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IGNITE Leaders Day FLASH SALE - Thursday Feb. 8
For one day only, Thursday, Feb. 8, IGNITE Leaders Day is only $20 per person! Save $10 on the walk-in price and register today! Join us this Saturday at Monmouth Grace UMC in Eatontown. Click here to register now! 
Save the Date for IGNITE 2018 
Start planning now and save the date for the 2018 IGNITE World Changers Conference, Sept. 28-30 in Wildwood, NJ. Click here for details. 

What to Expect at Middle School Camp? 
Get ready for games, worship, dramas, sports, music, and speakers! Next Generation Ministries in partnership with Barefoot Republic has opened registration for 2018 Middle School summer camp, July 30 - Aug. 4. Click here to see the full schedule and here for registration details. 

2018 Summer Camps at Pinelands Center 

Next Generation Ministries will be hosting three separate camping programs for GNJ youth for middle school, high school and Latino students. Info and updates are being added to the Next Gen website regularly. Click here or contact Ryan Clements with questions. 

Give the Gift of Camp 

The cost of a week of camp is simply out of reach for many families. GNJ is committed to not let cost be a barrier to any student wanting to attend our summer camps. This New Year, give to the GNJ Camp Scholarship Fund. Next Gen board members have enthusiastically agreed to give a "first fruits" gift of their own to get the fund started. If you would like to join them, click here.

Ethnic Young Adult Summer Internship 

The Global Board of Church and Society is now accepting applications for their 2018 Summer Ethnic Young Adult program, an eight-week program for young justice-seekers interested in faith, advocacy and social change Application due March 1. Click here for more info.

Did You Miss Water & Roots? 

It’s not too late. The baptism resources can be accessed on line here and used anytime throughout the year. If you are having a baptism, let us know and we will send a photographer if one is available. Please share your pictures by sending them to Josh Kinney.


Denman Award Nomination due Feb. 15 

The Harry Denman Evangelism Awards honor United Methodists whose exceptional ministry of evangelism brings people into a life transforming relationship with Jesus Christ every year. Nominations must be received no later than February 15 to be considered for the 2018 awards. Click here for more info. 

2018 Legislation and Reports Deadline Next Week

Submit reports and recommendations (legislation) here for the 2018 GNJ Annual Conference by Feb. 14. Reports and recommendations received thereafter will not be published in the pre-conference journal, nor will they be addressed at the 2018 Annual Conference without special permission from the Bishop.

Early Registration Price Break Ends Feb. 15 
Laity, bring your pastors for a resource day on March 3 at Bethany Wayne UMC and apply your learnings for your ministry and community. "Take the Lead: Tools for Laity" will feature keynote speaker Mike Mather of Broadway UMC in Indianapolis. Click here for details, workshops, schedule, a downloadable flyer, and to register. Early registration price break ends Feb. 15 
Disaster Response 

GNJ helping those in need after Hurricane Maria 

UMCOR Begins Coordinating Specialized ERTs 

UMCOR has begun coordinating ERTs to Puerto Rico in cooperation with the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico. The first teams to be deployed will be Specialized Early Response Teams. These teams will be oriented to address circumstances unique to this location and situation and beyond the general scope of work for our more traditional ERTs. Click here for more info.
New ERT Training Sessions in 2018
Several Early Response Team (ERT) training sessions for disaster response will be held in February, March, and April of 2018. Click here for event details, dates, and further info. Click here to learn more about GNJ's disaster relief efforts.
UMVIM Leadership Training 
A UMVIM Leadership Training session will be held March 10 at Westwood UMC. Click here to learn more. 


Morrow UMC Youth Advocate for Dreamers in D.C. 
Young people from Morrow UMC traveled to Washington, D.C. to advocate with congress for a clean DREAM act, witnessing in the midst of political debate. Click here to watch their video as they stand and speak on behalf of the immigrant community of America. 
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. 

