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Register to Empower your Leadership by Monday 

Sept. 10, 7:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at The Mission and Resource Center

The 21st century is filled with new and unprecedented challenges. Do you have the tools and skills to face them? The 2016 Laity Leadership Academy provides expert assistance and guidance in creating a social media ministry, vital small groups, inspiring worship, and an evangelism church. Have you joined one of these 4 tracks to empower your leadership? Be sure to take advantage of one of GNJ's primary resources to equip lay leaders. Come prepared for in-depth conversations. Now is your last chance to register for 2016. Click here.
"I found speakers who were radically honest about themselves, their walk with Jesus, and top notch musicians praising God" - 2015 attendee

September 30 - October 2 | #ignite16


New Video: "IGNITE Changed my Life"

Students share their experiences from past IGNITE conferences in a new, moving, and inspirational video. Click here to watch as youth speak from the heart about the powerful impact IGNITE has had on their lives. Join us in Wildwood on Sept. 30-Oct. 3. with over 1,000 students grades 6-12 gathering to worship, fellowship and grow in their relationship with God. Click here to register and see the artist lineup, schedule and lodging

Price Breaks Available through Aug. 31

Don't miss out on this unique window of opportunity to receive discounted tickets. Price breaks for the IGNITE 2016 Conference are available now through the end of the month. Click here to register.

Calling all Young Adults 

Are you a you a young adult looking for a unique, fun and inspiring service opportunity? Join the 2016 "IGNITE Squad" of volunteers to help assist with this fall's youth conference. Take advantage of this opportunity to give back and connect. If you or someone you know is interested, email Debbie Barnett.
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.

Scientists Make malaria "Breakthrough" 

Australian scientists believe they've found a new and more effective way to cure people of malaria by stimulating the immune system to fight the disease. Your work has helped cut malaria fatalities in half! Click here to read about the new breakthrough and keep up the fight to imagine no malaria. 

Updating Circles of Hope

The generosity of churches throughout GNJ have helped save lives, fight malaria and rebuild homes through gifts to the Mission Fund. In September, our Circles of Hope will be updated. Have you renewed your support for the Mission Fund? Click here to see the list of churches in each Hope Circle. 

Day of Hope, Health and Family Fair 

Health screenings, games, and entertainment will be held at the 'Day of Hope, Health and Family Fair' at St. Paul Church and Day Care in Newark. Funds will be raised for A Future With Hope and Imagine No Malaria. Aug. 27, 11 am - 3 pm at 739 Mt. Prospect Ave, Newark, NJ. For more information call 973-485-0420 or email Pastor Rolando.
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.

AFWH and Race2Rebuild volunteers joined forces to help rebuild a home in Tuckerton last Saturday. 

Perseverance Grows, Work Continues

Since Superstorm Sandy, A Future With Hope has rebuild 242 homes with the help of 11,401 volunteers from 44 states, DC and Canada. However, there are many in New Jersey still struggling to pick up the pieces several years later. AFWH has active projects in Atlantic City, Beach Haven, Highlands Keansburg, Tuckerton, Brigantine, Long Branch, Ocean City, Longport, Union Beach, Little Egg Harbor, Lanoka Harbor, Neptune and Toms River. 

Lend your Support 

A Future With Hope has produced a new brochure calling for volunteers and continued financial support. Click here to print off copies and share with your congregation

Volunteer Opportunities 

A Future With Hope is equipped to accommodate volunteers for the summer, fall and winter with flexible extended weekend crews for you and your congregation. Teams of 4 or more should email Lisa Park or call 732-359-1012 to schedule a team of volunteers.

Provide a Meal

Provide a meal for teams helping with Sandy rebuilding over the next few weeks at the Highlands host site. Click here to sign up or email Ellen Korpar. You can also call 732-598-4877

Mission and Resource Center to Host Grieving Class 

The Landscape of Loss: Pastoral Care in Situations of Grief and Loss will be held Aug. 30 - Dec. 7, 2016 on Tuesdays, 5-7:30 p.m. at the GNJ Mission and Resource Center. This three credit class led by Rev. Dr. Virginia Samuel, will study various dimensions of the experiences of death and grief. For more information and to register, email Rev. Dr. Amy Jones or call 973-408-3084.

Drew to host GNJ Small Group Symposium 

Clergy and local seminary students are invited to dig into the scholarship and theology behind small groups at a symposium sponsored by the Northern Region Resource Team and hosted at Drew. On Oct. 20 from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., experts from Greater New Jersey and beyond will lead panels followed by discussions and workshops. Cost is $30 for clergy and $15 for students. Click here for more information.

Submit your 2016 VBS Photos 

Submit your VBS photos from 2016 summer programs for the The Relay newspaper and an online gallery on gnjumc.org. Please send only photos in high resolution and include a description, name and location of your church. Due to the large number of submissions we can't guarantee publication of every photo in print. Send photos to Josh Kinney.

