COAL

You're Going To COAL? Do Register!

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The COAL Planning Team wants to remind our pastors and church leaders to register for the Church Officers And Leaders Training Events Now! The registration form and payment is simple and necessary to fill out and mail into ABCNJ.  Workshop leaders are asking for the counts, the host congregations are anxious about providing the right rooms for the numbers coming, the cooks need to know how many meals to prepare, and the ABCNJ staff need to have time to deal with over 200 registrations per event (estimated for this years training.)

Our ABCNJ history of pastors and church leaders coming to COAL has been outstanding and we anticipate the same for both the March 24 and March 31 COAL Training Events.  Because of the shift to individual workshop registrations, having your selection of workshops as found on the registration form is vital.  Also know the pastors who are attending the Pastor's Track.  We want you to come for the reduced price of $25.00 and not $30.00 for late registrations.

Mail in your forms and payments as soon as possible.  NOW! is the word given by support team because we don't want you to be left out or to experience your workshop being full.

Here are the downloaded forms for your prompt use.

 

COAL 2012 Bulletin Click to see publication you can use to help promote COAL.

Registration Form can be downloaded here. Cost is $25.00 per person.

*Late Registration – if received by ABCNJ seven days prior to event, luncheon may not be included.

$30.00

This form can be printed as a bulletin size document using Adobe Reader 10 (it is free).

 

Rev. William C. Gaventa COAL Workshop Leader

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C.     Creating Welcoming Cultures in Helping OrganizationsRev. William C. Gaventa, Associate Professor, Pediatrics and Coordinator, Community and Congregational Supports, the Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities.

What does it mean to be "culturally competent?" Creating a welcoming culture in any group requires a focus in four distinct areas. First, continuing to learn how to help people find places in the community where they are valued. Second, carefully evaluating how well we welcome and create a positive experience for people when they show up on our doorsteps asking for help. Third, our connections and collaboration with other civic, faith, and social service organizations. And fourth, how well we work together and welcome the unique contributions of each of our church members.

Rev. William Gaventa

Bill Gaventa serves as Director of Community and Congregational Supports at the Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, and Associate Professor,  Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, UMDNJ. In his role at The Boggs Center, Bill works on community supports, training for community services staff, spiritual supports, training of seminarians and clergy, aging and end of life/grief issues, and cultural competence. Information and resources from these projects can be found on The Boggs Center website: http://rwjms.umdnj.edu/boggscenter/ He has been a frequent speaker, trainer, and workshop leader in these areas. As a writer and editor, he has edited newsletters and several book, written articles and chapters, and served as the Editor of the Journal of Religion, Disability and Health for 14 years, now as an Associate Editor. Bill has a wife, Beverly Roberts Gaventa, a Professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary, and a son and daughter-in-law and a new grandson.

 

 

COAL 2012 Bulletin Click to see publication you can use to help promote COAL.

Registration Form can be downloaded here. Cost is $25.00 per person.

*Late Registration – if received by ABCNJ seven days prior to event, luncheon may not be included.

$30.00

This form can be printed as a bulletin size document using Adobe Reader 10 (it is free).

Catherine Bolder COAL Workshop Leader

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B.     Church Personnel Policy and HandbooksMs. Catherine Bolder, Trustee, Bethany Baptist Church of Newark

Churches often give great attention to their various ministries of the Church, but frequently fail to pay adequate attention to the Church as a business…as an employer. Whether your Church is large or small, you have employees and have responsibilities to your employees as does any other organization. It is no longer sufficient to operate based on historical memory or solely on faith that people will do the right thing. There are many federal and state laws and regulations with which the Church, as an employer, must comply. Your employees must also clearly understand your expectations of them. This workshop will explain why it is important to document your employment policies and procedures, what you should include in an employee handbook and provide an example of how to do it.

Catherine Bolder

Catherine Bolder, Trustee is a member of Bethany Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey, where she has been a member for nearly twenty years. She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees and serves as Chair of its Personnel Committee. Last year, she participated as a member of the Personnel Committee as it completed a major revision of its Employee Handbook. She also serves as a treasurer for the Bethany Baptist Church Black History Committee. Ms. Bolder has over twenty years of experience in Human Resources, Equal Opportunity and Diversity work in the public and private sectors and is currently Associate Vice President for Workplace Diversity at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). Her position involves policy development, review and interpretation and providing education and orientations for faculty, staff and students in the areas of discrimination, harassment and sexual harassment. She serves as the Title IX and American with Disabilities Act Coordinator for the University. Last year, Ms. Bolder received the Distinguished Service Award from the UMDNJ School of Health Related Professions.

