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Get a Sneak Peak at Bishop's Clergy Convocation with Susan Beaumont

Still on the fence about registering? Listen to Rev. Susan Beaumont, the keynote speaker for the upcoming Bishop's Clergy Convocation give a preview: when we tend the souls of the church, we become better equipped to tackle the difficult questions and crises it faces today. Click here to listen.

Registration Ends Next Week!

You won't want to miss it. Here's what clergy had to say about last year's convocation:

"It was awesome... Practical and useful for every day clergy situations... The hotel is a terrific place for a retreat with ample breakout spaces and comfortable rooms with a view of the ocean... Directed towards being more effective as pastors and leaders... Small groups were excellent means to learn." 

In addition to plenary and small group sessions led by Susan Beaumont. The Music Paradigm will engage you in a live orchestra experience to demonstrate the power of leadership and organizational dynamics as it literally plays out. Click here for details and check out the videos below.
Experience renewal, learning, and fellowship Jan. 23-25 at The Ocean Place Resort in Long Branch. Click here to find out more and register. Registration ends next week. No on-site registrations will be accepted. 

All Clergy Gathering Next Week

The mandatory clergy meeting on Jan. 11 at Calvary Korean UMC in East Brunswick will be held from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The meeting is open to all clergy but mandatory for clergy in or expecting to be appointed to a congregation, both part and full-time. Click here for more details. Those who have a scheduling conflict that cannot be resolved can attend a makeup date of Feb. 25 at the Mission and Resource Center in Neptune. Click here to register. Everyone planning to attend is required to register.

Being Better Pastors with Other Pastors

Senior Pastor of Aldersgate UMC in East Brunswick, Erica Milone Munoz explains how her PaCE Group has been transformative in this video interview. PaCE Groups are peer-learning groups designed to help pastors be better pastors with other pastors. Click the video above or here for an overview. Registration is now open. Unlock your imagination and sign up before Jan. 15.

#pastorfails: The Connection 

We've all failed at one point in time.  Preparing for worship through music, media and the arts is always better when we allow others to help. In this week's Connection blog, Director of Worship, Eric Drew talks #pastorfails. Click here to read. 

God at Work in 2016 - A Message From The Bishop

Bishop Schol reflects on God at work through GNJ in 2016 with thanksgiving and gratitude; looking ahead to the future in 2017. Click here to read the message that views last year through the lens of transformational leadership, making disciples, vital congregations, transforming mission and giving. 

Pray Our Way Forward Jan. 29 - Feb. 4

Bishop Schol invites all United Methodists in GNJ to join him in Phase 2 of 'Praying our Way Forward' - the Council of Bishops' prayer initiative which is taking place now through Spring, 2018. Each conference is registered for a week of prayer and GNJ has been assigned the week of Jan. 29. Click here to register your commitment to prayer as an individual or a congregation.

Graceful Controversies Event Gathering 

All laity and clergy from GNJ are invited into a deeper conversation to develop hopes and aspirations for the future of The United Methodist Church and send them to the Commission on the Way Forward. The gathering called Graceful Controversies will be held on March 4 for GNJ members to identify how to see the church move forward. All church members and clergy are welcome to participate. For more info and resources, click here.  Registration opens Feb. 10. 

Save The Date for 'Outbound' 

March 25, Paul Nixon, author of "Weird Church" will be the keynote speaker at OUTBOUND, A Day on Evangelism. This conference focusing on making disciples, is being sponsored by the Northern Regional Team and will feature workshops by prominent evangelists using innovative new ways to reach into the community. Click here for more info. 

IGNITE Leaders Day Next Month 

Young adults and youth leaders are invited to an IGNITE Leaders Day on Feb. 11 at Calvary Korean UMC in East Brunswick from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Preston Centuolo, Kenda Creasy Dean, and GNJ local church leaders will be presenting. $15 includes lunch and resource materials. Click here for more info.

State and National Human Trafficking Awareness Day 

The New Jersey Coalition Against Human Trafficking will host an educational awareness event for State and National Human Trafficking Awareness Day on Jan. 11, at Hope UMC in Voorhees Township. Registration and refreshments are free. Click here for more info and to sign up.

