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Presbyterian Nuts and Bolts: Officer Training and Leadership Training

A Cooperative Event of Educational Ministries of Elizabeth, Monmouth and New Brunswick Presbyteries, and Princeton Theological Seminary - and a ministry of the Synod of the Northeast.

Saturday, October 13, 2012
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Stuart Hall
Princeton Theological Seminary

Program Description

"Presbyterian Nuts and Bolts: Practical Tools and Training for Doing Congregational Ministry" is a leadership training event organized by the educational ministries of Elizabeth, Monmouth and New Brunswick Presbyteries, in partnership with Princeton Theological Seminary, and as a ministry of the Synod of the Northeast. This program is open to the public.


After beginning with worship, there will be a two-hour session in the morning, followed by lunch and a two-hour afternoon session. The schedule for the day is as follows:

8:30 a.m. Registration & Coffee (Stuart Hall, Basement Level)
9:00 a.m. Devotions and Morning Workshop (Stuart Hall)
11:30 a.m. Lunch, Cokesbury Bookstore & Resource/Mission Fair (Mackay Campus Center)
1:00 p.m. Afternoon Workshop (Stuart Hall)
3:00 p.m. Program Concludes

The Cokesbury Bookstore, by special arrangement, will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Located on the ground floor of the Mackay Campus Center, this full-service Cokesbury bookstore provides meaningful resources for one's Christian journey.

The Resource/Mission Fair will be held in the Main Lounge of the Mackay Campus Center.

Morning Programs Offered

(as of January 18, 2012)

  1. Confirmation in the Way of Spiritual Formation: Cultivating the Spiritual Lives of Youth through Spiritual Practices and Disciplines, Rev. Nancy Conklin, Pastor, Hillsborough
  2. Outreach to the Military and Veteran in Your Church and Community, Rev. Peter Gregory, Commander, (Retired), Chaplain, US Navy; Pastor, 1st Pres. Lambertville
  3. Sessions & CPM: Partners in Supporting Inquirers/Candidates, Elder Carol Wehrheim, Co-Moderator, New Brunswick Presbytery CPM, Convener  Program Cancelled.
  4. Deacons/Caring Ministers 101, Rev. Patty Fox, Highland Park, Reformed Church, Member, New Brunswick Presbytery
  5. Building on Strengths: How You Can Develop A Youth Ministry in Your CongregationCathy Peterson, DCE, Hopewell
  6. Learning Together: Racial/Ethnic Leaders Speak, Rev. Karen Hernandez-Granzen, Westminster Trenton, Facilitator Program Cancelled.
  7. What’s new? What’s worked?: Your Congregation in Educational Ministry, Helen Wise, Educational Ministries, Co-Chair, New Brunswick Presbytery and Patty Williams, Christian Education, Consultant, Monmouth Presbytery
  8. Glory to God: An Introduction to the New Presbyterian Hymnal, Alfred V. Fedak, Composer, Organist, Arranger; Member, Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Song
  9. Welcoming and Hospitality: Exploring Anew the Ancient Call to Welcome the Stranger, Rev. Bill Gaventa, Coordinator, Community and Congregational Support, Elizabeth Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, New Brunswick
  10. Elders 201: Going Deeper in Ministry, Rev. Patti Daley, New Brunswick, Convener
  11. Deacons/Care Ministers 201: Caregiving & Visiting: the Ministry of Presence, Rev. Linda Goeddel, Monmouth Program Cancelled, afternoon session still open.
  12. Changing Church...Changing Times: Understanding our 21st century context and how your congregation can respond without losing its Presbyterian identity, Rev. Wendy Bailey, Regional Presbyter
  13. ENGAGE: Recovering the Good News We Have to Share, Doris Katja Gruening and Christine Treger, Westfield Program Cancelled.
  14. Elders 101: What's An Elder to Do?, Rev. Andrew Barton, Hamilton Square
  15. Your Church Property: A Toolkit for Church Property IssuesElder Joel Davies, Shrewsbury Program Cancelled.
  16. Office Administration: An Overview of the All-Important Basics, Elder Sara L Burke, Westfield
  17. Lessening the Presbytery’s Travail: Implications of the new Foundations of Presbyterian Polity and Form of Government for presbyteries.Rev. Dan Williams, Co-Moderator, nFOG Task Force, Staunton, VA
  18. Managing, Preserving, and Using Church Records, Nancy J. Taylor, Director of Programs and Services, Presbyterian Historical Society Program Cancelled.
  19. La Nueva Forma de Gobierno: Cambios Generales y Nuevos Paradigmas  (offered in Spanish) 


