"Relational Communication "

Meeting time: 4th Monday from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. beginning February 26, 2018.
Meeting location:  MRC, Neptune NJ
Facilitator: Gina Yeske
Collaboration and connection are essential for ministry in the 21st century. People want to connect with their pastoral leaders, building relationships in your ministry is essential to the vitality of your church. This will be a place where you can discover the place of storytelling in your ministry, and fine tune your messages (preaching, small group and social media) to connect with the people in your congregation as well as your community. Beginning on February 26 from 11am- 1pm. We will meet monthly on the 4th Monday – in person in April and September at the MRC – and via Zoom Conference calls the remainder of the time. 

"Conversaciones Teologicas"

Meeting time: El primer miércoles de cada mes comenzando en Enero 3/18
Meeting location:  Living Hope UMC
Facilitator: Manolo Sardinas
Una reunión para revisar diferentes temas teológicos. El grupo discutirá la posición Metodista Unida en asuntos como el bautizo, la eucaristía y otros temas teológicos. Asimismo dará oportunidad para expresar conceptos teológicos de iglesias metodistas en Latinoamérica y el Caribe.  Ubicación: Living Hope UMC, 508 Magie Avenue, Elizabeth.  El primer miércoles de cada mes comenzando en Enero 3/18.  Hora: 4:00 – 6:00 pm


"Preaching in Our Own Voice "

Meeting time: Tuesdays from 9am -12 noon
Meeting location:  Montclair, NJ
Facilitator:  Nicole Caldwell-Gross
This PaCE Group will utilize Martha Simmon’s “Doing the Deed: The Mechanics of 21st Century Preaching” to lead participants on a journey towards more effective and powerful preaching. Together we will work through the concepts of storytelling, delivery, the body as instrument, exegesis, and cultural hermeneutics.


"Breaking Growth Barriers"

Meeting time: 2nd Wednesday of each month from 10 AM to 1 PM
Meeting location: TBD
Facilitators: Eric Drew
How do we sustain growth in worship attendance and avoid a plateau? Churches throughout New Jersey and the United States find several “growth barriers” in common. As our churches approach these barriers, there are some key leadership shifts that must happen in order to maintain growth. Using Carey Nieuwhof’s “Breaking 200 Without Breaking You” curriculum, we’ll focus on these shifts to break growth barriers and take better care of ourselves in the process.

"Stewardship as a Spiritual Discipline"

Meeting time: 2nd Tuesday of the month from 10:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m.
Meeting location:  TBD
Facilitator:  Jana Purks Brash
This PaCE Group Learning Plan is for those who seek to grow deeper in their understanding of generosity as a way of life, giving as a spiritual discipline, and desire to create the kind of atmosphere and culture in your ministry setting that fosters healthy giving. 

“10 Prescriptions for a Healthy Church”

Date: First Thursday of the month starting on February 1 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Delaware Bay District Parsonage, Elmer, NJ
Facilitator: Glenn Conaway
How is your worship? How is your connection to the community? How is your mission? How is your leadership? How is your Hospitality? How about spiritual growth? A good check up always helps to see what is really going on and where we can improve. Looking at the book “10 Prescriptions for a Healthy Church” by Bob Farr and Kay Kotan, this group will look at ideas and case studies that could improve the impact and vitality of ministry in your congregation.

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.

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. Self–formed groups are either facilitated by the Circuit Elder that is participating as a member within the group or someone that their DS designates.

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.