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Guest Writer, Rev. Brian Roberts
Cape Atlantic District Superintendent

“To BOLDLY Go Moving into 2017 in new ways”

Greeting! During these first days of 2017, I've had the Star-Trek sound track running through my mind. I've imagined what the Great Commission morphing with the opening dialogue from this space adventure.

These are the voyages of the Church. Its Christ given mission; to make disciples of all the world, to live out and teach all God has given to us and to build dynamic, life giving, community changing communities of faith, to boldly go where the Good News has not gone before…

John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church was one that modeled and called us to what many has been labeled by some “Holy Boldness”- a Spirit inspired and infused confidence and courage to step out, reach out, move out in new directions and take ministry and mission to new places, in dynamically different ways. I continue to mine lessons from the book Lead Like Wesley as boldness is essential for capturing the heart of the next generation.

J. Oswald Sanders, author of Spiritual Leadership, wrote this to perspective leaders, "more failure comes from an excess of caution than from bold experiments with new ideas…’the frontiers of the kingdom of God were never advanced by men and women of caution.’” 

I encourage you to close your eyes, que up the sound track for the Star Trek theme song as you prayerfully ponder as pastors and laity leading congregations, what is God calling you toward with Holy Boldness in 2017?

“Past boldness is no assurance of future boldness. Boldness demands continual reliance on God's spirit.”
Andy Stanley

"Most of our obstacles would melt away if, instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them".
-Orison Swett Marden
"My parents taught me honesty, truth, compassion, kindness and how to care for people. Also, they encouraged me to take risks, to boldly go. They taught me that the greatest danger in life is not taking the adventure".
-Brian Blessed

"Woodrow Wilson called for leaders who, by boldly interpreting the nation's conscience, could lift a people out of their everyday selves. That people can be lifted into their better selves is the secret of transforming leadership".
-James MacGregor Burns

"Stand upright, speak thy thoughts, declare The truth thou hast, that all may share; Be bold, proclaim it everywhere: They only live who dare.”
-Voltaire, writer, historian, philosopher
Revolutionizing Stewardship: Clergy Retreat
Led by Horizons Stewardship
Date: February 22-23, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. registration
Location: Congress Hall, Cape May NJ

Deadline to register is February 6.

Church Opportunities and Resources

Church Happenings

Click here to view all the church to church happenings on the Gateway South District! Church events and flyers are updated on a regular basis so you will never miss out. You can also visit the Southern Regional Informational page to view events that are going on throughout the region. If you would like your church event to be posted on the district events page please email  
Save the Date: 2017 Southern Region Day of Learning
Date: Sunday, February 12, 2017
Time: 2:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Registration begins at 1:45 p.m. and light dinner served at 5:45 p.m.
Location: Pitman United Methodist Church, 758 N. Broadway, Pitman, NJ 08071
Cost: $10.00

Pastors, church officers, committee and team leaders are invited to a day of learning on the Southern Region. Participants will have the opportunity to choose two workshops presented by conference staff and Regional Clergy members.

More information to come...
IGNITE LEADERS DAY: Registration Now Open!
Date: February 11, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Calvary Korean UMC, 572 Ryders Lane, East Brunswick 08816
Cost: $15.00 includes lunch and resource material

Come to IGNITE Leaders Day to learn original ways to share the message and keep your youth tuned in. Pastors, youth leaders and those interested in starting youth ministries or youth mission trips are invited to learn practical tools to help students grow in their faith in 2017. IGNITE emcee Preston Centuolo and a wide range of GNJ youth leaders will share their vision to reignite hope in the lives of young people. Click here for more info and to register
Prayer Request
Please keep Rev. Dr. Larry Potts in thought and prayer during his time of recovery.
2016 Workers Compensation Payroll Audit Forms
The customized 2016 Workers’ Compensation Payroll Audit Forms have been mailed to every church by Church Mutual. The audit covers 2016 payroll for both church and church-controlled nursery school workers. Completed audits are due on January 15, 2017.

NEW! Completed audits are to be sent directly to Church Mutual, not to the Mission and Resource Center. Insurance certificates showing coverage for the entire audit period for workers covered by their own Workers Compensation insurance must be included with the audit submission (do not submit the Master Certificate of Insurance for your church for this purpose). The audit must be completed on the mailed form. Audit submission through Church Mutual’s website is not allowed.

All questions regarding the audit should be directed to Church Mutual at: 800-554-2642 (press Option 4, Extension 4000) or email:, referencing UMC of Greater New Jersey.
Last week to Register: 2017 Featured PaCE groups
Whether you want to learn more about ways to have an effective online small group or best practices in church leadership, PaCE supports clergy excellence by building trust, reducing isolation, exploring ideas through shared experiences, providing multiple viewpoints, unlocking creativity and engaging in group in deep conversations. Click here for full list of topics to choose from.

Deadline to register is January 15, 2017.
2016 Statistical Reports: Now Open
The deadline is January 31, 2017 and the report can be accessed by clicking here. Please use username 3360 _ _ _ _ (4-digit church number). Password: gnjchurch16. You will be asked to change your password when you log in for the first time Please keep the username and password available for all users. If you have questions or need help, call your Regional Administrative Assistant or Account Supervisor, Danielle Andrews at the Mission and Resource center at (732) 359-1000.
Revolutionizing Stewardship Action Planning and Training
Pastors are encouraged to form a team from their congregation to attend a three session training to create a year-round stewardship action plan and Fall 2017 campaign.

TRACK 1: Churches UNDER 250 in average worship attendance
(Must attend all 3 sessions)

Session One: March 25, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Session Two: April 30, 2017 from 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Session Three: June 24, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

TRACK 2: Churches OVER 250 in average worship attendance
(Must attend all 3 sessions)

Session One: March 18, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Session Two: May 13, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Session Three: June 24, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location and cost is TBD. Registration coming soon.
Graceful Controversies Event
Date: March 4, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: The Mission and Resource Center, 205 Jumping Brook Road, Neptune NJ 07753
Cost: $10.00
Bishop Schol invites all laity and clergy from GNJ into a deeper conversation to develop our hopes and aspirations for the future of The United Methodist Church and send them to the Commission on the Way Forward. Click here for more information and resources.
Registration will open February 10
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