Growing in Christ, Women's Clergy Retreat


The retreat was a day to remember, we traveled from Teaneck, Trenton, Toms River and many towns in between to meet  at Princeton University to fellowship and to praise God!  Spearhead by Dr. Karen Jackson-Weaver and Rev. Gina Jacobs-Strain, nearly 100 women set aside this time to focus on, "Growing in Christ", a time to nourish our souls so that we could be more available and more prepared for kingdom building. We reconnected, prayed with and for each another. The day proved to be a time of refocus, re-energizing and rethinking how we do ministry. Each speaker encouraged us to examine our spiritual disciplines, balance and fervor in our ministry and to embark on new ministry opportunities that God is calling us to answer.

2013-06-15 WIM 17Rev. Borquist (right) lead us in a Bible Study of 2 Peter 1:3-6 encouraging us to pause and reflect on our spiritual disciplines and challenges that will make us stronger in our faith walk.

Rev. Dr. Glover helped us to focus on sustaining balance and fervor consistently so that our efforts are aligned with the task of sharing the gospel, from a place of well being through consistent dialog with God. Rev. Kathleen Rooney, asked us to think about prison ministry so that we do not forget or miss the opportunity to share the gospel with those that society has tried to forget.

We also had time to enjoy lunch together and to talk in small groups, allowing us to reflect upon and to share  the ways that we were inspired by the wisdom we gleaned on this day, not only from our speakers but from each other, sharing heart to heart and sister to sister.

Our next Women in Ministry events will be the Annual Prayer Breakfasts on Saturday November 2, 2102 at Living Word Baptist Church, Beachwood, NJ  and Saturday December 7, 2013 at St. Paul Baptist Church, Montclair, NJ.  Both events will take place 9-11:30 am and registration will be on-line. Rev. Tamara Davis and Rev. Malva Wise-White will be the speakers at both breakfasts.

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Join ABCNJ at Princeton University for a Free Seminar!


We invite you to join us at the first annual Pastoral Leadership Development Retreat which will be held at Princeton University on Saturday, March 23rd .  There is no cost for attending the event.  Registration and continental breakfast will start at 9:30am and our program will last from 10am to 1pm.  If you or members of your congregation are interested in learning more about New Church Development opportunities or supporting a new church project, we invite you to join us at this gathering.  We will have workshops which highlight best practices in New Church Development as well as informative approaches shared by seasoned church planters.  Our featured speakers include: Rev. Dr. Lee Spitzer- Executive Minister and Senior Regional Pastor, American Baptist Churches of New Jersey

Rev. Mia Chang- church planter and lead pastor of NextGen Church in West Windsor, New Jersey, and

Rev. Osvaldo Jiménez- church planter and pastor of Iglesia Bautista Hispana in Morristown and Misión Latina in Ledgewood, New Jersey

This event is perfect for pastors and church leaders who might consider hosting a new church or planting a church.

Princeton University’s Carl Fields Center is located on the corner of Prospect and Olden Street in Princeton, NJ.   The actual address is 59 Prospect Street, Princeton, NJ 08544.  If you’d like to attend an optional tour of Princeton University’s campus, you can do so by indicating you desire to attend on the conference registration page.

To register please visit our Eventbrite registration page.  Attached is a flyer about the event.

Each attendee will receive a complimentary copy of Dr. Spitzer’s Endless Possibilities or Making Friends, Making Disciples book.  

For more information, please contact Dr. Karen Jackson-Weaver, Associate Regional Director of New Church Development using the form below.  Thank you and we hope to see you on March 23rd!  God bless you!

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$8,000 Raised for New Church Development


After the 2011 fiscal year reports were closed, we now have the final financial summary of the inaugural ABCNJ Golf Fundraiser held last October 22, 2011.

After paying all expenses, the event raised a net total of $8,095.13 for ABCNJ's New Church Development (NCD) program! What a joy! We are so grateful to our title sponsor, the Sovereign Insurance Group. We also are thankful to our hole sponsors: John S. Pavlovsky, Jr., Moore Funeral Homes, Fox Lumber, Van Doren Oil, Co., Christ Congregation of Princeton, Rev. Vernl & Corrine Matson, and Rev. Tom McNally. And last but not the least, we also thank the 36 players who came from all point of the ABCNJ compass and participated and gave of themselves generously to this worthy cause.

It was, indeed, a great day of fun and fellowship which was exceeded only by the thought that we were doing so while supporting the ministry of ABCNJ!

We look forward to this year's event with greater enthusiasm, and the expectation of a bigger turnout that will make that much more of a bigger impact on the ministries and programs of ABCNJ. This year's golf fundraiser will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2012. Save the date now and spread the word!