ABCNJ Youth Encouraged to Become Agents for Jesus


ABCNJ’s Senior High youth conference was held on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Camp Lebanon.  Sixty five youth and youth leaders from the region gathered to share and reflect on the theme “Special Agents for Jesus Christ: Preparing Youth for Service" based on Ephesians 1:1-4.  The day was filled with praise and worship, speakers, panel and small group discussions. Rev. Erin Phillips, Associate Regional Pastor, welcomed the group and shared the region’s excitement about involving the youth in varies ways throughout the region. Rev. Marella Holmes, Associate Regional Pastor for Youth Ministry, shared a motivating and inspiring word from God. She challenged to youth to accept their assignment from Jesus Christ as an agent to serve the people of God.

2013-04-27 YM 3Four youth from Mount Zion Baptist Church in Newark led the panel discussion about their experience at IMMERSE 2012 conference. They spoke about service projects they participated in while attending the conference. The youth shared how the service projects made a difference in the lives of the people they helped; it changed their worldview and strengthened their faith in God. One of the panelist shared how she gave her life to Christ as a result of the service projects during the IMMERSE 2012 conference.

Ms. Denise Gratzel, ABCNJ Disaster Response Coordinator, shared opportunities in which the youth could serve in the region this summer at work camps in partnership with Habitat for Humanity in areas destroyed by Super Storm Sandy.

Rev. Tamara Davis, ABCNJ “Sacred Safe Spaces” Special Project Coordinator, presented ways in which youth can serve as a Christian example of a healthy relationship with peers in school, the community and church. The conference ended with prayerful reflections and affirmations that we are special agents for Jesus Christ in the Green Cathedral at Camp Lebanon.

Overall the youth and youth leaders were inspired and encouraged to be special agents for Jesus Christ by serving others in their communities, schools churches and ABCNJ region. Everyone had a great time.


Explore Your Call at Embrace the Cause

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August 9 - 12, 2013

Green Lake Conference Center, Green Lake, Wisconsin

Is God Calling You Into Global Mission?

Wondering what's really involved in cross-cultural global mission service?  Not sure how to prepare or what steps to take?  Got questions but you don't know whom to ask?  This event is for you!

During this high-intensity, focused weekend, you'll meet with experienced missionaries and IM staff, many who are former missionaries themselves.  They will help you evaluate your call, pray with you, answer all your questions and banish misconceptions of what it really means to be a missionary in today's world.

Worship, inspirational messages, interactive sessions and personal reflection time will combine to make this a powerful discernment experience.  No matter where you are in the process, you'll leave with a clear understanding of next steps.


Registration is $80.  Meals and housing are extra (see further down for details).  Call the Green Lake Conference Center to register and choose your housing.  (920) 294-3323.

Limited scholarship help is available from International Ministries.  Write to or call 800 222-3872 ext. 2245.


The retreat begins with supper at 5:00pm on Friday, August 9th.  You can head home on Monday morning, August 12th.    Click here to see the full schedule for the weekend.  The retreat will be held in Lone Tree Lodge just a few minutes walk from the central part of the grounds.


Please fly into the Appleton, Wisconsin airport (ATW).  Green Lake will provide shuttle transportation but only if you fill out their "Transportation Request Form" at least a week before the retreat.  You can access the form on their website at: Click on "About Us" and then the "Travel and Maps" submenu.  Cost for shuttles is $30 per person one way.

Green Lake is about 50 minutes from the Appleton airport, so you'll want to select a flight that lands by 3:30pm to be at the conference center in time for supper on Friday.  We strongly suggest that you choose a return flight that does not leave earlier than 9:00am.  Please read the Helpful Travel Tips further down on Green Lake's Travel page.

Housing and Meals

The meal package price is $88 and it begins with supper on Friday (5-6pm) through breakfast on Monday (7:30-8:30am).   Green Lake's dining room offers a buffet of options at every meal but if you have dietary restrictions, there's a form on their website you can fill out a week ahead of time.  Look under "Facilities" and then click on "Dining" to access the form and see photos.