Ms. Bolder is a member of the Board of Directors of: The Montclair Fund for Women, Trilogy, An Opera Company and Gilda’s Club of Northern New Jersey. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, cum laude, from Boston University and a Master of Science Degree in Management from New Jersey Institute of Technology.

COAL 2012 Bulletin Click to see publication you can use to help promote COAL.

Registration Form can be downloaded here. Cost is $25.00 per person.

*Late Registration – if received by ABCNJ seven days prior to event, luncheon may not be included.

$30.00

This form can be printed as a bulletin size document using Adobe Reader 10 (it is free).

Pastor's Registering for COAL? Sure!

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The COAL Pastor's Track is new this year at the Church Officers and Leaders Training Events. There is a special emphasis for pastors in 2012 with Rev. Dr. Ronald Sider. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWpEOZ8SbOE&context=C3f81df7ADOEgsToPDskI1N2ej2Q24UNtLOZBvOIz0]

 

COAL 2012 Bulletin Click to see publication you can use to help promote COAL.

Registration Form can be downloaded here. Cost is $25.00 per person.

*Late Registration – if received by ABCNJ seven days prior to event, luncheon may not be included.

$30.00

This form can be printed as a bulletin size document using Adobe Reader 10 (it is free).

Panelist for PM COAL Workshop

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A.    Keeping a Healthy Household: Protecting Your Church from the Usual SuspectsModerated by Rev. Dr. Elmo Familiaran – Associate Regional Pastor of the American Baptist Churches of New Jersey

In the complex communities in which they serve, our churches face many difficulties as well as many real challenges that could threaten their well-being. How can you protect yourselves from unscrupulous people as an employer and as an organization? What is the advantage of being part of ABCNJ? How can our churches strengthen their future by reaching out to the younger generation? How can our churches move beyond stagnation and engage the multiplicity of cultures that now define the vast majority of our neighborhoods? Come and learn how you can guard your church “from the usual suspects!

Panelist

Mr. David Coates

Mr. David H. Coates, Esq. - Attorney, legal representative for ABCNJ  David H. Coates is a partner in the Hightstown law firm of Turp, Coates, Essl & Driggers. Over the years he has represented many churches and is current counsel to American Baptist Churches of New Jersey and the Presbytery of Monmouth. David has been active in the life of the churches he has been a member of serving in a variety of positions including dishwasher, Sunday morning set up man, moderator, Sunday School teacher, chair of a variety of commissions, chaperone ,Council of ABCNJ and on the Blue Ribbon Reorganization Commission of ABCNJ. Married for 30 years to the Rev. Suzanne Schafer Coates, he is the father of  three sons Henry (a seminarian), Malcolm and Charlie.

Rev. Dr. Frank Reeder

Rev. Dr. Frank Reeder - Senior Pastor, Seaview Baptist Church of Linwood.  The Rev. Dr. Frank Reeder has a long involvement with association life in New Jersey. He has served as moderator of the West New Jersey Baptist Association, convener of the association pastors’ fellowship, and representative of the association on several regional committees. From 2001 to 2003, Dr. Reeder served as President of ABCNJ. He is currently Associate Regional Pastor of Pastor to Pastor Ministry as well as pastor of Seaview Baptist Church in Linwood, NJ. Discipleship and spiritual formation has been a particular interest. Married to Kathy Reeder, they enjoy travel, hiking, grandchildren, the arts and movies based on true stories.

Rev. Joseph Gratzel

Rev. Joseph Gratzel – Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Manasquan. Rev. Gratzel has been the pastor of FBC since 1996.  Pastor Joe holds a Masters of Divinity from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Joe is a past president and a longtime member of the executive committee of ABCNJ Ministers Council.  He and his wife, Denise, live in Manasquan and have 7 children, Chris, Sarah, Josie, Michael, Iris, Gavin, and Kelly.

