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Take A Road Trip to the MRC for Breakthrough 
Join fellow pastors in a planning day to prepare Road Trip, a series component of the GNJ Breakthrough resource, on May 2 at the Mission and Resource Center. Click here for details, downloadable resources, and to register. 
IGNITE 2019 
Free T-Shirts This Week Only!
Are your youth ready to 'Move Mountains' at IGNITE 2019? Registration is now open! Register 15 or more this week and receive free t-shirts for the group. Share the news!
Click here for the video.
Click here for our youth leader's guide.
Click here to register and get free t-shirts. 

Don't Have Youth in Your Church? Sponsor One 
You, your church or organization have the unique opportunity to invest in the life of a young person for Christ by supporting the 2019 IGNITE Scholarship Fund. Click here to take part and change a life
Clergy and Delegate Nominations  
GNJ clergy and laity delegate nominations to General and Jurisdictional Conference can be viewed online. Click here for clergy and here for laity. 

Register for Annual Conference
GNJ’s 2019 Annual Conference delete will be held May 19-21 at The Wildwoods Convention Center delete. Click here to register.

Reserve Group Space 
To schedule a special gathering at the Convention Center during Annual Conference, please click here.   

New Workshop: Intercultural Competence 
An intercultural competence workshop led by Kristina Gonzalez from the Northwest Episcopal Area has been added. Learn more here. If you have already registered and wish to change your workshop selection contact Beverly Karlovich.

Rise Against Hunger 
Make a difference by participating in an exciting, high-energy, inter-generational meal packing event with the goal to pack 30,024 meals for Rise Against Hunger. To view all workshops, click here.

Ushers, Pages, Tellers and Minute Takers 
Each year District Superintendents are asked to recruit persons to serve as Ushers, Pages and Tellers at the Annual Conference session. Click here for details. 

Blueprint for Wellness at Annual Conference 
Take your Blueprint for Wellness at Annual Conference. Click here for more information, a wellness flyer, toolkit, and to register. 

Small Membership Church Breakfast Bible Study 
Come and share about the joys and challenges of small church ministry with other leaders on May 21, sponsored by the Commission on Small Church Membership. Click here to register. 

Christian Unity Dinner
Click here to register for the Christian Unity Dinner sponsored by the committees on Church & Society and Religion & Race on May 20, featuring Rev. Dr. Althea Spencer Mill. 

Strengthening the Black Church Buffet Dinner 
Click here to register for a May 20 Annual Conference dinner on the topic of strengthening the Black church.  

Drew Theological School Focus Group 
Drew alums are invited to join Dean Javier Viera and the Theological Alumni Association for breakfast on May 20 at The Wildwoods Convention Center. Contact Craig Dunn for details and to register. 

Sign Up for 40 Days of Prayer 
Click here to sign up to receive 40 days of prayer in the 40 days leading up to GNJ's Annual Conference. Hear personal stories and pray in unison as May approaches. 
GNJ's strategic partnership of youth, camping and campus ministries
Celebrate Camping Sunday, April 28
Want to get your youth and their parents excited about GNJ summer camps? Celebrate Camping Sunday with specially developed worship resources for churches. Click here to access resources and start preparing now. 
Open Summer Camp Volunteer Positions 
Next Generation Ministries is seeking to fill the below volunteer positions for 2019 summer camping programs at Pinelands Center in Mt. Misery. Click here for details and to apply. Stay tuned for paid positions, coming soon. 
- Assistant Camp Director
- Cabin Leader
- Music Director
- Photography and Video Director 
Princeton Forum on Youth Ministry 
Youth leaders are invited to the forum, April 23-26, where thought leaders, pastors, and scholars will gather on the campus of Princeton Theological Seminary to provide lectures, seminars, and worship. Click here to learn more.

Dedicate Your Palm Sunday or Easter Sunday Offering 
Haven’t run a campaign yet? Dedicate your Easter Week offerings to Miracles Everywhere. Click here to download a church bulletin insert for your service. 
$4 Million and Counting 
We celebrate over $4 million in total pledges, including pledges from more than 100 churches who are running campaigns. Click here to take part in the movement that's changing lives and making miracles.

