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Sept. 28-30, Wildwood, NJ
Get Excited for IGNITE with our New Line Up Video and Register Today! 
Take advantage of discounted registration through this Friday. Aug. 31. Register your students in advance and share this high powered music video with the line up at your Rally Day or kick off youth group meeting. Click to register.
Small Church Mission: IGNITE Scholarships 
Make IGNITE a mission opportunity for your congregation. Even if you don’t have a youth group, you can make a big impact on the lives of young people. A $70 donation will pay for a young person to experience the power of the IGNITE experience.  Click here to learn more and donate.


Leadership Gathering Tomorrow, Aug. 30 
The Miracles Everywhere Campaign is energizing clergy and laity across Greater New Jersey. If you were unable to attend the previous summer gatherings, one more is available tomorrow, August 30 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mission and Resource Center in Neptune. Learn about the campaign and find ways your congregations can engage. Click here to register.
Leadership Gifts Top Half a Million 
GNJ leaders are making miracles already with commitments of $551,200 in pledges to the Miracles Everywhere Campaign which will raise $5.2 million for Next Generation Ministries, A Future With Hope, hurricane disaster relief and a new partnership with Tanzania. Click here to find out more. 
Campaign Guides and Week by Week Resources 
Click here to access week by week resources for your church's Miracles Everywhere campaign. From commitment cards, graphics, newsletters, social media announcements, sermon series, small group curriculum's, videos, announcement scripts and tally sheets, we have you covered. 
Get Ahead of the Crowd - Schedule a Guest Speaker 
Guest preachers or speakers are available for the Miracles Everywhere Campaign during your service or at an event or group gathering. Some can address the overall campaign while others have experience with the specific areas of the campaign and provide personal testimony or a moment for mission. Click here to learn more. 

Renewal, Learning and Fellowship! Register Now! 

Instill hope and inspire reconciliation at the 2018 Bishop's Clergy Convocation with GNJ clergy as we go deeper to engage in peacemaking in times of uncertainty. Applying concepts from the Arbinger Institute and their work Anatomy of Peace, GNJ clergy will explore leading through change in a diverse mission field. The event will be held Nov. 12-14 at the Ocean Place Resort in Long Branch, NJ. Come for renewal, learning, and fellowship. Cost includes registration fee, two night stay, and meals. Click here to learn more or here to register today. Early Bird discount applies until September 15. 


Minister Across Racial and Cultural Lines at the Laity Leadership Academy. Registration Closes Sept. 7 

Join Rev. Dr. Grace Pak, Director of Cross-Racial/Cross-Cultural Leadership at the General Commission on Religion and Race and GNJ Lay Leader, Rosa Williams for an interactive track on Biblical diversity, culture, and ministering across racial and cultural lines. Click here to learn more and register for the academy. 

5 Things That Can Stall Ministry Momentum

In this week's blog post, Juel Nelson, Director of Leadership Development, shares five things we can stop doing in order to achieve some real ministry momentum. Click here to read.

Last Call for Team Vital! 

Will you take the 18-month journey toward vitality? Enable your church to evaluate its current position and identify a way to develop relevant, practical plans that will achieve a God-given vision for the future. Click here to learn more. If your congregation is ready to hit the road with Team Vital, click here and sign up before Aug. 31.

Coaching Registration Now Open
GNJ clergy are creative, resourceful and whole. A GNJ coach can help clergy unlock potential, achieve leadership goals and create action action plans over an eight month period and are comprised of eight one hour sessions or 16 half hour sessions. Don't miss out! Take advantage of this unique opportunity afforded to you. Click here to learn more and register by Sept. 10. 
PaCE Groups Open Doors  
PaCE groups help clergy  explore ideas, expand their horizons and venture into new territory. Register as an individual or as a self-formed group. Grants of up to $2,500 annually will allow PaCE groups to engage in extended learning in a retreat format or intensive learning with outside expertise. Click here to register by Sept. 15. 
Congregational Development Grants for 2019 
GNJ provides development grants to leaders and congregations for innovative ministry that connects with people in the community and develops lay and clergy leadership to make disciples and grow vital congregations to transform the world. In alignment with our new strategic plan, particular emphasis will be placed on starting new faith communities, growing youth ministry, growing worship attendance to the next size, and engaging in missional ministry in the community. Click here for more information and to download the application form. Applications for 2019 must be received by October 5.