 

 

Rev. Erin Phillips

Rev. Erin Phillips - Assistant Pastor, First Baptist Church of Haddonfield. Rev. Erin Phillips is a graduate of Oral Roberts University with her BA in Elementary Education. She graduated with her M.DIV, Church Leadership from Liberty Theological Seminary. Erin is the Assistant Pastor at The First Baptist Church of Haddonfield.  Erin has served the region as the moderator of the Greater Delaware Valley Association and as a Bridge Pastor.  She is currently serving the region as the Vice President – Nominating and Personnel. Her relationship with Jesus Christ encourages her to dig deeper, reach further, and try harder, to share the gospel with everyone!  Erin is married to her loving husband, Bob. They have a wonderful daughter, Jai.

 

Rev. Mia Chang

Rev. Mia Chang - Senior Pastor, Next Gen Church of West Windsor. Rev.Mia Chang is the senior pastor of NextGen Church, a multicultural ministry of three years.  She is passionate about NextGen's vision and mission in the greater Princeton region. Currently, she is a doctoral student at the Palmer Theological Seminary, studying Leadership of Missional Church Renewal. She is married and has two daughters living at home.

 

 

 

 

 

COAL 2012 Bulletin Click to see publication you can use to help promote COAL.

Registration Form can be downloaded here. Cost is $25.00 per person.

*Late Registration – if received by ABCNJ seven days prior to event, luncheon may not be included.

$30.00

This form can be printed as a bulletin size document using Adobe Reader 10 (it is free).

Rev. Dr. Leonard Smalls COAL Workshop Leader

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3.     Burning the Church Debt Rev. Dr. Leonard Smalls - Senior Pastor (Retired), Imani Baptist Church of Christ of East Orange

The “BURNING THE MORTGAGE DEBT” is an engaging workshop that lays out the specific steps of a time-tested, guaranteed, Bible based strategy for eliminating the financial burdens that all too often prevents a church from thriving spiritually and physically. Pearls of wisdom will be offered to leaders as they balance their Christian stewardship and the church’s financial needs.

The debt load in many of our churches may be overwhelming today or the need for ministry funding a continued challenge affected by church debts and shifts in investment income.  Dr. Smalls has a proven record of dealing with church financial matters and retaining a healthy ministry.  Under his leadership at Imani Baptist Church they were able to liquidate a $1.4 million debt in ten years and burned the mortgage in 2011.

Rev. Dr. Leonard Smalls

Rev. Leonard L. Smalls has dedicated his life to pastoral ministry serving in the Greater Philadelphia Region and most recently in East Orange, New Jersey as Senior Pastor of Imani Baptist Church in Christ, Inc. until his retirement in December 2011. Rev. Smalls’ ministry has been anchored in the Word of God; saving souls by preaching and teaching for over 50 years with a very practical focus of ensuring that God’s people have knowledge of basic economic principles which are empowering and enriching. His approach is always inclusive having served in both suburban and urban churches – his belief is that all God’s people have similar needs and ambitions. He also shared his leadership with the inmates at Graterford; Pennsylvania’s largest maximum security prison as Protestant Chaplain by introducing the inmates to Jesus Christ and working to reduce recidivism by encouraging men to stay out once released by re-connecting them back to their communities and families through role models, counseling and education.

Sharing in Rev. Smalls’ vision is his wife and co-laborer, Evelyn Smalls who serves as president and Chief Executive Officer of United Bank of Philadelphia which serves primarily the Greater Philadelphia Region with a mission of bringing persons into the financial mainstream through affordable products and services. The Bank has a strong relationship with the faith community that is evidenced by a commercial loan portfolio with 40% of its loans to churches. Mrs. Smalls assumed this leadership role in June 2000.

COAL 2012 Bulletin Click to see publication you can use to help promote COAL.

Registration Form can be downloaded here. Cost is $25.00 per person.

*Late Registration – if received by ABCNJ seven days prior to event, luncheon may not be included.

$30.00

This form can be printed as a bulletin size document using Adobe Reader 10 (it is free).

Rev. Mayra Castañeda COAL Workshop Leader

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1.     Training Disciples for Community OutreachRev. Mayra Castañeda – Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Westfield.

During our time together we'll engage a conversation on finding relevant and applicable ways to equip disciples to live out the commandment of loving neighbor.  Is there a more Excellent Way to fulfill this mission of the church?