Lone Tree Lodge is $85/night and the rooms all have 2 or 3 twin beds.  Kern Lodge is $110/night and the rooms have queen size beds, and family rooms have twin beds &/or bunk beds.  All the rooms have private bathrooms.  Click on the name of either building to see photos and descriptions.

If you would like to share the cost of a room with another attendee, please call the offices of International Ministries at 800 222-3872 ext. 2313 and we will try to help you find a roommate.

Featured Leaders

Morning Speaker

Rev. Dr. Lee Spitzer    Click here to see Lee's bio and photo.

Evening Speaker

Rev. Dr. Stan Slade    Click here to see Stan's bio and photos.

Worship Leader

Mr. Jared Messer     Click here to see Jared's bio and photos.

Mission Personnel

  • Mercy Barnes-González - missionary in Mexico
  • Kristy Engel - regional missionary in the Caribbean and Iberoamerica
  • Debbie and Flint Miller - former missionaries in the Philippines
  • Ketly and Vital Pierre - missionaries in Nicaragua
  • Becky and Larry Stanton - endorsed for service as missionaries in Liberia
  • Walt White - global consultant in cross-cultural evangelism.  Joining Walt is his wife Jeanine.  Together they served as missionaries in Bangladesh.



Concentración a la Vista: Sábado 4 de Mayo

La Concentración de Iglesias Bautistas Latinas ABCNJ ofrecerá este año una nueva motivación al crecimiento de nuestras congregaciones. Con su ambiente fraternal y de desarrollo, nuestras iglesias y misiones, organizaciones e instituciones, cada líder o directivo, así como hermanas y hermanos en general, tendremos la bendición de celebrar juntos la presencia poderosa de Dios en medio nuestro. Recuerde que la fecha es el sábado 4 de mayo próximo. El tema tiene énfasis en la vida familiar de la iglesia: Seamos la familia cristiana que cambia la comunidad, utilizando como referencia bíblica el pasaje de Efesios 2:19 (RVR1960): “Así que ya no sois extranjeros ni advenedizos, sino conciudadanos de los santos, y miembros de la familia de Dios”.

El programa que se ha preparado es muy inspirador e estimulante. Tendremos buena música para adorar y alabar a Dios, interesantes presentaciones artísticas de teatro y video para animarnos e instruirnos en la Obra, la participación de representantes de nuestras instituciones, y dos mensajes de la Palabra de Dios. Hay un programa simultáneo para niños hasta 12 años de edad. El horario inculye desde las 8.00 AM con registro y desayuno, hasta a 2.00 PM con el amuerzo.

La Primera Iglesia Bautista de New Brunswick es la iglesia-sede, pero el evento tendrá lugar en la New Brunswick Middle School, 1125 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901. Hay muy buen parqueo allí, no tienen que preocuparse al respecto.

La matrícula e inscripción puede hacerse por adelantado a través de sus respectivas iglesias o misiones.  Los registros que se reciban hasta el martes 26 de abril tienen  un descuento (Adultos, $18.00. Niños hasta 12 años, $10.00. Menores de 4 años, gratis), lo que incluye matrícula, desayuno y almuerzo. Ninguna familia (padres e hijos menores pagará más de $45.00 de una vez). Sin embargo, en la puerta, el día del evento la inscripción es de $20.00 adultos y $15.00 por niños.

Contamos con que cada congregacion esté presente, cada pastor, cada líder. ¡Esta es nuestra fiesta latina del espíritu cristiano, evangelizador y misionero, devocional y fraternal!


2013 Senior High Youth Conference

ABCNJ Youth-Ministries

"Special Agent for Jesus Christ"

First annual senior high youth conference


Date – Saturday, April 27

Location – Baptist Camp Lebanon

Cost – $20 (meals included)

Register online

The deadline for Mail-In Registration is April 21, 2013!

Promotional Materials

Download this flyer to promote the conference at your church!


Here are some of the keynote speakers, and discussion leaders you can look forward to encountering this year!

