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Will You Take The Lead This Weekend? 
Are you ready to have your perspective flipped? You won't want to miss out on guest speaker Rev. Mike Mather of Indianapolis turn your thinking on its head! Laity, bring their pastors for an inspiring resource day this Saturday, March 3 at Bethany Wayne UMC. Click here to register!
 
Find out More, Get a Sneak Peak 
Want to get a taste of 'Take The Lead?' Click here to read about 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. 


Church Online with Adam Weber of Embrace Church for All Pastors and Communicators 
The Local Church Communicators School sponsored by the UM Association of Communicators in Haddonfield on March 7 will feature Adam Weber from Embrace Church, a 10-year-old church that has grown to six campuses and more than 4,000 people in weekly attendance. Adam is just one of 6 presenters for the conference. Check it out and sign up. It’s free. Click here for details. 

Display Space  
Now accepting requests for display space at the 2018 GNJ Annual Conference. We welcome you to represent your ministry and encourage you to use this opportunity to outreach to the GNJ community with informative displays. Please register by April 15 to ensure your space. Click here for details and to submit. 
 
Annual Conference Agenda 
Click here to view the full agenda for the 2018 GNJ Annual Conference at The Wildwoods Convention Center in Wildwood, May 20-22. 
 
Seeking Ushers, Pages, and Tellers 
Members of Annual Conference interested in serving as ushers, pages and tellers, please email Peter Jamieson by March 27 with your name, address, phone, district and email. 


GNJ's strategic partnership of youth, camping and campus ministries
Are Your Youth Ready 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 

Pictured above: Teresita Matos baptizes her beloved daughter Alana as part of her Water & Roots series
 

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. 

GNJ NEWS
 
Vitality Goals Deadline Today 
Goals help churches achieve growth. Click here to complete your Vitality Goals and we will help you track your progress. 
 

Lay Ministry Recognition Deadline March 4  

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.
 

Single Point of Contact 

The GNJ Staff is here to help. Contact your District Administrators with your questions.
 
Abundant Life - The Connection Blog 
As a leader, if you're struggling with self-doubt, loss, anxiety or depression, you're not alone. Read this week's Connection Blog post by Rev. Juel Nelson, Director of Leadership Development, for some practices to help you live into the abundant life. Click here to read. 


Pictured above: United Methodist gathered with others at a vigil for the Dream Act on Sunday, Feb. 25 at Princeton as participants called for "A Clean Dream Act Now" noting the March 5 Congressional deadline 
 
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 (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival).  If you’d like to engage your congregation Click here for more info and resources.
 
UMVIM Leadership Training 
United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) will be hosting a leadership training session on March 10 at Westwood UMC. Click here for details and to register.  
 
Learn From 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 Job Opportunities 

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Benefits Assistant 

The Benefits Assistant will assist in administering health and dental insurance plans to participants in active and retiree plans. Click here for a full job description. 
 

Media Production Manager  

The Media Production Manager is responsible for producing video content and managing the GNJ media production studio. Click here for a fill job description.
 

Next Gen Engagement Specialist 

The Next Generation Ministries (Next Gen) Engagement Specialist is a current part-time position that develops innovative initiatives for expanding the number of students, parents, youth leaders, volunteers, and other key stakeholders. Click here for a full job description. 
 

Next Gen Camping & Retreats Director 

The Camping and Retreats Director leads all camping and retreats programs and initiatives, providing vision and direction to staff and volunteers. Click here for a full job description.

To explore more job opportunities throughout Greater New Jersey, click here. 

UMC News, Events, Info

 

Facing the Future Conference Price Break Today 

"Facing The Future" - a resourcing event organized by GCORR for pastors in cross racial and cross cultural appointments will be held May 7-9 in Newark, NJ. Click here for more info and to register. Today, Feb. 28 is the final price break.  
 

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.
 

UMC Organizations to be Listed on Guidestar 

The Legal Services Department of the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) is announcing that in response to the many calls they receive about having United Methodist churches recognized on national donor platforms, local churches and United Methodist organizations covered under the United Methodist group ruling can now be listed on Guidestar, the respected database of info about nonprofits, through this website. 
 

Waves of Grace Women's Retreat in Wildwood  

This year's Waves of Grace Women's Retreat: Speak Life, will be held April 13-14 at the Wildwoods Convention Center in Wildwood and is open to all women. Click here for more info. 
 

March 15 WCC Internship Application Deadline 

World Council 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.
 

Christians Engaged in Faith Formation Conference 

From October 9-12 Christians Engaged in Faith Formation (CEF) will hold its bi-annual conference, Curious Church, in Des Moines, IA, and will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Click here for more info. 

 

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