Mayra Castineda

 

Rev. Mayra Castañeda is Senior Minister at First Baptist of Westfield.  Pastor Mayra has been a pastor and educator in several ABC churches and seminaries and is adjunct faculty at Andover Theological Seminary.  In the past, she served our denomination as National Christian Education Coordinator with dual responsibilities for Children and their Families and Hispanic Christian Education.

 

 

COAL 2012 Bulletin Click to see publication you can use to help promote COAL.

Registration Form can be downloaded here. Cost is $25.00 per person.

*Late Registration – if received by ABCNJ seven days prior to event, luncheon may not be included.

$30.00

This form can be printed as a bulletin size document using Adobe Reader 10 (it is free).

Rev. Darrell Armstrong COAL Workshop Leader

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2.     Caring for the Disciple: Deacons as Care-Givers Rev. Darrell L. Armstrong – Senior Pastor, Shiloh Baptist Church of Trenton

The needs of a congregational family are ever expanding and the duties of Deacons as Care Givers to the people remain extremely important for a healthy church.  This important topic has brought our attention to assist in training and awareness of what church leaders are and can do today.
Rev. Darrell L. Armstrong

The Rev. Darrell L. Armstrong is a native of South (Central) Los Angeles, California where he was born and raised. The Rev. Armstrong is in his 12th year of service as the pastor of the historic Shiloh Baptist Church of Trenton, NJ. Shiloh is a thriving community of faith rooted in a worship tradition which represents the richness of the African diaspora. He is only the church's third pastor in the last 108 years!

His policy training at Stanford University (BA in Public Policy), theological training at Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and therapeutic/clinical training at The College of New Jersey (Ed.S. in marriage & family therapy) have uniquely prepared the Rev. Armstrong to be a respected voice in the national and international child welfare/family strengthening communities, foster and kinship care. Rev. Armstrong previously served as the Director of the Division of (Child Abuse) Prevention and Community Partnerships (DPCP) for the NJ Department of Children and Families.

He is the author of two books.  He is married to the former Melanie L. Pinkney, Esq., who is the Executive Director of the Division of Civil Rights and Affirmative Action for the NJ-Department of Transportation. They are the proud parents of Amaris Kayla (7-years) and Daniel LaRue (5-years)

COAL 2012 Bulletin Click to see publication you can use to help promote COAL.

Registration Form can be downloaded here. Cost is $25.00 per person.

*Late Registration – if received by ABCNJ seven days prior to event, luncheon may not be included.

$30.00

This form can be printed as a bulletin size document using Adobe Reader 10 (it is free).

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COAL Bible Leader - Rev. Dr. Peter Ely

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March 31, 2012 at 9:00 amBible Study Leader - Columbus Baptist Church at Columbus, New Jersey

As church officers and leaders from across our New Jersey we will begin our day in worship and sharing a Bible Study with Rev. Dr. Peter Ely at Columbus Baptist Church, Columbus, New Jersey. The focus of the message will be upon Excellence in Ministry, II Timothy 1:13-14.  You have been called to serve in the ministry of your church and to do so in dynamic ways that will affect the lives of your community.

Rev. Dr. Peter Ely

The Rev. Dr. Peter Ely currently serves as the Senior Pastor of the Princeton Baptist Church in Penns Neck, NJ. He has been an ordained pastor of the American Baptist Churches USA for thirty five years having served previously in PA, IL, NH, DE & NJ. He has served for the past eleven years as an adjunct professor for Palmer Theological Seminary in their ESCM & Priscilla Institute diploma programs. He is currently serving part time on the staff of ABCNJ as the Director of the ABCNJ Academy for the region. Pete is a graduate of Muhlenberg College, received a M. Div. degree in Church History from Vanderbilt University Divinity School and a D. Min. degree in The Renewal of the Church for Mission from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer). He is married to the Rev. Teresa Ely, Senior Pastor of Hamilton Square Baptist Church and has five children.

 

COAL 2012 Bulletin Click to see publication you can use to help promote COAL.

Registration Form can be downloaded here. Cost is $25.00 per person.

*Late Registration – if received by ABCNJ seven days prior to event, luncheon may not be included.

$30.00

This form can be printed as a bulletin size document using Adobe Reader 10 (it is free).

