)
Facilitators: Cherese Evans
Sermon series are not a trend, they are here to stay.  We will work together to design one sermon series per month. Each month we’ll also explore how series planning can impact and improve discipleship, music, listener engagement, creativity and communications.

"Lead Like Wesley"

Meeting time: Mostly Fourth Tuesdays starting September 26 – May, 2018. 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m with an optional field trip in October  to Catalyst One Day in Lancaster
Meeting location:  First UMC, 201 N 2nd Street, Millville, NJ 08332
Facilitator:  Brian Roberts
How do we “Lead like Wesley” today? How do we grow followers of Jesus Christ whose hearts are strangely warmed by God’s love that then have a burning passion to make a positive difference in the world?  We will develop and apply core aspects of Wesley’s leadership style today. Click here for more information.

PaCE Registration Information:

Once all registrations have been received, each facilitator will receive a list of names and contact info for those that have registered for their group. The facilitator will then communicate directly with the members of the group to convene, develop a covenant and cement learning objectives. Deadline to register is September 15, 2017.

There are two ways to sign up for a PaCE Group:

Individual Registration:
Register as an individual to join a group of interest.

Self-Formed Group Registration:
Register as a group with clergy you have connected with or share common experiences. A facilitator will be assigned who will help develop objectives and curriculum.

Preexisting groups, such as clergy covenant groups, lectionary support groups, or common interest groups do not have to become PaCE groups. PaCE groups will have external facilitation, clear learning objectives, and a focused curriculum centered on pursuing excellence in ministry.