Rev. Marella Holmes


Rev. Tamara Davis


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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ABWM Annual Spring Rally and Love Gift Luncheon

Dear Friends of ABWMinistries: Most of you know what happened to our plans for the Love Gift Luncheon—the Blizzard of 2013!  So, we have decided to combine the Love Gift Luncheon and Spring Rally into one special event.  If you had already sent in your reservation for Love Gift Luncheon, it will automatically be transferred to Spring Rally at FBC, Piscataway.  If you cannot make that date, let Adele Hueston know and your money will be either returned or donated directly to the Love Gift fund.

If you have made a Valentine, bring it with you to Spring Rally.  We will send them, with a letter of explanation, to Lyons Hospital to be used next year or as they see fit.  The Valentine Card Contest still stands.

The ABWM Annual Spring Rally & Love Gift Luncheon will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2013, at the  
First Baptist Church of New Market, 450 New Market Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854.  Our two speakers are: Rev. Tamara Davis on “Reclaiming the Voices Past and Present” and Rev. Mayra Castañeda on "Love Gift."

On site registration begins at 09:30 am and the luncheon will begin at 11:30 am.

To pre-register,  please contact Debbie Carr: 732-968-6290 call between 9:00am – 2:00pm or Adele Hueston at  Please send your $7.00 donation (if you have not yet sent in money for the Love Gift Luncheon): Make checks payable to First Baptist Church of New Market.  Mail to: First Baptist Church of New Market, Attn: Debbie Carr, 450 New Market Rd, Piscataway, NJ 08854.


Accordance training for ABCNJ credit


Accordance bible software has, for years, been the premier bible software suite for the Macintosh platform.  Since the arrival of the iPhone and iPad, a version of Accordance has been available mobile devices.  In 2013 they will, for the first time, release a native version for Windows (it will currently run on Windows by use of an emulator). On March 4 they will be coming to Central Baptist Church in Palmyra, New Jersey for a free 1 day training seminar.  The arc of the training will take participants through learning the interface, to setting up personal tools and notes, to doing complex searches on the Biblical text.

ABCNJ is happy to offer academy credit for all pastors who attend this seminar.  Even if you are not currently a user of Accordance, or use another software suite to study the Bible, this training seminar is a wonderful opportunity to explore the possibilities which open up to pastors through these powerful tools.  See the attached pdf for more details, and follow this link for more details on what will be covered during the seminar and to register for the training.

Note: You must register for the seminar through the Accordance web-site!


Plans Are Underway


On Saturday churches intertested in forming a sister church partnership with a church in Haiti met at Hamilton Square.  We discussed the covenant agreement, chose sister churches and began to plan for our initial trip to Haiti scheduled for May 30-June 2, 2013. If you missed the meeting or want to be part of this initiative there is still time. Our next meeting will be Saturday February 2, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Hamilton Square. At that time we will finalize the churches and the travel plans. For more information, you  may contact Rev. Ken Cadette  and Rev. Sue Royle using the form below.

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Annual ABWM Love Gift Luncheon

Annual Love Gift Luncheon - Saturday, February 9, 2013 Hamilton Square Baptist Church, 3752 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, NJ 08690

Come and join the fellowship of American Baptist Women’s Ministries NJ

“In the Potter’s Hands” Guest Speaker: Pastor Mayra Castañeda, First Baptist Church, Westfield, NJ

Registration begins at 11:00: Luncheon will begin at 11:30

*Ladies are asked to bring a Valentine card to give to a resident of Lyons Veterans hospital, 151 Knollcroft Road, Lyons, N J 07939

*1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes will be given out to the best and most creative Valentine card

*Recognition of top givers to Love Gift

*All Women and Girls Welcome *Lunch will be provided: Registration $7.00 For information and to register please contact Frances Walter: 609-586-0899 Connie Cruser: 609-587-8585 call between 9:00am – 12:30pm:

ABCNJ-One Great Hour of Sharing Hurricane Sandy Aid Forms

Dear ABCNJ Family: Click below to download the MS-Word and Pdf versions of the ABCNJ Aid Form.  These will be available at the Region Hurricane Sandy Open House on Monday, November 5 (10:00am-1:00 pm).  We are placing them online for those who wish to fill them out ahead of time.

Be encouraged!