COAL Bible Leader - Rev. Dr. Lillian M. Ramos

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March 24, 2012 - 9:00 amBible Study - First Baptist Church, Westfield, NJ

As church officers and leaders from across New Jersey, we will begin our day in worship and sharing a Bible Study with Rev. Dr. Lillian M. Ramos at First Baptist Church, Westfield. The focus of the message will be upon Excellence in Ministry, II Timothy 1:13-14.  You have been called to serve in the ministry of your church and to do so in dynamic ways that will affect the lives of your community.

Rev. Dr. Lillian Ramos

Rev. Dr. Lillian M. Ramos, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Arlington in Kearny, NJ. The Rev. Dr. Lillian M. Ramos graduated from New York Theological Seminary. She later earned her Doctorate of Ministry in marriage and family counseling from Palmer Theological Seminary. Dr. Ramos also completed one year of post doctorate studies at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Psychiatry.

Dr. Ramos is a bi-vocational pastor. She has served as the Human Services Director for the City of Passaic, directed a Homeless Shelter and a myriad of other programs. She is presently the Executive Director for the Passaic Family Head Start Program in Passaic, New Jersey. In December 2010, Dr. Ramos celebrated twenty-five years as an ordained Minister with the American Baptist Churches. This is Dr. Ramos’ thirty fourth year in Ministry. She has been the Pastor of The First Baptist Church of Arlington in Kearny, NJ since 1997.

 

COAL 2012 Bulletin Click to see publication you can use to help promote COAL.

Registration Form can be downloaded here. Cost is $25.00 per person.

*Late Registration – if received by ABCNJ seven days prior to event, luncheon may not be included.

$30.00

This form can be printed as a bulletin size document using Adobe Reader 10 (it is free).

COAL Workshop Leaders

ABCNJ COAL Logo 2012 The Church Officers and Leaders Training Event is blessed this year by a host of gifted and talented leaders who have agreed to lead our workshops, plenary and Bible study. Over the coming week we will share additional information about each of these individuals and hope you will register for one or both of the 2012 COAL events to be held on March 24 and 31, 2012.

The Saturday, March 24, event will be hosted at the First Baptist Church of Westfield, New Jersey.

The Saturday, March 31, event will be hosted at the Columbus Baptist Church, Columbus, New Jersey

COAL 2012 Bulletin Click to see publication you can use to help promote COAL.

Registration Form can be downloaded here. Cost is $25.00 per person.

*Late Registration – if received by ABCNJ seven days prior to event, luncheon may not be included.

$30.00

This form can be printed as a bulletin size document using Adobe Reader 10 (it is free).

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Plenary SpeakerRev. Dr. Ronald Sider, Professor of Theology, Holistic Ministry and Public Policy, Palmer Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. Dr. Sider will also lead the Pastors’ track.

Bible Study Leaders

        WestfieldRev. Dr. Lillian Ramos, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Arlington in Kearny, NJ

        ColumbusRev. Dr. Pete Ely, Senior Pastor, Princeton Baptist Church of Penns Neck, NJ

AM Workshop Sessions

1.     Training Disciples for Community Outreach - Rev. Mayra Castañeda – Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Westfield

2.     Caring for the Disciple: Deacons as Care-Givers - Rev. Darrell Armstrong – Senior Pastor, Shiloh Baptist Church of Trenton

3.     Burning the Church Debt - Rev. Dr. Leonard Smalls – Senior Pastor (Retired), Imani Baptist Church of Christ of East Orange

Luncheon - Go Global Presentation - Rev. Susan P. Royle, Senior Pastor, Living Word Baptist Church, Toms River

PM Workshop Sessions

A.    Panel - Keeping a Healthy Household: Protecting Your Church from the Usual Suspects – Moderated by Rev. Dr. Elmo Familiaran – Associate Regional Pastor of the American Baptist Churches of New Jersey

Mr. David H. Coates, Esq. - Attorney, legal representative for ABCNJ

Rev. Dr. Frank Reeder - Senior Pastor, Seaview Baptist Church of Linwood

Rev. Joseph Gratzel – Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Manasquan

Rev. Erin Phillips - Assistant Pastor, First Baptist Church of Haddonfield

Rev. Mia Chang - Senior Pastor, Next Gen Church of West Windsor

B.     Church Personnel Policy and Handbooks - Ms. Catherine Bolder, Trustee, Bethany Baptist Church of Newark

C.     Creating Welcoming Cultures in Helping Organizations - Rev. William C. Gaventa, Associate Professor, Pediatrics and Coordinator, Community and Congregational Supports, the Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities

