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Youth Ministry during COVID-19

Miracles can happen anywhere. Check out this latest Making Miracles Everywhere video highlighting three churches transforming their youth ministries to stay connected and continue to make a difference. Share this video with your congregation in your weekly newsletter or during Sunday worship and start a COVID-19 Relief Fund Campaign in your congregation to help fund new ministries in the midst of this crisis.
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Priorities of GNJ

Deepen Faith

In memory of Rev. Myrna Bethke, her message from 9/11/19:
Even in the midst of everything, do not miss the wonders that remind us of the goodness of all God’s love for us. What wonders in your midst are God calling for you to notice and be touched with excitement? Pay attention! Read more

Develop Leadership

“In the coming weeks and months, our churches will be met with a flood of grief, a unique and painful by product of the COVID-19 pandemic...the reopening of sanctuary doors will require a more comprehensive approach to grief care in congregations to meet the real, felt needs of those who are now bereaved or anxious about death and dying.” Read the full article, "Letting Grief Come to Church" by Clarissa Moll.

Grow Vitality | Five Markers

Small Groups

  • Breakthrough Workshop - explore the work of pastors who do ministry in urban settings with Jesus in the City Read more
  • NEW! A guide for pastors in new appointments to make the transition a smooth one during this unprecedented time Check out


  • NEW Singing recommendations for churches to keep your congregations safe Check out
  • Cope with the new normal together through the Living in a Strange Land sermon series Read more
  • Delve into a different perspective with Breakthrough's Jesus in the City sermon series Read more


  • Inspire giving by introducing offering with Mission Moments and more from ResourceUMC Read more
  • How will you plan your stewardship campaign this year? Find out at a webinar on July 9 Read more
  • How does the way we use our money reflect our desire to be anti-racists? Read more


  • Mission U is online Saturday: Finding Peace in An Anxious World Register
  • July 17: Next GCORR Conversation About Racism (Zoom links updated) Read more
  • July 25: A Conversation with UMW on Healthcare Disparities (Zoom links updated) Read more

Making New Disciples

  • How to Address Racism, systemic oppression, violence and more Read more
  • Global Conversations on Discipleship - this week from Denmark View

News and Information

Good News

In Ocean City, NJ, newly-appointed Pastor Erik Hall is leading a Summer Book Study to explore the book, Everybody, Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People by Bob Goff on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday For details and more good news from our churches

Denominational News/Resources

  • COVID-19 Resources from DisAbility Ministries Read more
  • Anti-Racism Sermons from GCORR Check out
  • Answer your youth's questions about racism with these resources Read & share
  • UM Communities Certified as a Great Place to Work® for Third Consecutive Year Read more
  • UMCom's Technology Training Center - do-it-yourself online opportunities help you gain the knowledge and skills you need to be an effective church leader Read more

Bishop Schol's Messages

Events and Other News

  • July 17: Next GCORR Conversation About Racism (Zoom links updated) Read more
  • July 25: A Conversation with UMW on Healthcare Disparities (Zoom links updated) Read more

Clergy Information


  • NEW PPP Funding is Available Find out how to access
  • Renew Tax Exempt Status with your municipality by Nov. 1 Read more
  • See if you qualify to use a simplified reporting form for PPP Funding 
  • Planning Reopening? Stay informed with these resources and guidelines
  • OBIT: Dale Overcash, spouse of retired full elder J. D. Overcash, died July 1 For details


  • 2020 charge conference season begins. Reports due Sept 21 For details
  • Jesus in the City curriculum for small group leaders starts July 22 Read more
  • This Saturday! Free virtual courses with a focus on the Serenity Prayer from Mission u Register here
  • How to Be an Ally: Anti-Racism Action and Reaction. Join the conversation July 17 Read more

Mission Partners

Family Camps Registration Now Open! 
Looking for a safe, fun and affordable place to spend time with your family and friends? Reserve a private cabin at Pinelands this August, and discover the beauty of Mt Misery Lake while hiking, swimming and finding renewal together! Invite other families from your church and have fun this summer, together Read more
  • It's not too late! REGISTER for IGNITE Summer at Home - from photography projects to digging deep into inclusivity, only $50 per household
  • Next Zoom Call for Youth Leader Cohorts is tonight at 7:00 p.m. For details
  • Answer your youth's questions about racism with these resources Read & share
Is someone in your congregation ready
to make a large gift to sustain ministry? 
Learn about donor advised funds which provide immediate tax benefits for donors advised fund?  Find out more
  • Webinar to Help Churches Plan Stewardship Campaigns in this challenging season Read more
  • Annual Campaigns, Generosity Online Course & Anti-Racist Stewardship Read more
New Funding Sources
Working with state and local agencies, A Future With Hope continues to identify funding sources for churches and Hope Centers: 

The Centenary Fund

The Centenary Fund and Preachers Aid Society was established in 1857. The purpose of the fund is to provide maximum assistance in times of need for the support of retired clergy, surviving spouses and dependent children of deceased clergy who have served in GNJ.



  • Asian American Language Ministry COVID-19 Resiliency Fund Apply
  • PPP Funding extended to Aug 8 Apply
  • GNJ COVID-19 Relief Fund Apply
  • FEMA Grants See requirements
  • Peace with Justice Apply
  • Racial/Ethnic Ministries Apply

Employment Opportunities

  • See All Employment Opportunities Apply
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