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Dear Friends,

One of the books that I read this summer and highly recommend is Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman. It is a great book on helping leaders become more aware of their emotions when managing teams. We spend a lot of time on the technical aspects of leadership, but often give second place to the effect of emotions.

One of the statistics that struck me was that in service industries, for every 1% improvement in service climate, there is a 2% increase in revenue. There are two Starbucks that I frequently go to. One is about 15 minutes from my home and the other is in a rest stop on the Turnpike. The line is often long at the Starbucks near my home but people are willing to wait, myself included. However, the line is also often long at the rest stop, but I will not wait. The difference is the customer service between the two Starbucks. The servers at the rest stop Starbucks do not look happy, they are not engaged with the customers and sometimes you feel as if you are an inconvenience. At the Starbucks near my home, the servers know your name if you have been there a few times, they know your favorite drinks, and ask about your family.  It makes all the difference!

In service industries, for every 1% improvement in service climate, there is a 2% increase in revenue. For the two Starbucks mentioned, the increase is financial. But revenue increase doesn’t necessarily mean financial increase. I invite you to explore with your church leadership what implications this statistic has on how you will lead. What is the difference that you will make in your “service climate” in order to make an increase in your congregation’s vitality?  My challenge to those who lead and serve in the church, is to look at this statistic and see where it takes you in growing vitality!  I look forward to hearing what happens!


Church Opportunities and Resources

Church Happenings

Click here to view all the church to church happenings on the Gateway South District! Church events and flyers are updated on a regular basis so you will never miss out. You can also visit the Southern Regional Informational page to view events that are going on throughout the region. If you would like your church event to be posted on the district events page please email  
Southern Region Prayer Request
  • Rev. Robert Wechet's father passed away while in hospice this week. Prayers for Rev. Robert and his family during this time. 
  • Prayers for Rev. Joe and Becky Brieg as Joe's father, Paul V. Brieg, passed into God's eternal care on September 10.
Bishop's Day: Laity Session RESCHEDULED
Details to come.
Bishop's Day: Clergy Session
Date: Thursday, September 22, 2016
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: St. John's UMC in Turnersville
GNJ Nominations: Boards and Agencies
The nominations committee is looking for committed disciples of Jesus Christ who have leadership gifts and experience and are ready to join us as we take the next steps in our strategic plans. To recommend a person, or to offer yourself for leadership in one of our agencies,
please complete the online survey found here. You can learn more about the purpose of the different boards and agencies by visiting the Connectional Table section in the GNJ website here. Nominations should be submitted by October 10. Please contact Ginny Kaiser with any questions.

8 Days Until IGNITE 2016!
"Let There Be Light" is already the biggest IGNITE conference ever. With only eight days away, the IGNITE Squad is preparing last minute details to ensure that students across GNJ have an absolutely incredible experience. But it is not too late to register or add people to your group! It's cheaper to buy tickets before September 30 so be sure to visit for more information!
World Communion Sunday: October 2
Click here to download a free World Communion Sunday Pastor's Kit which has everything you need to promote this special Sunday and celebrate with a memorable service. You will find content pieces to use immediately with little additional work.
Church Celebration: Community Life Center Groundbreaking
On September 11, ground was broken for a new Community Life Center at Sicklerville UMC in Winslow NJ. The new 10,000 square foot center is expected to be completed in 2017 and will include a full size recreation court, commercial kitchen, meeting rooms and bathrooms. The Community Life Center is being built on Church Road in the Sicklerville section of Winslow Township adjacent to Sicklerville UMC.
GNJ Dental Insurance Plans from Guardian: Open Enrollment until Friday, September 23
Retirees, clergy and lay employees of local churches working 20 or more hours/week are eligible for three new dental plans, including a managed care plan with a multi-state network. The 2 current Horizon plans will terminate on December 31, 2016. Everyone currently in one of the Horizon plans will need to enroll in a new plan. Click here for more information and to download the EPOD kit.
Church Conference Schedule
Church conference schedule for Gateway South District can be viewed online by clicking here. All church paper work needs to be completed online by October 3.

GNJ Development Grant Application for 2017

The United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey is providing development grants to leaders and congregations that:

  • Encourage innovative ministry that connects with people in the community
  • Develop lay and clergy leadership for making disciples and transforming the world
  • Maximize vital congregations

Applications must be received by October 5, 2016. Please email all applications and questions to Ginny Kaiser.

Click here for additional information or click here to download the 2017 grant funding application.

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