Conversations on Pastoral Benefits / Conversaciones de Beneficios Para Personas en el Ministerio
Ministers and congregational leaders routinely collaborate on matters of faith, spiritual health, and the day-to-day functioning of the congregation. Yet, conversations on benefits for those in ministry are often sensitive issues and not fully understood. During our time together Rev. Chacón-Peralta will help us become more familiar with the benefits that MMBB provides for the well-being of our churches and pastors.
Los ministros, las ministras y líderes congregacionales colaboran rutinariamente en asuntos de fe, salud espiritual y el funcionamiento cotidiano de la congregación. Sin embargo, las conversaciones sobre los beneficios para los que están en el ministerio son a menudo cuestiones sensibles y no se comprenden totalmente. Durante nuestro tiempo juntos, la Rda. Chacón-Peralta nos ayudará a familiarizarnos más con los beneficios que MMBB ofrece para el bienestar de nuestras iglesias y pastores/pastoras.
Rev. Miriam Chacón-Peralta is a Retirement Benefits Consultant for the Ministers and Missionaries Benefit Board. MMBB has been in ministry for over 115 years, providing retirement, life, and disability benefits for those in ministry. Rev. Chacón-Peralta is a life-long member of the ABC family and has served in various roles over time. Miriam is currently the MMBB consultant for ABCNJ, in particular to assist churches in offering MMBB to their staff.
La Rda. Miriam Chacón Peralta es Consultura de Beneficios para la Junta de Ministries y Misioneros. Por más de 115 MMBB ha servido proveyendo beneficios de jubilacion, vida e incapacidad para las personas en el minsterio. La Rda. Chacón-Peralta es miembro de nuestra familia ABC por casi toda su vida, y ha servido en multiples responsabilidades a lo largo del tiempo. Miriam es la consultora actual para ABCNJ, en especial para asistir a las iglesias en ofrecer MMBB a su personal.
21st Century Practices for Evangelism and Outreach
Evangelism and Outreach are two distinctly different areas of ministry that Jesus himself demonstrated among His disciples. Jesus gave clear instructions to His disciples, that are found in His Word, about how we should make evangelism and outreach a priority. Considering the changing trends in the Christian Church nationally, it is important to engage in a time of focused conversation around what evangelism and outreach practices should look like in the 21st Century. This class is structured to engage in that conversation with learning goals centered around producing the results we are looking for in the age we are doing ministry.
About the Facilitator
Rev. Dr. Drew Kyndall Ross, “Pastor Drew”, is the newly elected Senior Pastor of New Hope Baptist Church of Hackensack, New Jersey. Prior to coming to New Hope, Pastor Drew served as a Founding Senior Pastor in Baltimore, Maryland for 7 years. His seminary training includes a Master of Divinity degree from Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University (Richmond, Virginia) and a Doctor of Ministry degree in Church Growth from Ashland Theological Seminary at Ashland University (Ashland, Ohio). His doctoral dissertation is entitled, “On Your Mark, Get Set, GROW: Discovering Barriers to Church Growth”.
Strengthening Prayer in your Church
While prayer is understood as foundational for ministry, many of our churches falter when it comes to actually praying. How does your church fan the flame of encouragement for gathered and individual prayer? How is prayer taught and modeled? After a time of conversation, we will conclude by praying for the prayer ministries of our churches.
About the Facilitator
Rev. Eric Hoheisel is an Associate Regional Pastor for the American Baptist Churches of New Jersey. He has a keen interest in prayer, spiritual formation and in leading retreats. As an artist he finds great joy in establishing connections between spirituality and the fine arts. "I am thankful," he says, "for the privilege to serve all of the churches of our region as they seek to go deeper with God and live as generous witnesses to Christ in our world."