Registration for Fall 2018 PaCE groups in now closed.

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.

*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.

Nothern Region PaCE Groups:

Preaching that Communicates

Meeting time: Fourth Tuesday of each month from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Starting on September 25, 2018.
Meeting location: Leonia UMC
Facilitator: Rev. David Wehrle

This PaCE group will touch upon many aspects of preaching but will focus on successful communication in preaching. The group will also address communicating in English as a second language. Some of the preaching and communication ideas we will explore are audience, sermon structure, transitions, the use of illustration, voice, expression, and use of supporting media. In terms of English language, the group will focus on semantic range of English vocabulary, colloquial and spoken grammar, idiom, and pronunciation. The group will limit itself to expository, big idea preaching in order to better focus on successful communication.

Creating the Culture of Excellence in Ministry and Sense of Community Among Young Korean Clergy

Meeting time: Second Tuesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. Starting on October 9, 2018.
Meeting location: First meeting is at Grace Bethel UMC in Leonia
Facilitator: Rev. Hark Bum Chang

This PaCE Group focuses on practical leadership ideas and potential in ministry. Comprised of young Korean clergy, the group meets monthly to intensively learn and share from one another through various ways such as discussion, case study, guest speaker, and so on. The curriculum is determined in advance at time of group registration. Each meeting will have a different location. The first meeting will take place at Grace Bethel UMC in Leonia.

21st Century Leadership

Meeting time: First Thursday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Starting on October 4, 2018.
Meeting location: First meeting at Hillsdale UMC
Facilitator: Rev. Gina Kim

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. Each meeting will take place in a different area. The first meeting will take place at Hillsdale UMC.

Building Sermon Series for Vital Worship

Meeting time: Meets the third Wednesday of each month from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Starting on October 17, 2018.
Meeting location: Hillsboro UMC
Facilitator: Rev. Brian Neville

Create vital worship in your church by sharing resources with one another to build a great sermon series together. This group will pool the gifts and talents among our clergy and churches to create an excellent sermon series. Do you want a great locally made intro video for the series? How about great Greek and Hebrew exegesis? Want attractive lawn signs? A small group study guide? The best illustrations from our local churches on the topic?  Sermon outlines? Graphics? Testimonies? We will work together to provide these resources and more.

Content Creation: Sermon Series

Meeting time: Meets the first Tuesday of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Starting on October 2, 2018.
Meeting location: UMC of the Rockaways
Facilitator: Rev. Dr. Steve Bechtold

Using the materials from GNJ’s new Finding Margin series, this group will practice using these series materials to lead worship experiences, small groups plans and other opportunities that are all in alignment. Experiences and best practices will be shared all along the way.

Central Region PaCE Groups:

Cross-Cultural Latino Pastors

Meeting time: Meets on the first Monday of each month at the at 10:00 a.m.
Meeting location: MRC
Facilitator: Mr. Will Colon

Often times, many react to CR/CC ministry as a new twenty-first-century phenomenon in the United States. However, if we examine the scripture closely, we find that CR/CC ministry is nothing new. Actually, it is the modus operandi God has been using throughout to expand our capacity to love God and love others and also to build God’s kingdom in our midst. Sometimes there are frustrations that come from differences in language and other aspects such as understanding of time and the way to relate to each other. What is learned and experienced in the church between the pastor and the congregation in the CR/CC setting can be a tool to reach out to those who are of different race and culture in the community and world. John Wesley proclaimed “The world is our parish”. CR/CC ministry is God’s gift enabling the church to reach out in our world across the racial and cultural differences with the Gospel of Christ.

Content Creation: Sermon Series

Meeting time: Meets the second Tuesday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Starting on October 9, 2018.
Meeting location: MRC
Facilitator: Rev. Jessica Campbell

Using the materials from GNJ’s new Finding Margin series, this group will practice using these series materials to lead worship experiences, small groups plans, and other opportunities that are all in alignment. Experiences and best practices will be shared all along the way.

Asset-Based Ministry in Your Community

Meeting time: Meets the third Wednesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. Starting on October 17, 2018.
Meeting location: Wesley UMC in Trenton
Co-Facilitators: Rev. Waleska Trinidad and Rev. Michael Reed

Asset-based ministry is a powerful approach for addressing important problems and tackling ambitious goals, by identifying and mobilizing the resources that are already present in your church and community. We’ll focus on a step-by-step process for asset-mapping in your context, collaborate together on asset-based approaches to ministry and mission, and work through practices that help inspire and build up self-reliant churches and neighborhoods.

Captive Church

Meeting time: First Wednesday of each month at 10:00 a.m.
Meeting location: First UMC Toms River (Thompson Hall)
Facilitator: Mr. Ed Davis
Building on the May 2018 Seminar led by Jessica Campbell & Ed Davis, we’ll be examining those things in our church and culture that hold us “captive” in pastoral ministry today. There’s plenty of room for discussion, challenge, and support as we work together to free ourselves and our churches from captivity! Interested, contact Ed at ed.1stchurch@gmail.com for a list of resources.

Southern Region PaCE Groups:

Content Creation: Sermon Series

Meeting time: Meets the second Tuesday of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Starting on October 9, 2018.
Meeting location: Haddonfield UMC
Facilitator: Rev. Myrna Bethke

Using the materials from GNJ’s new Finding Margin series, this group will practice using these series materials to lead worship experiences, small groups plans, and other opportunities that are all in alignment. Experiences and best practices will be shared all along the way.

Wellsprings: a PaCE group for Clergywomen

Meeting time: Meets the first Wednesday of each month starting on October 3, 2018.
Meeting location: Central UMC in Linwood
Facilitator: Rev. Gina Yeske

In 1988 Wellsprings Journal was launched in recognition of the importance of clergywomen to journey together. Bishop Leontine Kelly invited UM clergywomen to come together believing the “Wellsprings of hope – it may well be the women of The United Methodist Church.” We will carry on this tradition. “Clergywomen are once again invited to share stories, make connections, share life both the joys and pains. We will nurture creativity, speak grace and compassion. Seek authentic expressions of spirituality and celebrate our diverse experiences of the divine. Reclaim the essence of the gospel as revealed in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Provide for the inclusiveness and affirm our diversity. Engender dreams, transformations, and a vision of wholeness in the Church.” adapted from www.wellspringsjournal.org.