2013 ABHMS Awards Nominations Sought

American Baptist Home Mission Societies is seeking nominations for ministry awards to be announced at the American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA) 2013 Biennial/Mission Summit to be held June 21-23, in Overland Park/Kansas City, Kan. Nominations are needed for 10 national recognition awards that honor American Baptist individuals, churches and organizations for exceptional faithfulness in ministry. Also needed are nominations for three merit awards that honor chaplains and pastoral counselors. Awards that recognize individuals, churches and organizations are as follows:

• Edwin T. Dahlberg Peace Award to an individual or church for outstanding work for peace; • Jitsuo Morikawa Evangelism Award to a layperson for outstanding leadership in holistic evangelism; • Rosa O. Hall Rural and Small Town Award to a pastor for exceptional effectiveness in rural ministry or small town ministry; • Edward H. Rhoades Urban Ministry Award to a pastor for exceptional effectiveness in urban ministry; • Richard Hoiland Local Christian Education Award to an individual for faithful, effective leadership in Christian education; • Luther Wesley Smith Education Award to an individual for faithful, effective leadership in strengthening Christian education at an American Baptist-related college or seminary; • Kenneth L. Cober Regional Discipleship Award to an individual for faithful, effective leadership in discipleship education in an American Baptist region; • Newton C. Fetter Higher Education and Campus Ministry Award to an individual for significant innovation in campus ministry; • Religious Freedom Award to an individual, church or organization for leadership in defending God-given religious liberty for all; and • Luke Mowbray Ecumenical Award to an individual for outstanding ecumenical work at the local, state, national or international level; this award is to be presented by ABCUSA.

Merit awards that recognize chaplains and pastoral counselors are as follows: • Institutional Chaplain Merit Award; • Pastoral Counselor Merit Award; and • Military Chaplain Merit Award.

“In presenting these awards, we recognize the invaluable contributions of American Baptists past and present who have modeled for us the way of Christlike servanthood—who have inspired and encouraged us in our faith walk, as they have humbly shared their time, talents and resources, all in the name of the One who came not to be served, but to serve,” says Dr. Clifford I. Johnson, president of the board of ABHMS.

Deadline for nominations is Nov. 30, 2012. Submission of nominations by the deadline is important because final selection of award recipients will be completed in December.

Nominations for these 2013 awards can be submitted online, as well as by fax, postal mail and email. Nominations submitted by postal mail must be postmarked by Nov. 30; those submitted online or by e-mail or fax must be received at ABHMS by Nov. 30. To request a hard-copy nomination form for awards to individuals, churches or organizations, contact Susan Bogle at or 1-800-222-3872, x2028. To request a hard-copy nomination form for chaplaincy and pastoral counseling awards, contact Yolanda Schweikert at or x2447.

Images From 2012 ABCNJ Annual Session


If you were present at the 42nd Annual Session of ABCNJ held on September 28-29, 2012, you would have seen me (at times unglamorously!) clambering all over the place with a camera. Yes, one of my duties at the Annual Session was to be the "official" photographer! I regret not being more sociable, but my attention had to be focused on catching the significant moments in what has become a spiritually powerful, moving, inspiring and joyful Annual Session. And now we have a photographic record of it! I invite you to click on the link below, and it will lead you to my FLICKR account and to a set with the 209 photos that I took in the course of the two days. I hope that they will bring good memories for those who were there, and give a sense of what took place for those who were not able to attend. I'm giving permission for you to download a copy of any photo that interests you. I just would like to request that you give me attribution should you use the photo elsewhere. Feel free to leave a comment on a photo or photos that touch you in a special way. I would be happy to hear from you!


2012 Annual Session Photos

Take A Swing For Missions - The 2nd ABCNJ Annual Golf Classic 2012


Whether you are a player, a fan of the game, a beginner, or even a dispassionate observer of the sport - we invite you to come and support the 2nd ABCNJ Annual Golf Classic. Here's why: all the proceeds of this year's golf fundraiser will go to one of ABCNJ's major ministry porgrams - Camp Lebanon! Our camping ministry serves many churches and touches the lives of countless young people year after year, bringing them closer to Christ and a life of meaning and purpose. For a broad description of our camping ministry go the Camp Lebanon's website at,


Lakewood Country Club 145 Country Club Drive Lakewood, NJ 08701 (732) 364-8899 Lakewood Country Club


Saturday, October 13, 2012.


