Camp JBurg 2020 Kits

Donate online today- click button below and choose #jburg2u under “Purpose”. Any amount helps, but one kit is a basic $35.
Thank you for your help!

Want a kit for yourself, a friend or kids and youth in your church? Click the button below to order as many kits as you wish!
Thanks for helping us get camp to as many people as possible this summer!

Stay Connected

Stay connected with your Presbytery colleagues throughout the week for encouragement and support as we navigate this unprecedented season of ministry together. Please email [email protected] for Zoom access if you wish to take part.
Tuesdays & Thursdays: Pastor/Church Leader Check Ins at 10:30 am
Wednesdays: Virtual Happy Hour at 5:00 pm

Stewardship Kaleidoscope 2020 Registration is Open

Over 40 workshops, networking, and learning with stewardship experts

Even as we navigate new waters for worship, for connection, and for service we look ahead to the time when will be able to be together as a community.

Registration for Stewardship Kaleidoscope is open and we hope you will be able to join us in Cincinnati September 21-23.

This annual conference offers education, worship experiences and amazing opportunities for growth in stewardship and generosity. This year we are offering group pricing that will allow more people from your congregation to attend together, to learn, and to take home tools for expanding generosity.

There will be over 40 speakers and workshops addressing change and opportunities in stewardship today.

Flourishing in Ministry

Flourishing in Ministry: Cultivating Trustworthy Relationships

A Circle of Trust Experience for Ministry Leaders


Truly, we live with mysteries too marvelous to be understood…Let me keep company always with those who say, ‘Look!’ and laugh in astonishment and bow their heads.~Mary Oliver
Flourishing in Ministry is a Center for Courage & Renewal (CCR) retreat series for clergy and faith leaders.  Across the country clergy spanning the religious spectrum have benefited from participation in CCR programs, based on the work of writer and activist Parker J. Palmer.  The unique Circle of Trust approach has helped many clergy feel more grounded in their calls, more courageous in claiming their voices, and more hospitable to the differences of others.

Flourishing in Ministry aims to support congregational clergy through its unique Circle of Trust approach to self-reflection and community building.  Clergy will be invited to reflect on their sense of call as it exists now, learn from each other, and find strength and possibility for the next season of ministry.

Flourishing in Ministry includes five different cohort series, and one of them is at Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center outside of Baltimore!  Each cohort series will consist of three retreats (one 4-day event and two 3-day events) over a 13-month period, as well as small group peer learning calls in between retreats.  Generously underwritten by the Lilly Foundation, Flourishing in Ministry has ample scholarship money to make the series affordable for anyone.  Don’t delay – application deadlines are approaching!  More information on this unique opportunity can be found here

Blessed Tomorrow: Caring for Creation Today

Are you, or is your faith community growing more concerned about climate change? How do you as a church leader help people make the connections between faith and climate? How well-equipped do you feel to speak about the spectrum of solutions? About opportunities to act and advocate? Are you looking for cost effective ways to decrease the carbon footprint of your church?

Rev. Ruth Boling and Dr. Carlos Monteagudo, from Bloomfield Presbyterian Church on the Green, have recently been trained and certified as Blessed Tomorrow Climate Ambassadors. They seek opportunities to speak to congregations and groups about 1) the impacts of climate change on health, livelihoods and communities, and 2) faith-based responses that will help protect the health and wellbeing of families and communities now, and ensure a prosperous, just, and secure future.

Blessed Tomorrow is “a coalition of diverse religious partners united as faithful stewards of God’s creation,” and is a program of ecoAmerica, “which builds institutional leadership, public support and political will for climate solutions int he United States.” The PC(USA) is a partner organization.

For more information contact the church office: 973-743-1796 or email [email protected].

Tricentennial Celebration at First Presbyterian Newark

Come and Fellowship With Us!!

Old First Presbyterian Church is celebrating our Tricentennial as a Presbyterian Church (1719-2019).
November 10, 2019 11:00am
First Presbyterian Church in Newark
(aka: Old First Presbyterian Church)
820 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07102
Rev. Dr. Betty J. Tom, Pastor
(T) 973-642-0260 (F) 973-643-5304

We will have special guests:
•Mayor Ras Baraka
•Councilwoman L. R. McIver
Special Guest Speaker:
Rev. Dr. Barbara Smith, Transitional Director of Presbytery Ministries, Newark Presbytery

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:

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.