8:30 a.m.Registration/ Check in/ Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m.Intentional Fellowship
9:30 a.m.Keynote Address:
Dr. Corey C. Schlosser-Hall
Confluence: When Streams Converge
10:45 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.Workshop Session 1
11:45 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Workshop Session 2
12:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Workshop Session 3: WITH BOX LUNCH


Lunch will be provided by Montclair University.

Parking is in the Red Hawk Deck only! You will need tickets to EXIT the parking deck for which the Presbytery has prepaid. Please carpool as much as possible.

Suggested Donation for the Event – $10

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Storytelling (1,2)
Don Waisanen
The purpose of this session is to provide you with an understanding of and practice in the art and science of stories, what faith has to do with narrative, and ultimately, how to spread the fire of inclusive and engaging storytelling with your congregants and beyond.

Synod of the Northeast Resources (3)
Rev. Amaury Tanon-Santos
Synod Networker

Building Bridges With Your Neighbors (1,3)

Pastoral Leader Martha Day and Rev. David Noble
Come hear ideas for tangible ways to connect with your neighbors, including how one church has been approaching their community through spiritual discernment, implementation and tweaks.

Conflict Management Skills for Churches – Lombard Mennonite Peace Center (3)
Elder Karen Noble
Come learn about the transformative power of leaning into conflict and the positive role it plays in the life of the church from the Apostles to present day.
This 45-minute introduction to the full-day workshop provides insights you can use immediately. We will practice skills that enable you to navigate the challenges of disagreement and position-based bargaining as an individual as well as learning about the resources available to congregations. We will also share more about what mediation is in the church and when to use it most effectively.

Parish Nursing 101 (1,2)
Marion R. Spranger, BSN, RN-BC, FCN
Assistant Director of Parish Nursing Interfaith Training & Outreach, Inc. for 25 years, Marion’s presentation will help participants learn how Parish Nursing integrates faith into healthcare by offering holistic care and a safety net of resources to church members and the community.

Stewardship (3)
Rev. Ellie Johns-Kelley, Presbyterian

Centering Prayer (2)
Rev. Dan Martian
Centering Prayer is a method of prayer that allows us to experience God deep within our souls. Through silence, we come to the sacred space where we are still and know God and ourselves in a new way; a way that enriches one’s life by growing deeper in faith.
This workshop will give us the opportunity to explore the benefits of Centering Prayer through the readings from Fr. Keating, scripture, and learning by doing.

Digital Ministry (2,3)
Worship Times, Digital Ministers for Presbytery of Newark
Learn about why the ways and reasons we communicate are center to sharing the Good News in our communities and with the world. Also, learn how to use your unique voice and digital tools to tell those stories well.

Practicing Forgiveness (3)
Rev. Mike Capron and Elder Rose Sheehan
Forgiveness & reconciliation—we speak these words a lot. We even mean them. Yet every now and again, we come up against something we just cannot forgive. We stop talking to parent, child, brother/sister… we leave a church… we end a friendship… we remain furious with God over that thing that happened. Combining our Christian heritage with a powerful testimony, Rose & Mike will invite the group to consider the nature and practice of forgiveness that leads to reconciliation. “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” (Eph 4:31-32)

Child Safety (1,2)
Amanda Blagman, Programs for Parents
Programs for Parents is a not-for-profit organization which works to ensure that children get the best possible start in life. They support children, families and child care providers, in Essex County, through advocacy and action; offering education, referrals, sharing best practices and access to available financial resources.

How to Read and Understand Financial Reports (3)
Brand K Partners, Bookkeeping/
Accounting Firm for Presbytery of Newark

Grief and Trauma (3)
Bob Prout, Prout Funeral Home,
Verona, NJ

Best Practices in Christian Formation (1,2)
Rita Boyer, Certified Christian Educator
Does your congregation’s educational ministry look like it did a decade ago? What can we learn from recent discoveries about how we learn and what factors are important to the development of mature faith? This workshop will focus on best practices that congregations are using to shift from a school model of education to a holistic approach to lifelong Christian formation.

Mind-Body Connection Workshop (1)
Erin Carlisle Norton
This workshop will give you an opportunity to experience the mind-body connection through a series of guided breathing, stretching, and mindful moving exercises. The workshop brings awareness to physical health by attuning to strength and flexibility, mental health by practicing mindfulness, and social health by joining positive community-based interactions.

Through Domestic Violence and Fire: The Re-Design of a Historic Church Building (1,2)
Rev. Susan Kramer-Mills,
Executive Director of Town Clock Community Development Corp.
In this presentation you will hear how the First Reformed Church, New Brunswick, New Jersey, decided and completed a major redesign of their 1812 sanctuary. In doing so, ten permanent, affordable apartments were created for survivors of domestic violence as well as a new worship area.

Safety in the Church (1,2)
John Paige
NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness


  • Workshop Choices

  • 10:45-11:30am
  • 11:45am-12:30pm
  • 12:45-1:30pm
    Boxed lunch included
  • Lunch is provided by Montclair University