Join GNJ Water Filtration & Medical Team in Haiti 

Join a GNJ Water Filtration and Medical Team to Haiti, April 6-13, 2019. The cost is $1,600 per person. Note that the environment in Haiti is hot, rough and often unpredictable. Please be aware that you should be in good health and able to navigate mountainous terrain. Click here to send an email to obtain application and find out more. 

Church Conference Season Begins 

As GNJ enters into the next season of church conferences, you will find many redesigned resources and instructions available to help you complete your reports and improve overall user experience. To view your district's conference schedule, a checklist of required reports, and detailed info, click here. Arena login info was emailed July 2 to church leadership. Contact your Regional Administrator with any questions. 

HealthQuotient (HealthFlex Participants) 

Take the HealthQuotient (HQ) to avoid paying extra on next year’s Healthflex deductible. The online health assessment is open Aug. 1 – Sept. 30. Click here to begin completing your online health assessment. Click here for details or here for a How-To guide. 

Celebrating 50th Anniversary of The UMC 

The GNJ United Methodist Historical Society invites all to a special morning presentation by Rev. Fred Day, General Secretary of the General Commission on Archives and History on Sept. 29 at the historic Evangelical UMC in Clarksboro. Day’s interactive presentation will be on celebrating the 50th anniversary of The United Methodist Church which is this year’s Heritage Sunday theme. Contact Mark Shenise or call 973-408-3194 for more info.


Church Women United of N.J. State Fall Meeting 

Church Women United of N.J. State Assembly General Fall Meeting will be held Saturday, Oct. 13 at Faith Community UMC Fellowship Hall in Bayville, NJ, featuring speaker April Foster on "Interrupting the Cycle of Poverty." Registration is $5 and food pantry item. Bring a bag lunch and dessert will be provided. Click here to learn more. 
Job Opportunities 

Seeking Part-Time Worship and Ministry Design Coordinator 
GNJ is seeking a part-time coordinator to produce resources for congregations for worship, small groups and local mission opportunities. The coordinator will also work collaboratively to promote, implement and evaluate the effectiveness of the resources. Click here for job description and to apply.
Director of Development 
Applications for the position of Director of Development for the United Methodist Stewardship Foundation of Greater New Jersey are being sought. The position will further the mission and ministry of GNJ by organizing and leading fundraising campaigns, cultivating and raising large gifts, and planning, and encouraging congregational investment in the Stewardship Foundation. See the position description and application here

Tapestries Innovative Memory Care Programming Expanded 
United Methodist Communities at The Shores, located in Ocean City, opened Tapestries II Memory Care Residence. Comfort Matters, a nationally recognized, accredited program, lies at the heart of this expansion and makes United Methodist Communities memory care residences unique and has expanded the total number of residents from 28 to 50. Click here to read the press release. 

UMC News, Updates, Info 
Laity Sunday, Oct. 21  
Laity Sunday is a special Sunday established by the General Conference. While Laity Sunday can be observed any Sunday, it is traditionally to be observed on the third Sunday of October (this year, October 21, 2018). This Sunday focuses on the celebration of the ministry of all lay Christians. Click here for more information about Laity Sunday including a order of worship, preaching notes, hymn suggestions, planning notes and downloads.
Teen Creates Video to Explain DACA 
Sherlyn Rueda is doing her part to help her friends and classmates understand immigration issues. The 13-year-old member of the Ministerio Metodista Amistad y Fe learned animation in her school and created a video to explain the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which supports children who were brought to the U.S. illegally. Rueda and her siblings are all DACA recipients. Click here to read the story and here to watch the video. 
49th NEJ BMCR Annual Meeting  
The Northeastern Jurisdiction of Black Methodists for Church Renewal will hold its 49th annual meeting "Building Bridges Together with Love and Unity" on Oct. 11-12 at St. Mark UMC in Hanover, MD. Click here for more info and to register. 
2018 Dunkle-Mackey Preaching Seminar 
The 2018 Dunkle-Mackey Preaching Seminar will be held Tues, Sept. 11 at Grace UMC in Wilmington, DE and will feature Rev. Otis Moss, III. To register, email Rev. Douglas Ridley. Click here for more info. 
Church Racial/Ethnic Ministries Grant 
Applications for Discipleship Ministries grants up to $10,000 to help local United Methodist churches build ministries that strengthen and support racial and ethnic church concerns are due on Sept. 1. Click here to learn more and apply.



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