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Miracles Everywhere Leadership Gathering Aug. 30 
The Miracles Everywhere Leadership Gatherings have energized clergy and laity across Greater New Jersey.  We’ve added one more gathering to reach those who were not able to attend earlier this summer. Join us on Thursday, August 30 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mission and Resource Center in Neptune to learn about the campaign and find ways your congregations can engage. Click here to register.
 
Start a Campaign in Your Congregation This Fall
Campaign guides are available for planning your 2019 Miracles Everywhere campaign to raise funds for Next Gen ministries, Hope Centers, partnerships with Tanzania and Puerto Rico, and hurricane recovery. Click here to download a copy of the guidebook and access graphics and materials for your fall campaign planning. 
 
Newly Added Resources:  
New Worship Series: Click here.
New Spanish Language Pledge Cards and Bulletin Inserts: Click here.
New Small Group Resources: Click here.


Registration Open for 2018 Bishop's Clergy Convocation with the Arbinger Institute 

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. 


Sept. 28-30, Wildwood, NJ
 
Discounted Registration Ends Aug. 31
Did you know you can register for IGNITE without knowing who will sign up? Reserve spaces for your youth ahead of time and save. The last price break ends on Aug. 31. Don't miss out on the best possible deal! Click to register.
 
Give the Gift of IGNITE! 
You, your church or organization can be a part of changing the life of a young person. Donate to the IGNITE scholarship fund and invest in the spiritual growth and formation of the Next Generation. Click here to learn more and donate.
 
GNJ NEWS

Digital Strategies for Salvation at Laity Academy  

Your church brand and social media channels matter, and this year's Laity Leadership Academy on Oct. 6 at the Mission and Resource Center in Neptune will explain why. Join George Lagos and Debbie Bruce for a track on digital strategies for salvation and website building. Click here to learn more and register for the academy. 
 
Plan Ahead with a Narrative Budget: The Connection
Jana Purkis-Brash, Executive Director of The United Methodist Stewardship Foundation of Greater New Jersey, shares how we can transform a line item of money and expenses into an exciting picture of ministry and mission in the latest Connection blog. Click here to read.
 
Coaching Registration Opens Monday, Aug. 27 
Coaching is available to clergy in GNJ! Coaches will assist in achieving leadership goals and action plans over an eight month period and can be comprised of eight one hour sessions or 16 half hour sessions. Registration opens Monday, Aug. 27. Click here to learn more. 
 
Expand Your Horizons with a PaCE Group 
Build relationships and unlock your imagination with clergy who meet monthly for 8-10 months to explore ideas, expand horizons and create synergy. 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 today. 
  

Take the Team Vital Road Trip! 

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. 
 
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.
 
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.
 

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. 
 
   
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

 
Fundraiser to Feature N.J.'s Top Chefs
CUMAC is thrilled to debut a new fundraiser this year called FLAMES! Join them on Thursday, Sept.13 at Factory 220 for a night of food and fun with some of N.J.'s top chefs, gourmet bites, great music, and auctions full of exclusive prizes and experiences. Tickets are on sale now and all proceeds will help CUMAC feed people and change lives. Click here to learn more.

UMC News, Updates, Info 
 
Hispanic/Latino Caucus Supports One Church Plan
The Hispanic-Latino caucus of The United Methodist Church is backing the One Church Plan, which would leave decisions to allow same-gender weddings up to churches and gay ordination up to annual conferences. Click here to read. 
 
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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