Afternoon Programs Offered

(as of December 21, 2011)

  1. The Veteran & Military in Your Community: Insights and Programs for Your Congregation's Outreach and Ministry, Rev. Peter Gregory, Commander, (Retired), Chaplain, US Navy; Pastor, 1st Pres. Lambertville  Program Cancelled.
  2. Deacons/Caring Ministers 101, Rev. Patty Fox, Highland Park, Reformed Church, Member, New Brunswick Presbytery
  3. “Today’s Reading Is From…”: Better Lectern Practices, Rev. Patrick Johnson, Frenchtown  Program Cancelled.
  4. Time for Teenagers: Doing Youth Ministry Without a Full-Time Youth Minister, Rev. Doug Cornelius, Hamilton Square, Convener
  5. Deacons/Care Ministers 201: Caregiving & Visiting: the Ministry of Presence, Rev. Linda Goeddel, Monmouth
  6. Cutting through the FOG: Implications of the new Foundations of Presbyterian Polity and Form of Government for congregations and sessions, Rev. Dan Williams, Co-Moderator, nFOG Task Force, Staunton,VA
  7. Why Two Candles?: Symbols in Our Tradition, Elder Patricia Meyer, Community, Edison
  8. Doing Mission in Your Congregation: A Panel Presentation & Discussion, Deanna Womack, PhD Student, PTS, Convener, Martha Stringer, Woodside Presbyterian Church, Hope Anderson, Pennington Presbyterian Church, Dave Pettit, Nassau Presbyterian Church, Rev. Brian Croak, Lincroft Presbyterian Church
  9. Dollars & Cents: Best Practices & Resources for Church Treasurers, Nancy Tindall, Monmouth  Program Cancelled.
  10. Leading As Pastor: Lessons from Current Leadership Theory, Rev. David Davis, Nassau Princeton
  11. Presbítero/a Gobernante 101 (offered in Spanish)
  12. Diaconía Presbiteriana 101 (offered in Spanish)
  13. La Nueva Forma de Gobierno y los presbiterianos latinos (offered in Spanish)



Choose your method of registering your workshop choices and your lunch reservation (optional). Workshop choices may be changed at any time. Registration closes at noon on Thursday, October 11. Lunch registration closes at noon on Tuesday, October 9.

Register online by clicking here.

Fill out this registration form and:

  • send it by email to scvm@ptsem.edu,
  • submit via fascimile (to 609-497-0709)
  • mail it to : Nuts & Bolt Registration, School of Christian Vocation and Mission,
    Princeton Theological Seminary, PO Box 821, Princeton, NJ 08540 or
  • call in via the telephone (to 609-497-7990, please leave a message).

For Group Registration: please complete this registration form and return it by email, fax, or mail (see details above).

Additional Notes about Registration

  • Participants must register to purchase lunch by noon on Tues., Oct. 9 or plan to bring your own lunch. Those who have registered to purchase lunch will do so in the Mackay Campus Center for $10 cash between 11:30 and 1:00pm. There is a PNC ATM available in the lobby. For those coming only to the afternoon programs, you may eat lunch in Mackay before your register at Stuart Hall. People are welcome to eat their lunch in the main lounge or elsewhere on campus.
  • Workshop choices may be changed up to and including the day of the program. Volunteer workshop leaders may decide to cancel workshops with low registrations; cancellations will be posted on this site by noon on Thursday, October 11, and registered participants notified.
  • Should the weather be inclement, all participants will be notified via e-mail, and updated information will be available on the website. For those who cannot access e-mail, the outgoing message will also be updated at 609-497-7990.

If you have any questions, please email us at scvm@ptsem.edu or by telephone at 609-497-7990.