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2016 Laity Leadership Academy

Calling all laity leaders: Expert assistance and guidance in creating vital small group ministries, an evangelism church, social media ministry, and powerful worship experience is available at the Laity Academy. Take on the challenges of ministry in the 21st century.
Sept. 10, 7:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at The Mission and Resource Center. Find out more and register here.


Bellarive is a high-energy band that connects with youth and will share the stage with other nationally renowned Christian artists and speakers at IGNITE. Find out more about the band here. Join over 1,000 students, grades 6-12 from around the region at IGNITE in Wildwood. Register here and find out more about speakers, performers, lodging, schedule and more.
United Methodists throughout the conference are working toward the goal of $12 million to help rebuild homes, save lives and inspire local church mission. Learn how you and your congregation can join the campaign.

Circles of Hope Helps Achieve Goals

In order to reach the goal of $12 million we need to average donations equaling $90 per worshiper, per year. More than 75 GNJ churches have already reached or exceeded that mark! Circles of Hope recognizes and helps our congregations track their giving toward the mission. Find out what Hope Circle your congregation belongs in. Click here to see the list.

Zika Vs. Malaria

News of the new Zika virus has been dominating headlines due to its connection to birth defects in infants. Both Zika and malaria are mosquito-borne diseases and our work in fighting sickness through Imagine No Malaria helps support the fight against other mosquito-borne illnesses like Zika. Due to your support, the mortality rate from malaria has decreased by 60% since 2000. We’ve made it this far, let’s keep up the fight! www.imaginenomalaria.org

2016 Annual Conference Wrap Up

Find out about Annual Conference, legislation, and more by checking out the wrap up. Check here.

Annual Conference News Articles

Share news coverage from Annual Conference with your congregation, through email, or over social media. Click here to browse stories as well as Bishop Schol’s episcopal address.

Video Shows How to Make New Disciples

Click here to watch Annual Conference’s humorous and informational hit video “How to Make a New Disciple” starring the GNJ Connectional Ministries Team. You can view all videos from Annual Conference here.

Conference Journals

The 2016 Conference Journal will be available for review and download on the website. If you’d like a bound, printed copy, click here to order. Printed journals are available free to all retired clergy upon request and all others for a fee of $18. No CD-ROMs will be produced this year. Deadline for ordering a hard copy journal is August 15.
A Future With Hope is the mission arm of the United Methodist Church of Greater NJ dedicated to helping families with Sandy recovery and developing Communities of Hope resourcing for our congregations.
As one of the last standing organizations helping those rebuild in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, A Future With Hope has rebuilt 237 homes with the help of 11,131 volunteers from 44 states, D.C., and Canada. Presently, communities such as Atlantic City, Beach Haven, Brigantine, Highlands, Long Branch, Ocean City, Toms River, and Union Beach and others have active projects in the works.

Drew University Summer Music Institute

An intensive study of the sung and spoken word of worship will be held at Drew University Theological School. The Summer Music Institute brings together musicians, pastors, and laity as well as renowned worship leaders and experts in music, movement, liturgy, and ritual from around the world. Featuring Rev. Tanya Linn Bennett, Mark Miller, and many others, you’re invited to sing, dance, praise, and eat at the table of worship. July 28-29. Click here to see schedule, speakers, and register.



The Connection

Creativity can show up in unexpected places and lead to spiritual renewal. Check out Worship Director Eric Drew’s new blog on his songwriting journey, and how discipline gives us a new perspective to see God working around us. Will you accept the challenge to reconnect with God through a new creative endeavor? Read the blog here.

Central Region Administrative Assistant Position Open

GNJ is seeking an experienced administrative assistant who is committed to excellence to join our dynamic team of talent. The position is key to our maintenance to mission plan which will support our mission to recruit and equip spiritual leaders to make disciples and grow vital congregations to transform the world. Please click here to view position requirements and apply.

Start or Grow a Campus Ministry with a Grant

Is your church near a college campus? Do you imagine starting or expanding a campus ministry and need support? GNJ’s Board of Higher Education and Ministry is offering a limited number of grants of $1,000, to help you start or grow your campus ministry. Grant money will be distributed in 2016, in time for you to welcome students to campuses for the fall semester. Click here for more information and to complete the grant application. Deadline: July 15, 2016.

Walk for All Ages Rescheduled to 2017

The popular “Walk For All Ages” sponsored by United Methodist Communities has been rescheduled for the Spring of 2017. The Walk, which has taken place for the past few years on the first Sunday after Labor Day in Ocean Grove, is one of the primary fundraisers for the Fellowship Fund. More details will be announced soon.

Effective Ministry Offered by Mission U

Speak the language of Jesus at The Cooperative School of Christian Mission’s Mission U annual education opportunity. Providing effective ministry for local churches across Greater New Jersey, Mission U is coordinated and co-sponsored by GNJ United Methodist Women. All are welcome to be a part of Mission U! Click here for event details.

Certified Lay Ministers Scholarships

Limited scholarship opportunities are being offered by The Board of Laity for people in the Certified Lay Ministry process who cannot afford the psychological assessment fee. Click here to find out more.


U.S. Northeast Keeps Bishops

In order to take a hard look at remaking the denomination’s map, the 2016 General Conference opted to keep the same number of U.S. bishops. Previously, United Methodists in the U.S. Northeast faced a potential reduction because of membership losses. The nine active bishops will remain at least for the next four years. The Northeastern Jurisdiction will elect two bishops when it meets July 11-15 in Lancaster, Pa. A General Conference committee will continue examining the number and boundaries of U.S. jurisdictions and episcopal areas. Click here to read more.

United Methodist Job Opportunities in Washington, D.C.

The Council of Bishops announced a plan to reorganize its current staffing structure to better align with the Council’s mission and vision, providing for a more efficient and collaborative team environment. Positions include:
  • Ecumenical Staff Officer, Leadership Development
  • Ecumenical Staff Officer, Faith & Order and Theological Development
  • Chief Administrative Officer
Click here to see a list of open positions.

“Next” Empowers Collegians to Enact Change

“Imagine What’s NEXT” is a weekend event featuring motivational speakers, community gatherings and powerful worship helping college students tackle real issues within their communities and around the world by combining faith, gifts, and passion. Find out more information about the movement here.
Nov. 4-6, 2016, Tabernacle Theater, Atlanta, Ga. Register Here

Feeling Burned Out?

Check out the top five ways to cope when you’re feeling the pressures of ministry. In a commentary for Ministry Matters, the Rev. Talbot Davis, pastor of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, offers some solutions. Click here to read the article.

Summer Reading

Keep up with the latest issue of The Relay newspaper. Click here to read the archives and check out our News tab to share articles online.

Mission Partners

The United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey has a wide range of partners in mission. Click here to find out more information and see who all of our Mission Partners are.

How to Get in The Relay and Digest

If you have story ideas or information to be published in The Relay, contact Josh Kinney at jkinney@gnjumc.org, for the Digest contact gnjdigest@gnjumc.org. The deadline to send news for the following month's Relay is the 15th of each month. The deadline to send news to the Digest is noon every Tuesday.
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