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Registration, Warm-ups 12:30 PM - Tee Off and Shotgun Start 5:30 PM - Dinner and Awarding of Prizes


Your $85 registration/donation includes the following:

  • Golf cart on a full 18-hole championship course
  • A light supper consisting of 5 menu choices and beverage
  • Friendly format, with top 3 teams receiving trophies and prizes
  • Longest drive, nearest to the hole awards
  • Fun prizes, silent auctions and more

Form your foursomes now! Encourage your neighbors and friends to join you to support a great ministry! If you have business friends who want good exposure to our ABCNJ family, encourage them to sponsor a hole and their company's name and contact information will be displayed on a tee box. Your registration must be received in the region office by October 1, 2012.

2012 ABCNJ Golf Classic Registration and Hole-Sponsorship Form

Another way you can support the fundraiser is by donating prizes and auction items. Just fill out the form below and send it to the region office.

2012 ABCNJ Golf Classic Auction Form

Take a Swing for Missions - see you at the tee box!

Exciting New Course from ABCNJ Academy

The clergy of ABCNJ are privileged to have Dr. Paul Borden with us for a day of continuing education on Monday, October 22nd.  This is the next class offered by the ABCNJ Academy and will count as one of the eight courses needed toward the requirements of the Certificate of Excellence for clergy who have their M. Div. degree.  You are invited to join with the staff of ABCNJ for a presentation by Dr. Paul Borden, the Executive Minister of Growing Healthy Churches, on his book, Make or Break Your Church in 365 Days.  This is a book on time management for pastors.

How does a pastor determine the important and effective use of time without pushing oneself toward burnout in accomplishing the work of ministry?  Paul has been working with pastors in his region to help them become more effective with the use of their time on a weekly basis.  Such practical ideas and suggestions are not something one learns in any traditional seminary course.  So time management can be a difficult and overwhelming task for pastors both new and old.  Pastoral ministry covers so many different aspects and topics within the life of a church with ministry opportunities and ideas never coming to an end.  Paul’s book and his presentation will help answer this question.

We will be gathering at the regional office in Hamilton Square, NJ at 11:00 am and the course will be over by 4:00 pm.  The course will cost $15 per person including lunch.  Please click here for the registration form and also email Dr. Pete Ely, Director of the ABCNJ Academy to let him know you have registered.  When registered you will have committed yourself to a valuable and practical continuing education course!

ABHMS 2012 Asian Conference & Asian Caucus Convocation


I want to share with ABCNJ friends and family about the ABC Asian Conference and Asian Caucus Convocation at the First Baptist Church in Waltham, Massachusetts, August 20-22, 2012. Our theme was Challenges and Opportunities for Asian and Asian American Churches. I was the representative for ABCNJ Associate Regional Pastorfor Asian Ministries and First Asian Baptist Church, Haddonfield, NJ. Our region was represented by my church (11 people - 4 adults and 7 teenagers.) and Evergreen Baptist Church in Teaneck, Rev, Joshua Pyon(1), First Baptist Peddie Memorial Church, Newark, Rev. Felix Tingson and Lay leader Felix Colinco, Calvary Baptist Church of Clifton, Rev. Manual de la Fuente and his daughter, Catherine.

The Keynote speaker was Dr. Russell Yee, Author of Worship on the Way (Judson Press 2012).  Yee is an ordained American Baptist minister on the pastoral staff of New Hope Covenant Church (Oakland, California).  Another guest speaker was Dr. Sydney Park, One of the editors of Honoring the Generations: Learning with Asian North American Congregations. (Judson Press 2012). Park is a biblical scholar and assistant professor at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama.

We had a wonderful fellowship, and testimonies and track discussion and all different ethnic group discussion and Judson side tour etc. This brought all the Asian pastors and lay leaders and families together giving a challenge on how to make a difference and outreach in understanding to the next generation.


Come and be Blessed through Sign Language and Praise Dance!

Finger Singers of Faith

Featuring Sign Language  & Dance

For through him we both have access to one Spirit unto the father. –Ephesians 2:18


September 15, 2012
3:00PM – 6:00PM


A free-will offering will be taken.