A Future With Hope is the outbound mission arm of GNJ, meeting
needs and providing hope for communities throughout Greater New Jersey 

Diaper Depot Introduced at The Maker's Place 
The Maker's Place of Trenton, a GNJ Hope Center, has launched the next phase of its ministry with a Diaper Depot. Click here to learn more about the new initative and how you, your church or organization can take part. 

A Way Forward 
Be More Welcoming 
We are continuing to add resources to our Way Forward pages. Last week we added a resource for congregations who want to take steps to be more welcoming to the LGBTQ community. Click here.
Share Your Hopes with Way Forward Team 
The GNJ Way Forward Team will be identifying and proposing a plan to support congregations in different contexts to be in ministry with the LGBTQi+ community. Click here to learn more about the team and share your hopes. 
Denomination's Future Under Discussion 
In the aftermath of the General Conference Special Session, discussions about the future of The United Methodist Church are quietly occurring among leaders. Bishop John Schol attended meetings in both Dallas and Atlanta. "Think about what would happen if we became a denomination that the people of world said, 'This is a church that has the world’s best interest at heart,'" stated Schol. Click here to read the story.
GNJ News
The Way We Gather 
The Way We Gather is an organizational tool for churches to engage in growth. It’s a key part of Leadership 100 in our 2023 Strategic Plan. Click here for more info, download the book and watch the video. 
Honoring Drew Dyson 
Raritan Valley District Superintendent Rev. Dr. Drew Dyson is transitioning to his new position as as the Executive Director of Princeton Senior Resource Center. A service honoring his ministry with GNJ will be held on April 14 at 4:00 p.m. at Bridgewater UMC. No clergy procession, reception to follow. All are invited.
Leadership Appraisals - Let Us Know What You Think 
GNJ is committed to grow in our work. Click here to access and take part in the appraisal so that we learn what progress we are making and where we need to grow. Click here to see the results from last fall. 
GNJ Peace with Justice Grant Application 
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 3Click here for more info.

Shared Ministry
2019 Reductions for Churches 

CF&A has reduced ministry apportionment to 15.6% for 2019. Click here to see the reduction for your congregation. Click here to read the story on the budget reductions. 
2020 Preliminary Calculations 
CF&A is proposing to reduce shared ministry to 15.2% for 2020.  You can review your 2020 calculation here

Renters Insurance for Pastors
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.
New Appointments Listed
New 2019 appointments can be viewed here. 

Retreat for United Methodist Men (UMM)
Rev. Dr. Richard Vance from the Center for Men's Ministry at the General Commission of United Methodist Men will be speaking and offering a workshop on April 13 at the Mission and Resource Center for all members of United Methodist Men. Click here to learn more and register. 

Job Opportunities 
GNJ is seeking a Database Manager and Next Generation Ministries is seeking a Youth Program Coordinator and Youth and Campus Program Coordinator. Click here for position descriptions and to apply. 

UMC News, Updates, Info
Heritage Sunday Celebrates 150 Years of UMW
This year's approach to Heritage Sunday is a celebration of the 150th Anniversary of United Methodist Women and is themed "Bold Faith, Audacious Women." Click here for details. 
Activism Part of Young Clergy Forum 
Attendees of this year’s Young Clergy Forum fanned out across Capitol Hill, visiting 31 Senate offices to encourage support for solutions to gun violence. Click here to read the story. 
Native American Sunday
Plan ahead for Native American Ministries Sunday, May 5, even as you prepare for UMCOM Sunday this week. Your toolkit is enclosed here.
Bishop White: Strong Convictions, Gentle Touch 
As a fierce advocate for peace and justice, United Methodist Bishop C. Dale White tackled some of the big issues of recent decades with a "gentle fearlessness" that many people found engaging. Click here to read the updated story. 
Resources to Protect Houses of Worship 
The Department of Homeland Security and the NJ State Police are actively working to help places of worship protect themselves.  Any place of worship can contact either organization to schedule a review of the church building(s) and land and help them prepare an evacuation plan, note suggested safety upgrades, etc. Click here for resources. 
Risk Reports From Church Mutual 
Learning from experience is an excellent technique, but when it comes to risk management issues, it can be an expensive and dangerous one. Risk Alert is a tool designed to allow religious organizations to learn from the losses of others. Click here to access. 



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