Spaces Filling Up For Encouraging Thriving Congregations Learning Community-Register by April 15

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in the churches of the Mid-Atlantics.

I pray as we enter the mid-point of Lent, you are blessed and not overly burdened with additional responsibilities we often accrue during this season.

Three weeks ago, we released a flyer to you regarding the upcoming community of Encouraging Thriving Congregations, a 12-month learning community to focus on re-engaging our churches/congregations in ministry specific to each of our individual contexts.  This is not a “cookie-cutter” approach to re-engaging ministry, but rather a very organic approach to looking at what is needed in your church or community and how your people might be able to tap into that need.  Through the monthly conversations of our community, and the accountability that is held within, it is the hope and goal that we can fill our communities with the love and grace of God.

The approach is simple.  A team of 3-5 members gather monthly for conversation and guidance from Andy Bossardet, RCA Coordinator for Encouraging Thriving Congregations. Quarterly, starting in May, we will gather in person, with pastors meeting on Friday evening, and the entire team gathering on Saturday.  In between we will gather via Zoom Conferencing.  Each team will develop its own particular focus, and as we gather, will report back on their gains, their obstacles, their successes, and their struggles.

 One question that has come up several times already is, “Does our pastor need to be a part of this?”  The response we have offered is the pastor has to be supportive at the very least.  Without the pastor’s support, the chance for success is minimal.  Ideally, we pray the pastor is directly involved, does not have to be the leader of it, but to show the support of the leadership is essential for making any change.  If your church is currently without pastoral leadership, this could provide a great opportunity for your search committee to focus its charge by looking for a candidate who may be able to take the reins of new path for the church that has been laid out by the congregation.

With this being said, our community is currently limited to 10 churches, and this is filling up quick.  If we receive enough interest, Andy Bossardet has agreed to splitting into two sessions (on separate weekends) and we will strive to make a north and a south session to better accommodate the wonderful traffic patterns of the East Coast.

Please refer to the above flyer for contact information, and if you have questions regarding this, please contact either Deb Petersen in the synod office, or email me.

 Blessings and Peace to you and yours.

Chris Heitkamp,

President, Regional Synod of the Mid-Atlantics

Chairperson, Regional Synod Missional Re-engagement Committee

Encouraging Thriving Congregations

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To All Churches of the Regional Synod of the Mid-Atlantics:

We are excited to welcome Andy Bossardet, RCA Thriving Congregation Coordinator, to work alongside our churches to redevelop our ministries, our community connections, and to encourage congregations in how they can and do thrive in today’s world.  

As partners, Andy will be working with churches on a monthly basis, meeting in person quarterly, and via online avenues in between, to strategize how they best can advance their independent ministries; whether it be developing the discipleship program in your church, collaborating with local non-profits, or searching within yourselves to find what God is asking of you.

This yearlong learning community will begin in May (see attached flyer) and will run at a cost of $500/congregation.  Registration opens immediately and will run through April 15.  We are currently opening up to the first 10 congregations. However, if we have enough interest/response, Andy has agreed to work with us for a second class, which would hopefully allow for a north and south class within the synod.

Please note that this opportunity is for churches of ALL sizes, especially those worshipping under 100 people.

If you are interested in participating, please respond to Deb Petersen in the synod office at or 862-247-8444 by April 15.

Rev. Christopher Heitkamp, President, Synod of the Mid-Atlantics

Building a Discipling Culture - NJ Workshop Series

Engage with the word, works, and way of Jesus while discovering the principles of going from having a ministry to leading a movement: reproducing disciples instead of just recruiting more volunteers, multiplying communities instead of just adding more people. During the two-year journey, your team will progress from discipleship to mission, from the singular to the movemental, through a series of four 1.5-day onsite Training Immersion supported with weekly Coaching, Online Intensives for your team, and Times of Retreat. You and your team will experience proven vehicles for discipleship and mission (like Huddle and Missional Community), evaluate your current realities of what is, and look to where God is calling your church into what could be and what will be. For further information you may contact Revs Debbie Pierce ( or Nathan Busker ( at Ponds Reformed Church, 201-337-6744. You may also contact the workshop facilitator, Rev. Jeff Allen ( or 303-524-5273.

Click here for full details.

Crossroads Women's Conference

CROSSROADS XXXIV & Reformed Church Women in the Regional Synod of the Mid-Atlantics present

Broken Hearts/Thriving Hearts: Our Life’s Journey
Women Pilgrims Journeying Together With Christ

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. And the life that I now live in my body, I live by faith, indeed, by the faithfulness of God’s Son, who loved me and gave himself for me. [Galatians 2:20, Common English Bible (CEB)]


A Pilgrim’s Psalm: A Contemporary Oratorio For Lent

By doorjam

March 29-30, 2019
Harvey Cedars Conference Center, Long Beach Island, NJ
Friday 7:30 PM - Saturday 5:30 PM Supper

Check in Friday 4:00 - 7:00 PM

Download the retreat brochure and registration here.

Services of Peace & Healing / Blue Christmas Services

Churches throughout the synod are offering Services of Peace & Healing or Blue Christmas Services for those who have experienced loss, are hurt, or suffering at this time of year. For more information about the services listed below, visit our calendar.

  • Feasterville Community Reformed Church “Service of Peace & Healing”, 12/12 @ 7:30 pm

  • Ponds Reformed Church “Blue Christmas Service”, 12/18 @ 7pm

  • Mok Yang & Crossroads Community Churches “Combined Service of Peace & Healing”, 12/19 @ 8 pm

  • Brookdale Reformed Church “Blue Christmas Worship Service”, 12/20 @ 7 pm

  • Clover Hill Reformed Church “Blue Christmas Service”, 12/21 @ 7:30 pm

Peter Mayer Stars & Promises Concert at United Reformed Church 12/7

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For Tickets:

Peter Mayer, the veteran guitarist with Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band, presents an annual holiday tour. This concert has become a yearly tradition here at United Reformed Church. All proceeds from the performance benefits a different local youth organization each year. The Stars and Promises Tour celebrates Christmas in story and song. Fans come back faithfully every year to hear favorites such as Sing Joy, Junkman’s Christmas, and Christmas Overture, along with other traditional holiday songs. This performance sells out our 600 seat sanctuary, so be sure to get your tickets early.

Part-Time Administrative Assistant Position at Pequannock Reformed Church

Pequannock Reformed Church in Wayne is seeking a part time Administrative Assistant. Hours are flexible, part-time, 10 hours a week. Responsibilities include preparing weekly bulletin and monthly newsletter publications, communicating with members of the congregation and the public, directing phone calls/ emails appropriately, updating social media, completing periodic mailings, publicizing church events, supporting special projects by the congregation, maintaining databases, church calendar, bulletins boards and outdoor signs. 

Requirements include strong, independent coordination, initiative and attention to detail, excellent communication and customer service skills, proficiency with MS office including MS Publisher, computer skills, flexibility, confidentiality, and office experience. 

Pay commensurate with experience. To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to Or contact: Steve Zahner at 201-738-0101

Part-Time Church Office Manager/Financial Secretary Position at Allwood Community Church

Allwood Community Church has a part-time opening (14 hours per week) for a Church Office Manager / Financial Secretary. The position involves Sunday worship preparation, general office maintenance, and financial recording. The church is located in Clifton, one block off Allwood Road. Anyone interested in the position should send an email to for more details.