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Register Today, Save $200

The first price break ends today for the most exciting youth event of the year. Today is the last day to receive a discount of $20 per person. From Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, over 1,000 students, grades 6-12 from around the region will gather in Wildwood to learn about God’s calling on their lives and go deeper in their journey of faith in what’s sure to be the most inspiring and thrilling event of the year. Find out more about speakers, performers, lodging, schedule and much more at www.ignitenj.org

Deadline for Team Vital 2016 Ends Today!

Today’s the last day to submit your application if your congregation is planning to join Team Vital in 2016. Equipped with the tools and support you need to make an action plan for your congregation’s path to vitality, let Team Vital equip you. Click here to find out more and apply.

Missed the Deadline?

2017 Team Vitals will be forming in the fall. Contact your district superintendent for more information. 

Participating Churches

Check out who is already a Team Vital participant here.
United Methodists throughout the conference 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.

Sponsor Run To Benefit Mission Fund

Cape Atlantic District Superintendent Brian Roberts will run the Spartan Race on Father’s Day 2016. The race, taking place on Tuxedo Mountain, NY will raise money for the Mission Fund and include a five mile run up, down, and around the ski slopes and more than 20 obstacles. Sponsor him for $1, $2, or $5 per mile. Click here to see more.

Circles of Hope

The Mission Fund’s goal is to raise $12 million which averages to $90 per worshiper, per year or $1.75 per week. Circles of Hope recognizes and helps our congregations track their giving to the Mission Fund.
What circle does your congregation belong in? Click here to see the list.
Hope Circle: $300 or more per worshiper.
Rebuilding Circle: $200 or more per worshiper.
Renewing Circle: $100 or more per worshiper.
Repairing Worshiper: $50 or more per worshiper.

NBA MVP Stephen Curry: Call Your Shot To Beat Malaria For Good

Basketball star Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors launched a new campaign called #CallYourShot – challenging us to be a part of the team to end malaria. Just a few years ago there were more than 1,000,000 malaria related fatalities. In 2015, due to the hard work and support of United Methodists, that number was reduced to 438,000. An over 50% increase in life is worth celebrating, but there’s still more work to do. You can be on the team that beats malaria for good! You can be on the team that beats malaria for good! Find out more about Stephen Curry’s campaign at the Nothing but Nets website at www.nothingbutnets.org.

2016 Annual Conference Wrap Up

Find out about Annual Conference, legislation, and more by checking out the wrap up. Check here.

Live Stream Videos

Did you miss Annual Conference? You can view videos of the live stream for the worship services, episcopal address and Bible study. Click here.

Conference Journals

If you’d like a bound, printed copy of the 2016 Conference Journal, click here to order. Printed journals are available free to all retired clergy upon request and all others for a fee of $18. No CD-ROMs will be produced this year, however the journal will be available for review and download on the website. Clergy and lay personal information will be passcode protected. Deadline for ordering a hard copy journal is August 15.

2016 Laity Leadership Academy

Providing the tools and skills for lay leaders facing the challenges of the 21st century, the Academy offers expert assistance and guidance in creating vital small group ministries, inspiring worship experiences, an evangelism church, and a social media ministry.
Churches are encouraged to send a team of lay leaders to develop an action plan to implement in their church. Certified Lay Servants who successfully complete the Academy and implement an action plan will receive re-certification recognition.
Sept. 10, 7:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at The Mission and Resource Center. Find out more and register here.
A Future With Hope is the mission arm of the United Methodist Church of Greater NJ dedicated to helping families with Sandy recovery and developing Communities of Hope resourcing for our congregations.


237 homes rebuilt. 11,131 volunteers from 44 states, DC and Canada!

Don't Miss the Entrepreneurship Summit 2016 - June 18th!

Dr. Jeffrey Robinson of The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development, Rutgers University, will lead a summit re-imagining mission, community development, and the church at the Mission and Resource Center on June 18, 10:00 a.m. -  3:15 p.m. If you think outside the box, want to learn how to do effective outreach, or just curious, find out more here and register today.

