Fall Boundary Training- Oct. 24, 2019

Fall Boundary Training
Community Presbyterian Church of Chester (Newton Presbytery)
A Workshop Especially for Teaching Elders, But Open to all Church Leaders

Workshop Overview:
Historically, Boundary Awareness workshops focused only on sexual boundaries in ministry. This training will also include:

· Financial boundaries

· Conflict of interest

· Complications of social media.

Why are boundaries so difficult to set and maintain?

The workshop will explore internal and external reasons why this is so difficult, and the ways issues of the self interact with issues of the system.

Finally, the workshop will focus on prevention by helping us examine our own issues, as well as how we are impacted by the system dynamics within our congregations. Special attention will be placed on:

· improved levels of differentiation of self,

· improved emotional intelligence,

· and steps to begin to develop both.

Dr. Stephen R. Treat is a Senior Therapist and former Director and CEO of Council for Relationships. Dr. Treat received his doctorate from the Andover Newton Theological Seminary in 1976. He completed post-doctoral work in Human Sexuality at the University of Pennsylvania and the Marriage and Family Therapy Training Program at Council for Relationships in 1981. In addition to being an instructor in Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Thomas Jefferson Medical College, he is a Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and a member of the American Association of Pastoral Counseling.

9:30 Registration and Coffee
10:00 Workshop Part One
12:30 Lunch
1:30-4:00 Workshop Part Two

There is no cost to participants and lunch will be provided.


Save the Date- Stewardship Kaleidoscope 2019

Registration will be open in April!

Please help us promote the conference by sharing the flyer. We have the flyer available in PDF and JPG formats on our website for you to use promoting the conference: https://stewardshipkaleidoscope.org/conference/promotional-flyer/

We hope to see you in San Diego!

Synod of the Northeast Learning Opportunity

Dear Friends,

We are delighted to announce a new learning opportunity for our Synod community!

As we continue to live into the promise of the New Way Forward, one of our goals is to expand the pool of leaders in our presbyteries by enhancing their competencies and pursuing greater diversity. Emerging realties present new challenges in leadership that require competencies in deep listening and the heart of a servant.

Our newly launched Servant Leadership Institute
 will seek to develop, nurture, and deploy leaders that are committed to working collaboratively with the diverse communities of the Synod; leaders who will meet the complex challenges of church in the 21st Century with creativity and a ground-up perspective. Areas of development include relationship development and management, communications, creative problem solving, emotional intelligence, and resilience.The inaugural Servant Leadership Institute will run from September 2019 to October 2020. We are now seeking a cohort of 10 individuals who have exhibited leadership qualities and are eager to participate in this leadership development opportunity.If you’re interested in knowing more, please check out our webpage. If you know of others who should consider this call, I encourage you to pass the word along.In Christ’s Service,

Harold M. Delhagen
Synod Leader

Finding the Way Out of Teen Addiction


Bethel AME Church
2 Auburn Street
Paterson, NJ 07501

Sponsored by New Jersey Citizen Action, Salvation & Social Justice

No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide…The Way OUT 

1 Corinthians 10:13

The Problem

New Jersey is facing a major public health crisis with the misuse of drugs and alcohol by young people. This risky behavior is hurting our children’s chances at a healthy future and costing the state millions of dollars. Studies tell us that alcohol use doubles during high school years. Considering impending recreational marijuana legalization, the opioid crisis, and the sobering fact that New Jersey’s drug overdose fatality rate is 3x the national average, people of faith must be involved in a public health solution to these challenges.

The Theology

God has consistently provided a way outfor people in bondage. The Apostle Paul reminds the Corinthian community of God’s liberation for the Jews who were in bondage in Egypt and so illustrates for them that God has surely provided a way outof any spiritual, emotional, physical or mental health issue people may face. African Americans saw this theology as essential to freedom and survival in the United States. This very same illustration is powerful and applicable for vulnerable teens who face the oppression of addiction. There is a way out!

The Solution…….#SBIRTisTheWay-Out

“The early identification and intervention of youth at risk of substance misuse is essential if we are to stem the growing tide of addiction and overdose plaguing our state and our nation.” Steven Kairys, MD, MPH, Chairman of Pediatrics, Jersey Shore University Medical Center

Using a proven early intervention 3-step strategy called SBIRT, schools can help identify at-risk youth and empower them to make better, healthier choices leading to a more positive future. By asking a few simple questions, trained professionals can screen young people to identify possible substance misuse, perform brief intervention using motivational interviewing and/or refer them for appropriate treatment should a problem exist. SBIRT has three elements:

·Screening. A certified professional asks a few simple questions to identify possible substance misuse.

