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Calling Laity for Applied Leadership 
'Take The Lead' is only $10 per person until Feb. 22, and $20 per person thereafter. Laity are invited to bring their pastors for a resource day on March 3 at Bethany Wayne UMC. Click here to register and check out the new promo video! 
Why Doesn't Jesus go to Food Pantries? Find out on The Uncovered Dish Podcast, Get a Taste of 'Take the Lead' 
Why doesn't Jesus go to food pantries? Hear the story of Broadway UMC in Indianapolis and how a flip of perspective transformed a community. Click here to listen to Take the Lead's keynote speaker Rev. Mike Mather on the latest episode of GNJ's Uncovered Dish Christian Leadership Podcast. 

Bishop Ortiz to Address Annual Conference 
On Monday, May 21, Bishop Hector Ortiz from the Methodist Church in Puerto Rico will join  GNJ's Annual Conference to share with attendees and celebrate GNJ's commitment to seeing Puerto Rico through on its road to recovery following Hurricane Maria. We welcome Bishop Ortiz and his family! Click here to see the full agenda.
Seeking Ushers, Pages, and Tellers 
Members of Annual Conference interested in serving as ushers, pages and tellers, please email Peter Jamieson at pastorpjamie@gmail.com by March 27 with your name, address, phone, district and email. 

GNJ's strategic partnership of youth, camping and campus ministries
Register for High School Student Leader Boot Camp 
From July 23-28 at Pinelands Center, high school students will grow leadership skills through active spiritual formation, hands-on mission training and fellowship. Click here to learn more and register. 
Who's in for Middle School Summer Camp? 
Don't let your middle school youth miss out on team sports, fine arts, music, outdoor adventures and discipleship this summer. Register now for Next Gen Middle School summer camp in partnership with Barefoot Republic, July 30 - Aug. 4. Click here for info, schedule, and downloadable brochure. 
Water & Roots 

There's More to Water & Roots 

Why are we putting such an emphasis on baptism this year? Trey Wince, Director of New Disciples, gives his take on the Water & Roots initiative. Click here to watch and here for more info and resources to rediscover the power of baptism. 

A Future With Hope is the outbound mission arm of GNJ, meeting
needs and providing hope for communities throughout New Jersey 


United Methodists Bringing People Home 

As A Future With Hope winds down its Sandy recovery work, projects are still in progress, three of which are close to completion. Work continues in Little Egg Harbor, Highlands, Atlantic City, Brigantine and Stafford Township. Click here to help these projects finish strong. 

A Call to Prayer and Action From Bishop Schol 
In the wake of the recent school shooting in Florida, Bishop John Schol calls GNJ to prayer and action. Click here to read the message from the Bishop. 
Local-Church Communicators School
The national United Methodist Association of Communicators are coming to our region on March 7 at Haddonfield UMC for a Communications School. Experts will teach pastors, laity, and people who want to get their message across. Click here for details. Learn about podcasting, Facebook Live, emerging tech and digital storytelling. 
GNJ Immigration Task Force for Dreamers 
A special task force created by the GNJ Board of Church and Society is advocating for Congressional legislation for the DACA Program (Differed Action for Childhood Arrival).  If you’d like to engage your congregation Click here for more info and resources.

Who is Making a Difference in Your Congregation? 

Is there a person in your congregation who is making a difference and changing lives in your church or community? Now is your chance to nominate them for Lay Ministry Recognition. Click here to submit your nominations before March 4.
Uncovered Dish Podcast Seeks Volunteer Co-Host
The Uncovered Dish Christian Leadership Podcast of GNJ is searching for a new volunteer co-host! If you're interested, please contact James Lee, Director of Visual Arts at jlee@gnjumc.org 
GNJ Among National Communications Experts 
How can you reach more people by streaming your worship service via Facebook? Want to learn more about podcasting? Check out the upcoming Local Church Communications School on March 7 at Haddonfield UMC. Click here.

2018 Scholarship Opportunities 

Click here for the complete list of 2018 Greater New Jersey Scholarships from the GNJ Board of Higher Education and Ministry. The application deadline is March 31. 

GNJ Announcements 


Important Fire Safety Information 

Church Mutual has provided an informational brochure regarding fire safety, showcasing ways to minimize the threat of fires. Click here for practical steps you can take to prevent fire at your church. 

Planning to Retire? 

GNJ's Board of Pension and Health Benefits is presenting a Pre-retirement Seminar for pastors and their spouses on March 1 at the Mission and Resource Center. Click here for details and to register. 

Church Mutual 2018 Religious Scholars Program 

Church Mutual Insurance Company Foundation is offering 50 scholarships of $5,000 each to advanced religious scholars. Click here to learn more. 

UMC News, Events, Info


UMC Bishops Respond to Florida Shooting 

The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church has issued a statement of grief, mourning the victims of the shootings and called for prayers of repentance from the  culture of death and cycle of violence. Click here to read the statement issued by Florida Area Resident Bishop and incoming President of the Council of Bishops, Ken Carter. 

Lent Resources 

Click here for UMCOM's creative lent resourcing ideas for encouraging your congregation to grow in their faith during this season leading up to Easter. 

UMCOR Sunday - March 11

UMCOR Sunday is a church-wide special Sunday providing United Methodists the opportunity to help our sisters and brothers around the world in times of need. Click here to read about how giving changes lives and here to download the UMCOR Sunday Pastor and Leader's Kit.

WCC Internship 

Worldwide Fellowship of Churches (WCC) member churches are invited to send in applications of young people actively involved in church and ecumenical relations to the WCC Internship Programme in Geneva. Application deadline is March 15. Click here for details. 
Church Women United 
Church Women United in New Jersey is having their 75th anniversary celebration at Christ Church in Summit on April 28. The event will include worship, speakers, and a luncheon. Click here for details and contact info. 

Cross Racial Appointments 

Unique challenges arise when a church is served by a pastor from a different racial or cultural background or as it struggles to engage a changing community. The Rev. Jasmine Smothers, the first African-American lead pastor of First Atlanta UMC, shares her perspectives on ministry in cross-cultural settings. Click here to read commentary. 

Lewis Fellows Cohort Applications 

The Lewis Fellows program is a post-graduate, post-ordination leadership development opportunity for young clergy offered by the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary. The program brings together outstanding young clergy for intensive leadership development activities and sustained peer interaction. Applications deadline is April 13. Click here for more info.

First Friends Seeks Executive Director 

First Friends of NJ and NY seeks a full-time Executive Director to lead the organization through its next stage of development. Providing pastoral care and social services to immigrant detainees, First Friends is growing to meet needs all NJ detention centers. Click here to find out more and apply. 


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