There are two ways to sign up for a PaCE Group:
Northern Region PaCE Groups:
21st Century Leadership
Meeting time: First Thur of the Month | 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (including lunch)
Meeting location: (Rotates) First Meeting: Hillsdale UMC: 349 Hillsdale Ave, Hillsdale, NJ 07642
Facilitator: Gina Kim and Brian Neville
The world is changing at a rapid pace. Technology continues to alter the way people relate to each other and experience the world. Politics are polarized and anxiety-laden. Meanwhile church attendance patterns keep shifting and mainline churches are generally no longer the centers of community social life that they were in the past.
What does it mean to be Christian pastor-theologians in this culture? How do we stay spiritually rooted in the midst of it? How do we help our congregations deepen their walks with Jesus and share God’s love with new people in new ways? Possible topics include fresh expressions, new monasticism, and missional theology.
Meeting time: Third Tue of The Month | 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Meeting location: Chatham UMC
Facilitator: Jeff Markay
This group will explore different ways of prayer and spiritual formation which will include Centering Prayer, Breath Prayer and the different spiritual resources practiced by the participants in the group. Practice lectio divina, video divina and reflect on the book Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer by Richard Rohr.
Central Region PaCE Groups:
Women in Ministry
Meeting time: Second Wed of the Month (beginning in Sep) | 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Meeting location: Fairmount UMC, 228 Old Turnpike Rd., Califon, NJ 07830
Facilitator: Gina Yeske
In honor of the passing of Rachel Held Evans, this Clergywomen’s group will read her book Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again. This will be a time of fellowship, discussion and building relationships as to support each other on the ministerial journey.
Black Church Leadership
Meeting time: Third Tue of the Month (beginning in Sep) | 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Meeting location: Christ Church Piscataway , 485 Hoes Ln, Piscataway, NJ 08854
Facilitator: Lan Wilson, Leslie Houseworth-Fields and Ronell Howard
Using Martha Simmons’ preaching workbook Doing the Deed, we will explore the mechanics of effective preaching as it relates to the African-American preacher. Participants will have the opportunity to preach and receive feedback on sermons. African-American clergy serving in all contexts are invited to attend.
Anatomy of Peace
Meeting time: First Tue of the Month | 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Meeting location: Freehold UMC
Facilitator: Ashley Wilson and Ben Lee
Prepare for leading congregations through complex seasons, with the study and practice of the principles from Anatomy of Peace.
Southern Region PaCE Groups:
See all the People
Meeting time: Third Wed (beginning in Sep) 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Meeting location: Ewan UMC 325 Ewan Rd, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062
Facilitator: Glen Conaway
This is all about Discipleship done well. Utilize resources like “See all the People” to create a healthy discipleship process that moves newcomers into committed life of faith
Meeting time: First Wed of the Month (beginning in Sep) | 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Meeting location: First UMC Mays Landing: 6011 Main St, Mays Landing, NJ 08330
Facilitator: Linda Ross
In honor of the passing of Rachel Held Evans, this Clergywomen’s group will read her book Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again. This will be a time of fellowship, discussion and building relationships to support each other on the ministerial journey.
Sermon Series Content Creation
Meeting time: First Thur of the Month (beginning in Oct)
Meeting location: TBA
Facilitator: Myrna Bethke
Together, study and create meaningful, high-quality sermon series that speak to contexts.