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Get Away this Summer to Pinelands

The Next Gen team has prepared Pinelands for the all-new Family Camp, a safer alternative to traditional camping. Each family is offered a private cabin and invited to participate in activities like hiking, archery and crafts for three or six days, all while practicing social distancing with other families. Share with your congregation this video about the plans for family camp and the new safety measures. Then get a group together to enjoy all that Pinelands has to offer!
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Priorities of GNJ

Deepen Faith

"Every pastor faces major challenges right now – from navigating ministry in a pandemic to guiding people of faith in dismantling systems of racial oppression. As a first-time pastor, these challenges seem all the more daunting." Read more from Emily Wilton, GNJ Breakthrough Coordinator who was also appointed to Titusville UMC on July 1, as she writes about her journey to finding her way "home."

Develop Leadership

Historically, large-scale crises create a “new normal.” Digital discipleship will be the new normal. The changes our churches, businesses and other institutions implement in response to abrupt challenges often lead to long-term transformations. In the wake of the Great Depression, for example, churches became critical providers of social services in a model that has continued today. After 9/11, emergency planning and training in churches ramped up. Read more of this article, "Churches Will Gather Again, But Digital Discipleship Is Here to Stay" from Church Leaders.

Grow Vitality | Five Markers

Small Groups

  • Breakthrough Workshop starts July 22 at 11:00 a.m. Read more
  • Are you in a new appointment? Check out this new guide to help you engage with your new congregation


  • NEW Music Resources to enhance your services Check out
  • Thrive in the new normal together with this sermon series from the Northeastern Jurisdiction Read more
  • Breakthrough's Jesus in the City sermon series uses scripture from Luke Read more


  • Virtual Book Club w/ GBHEM: "Church Finances: How to stay afloat and thrive—even in 2020!" Check out


Making New Disciples

  • Preaching for an Anti-Racist Church from Discipleship Ministries Read more

News and Information

Good News

As this pandemic takes its toll on communities, GNJ churches are continuing to feed their hungry neighbors. Check out the YouTube video from Milltown, which highlights how food distribution is making a difference in southern New Jersey For details and more good news from our churches

Denominational News/Resources

  • July 30 @ 5:00 p.m.: Virtual Meet & Greet with Strengthening the Black Church in the Twenty-First Century's (SBC21) Mike Bowie. Register and join the conversation
  • Native Americans joyful about SCOTUS decision - read story from UMNews

GNJ in the News

Bishop Schol's Messages

Events and Other News

  • Save-the-Date: July 25 for an online memorial service for Myrna Bethke. Please see obituary and stay tuned for details
  • New panelists added to this Friday's Conversation About Race - Rev. Sammy Arroyo of First UMC in Hightstown, Pastor YoungHak Lee of Wesley UMC in South Amboy and Trinity UMC in Sayreville and Ryan Clements of Next Gen Join in conversation via Zoom or FB Live
  • July 25: A Conversation with UMW on Healthcare Disparities Read more

Clergy Information

  • Weekly ministry survey results revealed that 61% of churches said they will not reopen until the fall. Weekly surveys are due Thursday at 10:00 a.m. All lead pastors should complete the survey here.   
  • Instructions and resources to assist you in completing the charge conference reports by Sept 21 are here
  • Update your information on Find-A-Church so people can find you! 
United Methodist Communications has launched an “End Racism” campaign. In sharing these campaign assets we hope you find them useful in your local church efforts to speak to recent events in your community.


Notices of Passing

  • Gloria Smith, surviving spouse of Rev. Norman E. Smith, died July 9
  • Elizabeth Brown, surviving spouse of Robert H. Brown, died July 5
  • Dale Overcash, spouse of retired full elder J. D. Overcash, died July 1
  • William Hockenjos, spouse of retired deacon, Norma M. Hockenjos, died June 3
  • Read more obituaries here


  • Instructions and resources to assist you in completing the charge conference reports by Sept 21 are here
  • Jesus in the City curriculum for small group leaders starts next Wednesday Read more

Mission Partners

Bringing Hope:
Grant Funding Still Available: 

Stewardship Foundation

The GNJ Stewardship Foundation has regained 24% from the lowest point in March to reach $42.5 million in July.

Learn how they are growing resources for congregations here.

The Centenary Fund

The Centenary Fund and Preachers Aid Society was established in 1857. The purpose of the fund is to provide maximum assistance in times of need for the support of retired clergy, surviving spouses and dependent children of deceased clergy who have served in GNJ.



Employment Opportunities

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