The Connection: Next Gen Rising
Why does Next Generation Ministries exist? Find out in the latest Connection Blog post by Next Gen Coordinator, Ryan Clements. Click here to read.

Olu Brown on The Uncovered Dish Podcast 
'The Uncovered Dish' GNJ's Christian Leadership podcast is making (sound) waves across the denomination. Pastor Olu Brown of Impact Church in Atlanta joins host James Lee in the latest episode on planting new churches vs. going multi-site. Click here to listen. 
Uncovered Dish Podcast Seeks Female Co-Host
The Uncovered Dish Christian Leadership Podcast of GNJ is searching for a new female co-host! If you're interested, please contact James Lee.

Top 25 Fastest Growing Large UMC's - Calvary Korean Makes List for 2nd Year. 

Click here to explore a list of the top 25 fastest growing large United Methodist churches, 2018 edition. Join us in celebrating hearts, lives, and communities being changed through the ministries of congregations across the U.S. 
Save the Date: UMAC Local Church Communications School Coming to Our Area 
The United Methodist Association of Communicators is bringing the Local Church Communications School to our region on March 7. Expects from across the connection will expose you to some of the latest technology and practices in the communications industry and is aimed at helping the local church thrive in its mission to make disciples of Christ. Topics include conducting a communications audit, latest technologies, marketing and automation, podcasting, Facebook Live and taking your church online. Save the date and stay tuned for more info or check out the UMAC website here. 

Local Pastors Licensing School 

2018 Local Pastors Licensing school dates are Feb. 16-17, April 6-7, May 11-12, June 22-23. All meetings will be held at The Mission and Resource Center. Click here for details and to register. 

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 

2018 Health Reimbursement Account Contribution

The Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) is provided to participants per approval by the Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits. Effective Jan. 1, all participants enrolled in HealthFlex received their annual HRA contribution from GNJ. Click here for more info

Pre-Retirement Seminar - March 1 

GNJ's Board of Pension and Health Benefits is presenting a Pre-retirement Seminar for pastors and their spouses. A benefits educator from Wespath will speak on retirement planning on March 1 at the Mission and Resource Center for those planning to retire in the next five years. The session will also feature a speaker from the Social Security Administration on Social Security and Medicare. 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. 


Lay Ministry Recognition 2018 

To nominate a person or group in your church for Lay Ministry Recognition to honor their creativity and innovation in transforming lives and making disciples of Jesus Christ, please click here to submit before March 4. Laity will be recognized on April 28 at the Mission and Resource Center. 

UMC News, Events, Info


Racial Ethnic Grants 

The General Board of Global Ministries invites you to apply for grants that will be awarded in Spring 2018. The deadline is Feb. 23. These grants have assisted nonprofits, churches, annual conferences, and other community organizers in the areas of leadership and congregational development, ministry with the poor and health ministries. Click here for more info. 

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. 

Facing the Future Conference 

"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. The next price break is Feb. 28. 

50th Anniversary of United Methodist Denomination

United Methodist News Service (UMNS) is seeking people who were at the uniting General Conference in 1968. If you or anyone you know was at this historic event, please email or send names and or contact info to Sam Hodges. 

Confirmation Groups Invited to Methodist History Events 

Calling Confirmation groups, this Spring you're invited to join youth from the tri-state area for a step back in time to discover the roots of the Methodist church in America through the "time traveler" program at Historic St. George's in Philadelphia. Click here for more info. 

Reach Conference Invites Youth to Ocean City 

This summer, Coastal Christian Church in Ocean City invites high school youth to take part in the Reach Conference, June 29-30. Speakers include Neil Massaro, Chaz Smith and Luke Lezon and worship from Cathryn Manning and Hope Worship. Click here for details.

Kentucky Conference Treasurer Sought 

The Kentucky Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church is currently recruiting for the position of Conference Treasurer and Director of Administrative Services. Deadline for receiving applications is Feb. 28. Click here for details. 

Director of Development Sought  

The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association is in search of a new Director of Development to join their team. Click here for details and full job description. 



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