A. Pastor's Track – Part of the ABCNJ Academy – all clergy welcome

Tentative Timeline

  • 8:30am. - 9:00am.            Registration
  • 9:00am. - 9:45am.            Bible Study
  • 9:45am. - 9:55am.            Transition
  • 9:55am. - 11:55am.          Session I
  • 12:00pm. - 12:45pm.       Noon Luncheon
  • 12:45pm. - 1:00pm.         Transition
  • 1:00pm. - 2:20pm.            Session II
  • 2:20pm - 2:30pm              Transition
  • 2:30pm. - 3:30pm.            Plenary Session – Dr. Ron Sider

B. Layperson Track –elected church officers and leaders

Tentative Timeline

  • 8:30am. - 9:00am.            Registration
  • 9:00am. - 9:45am.            Bible Study
  • 9:45am. - 9:55am.            Transition
  • 9:55am. - 10:50am.          Session I
  • 10:50 am - 11:00am.        Transition
  • 11:00am. - 12:00pm.       Session II
  • 12:00pm. - 12:45pm.       Noon Luncheon
  • 12:45pm. - 1:00pm.         Transition
  • 1:00pm. - 2:20pm.            Session III
  • 2:20pm – 2:30pm             Transition
  • 2:30pm. - 3:30pm.            Plenary Session – Dr. Ron Sider

 

 

COAL Training Events Registration Form Available

COAL 2012

The fourth annual COAL Training Events serve elected church officers and leaders engaged in ministries.  “Excellence in Ministry,” our 2012 theme, will be the focus of the worship, workshops and plenary speaker.

Ronald Sider

Attention Pastors! The new pastor’s track is designed specifically for you.  Rev. Dr. Ronald J. Sider (Ph.D., Yale) is Professor of Theology, Holistic Ministry and Public Policy and Director of the Sider Center on Ministry and Public Policy at Palmer Theological Seminary in Philadelphia will lead this training. Pastors are privileged to be able to have Dr. Sider share in our focus - Excellence in Ministry.  Enroll now!

Attention Church Officers and Leaders! The 2012 COAL Training gives participants a chance to select three workshops.  Mark three different training sessions and the registrar will make every effort to honor it.  There is limited seating so sessions will be balanced for classroom size. Please use the attached registration form.

Below is a brief summary of the days program and a list of the excellent leadership we have for the COAL 2012 Training Events.

Plenary Speaker – Rev. Dr. Ronald Sider, Professor of Theology, Holistic Ministry and Public Policy, Palmer Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. Dr. Sider will also lead the Pastors’ track.

Bible Study Leaders

  •         Westfield – Rev. Dr. Lillian Ramos, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Arlington in Kearny, NJ
  •         Columbus – Rev. Dr. Pete Ely, Senior Pastor, Penns Neck Baptist Church of Princeton, NJ

AM Workshop Sessions

  • 1.     Training Disciples for Community Outreach - Rev. Mayra Castañeda – Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Westfield
  • 2.     Caring for the Disciple: Deacons as Care-Givers - Rev. Darrell Armstrong – Senior Pastor, Shiloh Baptist Church of Trenton
  • 3.     Burning the Church Debt - Rev. Dr. Leonard Smalls – Senior Pastor (Retired), Imani Baptist Church of Christ of East Orange

Luncheon - Go Global Presentation - Rev. Susan P. Royle, Senior Pastor, Living Word Baptist Church, Toms River

PM Workshop Sessions

A.    Panel - Keeping a Healthy Household: Protecting Your Church from the Usual Suspects – Moderated by Rev. Dr. Elmo Familiaran – Associate Regional Pastor of the American Baptist Churches of New Jersey

  • Mr. David H. Coates, Esq. - Attorney, legal representative for ABCNJ
  • Rev. Dr. Frank Reeder - Senior Pastor, Seaview Baptist Church of Linwood
  • Rev. Joseph Gratzel – Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Manasquan
  • Rev. Erin Phillips - Assistant Pastor, First Baptist Church of Haddonfield
  • Rev. Mia Chang - Senior Pastor, Next Gen Church of West Windsor

B.     Church Personnel Policy and Handbooks - Ms. Catherine Bolder, Trustee, Bethany Baptist Church of Newark

C.     Creating Welcoming Cultures in Helping Organizations - Rev.William C. Gaventa, Associate Professor, Pediatrics and Coordinator, Community and Congregational Supports, the Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities

Register Now! Your individual registration must have full payment and in ABCNJ office seven (7) days prior to the event date.  Fee of $25.00 each will includes luncheon.  Late registrations are $30.00 and may not include the luncheon. Payment must come with registration.

