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Register Now for Annual Conference 

Registration for the Greater New Jersey 2018 Annual Conference 'Miracles Everywhere' - May 20-22 at The Wildwoods Convention Center in Wildwood, is now open. Click here to register and for details 
 

Explore Workshops 

This year's Annual Conference will feature five workshops and include topics such as financial security, fruitful discipleship, church and community development, covenant discipleship, and next church musicians. Click here for a full list and details and choose your workshop upon registration for Annual Conference. 
 
Engage Mission 
GNJ is committed to mission and will be sponsoring a meal packaging event with Rise Against Hunger at the 2018 Annual Conference. If you're interested in taking part, be sure to indicate when you register for the conference. Click here to find out more.
 
Rep Your Ministry   
Now accepting requests for display space at 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.
 
Reserve Space for Your Focus Group 
If your group or committee would like to schedule a special gathering at the Wildwoods Convention Center, please click here to complete the form. The deadline to reserve a meeting space is April 27.
 
Sign up for Your Wellness Screening 
Blueprint for Wellness screenings will be offered at the 2018 Annual Conference at the Wildwoods Convention Center on May 21-22Click here to register before May 6. Additionally, participants may take the screening at their local Quest Lab from April 1 - July 31. 
 
Contribute to Annual Conference Gift Shop 
If you enjoy sewing, knitting, crocheting, quilting, wood-crafting, panting, or photography or have a clever idea of something that would sell at the GNJ Annual Conference Gift Shop, consider donating items. 100% of proceeds will support GNJ missions. If interested, click here to send an email prior to May 1. 

Registration Opens April 1
Registration for the 2018 IGNITE World Changers conference opens on April 1. Be sure to register your youth ahead of time for the best possible price. Held at The Wildwoods Convention Center Sept. 28-30, this year's IGNITE conference is all about recognizing the divine spark within. Click here for details.


GNJ's strategic partnership of youth, camping and campus ministries
Register for Summer Camps 
High school and middle school summer camps at Pinelands Center are open for registration! From High School Leadership Boot Camp to Next Gen Middle School Camp with Barefoot Republic, don't let your  youth miss out on team sports, fine arts, music, outdoor adventures and discipleship this summer. Click here for details, brochures, scholarship info schedule and forms. 
 
Job Opportunities 
Next Generation Ministries has two open positions:
Next Gen Engagement Specialist 
Next Gen Camping & Retreats Director

Click here for details and share with your congregation. 
Disaster Response

 

PR Volunteer Mission Teams 

Volunteers are needed to help the Methodist Church of PR as they recover from the effects of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Registrations are now being taken for both Early Response Teams (ERT’s) and Long-Term Recover Mission Teams (LTRs). Click here for more info. 
 
ERT Training Session April 28 
An Early Response Team (ERT) training session will be held on April 28 at Middletown UMC. Click here for event details and to register. 
 
UMVIM Leadership Training May 19
United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) will be hosting a leadership training session on May 19 at First UMC, Glassboro. Lunch will be provided. Click here to register.

Plan a Fall Stewardship Campaign

The United Methodist Stewardship Foundation of Greater New Jersey encourages churches wanting Fall campaign resourcing to make requests in April and May. For the best possible results, an early start with planning is best. Click here to contact. So far, 87 churches and organizations across GNJ have invested approximately 46 million with The Foundation. 

GNJ NEWS

Ashes: Discrimination - The Connection Blog 

Racism and discrimination are still alive and well in society and our churches. Eric Drew, Director of Worship, explains what our churches can do in the latest installment of The Connection Blog. Click here to read. 


Navigating Difficult Staff - The Uncovered Dish 

Consultant, author, and coach Rev. Susan Beaumont comes on the award-winning, best in class Uncovered Dish Podcast to talk about Better Church Staff Management: Hiring, Firing, and Everything in Between. Rev. Catherine Jordan-Latham of Monmouth Grace UMC in Eatontown guest-co-hosts. Click here to listen. 
 

Confirmands Invited for Conversation with Bishop  

On Saturday, April 28, from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Greater New Jersey confirmands are invited to take a tour of the Mission and Resource Center and have a time of Q & A with Bishop Schol. For more info contact Soomin Lee. 
 

