Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST
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First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen
270 Woodbridge Avenue
Metuchen, NJ 08840

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Ilene Black
Presbytery of New Brunswick

Equipping the Saints: Training, Connection and Inspiration

Saturday, February 2, 2019

9:00AM - 3PM

First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen

270 Woodbridge Avenue,

Metuchen, NJ 08840

Registration opens at 8:00am

Cost for registrations, which includes lunch, is $15.00.  

Workshops for deacons, elders, clerks, treasurers and youth leaders begin at 9:00am

 The heart of the day: worship at 11:00am – 12:00-12:30 discussion & 12:30-1:30 lunch follow

Afternoon breakout sessions from 1:30 - 3PM allow participants to explore topics that excite their own passions in ministry (Choose one from the list below):


Sometimes it may feel like our plates are too full; the variety of delicious choices in which we can invest our time, talents and treasure are overwhelming. What have you been uniquely gifted, qualified and called to do?  Join us for a lively discussion about discovering your own unique purpose. We’ll talk about Richard Leider’s Purpose Formula ..........G + P + V = C. Gifts + Passions + Values = Calling

Discussion leaders are Terry Chapman and Merideth Mueller


3)  BEST PRACTICES - WHAT'S WORKING FOR YOUR CHURCH? - led by Jeremy Campbell, Stated Clerk of Elizabeth Presbytery

4) A PUBLIC FAITH Led by Rev. Lukata Agyei Mjumbe

It has been said that on Sunday the preacher should preach with the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other. Yet, what might a "Christ-like" Christian look like, think like and act like Monday through Saturday in the public world outside of the four walls of the church? How can we be guided by the "prophetic tradition" in our modern day ministry? 

"As Presbyterians, we can no longer sit back and not have a faith that speaks of Jesus and speaks to the power of Jesus in our own lives. We can’t sit back and refuse to tell our stories of what our faith has done for us because somehow, we’ve framed that as private,” he said. “Our faith is not private, it is very public. And Jesus had a public ministry not a private ministry. If we’re modeling the behavior of the one we follow, we too have to be about the business of publicly expressing who we are in Jesus Christ...we are going to have to learn how to talk about Jesus again.”

The Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Rev. Dr. J Herbert Nelson, speaks to the challenges and opportunities for the church in the year(s) ahead.

5) DISCOVERING ABUNDANCE IN THE MOVEMENT OF TRANSITION - led by Rev. Jim Huang, Taiwanese American Fellowship Presbyterian Church

6) HOW GREEN IS YOUR FAITH? -- ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AND YOUR DISCIPLESHIP - led by Rev. Molly Dykstra, Transitional Pastor, Covenant Presbyterian Church

How is your faith related to care for and protection of the environment?  The latest research shows that the need is urgent and immediate. We'll gather to ask our questions and discuss what we can do in our personal lives, our congregations and beyond.

7) REDISCOVERING CONFIRMATION - led by Jamie Staehle, DCE, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church.  

For many of us, Confirmation means a boost in our ministry numbers for a few weeks or months when families make classes a priority for their tween or teen. Then there is the inevitable drop off after Confirmation Sunday. Is it worth it? Why are we doing Confirmation? Are we teaching them the right things? Where did this lesson on the Meaning Behind the Measurements of the Tabernacle come from? We'll spend some time looking at the different ways churches do Confirmation and then peel back some layers to look at the deeper WHY question. We will also take a look at the new PC(USA) Confirmation Curriculum Big God, Big Questions.


8)  STEWARDSHIP & THE GENERATIONS - The Rev. Ellie Johns-Kelley, Ministry Relations Officer for the Presbyterian Foundation serving the Northeast, will be leading this effort.

This workshop will explore the work of the Rev. Dr. Karl Travis on generational theory and stewardship.  From formative experiences of money, common experiences of stewardship, understanding of money, financial realities, motivators of generosity, and trust of the institution, workshop participants will depart with ideas on how to effective communicate with the various generations to encourage generosity across the board.  



Click here to read about our presenters.





Visit the website for a full schedule of events : equipping-the-saints.org 


Sponsored by Elizabeth, Monmouth and New Brunswick Presbyteries



Click here to download diagrams of parking and rooms at Metuchen Church. Scroll all the way to the bottom to find the downloadable docs.