There are two ways to sign up for a PaCE Group:
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.
*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.
Northern Region PaCE Groups:
Re-imagining Community: Launching New Expressions of Worship around the Table
Meeting time: 2nd Thursday of the month from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. starting on February 14, 2019
Meeting location: First UMC of Passaic
Facilitator: Rev. Brendan Galvin
How do we as leaders engage anxious congregations in a rapidly changing world? Come join us as we discuss launching new expressions of worship and empowering a healthy church culture.
Central Region PaCE Groups:
Conversations on Missional Theology
Meeting time: 3rd Tuesday of the month from 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. starting on January 15, 2019
Meeting location: Aldersgate UMC in East Brunswick
Facilitator: Rev. Dr. Drew Dyson
In the UMC, the word “missional” seems to be thrown around casually to refer to everything from committees to mission trips to strategic directions. When “missional” can mean anything, it can also end up meaning very little. This PaCE group will engage participants in reading and conversation on the theological foundations of missional ecclesiology and missional leadership.
Southern Region PaCE Groups:
The Radical Wesley: Patterns and Practices of a Movement Maker
Meeting time: 3rd Thursday of each month, starting January 17 through June, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Meeting location: Elmer UMC
Facilitator: Rev. Glenn Conaway
Using Howard Snyder’s book as a backdrop, we will be exploring how we can radically rethink ministry in our setting while also looking at church dynamics and culture shifts, much like Wesley had to address in his day.