Valerie Williams –


First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens
771 Somerset Street
Somerset, NJ 08873

What a Special Informational Retreat!


As a representative of ABCNJ for Asian Ministries and Pastor of First Asian Baptist Church of Haddonfield and First Baptist Church of Trenton, Pastor Elizabeth Congdon, Rev. Mary Mild and I attended the conference of “Together in Ministry Retreat for Pastors ministering to the Burma Diaspora Community.”

What a special retreat with pastors from Karen and Chin communities from all over the United States as well as pastors of host churches to the Burmese. There were about 40 pastors and lay leaders in attendance at the National Conference Center in Valley Forge.

Dr. Joe Kutter, Executive Director of the ministers council welcomed us. Then we had introductions, fellowship and panel discussions. Rev. Dr. Brenda Halliburton, ABHMS, Coordinator for inter-cultural ministries spoke on Building Inclusive Communities using case studies from both a Karen church (Rev. Saw Ler Htoo) and a Chin Church (Rev. Rollin Van Bik). Opportunities were given by ABHMS office of immigration and Refugee Services, National Coordinator, Rev. Aundreia Alexander, for identifying ministry issues in Congregations followed by small group discussions led by Dr. Kutter.

An update of the Burma Refugee task force was given by Rev. Florence Li, National Coordinator, and Asian Churches Strategist. There was also an in depth discussion of ministry issues and the formation of TIM groups with Dr. Kutter facilitating. TIM groups were formulated and evaluated.

We learned a lot about culture, history, and political situation knowing that we are all brought together through Christ and how to work together through Christ in our own ministries.

FOR ABCNJ Clergy - Sermon on the Mount Bible Study

2012 Together in Ministry Groups for Pastors

3 Weeks of Theological Discussion – 9 Innings of Fellowship

ABCNJ Pastors – join the region’s regional ministry team (Lee, Elmo and Vern) and guest presenters for a freewheeling and penetrating study of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7)!   We are forming two Together in Ministry groups (limit: 12 pastors per group).  The discussion dates are all on Mondays – April 23, May 7 and May 14.  You can sign up for either the luncheon discussion group that will meet at the region office (11:00 am – 2:00 pm) OR the dinner discussion group that will meet at Dr. Spitzer’s home (5:30 pm – 8:30 pm).  All meal costs are covered by the TIM grant.  Both groups will study the same chapter each week.  A special facilitator will kick off each week’s discussion:
  • Rev. Wesley Allen will “sermon paint” Matthew 5 for us on April 23!
  • Rev. Dr. Stanley Slade (IM Global Consultant – Bible Study) will be with us for Matthew 6 on May 7!
  • Rev. Dr. Donald Brash (Palmer Seminary Associate Professor of Historical Theology) will join us on May 14 and help us discuss Matthew 7!
ABCNJ Academy Credit will be granted to those who participate in all 3 sessions.
In addition to study and growth, TIM Groups also cultivate collegiality and fellowship.  So, as we study the Sermon on the Mount, participating clergy will also be invited to see some great Pitching on the Mound – at Yankee Stadium on Monday evening, April 30!  Tickets are free (courtesy of our TIM grant) but everyone is responsible for their personal travel and food.  We will car pool to and from the Bronx to cut down on costs.
Registration is limited to 24 pastors who commit to attending all 3 weeks of theological conversation.   To register, please email Dr. Lee Spitzer at and indicate whether you wish to join the lunch or dinner group.  In your email, please confirm that you can attend all 3 sessions for your time slot.  Once a group has reached its limit of 12, registration for it will close – so don’t delay!

Call for Musicians: ABCUSA 2013 Biennial

Mission Summit-Biennial 2013 Music App Form

 Are you a Musician, Dancer, Performer, Soloist, Choir, Instrumentalist?

 We need you!

 Mission Summit – Biennial 2013

The American Baptist Mission Summit/Biennial, Overland Park/Kansas City

June 21 – June 23, 2013

Performers are invited to fill out the attached application and send it in as soon as possible.

The application deadline is November 15, 2012.


You're Going To COAL? Do Register!


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.


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