·Brief intervention.In cases where there are indications of potential drug/alcohol misuse, a brief intervention using motivational interviewing will be conducted. (This group of young people was often missed in previous screening and treatment efforts.)

·Referral to Treatment.When misuse is severe, the young person will be referred to a specialized addition treatment program.

SBIRTisTheWay-Outbecause the research shows that SBIRT is an effective way to reduce drinking and substance abuse problems.

SBIRTisTheWay-Outbecause it is an evidence-based tool that has been endorsed by the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institute on Drug Abuse and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force among others.

The Forum on Youth Ministry

Join other youth leaders, directors, and pastors April 23-26 on the campus of Princeton Theological Seminary for a 4-day youth ministry conference. We believe that lives and communities will be transformed when theological reflection meets practical application.



Recruiting Delegates & Episcopal Dialogue Participants

Dear Ecumenical Liaison,

The Office of Ecumenical Relations seeks delegates for Ecumenical Service. Please email the application attached with interested participants no later than February 15, 2019.

Episcopal Dialogue and Churches Uniting In Christ (CUIC) Plenary delegation

We will need 3 people for the Episcopal Dialogue. Ideally, they should be either pastors or mid council leaders who have significant experience with the Episcopal Church, have ecumenical sensitivities and able to engage in theological dialogue. The commitment is for 5 years and the dialogue team meets 1 – 2 times a year for about 2 ½ days.

We will need about 4 – 5 people for the CUIC Plenary. The CUIC plenary is June 7 -9 in Montgomery, AL.  We need a diversity of people interested in racial justice, ecumenical relations and reconciliation of ministries.

Background Information about the Episcopal Dialogue:

As you some of you may know, we concluded the last round of dialogue with the Episcopal Church and the 223rd General Assembly (2018) approved the next round. We anticipate that the dialogue will focus on the three points under #3 in the recommendations.

  • What does membership mean amid the shifting American religious context (relating to paragraph 1 and 6 of the agreement)?
  • What can lead to full reconciliation of ordered ministries, including the implications to our global ecumenical relationships? This would include seeking out and consulting the wisdom of other national and international Reformed-Anglican dialogues, including recently published reports of member judicatories in our communions and standing bilateral bodies of national/international churches (e.g., the Church of Scotland and the Scottish Episcopal Church) (relating to Paragraphs 3, 4, 5, 7, and 10 of the agreement).
  • Recognizing we are in a post-Christendom world, and using a historic and socioeconomic lens, explore and examine how our ecclesiological identities, doctrines, systems, and institutions have been used with prejudicial power to “other-ize” and exclude people from our denominations, especially in the areas of class and race. What “idols” do we have that prevents us from fully participating in God’s mission and reconcile all things, including our two denominations, to God (relating, again, to Paragraphs 3, 4, 5, 7, and 10 of the agreement)?

Applicants should fill the application attached and email it to Everdith Landrau for consideration.


Growing into Tomorrow- March 7 & 8

Growing into Tomorrow … Today

A retirement planning seminar

This two-day seminar is for plan members retiring within the next 15 years. Look beyond finances to be informed, educated, and inspired for a journey toward wholeness in retirement.

Thursday & Friday, March 7-8, 2019

Princeton Theological Seminary – Erdman Center

Princeton, NJ

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., ET, both days

Sponsored by Princeton Theological Seminary

Beyond Gospel Music Series- March 7

Sisters of the WORD: Women Of Real Devotion
Women in Ministry discuss sustaining the balance of their calling, their work and their home.
Sponsored by NJPAC’s Faith-Based Advisory Committee, the Beyond Gospel
Music Series highlights expressions of faith through the performing arts.

Thu, Mar 7 @ 7PM
6:30PM Light refreshments
7PM Program begins
Express Newark–Rutgers University
54 Halsey Street, Room 213, Newark, NJ

Getting in Shape Fiscally- March 9

Getting in Shape Fiscally: A financial planning seminar

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Princeton Theological Seminary

Princeton, NJ

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., ET

Sponsored by Princeton Theological Seminary

Puerto Rico Planning Meeting

Puerto Rico Planning Meeting on Tuesday, January 15th at 7:30 pm at the Presbytery Office. All are welcome.