Summer Music Institute

Join fellow musicians, pastors and laity in an intensive study of sung and spoken word of worship at Drew University Theological School’s Summer Music Institute. SMI brings together renowned worship leaders and experts in music, movement, liturgy, and ritual from around the world to demonstrate and facilitate an energizing worship environment. Sing, dance, praise, and eat at the table of worship that satisfies the soul and revives the spirit, featuring Rev. Tanya Linn Bennett, Mark Miller and many other leaders.


Prayers for Rev. Jisun Kwak

Delaware Bay District Superintendent Jisun Kwak was elected by the GNJ Annual Conference as an episcopal candidate for the July Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference. Recently Rev. Kwak needed medical attention and is currently under a doctor’s care. Bishop Schol invites all to pray with him for Jisun and her health. So that she can fully heal, please do not contact Rev. Kwak with district business. You are certainly welcome to send cards and well wishes. Superintendents Myrna Bethke and Brian Roberts will be sharing responsibilities for the district. They can be reached at the Delaware Bay Office at  delawarebay@gnjumc.org or 856-624-4468. Thank you for your prayers and your patience.

The Connection

“Unfreeze” your imagination and check out Mission & Multi-Cultural Ministries Director Nicole Caldwell-Gross’ new post on the GNJ Connections Blog. With references to Disney’s Frozen, discover what will push you outside of yourself, allowing you to let go and imagine mission in a new way. Read the blog here.

Bishop Responds To Orlando Terrorism

GNJ Bishop John Schol responded to the shooting massacre that took place over the weekend in Orlando, FL. “Our hearts go out to the families who lost loved ones and the people of Orlando,” the Bishop said, calling all United Methodists to pray for the victims and their families. Click here to read the statement.

Mission U Offers Effective Ministry

The Cooperative School of Christian Mission is once again holding Mission U. The annual education opportunity is a way to offer effective ministry for local churches across Greater New Jersey to speak the language of Jesus. GNJ United Methodist Women co-sponsor and coordinate these schools. Mission U is for all! Click here for event details.

Annual Meeting of The Historical Society

Saturday, November 12, 2016                     
Mt. Zion United Methodist Church
134 South White Horse Pike
Lawnside NJ 08045
Starting at 9:45 a.m.
Retired Bishop Ernest Lyght will share the history of the former Delaware Conference followed by lunch and the business meeting. Afterwards, tour historic places in Lawnside, one of the few towns in America founded as an African American community. If you would like to register to receive a mailed registration form in September, please send an e-mail with your name and address to: JuneMcCullough5@aol.com

Scholarships For Certified Lay Ministers

The Board of Laity is offering limited scholarship opportunities for people in the Certified Lay Ministry process who cannot afford the psychological assessment fee. Click here to find out more.

Dunkle-Mackey Preaching Seminar 2016 – Save the Date!

“How Can We Communicate in a Way that Creates Community and Transformation?”
Maria Dixon Hall, Meadows School of the Arts
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
Dr. Dixon Hall is a passionate teacher and researcher, has published many journal articles on communication, reconciliation, and transformation, and is the Director of Mustang Consulting (an organizational consulting firm linking top students in communications studies to corporate clients). Check her out online at smu.edu.
Cost: $30 (includes lunch) - Registration info to follow. Facebook.com/dunklemackey
Monday, September 19, 2016 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Asbury United Methodist Church, Salisbury, MD 21801

Let The Mission and Resource Center Serve You

The Mission and Resource Center provides meeting spaces to congregations, agencies and committees for meetings and more. Click here to reserve. Space is not guaranteed until confirmed by email.

Translation Equipment Available

The United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey has translation equipment available for agencies, committees and other groups so that your next event or service can be translated in up to four languages. Click here to request use of this equipment.

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