Register for Mission U 2018 

Mission U is hosting two one day events, July 14 at Georgian Court University in Lakewood and July 21 at Calvary Korean UMC in East Brunswick, and a 3 day event option. July 13-15 at Georgian Court University. Classes include: embracing wholeness, what about our money, missionary conferences UMC, Korean class, and conference study. Click here for details and to register. 
 

GNJ Peace with Justice Grant Application for 2018 Now Available 

The GNJ Board of Church & Society believes that vital congregations are deeply rooted in mercy and justice ministries. Applications for the Peace with Justice Grant program may be submitted by any group related to GNJ - a local church; GNJ agency, district, or by two or more such groups in cooperation. Applications are due May 1. Click here for more info.
 

2018 Scholarship Opportunities 

The GNJ Board of Higher Education grants annual scholarships to exceptional Greater New Jersey students. 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.   Click here for information on applying. 
 

Dinner Church Webinar 

For the first 300 years, Christianity was done around dinner tables more than any other way. Gina Yeske, Director of Small Groups, will be hosting a Webinar on April 10 around the concept of "Dinner Church" and reaching your community. Click here for details. 
 

GNJ Job Opportunities 

There are several career opportunities available at GNJ. They include:
Benefits Assistant
Media Production Manager 

Click here to explore these and many other jobs across Greater New Jersey.

 

Insurance, Health News 
 

Does a Pastor Need Personal Insurance? 

YES. Church insurance only protects the parsonage and its church-owned contents. A pastor residing in a church owned parsonage must purchase renters insurance to cover their personal liability and property/contents. Click here to learn more. 
 

Moving Expenses for Clergy Become Taxable Income beginning 2018

The IRS have made recent changes to federal tax laws pertaining moving expenses for clergy. Those clergy who are moving in 2018 will have church-paid moving costs reported as income on their W-2 form for 2018 taxes. Click here for the statement provided by the legal team at the General Council on Finance & Administration.
 

Wespath Partners with NutriSavings 

Wespath's Center for Health has partnered with NutriSavings to bring you a new program adding health-focused, cost-savings opportunities to your grocery shopping experience, recopies, and meal planning. Click here to learn more. 
 
Wellness Screening
Blueprint for Wellness screenings will be offered at the 2018 Annual Conference at the Wildwoods Convention Center on May 21-22. If you're attending Annual Conference, click here to register before May 6. Additionally, participants may take the screening at their local Quest Lab from April 1 - July 31. 

UMC News, Events, Info
 
Act Now to End Racism Rally in D.C. 
The United Methodist Church is joining other churches in the United States to bring thousands of Christians to the Washington, D.C. National Mall on April 4 for a rally and kick-off event hosted by the National Council of Churches in the U.S. to promote racial justice. The United Methodist Council of Bishops encourages United Methodists who are able to attend. Click here for more info.
 
Church Site Re-purposed for Ministry 
The site of the former Trinity Morrisania UMC will be repurposed for a low-income housing complex for seniors and a ministry space at ground level. The United Methodist City Society, the mission partner of the New York Conference, has signed an agreement with the Bronx Pro Group for the project. Click here to read more.
 
Is Your Church Listed on Guidestar? 
GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. Listing your church on GuideStar is free and easy, making your church searchable to 9 million users a year and tens of millions more on more than 230 philanthropic websites including AmazonSmile, Facebook, and Network for Good. Click here to get started. 
 
Men's Retreat in Ocean City 
A men's retreat hosted by The Crossing UMC in Washington Crossing, PA, will be held on April 27-29 in Ocean City, NJ. Click here to learn more and to register. 

2018 Grants for Local Churches 
UMCOM is in the process of reconstructing grants for 2018 to better fit local church needs. Applications for New Church Start grants and Website Development will open soon. Click here for more info.
 

Discipleship Ministry Webinar on Tax Changes and Local Church Giving 

Explore ways churches can be proactive with our donors in this new reality on March 22 at 7:30 p.m. for the free Tax Change & Local Church Giving Webinar. Click here for registration.

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