Workshops & Training

Workshops & Training

Workshops and Trainings

In addition to the annual Congregational Learning Day typically offered in March, there are other valuable learning opportunities available through Presbytery, Synod, or other organizations. Subjects may include fellowship, mission, faith formation and education, stewardship, etc. Information about individual Congregational Learning Courses and other learning opportunities may be found in the PGV eNews and on the Tools and Training Working Group page. 

Congregational Learning Courses

The Presbytery, via the Tools and Training Working Group, offers a series of Congregational Learning Courses for members and clergy. Basic courses for elder/deacon training and congregational finance best practices are conducted annually as well as special-topic workshops to enhance the health, vitality, and sustainability of congregations and leaders in the Presbytery.



This workshop introduces a year-long, 9-workshop series about best practices for congregational mission. The series has been successfully used by congregations seeking tools to assess their current missional efficacy & efficiency, congregations that want to re-engage members in social mission, and congregations willing to consider a one-year commitment to a mission study process.  

The workshops address New Testament principles of congregational mission, dynamic mission factors (identity, vitality, process, motivation, context), a five-step continuum for how to assess a congregation’s current mission projects, beginning with toxic charity.

Dates for 2023 have not yet been set.



Ecumenical Advocacy Days is a movement of the ecumenical Christian community, and its recognized partners and allies, grounded in biblical witness and our shared traditions of justice, peace and the integrity of creation. Its goal, through worship, theological reflection and opportunities for learning and witness, is to strengthen our Christian voice and to mobilize for advocacy on a wide variety of U.S. domestic and international policy issues.


This training provides a safe space for pastors, commissioned ruling elders, Christian educators, and other ministry leaders to explore where boundaries are beneficial in ministry together and what the creation of healthy boundaries might look like in one’s own settings. It explores: personal space and safety, finances, social media, personal relationships, sexuality and self-care. This online training opportunity fulfills the requirement for ministry leaders to complete Boundaries Awareness training. NOTE: Boundaries Awareness Training is not the same as NYS Sexual Harassment training.  

Dates for 2023 have not yet been set.



Beginning in October 2018, all non-profit Employers, including churches, must adopt a sexual harassment prevention policy and provide annual training that meets or exceeds New York State law’s minimum standards. At the minimum, each church employee must receive training on an annual basis and must be completed by the end of the calendar year. Each church Session determines their own requirement of who must take the annual training.  

Recommend a Course

If you have topics that you would like to explore or an area of expertise to share with others please contact the Tools and Training Working Group convener, Rev. Rod Frohman.

Upcoming Courses