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Enhance Your Skills With These Training Events

Training equips you with tools to create a positive impact in your life and in organizations where you serve. Presbytery of the James is excited to offer these training opportunities for 2024. All are open to seasoned leaders and those taking on their first leadership roles with a church or the presbytery.

Save the date for each event that interests you or would benefit your ministry. Share with others in your community who may be able to benefit. More details about each event will be shared in the Current, on Facebook, and on the presbytery website as it becomes available.

If inclement weather occurs, a decision about the event will be announced 24 hours in advance.

Presbytery Leadership Training

All presbytery committee members and leaders are requested to join us for a day of training, prayer, connection, and work.

Date: Saturday, January 20
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Westminster Canterbury Richmond (1600 Westbrook Ave, Richmond, VA 23227)
Cost: $15 per person (includes lunch)
Registration: opens mid-December, closes January 11

Church Vitality and Evangelism Workshop

Interested church members and church professionals are invited to join us for exciting presentations, lively discussions, and life-giving fellowship.

Date: Saturday, February 3
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: TBA
Cost: $15 (includes lunch)
Registration: opens mid-December, closes January 25

Church Safety Training 

Being prepared is one of the most important steps we can take in making our churches safe and hospitable places for everyone. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance will lead a training on church safety that will cover situations of an active shooter, fire, and other disasters.

Date: Saturday, March 9
Time: 9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.
Location: TBA
Cost: $15 (includes lunch)
Registration: opens early February, closes February 29

All Presbytery Leaders Retreat 

Join other pastors, educators, and youth workers for conversation, contemplation, good food and fellowship. Enjoy presentations interspersed with time to relax with friends, new and old. Choose to come for each day or stay overnight (lodging is included).

Date: April 16-17
Time: 3:00 p.m. Tuesday to 3:00 p.m. Wednesday
Location: Roslyn Retreat Center, Richmond
Cost: $60 (includes overnight lodging and three hearty meals, coffee, and snacks)
Registration: opens early March and closes April 1

Ageism and Spirituality Retreat

Learn about ageism, age bias, and how to end it in this day retreat. Dr. Traci Gendron, author and chair of VCU’s gerontology department, will share her experience during the morning program. In the afternoon, the focus will shift to developing our spiritual lives. Elder Adrienne Knight, lead for worship and media at Knox Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, leads this portion. Hosted by the presbytery’s Older Adult Ministry and open to adults of all ages.

Date: Thursday, April 18
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Camp Hanover
Cost: TBD (includes continental breakfast and lunch)
Registration: opens early March and closes April 10

Equipping the Saints Officer Training

Looking for a new way to do officer training? This is your event! The morning session will be for elders and deacons, both new and experienced. The afternoon will include a choice of workshops on curriculum, child and youth protection policies, volunteers, and being a clerk or treasurer.

Date: Saturday, April 27
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: TBA
Cost: $15 (includes lunch) Bring more than 5 members of your church for a discount
Registration: opens mid-March, closes April 18