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Learn From Your Peers - Join a PaCE Group 

PaCE Groups are unique and intimate small group settings for pastors to collaborate and learn from their peers. Groups are made up of clergy who meet monthly to create a purposeful and trusting environment of relationship building where they have the freedom to explore ideas and share experiences. Unlock your imagination, and engage in a 2017 PaCE group. Registration opens next month. Click here for an overview and video.
"Tending institutional soul requires nurturing organizational effectiveness and spiritual wholeness as one" - Susan Beaumont 

Soul Tend at the 2017 Bishop's Clergy Convocation 

The soul is the authentic and truest self of the institution; the source of its divine calling and character, and the protector of institutional integrity. This winter, GNJ clergy are invited to a special time of renewal, learning and fellowship at the 2017 Bishop's Clergy Convocation at the Ocean Place Resort in Long Branch. From January 23-25, 2017, attendees will hear from author, coach and consultant Susan Beaumont and enjoy a special event presented by The Music Paradigm. Cost includes registration fee, workbook, two night stay, and 5 meals. Click here to register today. Registration will close on Jan. 10, 2017. No on-site registrations will be accepted. 


Share Your Hopes for A Way Forward 

All laity and clergy from GNJ are invited into a deeper conversation to develop our hopes and aspirations for the future of The United Methodist Church and send them to the Commission on the Way Forward. We will hold a gathering called Graceful Controversies on March 4, 2017, for GNJ members to identify how best we would like to see the church move forward. All church members and clergy are welcome to participate. For more info and resources, click here. 

Overtime Pay Ruling ON HOLD 

A U.S. federal judge on Nov. 22 put a hold on a new rule making millions more Americans, including church workers, eligible for overtime pay. The move indefinitely pushes back the Dec. 1 effective date while the judge weighs a challenge to the requirement. Click here for updated critical information about this ruling. 

2016 Workers' Compensation Payroll Audit Forms 

Look for the customized 2016 Workers' Compensation Payroll Audit Forms which will be 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, 2017 and are to be sent directly to Church Mutual. Click here for important details and contact information. 

6ABC Covers Neighborhood Center in Camden 

Thanksgiving is all about giving back to others. The Neighborhood Center in Camden was covered by 6ABC News on Thanksgiving day doing exactly that. Click here to read the story and watch the video. The Center is an outreach mission of the UMW's Division and part of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. 

Can Shared Services Help Your Church? 

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

Bishop's Days

Southern Region:
Laity: Wednesday, December 14 | 7:00 p.m. at UMC of Mantua

Central Region:
Clergy: Thursday, December 8 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Aldersgate UMC
Laity: Thursday, December 8 | 7:00 p.m. at Aldersgate UMC


Career Opportunities: Executive Director of the United Methodist Stewardship Foundation + More 

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 following positions: Administrative Assistant for the Regional Manager and Technical Assistant. Find out more and apply here.

"United Methodist Communities is a vital partner with GNJ. We are blessed to have them in our family" - Bishop John Schol 

UM Communities Survey

United Methodist Communities is looking for your input as they continually work to strengthen their relationship with laity and clergy leaders in our churches. Please take a few moments to complete their brief survey so we can build on our collaboration. Click here to take part in the brief survey.

The United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey's Official Christian Leadership Podcast

Ep. 4: Why Pastors Shouldn't be Small Group Leaders

Should pastors also be small group leaders? Preferably not, according to Rev. Beth Caulfield, Director of Small Group Ministry. Find out more by listening to Episode 4 of The Uncovered Dish Christian Leadership Podcast. Click here to tune in. 

United Methodists throughout GNJ 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.

WHO Welcomes Global Funding for Malaria Vaccine 

The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that the world's first malaria vaccine will be rolled out in pilot projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. Funding is now secured for the initial phase of the program and vaccinations are due to begin in 2018. Click here to read the news release. 

Calling All Young Adults and Youth Leaders

Be sure to save the date for February 11, 2017 for an IGNITE Leaders Day at Calvary Korean UMC in East Brunswick, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The day will provide practical resources and tools to help students grow in their faith. Churches of any size will leave with a better understanding of youth, youth ministry in 2017, how to organize and grow a youth ministry, and how to help students grow in their faith. Featuring Preston Centuolo, Kenda Creasy Dean, and GNJ church leaders. Click here for more information.


Executive Director 

CUMAC seeks an Executive Director to take the helm at an important time in the organization's history and provide leadership and direction for all aspects of CUMAC. This full-time position in downtown Paterson reports to the Board of Trustees with competitive salary and benefits. Click here for more info. 

Program Director 

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 complete position description, and application instructions. 


Water is a Human Right: Mission Agency 

The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries is hosting an awareness event about access to water and the impact of a new pipeline on an indigenous people, the Standing Rock Sioux, at 11 a.m. EST on Dec. 10 at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta. Read press release here. 

Church Leaders Respond to Tennessee Wildfires 

Holston Conference leaders are asking United Methodists to be prepared and patient while waiting for information about how best to help victims of a wildfire that reportedly destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses since Monday night in Gatlinburg and other parts of Sevier County, Tennessee. Read more here.

Collaboration Considers Global Shared Services 

The General Council on Finance and Administration plans to work with Belmont University's business college to see if shared services can be made available to United Methodists worldwide. The denomination's finance agency offers 40 shared services, such as travel and meeting planning, with the aim of reducing administrative costs. At present, these services are available to U.S. ministries, but the hope is to take them global. Read the press release here. 

Test Your Advent Knowledge 

As United Methodists anticipate celebrating Christ's birth, UMC.org offers a quiz testing your knowledge of the season. Do you know why Advent wreaths are shaped in a circle? A new question is posted five days a week. Click here to take the quiz. 

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