Leading Engaging & Interactive Bible Studies


ABCNJ invites our family to come together for a day of engagement and discovery. Come and explore how you can leverage your personal learning style to both create and lead engaging lessons which manage to reach across multiple learning styles. Discover resources which will encourage group participation, and be supported by others who are on a similar journey. Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity!


Cancelled July 30, 2016 (8:45 am – 12:30 pm)

ABCNJ Region Office  
3752 Nottingham Way, Suite 101  
Trenton, NJ 08690

August 6, 2016 (8:45 am – 12:30 pm)

Calvary Baptist Church  
66 South Grove Street  
East Orange, NJ 07018

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Workshop Cost

  • $25

Who is this for?

Anyone interested in the Bible being more accessible and applicable to your daily lives.

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Ministers—Pastors
  • Associates
  • Christian Education
  • Youth
  • Anyone teaching the Bible in a class or small group context

What will be covered?

Come and be guided as you discover both your learning style and how to communicate beyond your learning style. Some activities will include:

  • Explore the best practices for team teaching, and making space for varied teaching gifts.
  • Examine teaching formats which facilitate both preparation and presentation.
  • Interact with special resources which can encourage class participation.
  • Prepare and share an actual lesson with your colleagues.

What materials are needed?

  • Bible
  • Notebook or laptop

Who is leading this?

We are blessed to have two excellent leaders for this workshop.

Rev. Gina Jacobs-Strain, Assoc. Regional Pastor for Women in Ministry, ABC-NJ

Rev. Gina-Jacobs-StrainRev. Gina C. Jacobs-Strain serves as ABCNJ’s Regional Pastor for Women in Ministry. Previously she has served as the Interim Pastor for St. Paul Baptist Church in Alantic Highland and as the Associate Minister for Christian Education, St. Paul Baptist Church in Montclair, NJ. She is currently serving as the Transitional Pastor, First Baptist Church-New Market, Piscataway, NJ. At Nyack College she is the Department Chair of Developmental Education. She especially enjoys facilitating and inspiring Christian Educators to share the Word of God in collaborative and interactive studies. Rev. Jacobs-Strain earned a BA in Psychology from Rutgers University and graduated from Drew University’s Theological School Magna Cum Laude with a Masters of Divinity. She is currently pursuing her D.Min. at Duke Divinity School.

Elaine Cody, Founder, Women at the Crossroads of Change

Elaine CodyElaine W. Cody fell in love with the Word of God from the time of her rebirth in 1984. She began studying the Word on her own but wanting to know more, she took classes to learn how to study the Bible being driven by a desire to share what she had learned with others. As the years passed, Elaine added to her repertoire retreat workshops for women, life coaching and writing Bible studies for all students. She considers herself a lifelong learner of the Scriptures whose wisdom for daily living is endless. Currently, she is pursuing a Certificate in Theology and Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary. Having collaborated with Rev. Gina Jacobs-Strain on Bible studies for ten years, Elaine hopes to positively impact both leader and congregant for the advancement of the Kingdom of God.