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The Gateway South District in the Southern Region of Greater New Jersey

Last summer I read a book called "Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World." I read it in part because of the title. I love the notion "team of teams". Something that we have when we are at our best in the church. It's been long understood that ministry and missions take not one person or one committee but a "team of teams" to make things happen.

This is a concept that Paul lifts up in 1 Corinthians 12, many gifts are working together as the “Body of Christ."  Using the image of the body for a description of the Church is brilliant and inspiring.  Take a moment and pause while reading this to just flex your fingers. There are numerous systems in our body such as the skeletal, muscular and nervous system, all working in unison so you can simply flex your fingers and move your hands at will. Just think of all the cells that work together to form a muscle or bone or nerve strand. You might say it is taking a "team of teams" just to grasp or move an object.

In our United Methodist Church, we are UNITED by heartwarming experiences of God’s love in Jesus Christ AND our shared calling to METHOD(ist)ICALLY, which lives out God’s Good News in the world.  To grasp or move this forward - it takes a "team of teams".

Here in the United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey we are made up of a "team of teams". In the front line, we have our team of pastors and laity laying hands and feet on God’s love connecting with communities and growing disciples. Each district is a team, comprised of a superintendent, district lay leaders and circuit elders who support, resource and focus on missionary strategy with local congregations. Our three regions - Southern, Central and Northern region are now working as a team to provide opportunities to serve, learn and grow.  The Connectional Ministries Team and staff at the Mission and Resource Center are all part of a "team of teams".

We have new resources that are equipping and empowering "team of teams" with Team Vital, the Laity Leadership Academy, coaching and PaCE groups for clergy and lay leaders to become team captains.

Together we are putting, as I like to say, “The connection back into connectional ministry!"

During the next several months we, Rev. Myrna Bethke and I, as District Superintendents in the Southern Region, will be covering the superintending needs of the Delaware Bay District along with Gateway South and Cape Atlantic Districts. We will continue to support congregations and leaders, pastors and laity across the region to move ministry forward across each District throughout the Southern Region.

The Southern Region has such strong spiritual DNA dating back to Francis Asbury and generations of bold and faithful women and men that formed and fed congregations and communities. The Southern region, with three incredible districts, has a high number of well-equipped and gifted leaders, clergy and laity. There are great resources and potential partnerships upon which we might continue to build with colleges, universities, prisons and other places to expand ministry.  There are also a number of significant challenges that are impacting the Southern Region with a struggling economy, growing drug and addiction problems and neighbors and members that need hope, justice and love.

For such a time as this we have been called to be a bold, high spirited, positive energy, significant impact, TEAM OF TEAMS serving and leading together as part of the Christ's Body on the move across South Jersey.

"We are stronger together!" 

Guest writer
Pastor Brian - Cape Atlantic District Superintendent


Reading Recommendation by Brian Roberts: "Lead Like Wesley" by Mark Gorveatte 
Do you have recommendations for summer reading to share? If so send to

Southern Regional Prayer Request

Prayers for the Greater New Jersey delegation of pastors and laity along with the entire Northeast Jurisdictional Conference taking place this week in Lancaster, PA. 

Gateway South District
Prayers for Richard Work whose mother is ill. Bill Wilson who is hospitalized with kidney stones. Bill Chew who is hospitalized with pneumonia.

Cape Atlantic District
Prayers for Rev. John Robbins' wife Eleanor and that her strength and health improves. 

Delaware Bay District
Prayers for healing and strength for Rev. Linwood Sharp and his wife Stella.

Church Opportunities and Resources

A Future With Hope: Volunteers Needed

Following Superstorm Sandy, over 11,000 volunteers around the country have helped nearly 1,400 people on the road to recovery by case managing these families, providing monetary assistance and rebuilding 239 homes to date. However, our work is not complete and we need help to finish what we've started and provide hope to people who have none. We are in need of volunteer teams ASAP with flexible extended weekend schedules. For more information or to schedule a volunteer shift, please contact Lisa Park

Catalyst One Day Event: Practical leadership up close with Andy Stanley and Craig Groeschel
Date: Wednesday, November 9 
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Location: LCBC Church, 2392 Mount Joy Rd., Manheim, PA 17545 
CostRegister before September 15 and get the "Super Early Bird Group Rate" when you register under "Team GNJUMC". 
Questions: Please contact Nicole Troast, Southern Region team captain 
Catalyst One Day is a top quality, high energy event in which several congregations have already committed to sending leaders to.  Consider joining the GNJ Southern Region team as they "unpack the nuts and bolts of leadership... answering the practical how-to and what-about questions" that Catalyst One Day is designed to do. Click here to learn more about Catalyst One Day and join the GNJ team in Manheim, PA on November 9 or a second date on November 10. Don't forget to register early!

Gateway South District Events Page 

Click here to view all the church events going on in the Gateway South District. Don't forget to check back often as new events are updated on a regular basis. If you would like your church event to be posted on the district event page please email  
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