GNJ Announcements

Shared Ministry - Action Required

The deadline for submission of shared ministry giving for 2016 is January 12, 2017. Shared ministry funds support denomination-wide ministries including World Service, Africa University, Black College and Ministerial Education funding among others. If your church has not fulfilled its shared ministry commitment, please contact Cari Cruz, Regional Services Manager as soon as possible at ccruz@gnjumc.org by January 12th.

2017 Annual Conference Legislation Information 

Click here to read an important announcement regarding 2017 Annual Conference Legislation information from Conference Secretary, Rev. Dave Wiley. Anyone interested in bringing legislation to Annual Conference and all committees submitting reports should email them to Cari Cruz, Regional Services Manager, no later than Feb. 15. 

2017 Annual Conference Award Information 

Click here to view the 2017 Annual Conference Award nomination information, deadlines, and application forms. Find out more about the Robert B. Steelman Methodist History, Christian Unity, Harry Denman Evangelism, and Helenor Alter Davisson awards as well as the Harry A. Seese Memorial Scholarship. 

2016 Statistical Reports 

2016 Statistical Reports opened Jan. 1. The deadline is Jan. 31 and the report can be accessed here. Please use username 3360_ _ _ _ (4-digit church number). Password: gnjchurch16. You will be asked to change your password when you log in for the first time. Please keep the username and password available for all users. If you have questions or need help, call your Regional Administrative Assistant or Accounting Supervisor, Danielle Andrews at the Mission and Resource Center at 732-359-1000

2016 Workers' Compensation Payroll Audit Forms 

Look for the customized 2016 Workers' Compensation Payroll Audit Forms which were mailed to every church on Dec. 1 by Church Mutual. The audit covers 2016 payroll for both church and church-controlled nursery school workers. Completed audits are due Jan. 15 and are to be sent directly to Church Mutual. Click here for important details and contact information. 

Can Group Purchasing Help Your Church? 

GNJ's Committee on Finance and Administration is exploring group purchasing for local churches. Click here to fill out their brief survey to help them set priorities. 

Education Society Scholarships 

Are you pursuing an education in ministry? The Education Society of The United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey offers scholarships and loans for those agreeing to serve at least five years as a member of GNJ. For more info, email Jo D. Malessa or call 856-786-0293. 

Calling All Writers and Photographers 

Are you interested in writing for The Relay or serving as a staff photographer? GNJ seeks freelance contributors to be a part of the newspaper in 2017. This is a unique opportunity for young adults, college students, or just writers who want to explore what's happening in GNJ and get their work published. Your byline is waiting! Click here to email a resume and writing/photo sample


GNJ Career Opportunities

Now accepting applications for the senior leadership position of the United Methodist Stewardship Foundation of GNJ to raise funds to expand our vision and our reach to transform lives, communities and the world. Find out more and apply here. GNJ is also seeking to fill the position of Administrative Assistant for the Regional Manager. Find out more and apply here.

March 2, 2017 - Pre-Retirement Seminar

The Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits is presenting a Pre-retirement Seminar for pastors and their spouses. A Benefits Educator from the Wespath Benefits and Investments will speak on retirement planning on Thursday, March 2nd for those planning to retire in the next five years. This session will also feature a speaker from the Social Security Administration on Social Security and Medicare. Click here for more information

CUMAC is dedicated to feeding people and changing lives, working to alleviate hunger and its root causes in Paterson, NJ 


Employment Opportunities 

CUMAC seeks a dynamic Executive Director to lead the organization through a critical transition, deepening and expanding its commitment to Paterson, NJ. The Executive Director will provide leadership and direction for all aspects of the organization. To view the full position description and find information on how to apply, please click here. Additionally, CUMAC seeks a Program Director to join their staff to critically analyze and evaluate programs to ensure success in achieving objectives and goals. Click here for more information. A full-time Driver and Warehouse Assistant are also being sought. Click here to learn more and apply.


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