Send Registration and Payment to: American Baptist Churches of New Jersey, 3752 Nottingham Way, Suite 101, Trenton, NJ 08690.

 Additional information, maps to locations and workshop descriptions will be posted at www.abcnj.net. Please come and visit our website for weekly updates and details of each workshop as it becomes available.

Registration Form

The 2012 COAL Training Event Registration Document

This form can be printed as a bulletin size document using Adobe Reader 10 (it is free).

Rev. Dr. Ron Sider is COAL Keynote Speaker

Ron Sider

 The Fourth Annual - Church Officers and Leaders Training Events - March 24, 2012 and March 31, 2012

We are pleased to announce that the keynote speaker for the Fourth Annual COAL Training Events will be The Rev. Dr. Ron Sider.  We are so thrilled that he is willing to come and participate in the day long events and to help address this year's theme of EXCELLENCE IN MINISTRY.

We also want to share that Rev. Sider will lead our new addition to the COAL Training Event - a day long track specifically for our ABCNJ pastors. Dr. Pete Ely said,  "Here is truly an opportunity our clergy will not want to pass up. Those in the ABCNJ Academy will receive credits toward their certificate program."  Truly, everyone who attends will be blessed.  These events promise to be bigger than ever.

The COAL Training Events will be held at two locations familiar to those who have participated in the past.  On Saturday, March 24, 2012, the First Baptist Church of Westfield will be the host congregation and site for our training.  We're delighted to return to this fine facility for an opportunity to grow in excellence in ministry.  On Saturday, March 31, 2012, we will hold the second event at the Columbus Baptist Church in Columbus, NJ, where last year's southern event was so graciously hosted.  Rev. Mayra Castaneda, senior pastor at the First Baptist Church of Westfield and Rev. John Grove, senior pastor at the Columbus Baptist Church of Columbus both extend a cordial invitation to our American Baptist family to come and experience a wonderful day of learning and training together. They will open their churches for registration at 8:30 am and have coffee ready for a time of early fellowship.   The morning Bible Study will begin at 9:00 am, so be certain to arrive early.

The Planning Committee is hard at work to finalize the specific workshop offerings and registration details.  We wanted to get this preliminary information out so that you would hold the dates; plan now to bring a host of your church leaders to the event and begin 2012 with a spirit of renewal and excitement.

The cost for this year's Church Officers and Leaders Training Event, including the luncheon, will be $25.00 for those who register seven days prior to the particular event you are planning to attend.  After the registration deadline, the cost will be $30.00 per person and may not include a luncheon ticket due to meal number limitations.

For those who have not had the  privilege of meeting Rev. Dr. Ron Sider before, read the biographical summary below.

Ronald J. Sider (Ph.D., Yale) is Professor of Theology, Holistic Ministry and Public Policy and Director of the Sider Center on Ministry and Public Policy at Palmer Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. Ron Sider is known worldwide for providing leadership to the movement of evangelicals who recognize not just the spiritual, but also the social and political implications of a high view of Scripture. Sider has spoken on six continents, published over thirty-one books, including Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger which was recognized by Christianity Today as one of the one hundred most influential religious books of the twentieth century and named the seventh most influential book in the evangelical world in the last fifty years.

In the 1970s, Dr. Sider played a key role in the drafting of the historic Chicago Declaration, which helped set the direction for evangelicals concerned about the Bible's social implications. He is the founder and president of Evangelicals for Social Action (ESA), which for more than three decades has provided an organizational outlet for Christians committed to holistic ministry. ESA is now a part of the Sider Center on Ministry and Public Policy at Palmer Seminary.

An ordained minister in the Mennonite and Brethren in Christ Churches, Ron has lectured at numerous educational institutions, including Yale, Harvard, Princeton and Oxford.

Registration Form to be available February 1, 2012.  www.abcnj.net