Registration for the 2018 IGNITE World Changers conference is now open! 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 5th anniversary IGNITE conference is all about recognizing the divine spark within. Click here for details.
IGNITE Squad Seeks Recruits
Calling all young adults, 18-25, do you want to volunteer your time serving and growing in faith and fellowship? This is a unique opportunity to do exactly that. Join the 2018 IGNITE Squad. Click here to learn more and join!
Join us for 40 Days of Prayer
In preparation for Annual Conference, all are invited to sign up for GNJ's 40 Days of Prayer daily devotional, each written by a GNJ leader. These daily devotions will be emailed to all Annual Conference members starting April 10. Click here to read more from Rev. Gina Yeske, Director of Small Groups. If you're not a delegate, you can click here to sign up and receive your 40 day daily devotion.
Choose Your Workshop
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.
Participate in 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.
Put Your Ministry on Display
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.
Register for Your Wellness Screening
Blueprint for Wellness screenings will be offered at the 2018 Annual Conference at the Wildwoods Convention Center on May 21-22. Click here to register before May 6. Additionally, participants may take the screening at their local Quest Lab from April 1 - July 31.
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.
GNJ's strategic partnership of youth, camping and campus ministries
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.
Confirmation Classes Invited to Meet with the 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. If you'd like your confirmation class to join the conversation, contact Soomin Lee.
Job/Ministry Opportunity: Next Gen Engagement Specialist
Does someone in your congregation have a heart for ministry, a love of GNJ, and a desire to see young people continue to further God's Kingdom? GNJ Next Gen has an opening for a part-time Engagement Specialist to develop innovative initiatives for expanding the number of students, parents, youth leaders and volunteers and other key stakeholders participating in Next Generation Ministries in GNJ. Contact Ryan Clements for details or click here to learn more about the position.
Spanish Language ERT Training to be Offered at NEJ Mission Academy
The NEJ Mission Academy, which will take place on April 11-14 at the Pecometh Camp & Retreat Center in Centreville, MD. will be offering the Early Response Team Basic and Team Leader courses in Spanish. If you have Spanish-speakers in your congregation who would like to be more involved in disaster response efforts, whether in Puerto Rico or elsewhere, please encourage them to register for the training. Click here for more info.
As of March 2018, 87 churches and organizations across GNJ have invested approximately $46 million with The Foundation. The United Methodist Stewardship Foundation of Greater New Jersey investments are aligned with UMC social principles. Check out Wespath investments here.
Remembering Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In a message to GNJ, Bishop John Schol reflects on the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 50 years after his assassination. Click here to read the Bishop's message and share with your congregation.
Have Questions? The MRC is Here to Help
Let the Mission and Resource Center serve you. Contact your District Administrators below with your questions:
Find Out What's Cooking at the 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.
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.
Lead Like Wesley on April 24
"Lead Like Wesley" is a day long workshop event on April 24 for all clergy and laity to gather at Trinity UMC in Mullica Hill and hear from guest speaker and author Mark Gorveatte on practicing how to lead like John Wesley. Click here for details and to register.
Job/Ministry Opportunity: Media Productions Specialist
Have your Seen our videos and heard our podcasts? Want to be a part for taking them to the next level? GNJ is looking for a Media Production Specialist who is ready to lead our video and media production. Working in a state of the art production studio, this position will tell video stories of GNJ ministries to engage leaders throughout the region. Email Carolyn Conover for more info or click here for the job description and application.
Earth Day Celebration on April 22
Celebrate Earth Day and plant yourself at Pinelands on April 22. Activities will include a 5K and 1K run, arts, crafts, and educational nature walk, local historian presentation, planting and blessing of a new vegetable garden. Volunteers welcome! Click here for details.
Insurance, Health News
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.
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
Waves of Grace Women's Retreat
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.
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.
How to Get in The Relay and Digest
Do you have vital information that pertains to all of GNJ for The Digest? Click here to send an email. Do you have a good story idea for The Relay?Contact Josh Kinney. The deadline to send news for the following month's Relay is the 20th of each month. The deadline to send news to the Digest is noon every Tuesday.