New CAMP YDP website launched

Take a look at CAMP YDP's new website and check out some of the great things that are happening in Paterson. Click here to explore the new site. Stay tuned for more information and news as the new site continues updating. 


New GNJ Career Opportunities  
GNJ is seeking a Front Desk Administrative Assistant to provide radical hospitality to all who call or enter the Mission and Resource Center. Click here to read the responsibilities and requirements.

GNJ seeks an experienced Administrative Assistant who is committed to excellence. If you're thirsting for creativity, inspiration and innovation and want to take your skills to the next level, click here.


Update on West Virginia Flood Relief 

After devastating floods destroyed towns and communities in West Virginia, GNJ responded, coming to the aid of the West Virginia Conference as they did for us following Superstorm Sandy. To date, we have received over $40,000 in WV flood relief donations. Thank you for your powerful prayers and generous gifts, helping to bear the burdens of our family in Christ. 

Apply for Campus Ministry Grant by Tuesday

Is your church near a college campus? The Conference Board of Higher Education and Ministry is offering a limited number of $1,000 grants to help start or grow your campus ministry. Click here to submit your application by Aug. 23 or email Rev. Hyun-Bo Shim with questions.

Dunkle-Mackey Preaching Seminar 2016 

Dr. Maria Dixon Hall will lead a seminar about communicating in a way that creates community and transformation on Sept. 19, from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Asbury UMC in Salisbury, MD. Click here for more info and to register. 


Volunteers in Mission Leadership Training 

Join Rev. Tom Lank to learn more about being a United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) team leader or hosting mission teams on Nov. 5, from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Mission and Resource Center. Click here for more information and to register. 

Lead a UMVIM Trip to Haiti 

Need winter plans? Lead a UMVIM team to Haiti, Jan. 7-14, 2017, join the GNJ Water Filtration Team or donate to the GNJ Clean Water for Haiti fund. Click here for more information, call 732-865-3730 or email Kathy Ahmad for more to find out more. 

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.

Part-Time and Internship Opportunities 

Pinelands Center at Mount Misery is seeking a part-time kitchen, housekeeping and maintenance staff member with a heart for serving and team work to work weekends and evenings. A Program Internship is also available for college students. Click here for more information. If interested, call 609-893-3354 or send an email. 

Take part in Volunteer Day 

Take part in the Pinelands Center Volunteer day on Sept. 17, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Be a part of a wide-range of projects. Call 609.893.3354 or email to register your group. 

GNJ Finance and Administration


New Name for General Board of Pension and Health

As of July 2016, The General Board of Pension and Health Benefits officially changed their name to Wespath Benefits and Investments. Moving forward, participants enrolled in plans, and local churches and agencies sponsoring clergy and laity plans will receive correspondence with the new name. Aside from the name change, Wespath Benefits and Investments will continue to provide the same quality of care and service as an administrative agency of The United Methodist Church. Click here for more info.

2016 HealthQuotient (HQ) Reminder 

HealthFlex participants and enrolled spouses must take the HQ (Health Quotient) online now through Sept. 30 at wespath.org to avoid paying a higher 2017 deductible. You can also improve your well-being, explore health coaching, and other wellness resources. Click here to get started. HQ information is provided to HealthFlex in aggregate only. Your privacy is ensured, as Health Coaches with access to HQ information are bound by federal HIPAA laws. Email Barbara Gruezke with questions.

3 New Dental Insurance Plans from Guardian 

Three new dental plans, including a managed care plan with a multi-state network, will be introduced during September, effective Jan. 1, 2017. The two current Horizon plans will terminate on Dec. 31, 2016. GNJ will hold 3 in-person informational meetings and a web conference. Look for information in the mail for qualified participants. Click here for more information.

2017 Health Insurance Church Premiums 

The Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits (CBOPHB) has set the health insurance premium rates for local churches, effective January 1, 2017. Click here to see the 2017 annual rates in comparison with those of this year. 



World Methodist Conference Looms 

The once-every-five-years World Methodist Conference, set for Aug. 31-Sept. 3 in Houston, will bring together some 2,500 people from Methodist-related groups around the world. Click here to read more. 

What Churches Do Young Adults Attend? 

Check out the findings of a new report on engaging young adults and discover clues about the types of churches those ages 18-34 are most likely to attend. Click here to read the commentary. 

How to Save Money with Technology 

Penny pinching isn't fun for most of us, but thriftiness can be good stewardship and using technology wisely can help cut costs for your church. Click here to read tips on utilizing free or inexpensive tech tools to help your church's budget go further. 

Communication News and Tips 


Interpretation Equipment Available 

GNJ has interpretation equipment available for agencies, committees and other groups so your next event or service can be interpreted in up to four languages. Click here to request use of this equipment.

Let the Mission and Resource Center Serve You

Let the Mission and Resource Center serve you. Click here to fill out the Conference Meeting Room request form and reserve space for your congregation, agency, or committee.

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