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Bishop Schol's Message on Jurisdictional Elections

Bishop Schol's message on the election of Bishop Oliveto is available here in English, Korean, and Spanish. All are encouraged to ask questions at this time and can submit them here.

Our video "Imagine a Circle" from last year's convocation, Sacred Spaces for Controversial Conversations, can be used to help facilitate these conversations. Click here to watch and share with your congregation.  

NFL star wants you at IGNITE

Calling all students grades 6-12 and youth pastors in GNJ and beyond, Cleveland Browns running back Willie Green wants to hang out with YOU at IGNITE 2016. Click here to watch the exclusive video he made especially for you. Join over 1,000+ youth this fall in Wildwod for the biggest youth event of the year. Click here for more information, schedule, lodging, and to register. 

Tune into IGNITE

GNJ produced a radio spot to promote IGNITE 2016. Listen here and share with your youth to spread the excitement! 

2016 Laity Leadership Academy

Register for the 2016 Laity Leadership Academy now and take advantage of GNJ's primary resource for laity, serving to equip and empower laity leaders. Try out one of four specialty tracks. 
Sept. 10, 7:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at The Mission and Resource Center.

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.

Circles of Hope Update 

In September, we will publish a new list of Hope Circles. Where will your church end up? Click here to see the list of churches in each Hope Circle. 

Day of Hope 

St. Paul Church and Day Care is having a Day of Hope, Health and Family Fair providing health screenings, games, and entertainment. Funds will be raised for A Future With Hope and Imagine No Malaria. Aug. 27, 11 am - 3 pm at 739 Mt. Prospect Ave, Newark, NJ. For more information call 973-485-0420 or email Pastor Rolando.
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.

Will you join the race? 

Calling all runners and athletes, join the race to rebuild our communities. Race2Rebuild has partnered with A Future With Hope to bring national awareness and financial support for New Jersey's continued recovery. On August 14, the DelMosports Atlantic City Triathlon and 5K will be dedicated to Sandy recovery and A Future With Hope. Sign up here.

Weekend volunteers wanted 

We're equipped to accommodate volunteers for the summer, fall and winter with flexible extended weekend crews for you and your congregation. Teams of 4 or more should email Lisa Park or call 732-359-1012 to schedule a team of volunteers.

Meal Volunteers needed for Highlands Host Site

Provide a meal for teams helping with Sandy rebuilding over the next few weeks. Click here to sign up or email Ellen Korpar. You can also call 732-598-4877

Grieving Class at Mission and Resource Center 

The Landscape of Loss: Pastoral Care in Situations of Grief and Loss will be held Aug. 30 - Dec. 7, 2016 on Tuesdays, 5-7:30 p.m. at the GNJ Mission and Resource Center. This three credit class led by Rev. Dr. Virginia Samuel, will study various dimensions of the experiences of death and grief. For more information and to register, email Rev. Dr. Amy Jones or call 973-408-3084



Looking to reinvent worship for 2017? 

If you are involved in your congregations worship, you won't want to miss this; Doxology: A Worship Conference, sponsored by the Central Region and open to all clergy and lay in Greater New Jersey. Join worship leader Kurtis Parks and leaders from around GNJ for a day of exploring new ways to bring the worship experience to life. Nov. 12, 2016. Find out more and register here.

2017 Health Insurance Church Premiums 

The Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits (CBOPHB) has set the health insurance premium rates for local churches, effective January 1, 2017. Click here to see the 2017 annual rates in comparison with those of this year. 

Korean and Spanish Resources for Team Vital

“팀 바이탈(Team Vital)  한국어 자료 열람 가능”
Recursos en español disponibles para equipo vital 

Meeting the needs of Korean and Spanish congregations, Team Vital resources have been translated and can be accessed here. Check out the overviews and share with your congregation as you consider joining Team Vital. 

Church Conference Reports

GNJ has been working on the conversion of a new database, making the completion of your online annual reports easier. The reports will be available August 1 with an email sent out to each pastor with their initial username and password. Churches will receive an email on their main email address. If your church does not have an email set up, please contact us here. 

Volunteers in Mission Leadership Training 

Are you interested in learning more about being a United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) team leader or hosting mission teams? Join Rev. Tom Lank on Nov. 5, from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Mission and Resource Center. Click here for more information and to register. 

UMVIM Clean Water for Haiti Trip

GNJ United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) is helping to bring clean water to Haiti. Lead a UMVIM team to Haiti, Jan. 7-14, 2017, join the GNJ Water Filtration Team or donate to the GNJ Clean Water for Haiti fund. Click here for more information, call 732-865-3730 or email Kathy Ahmad for more to find out more. 


Join our Dynamic Team of Talent 

Are you thirsting for creativity, inspiration and innovation? Do you want to take your skills to the next level? GNJ is seeking an experienced administrative assistant who is committed to excellence. Are you a fit? Please click here to view position requirements and apply. 

Conference Journals - Order by August 15

There's just two more weeks left to order a hard copy of the 2016 Conference Journal. If you’d like a bound, printed copy, click here. Printed journals are available free to all retired clergy upon request and all others for a fee of $18. Journals will be available for review and download on the website. No CD-ROMs will be produced this year. 

Certified Lay Ministers Scholarships

Limited scholarship opportunities are being offered by The Board of Laity for people in the Certified Lay Ministry process who cannot afford the psychological assessment fee. Click here to find out more.



Northeastern jurisdiction vows to fight racism 

The NEJ College of Bishops and delegates to the 2016 Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference have pledged to work together as United Methodists to fight the scourge of racism. Click here to read the full statement from the NEJ College of Bishops

Bishops approve plan for sexuality panel 

United Methodist bishops approved a plan for establishing a commission dealing with church teachings and homosexuality. The bishops' executive committee also took a step toward a special session of General Conference in early 2018. Click here to read the story.

Save on 2017 UMC calendars 

It's never too late to plan ahead. The official United Methodist 2017 Program Calendar helps design your worship services, plan church events, order resources, and find church contacts. Click here to order today and save 10%.

Free branding and logo service 

Looking for some free branding and logo services for your church ministry? United Methodist Communications will develop a suite of logos for your use in print and online at no cost to you. Click here for more information. 


2016 Northeast Jurisdictional Conference Info 

Looking for more information about the 2016 Northeast Jurisdictional Conference? Click here for information and statements,

Interpretation equipment available 

GNJ has interpretation equipment available for agencies, committees and other groups so your next event or service can be interpreted in up to four languages. Click here to request use of this equipment.

Reserve Space at the Mission and Resource Center 

Let the Mission and Resource Center serve you. Click here to fill out the Conference Meeting Room request form and reserve space for your congregation, agency, or committee. 

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