Starting July 1, Jana Purkis-Brash will be the new Executive Director of The United Methodist Stewardship Foundation of Greater New Jersey. Having led congregations, managed stewardship campaigns and raised significant funds through capital campaigns, Jana's pastoral and executive leadership experience will serve GNJ. Additionally, Juel Nelson will be the new Director of Leadership, working with laity and clergy to develop and grow apostolic leaders. As an apostolic leader, Juel has grown the worship, new disciples, ministry and finances of each church she has led and brings a unique, innovative spirit to GNJ. Click here to read more.
OUTBOUND: A Day on Evangelism
Social Media as a Tool for Evangelism
Self-avowed and practicing ecumenist, Regina Heater, will be leading a workshop at 'OUTBOUND: A Day on Evangelism' about using social media as tool for evangelism. Heater has worked extensively with the #chsocm (church and social media) community as a participant and chat moderator, co-founded a Twitter chat about the intersection of health and spirituality and has focused on e-formation - using digital tools for faith formation. Click here for more info and to register for OUTBOUND!
Paul Nixon Talks Changing Ministry Gears
Rev. Paul Nixon, a United Methodist pastor who coaches church leaders in North America and Europe will be the keynote speaker at 'OUTBOUND: A Day on Evangelism.' Nixon, who co-authored the book 'Weird Church' has worked with more than 800 congregations. Additionally, Nixon will host a workshop on new ministry models. Click here for more info and to register.
A Future With Hope is the outbound mission arm of GNJ, meeting
needs and providing hope for communities throughout New Jersey
Work Continues in Brigantine, Atlantic City
A Future With Hope remains committed to the thousands of families working to get over the finish line following Superstorm Sandy. This week, much of our work has been in Atlantic City where we have completed 52 homes and Brigantine where we have finished 2 homes. Visit the map on A Future With Hope's website to see where the work continues and what we've already accomplished.
Calling Spring and Summer Volunteers
This Spring and Summer, join forces with A Future With Hope through individual and group volunteer opportunities. Churches, groups of friends, family, ministries, and organizations are welcome. Click here to volunteer.
Life, Death, and Tomatoes: The Connection
Starting new ministries is no easy endeavor. Instead of simply keeping ministries alive, maybe we should focus on what it takes to bear fruit. Trey Wince, Director of New Disciples, explains in the latest issue of The Connection Blog Post. Click here to read.
Last Chance to Take Part in Survey
Please share your experiences, needs and hopes through this survey designed to assess youth, camping, retreat and college aged ministry in GNJ. Survey closes tomorrow, Feb. 23.
Listen to Prof. Mark Miller on 'Living With Graceful Controversies'
Prof. Mark Miller, renowned church musician and Professor of Church Music at Drew Theological School, joins the Uncovered Dish to talk about living with graceful controversies in the church. We talk about faith and life, and explore whether the United Methodist Church in particular can find a way towards unity amidst diversity regarding the questions of LGBTQ members and leadership in the church. Click here to listen.
Korean Lay Leadership Training
Korean United Methodists in Greater New Jersey are invited to a Lay Leadership Training Day Feb. 26 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m at Calvary Korean UMC in East Brunswick. Click here for more information.
Bishop Praying for Capital District
Bishop Schol has begun a new ministry of praying for clergy, laity and churches in a different district each week. This week he is praying for the Capital District. As part of this ministry he is inviting leaders of each district to share prayer concerns, joys and stories of how God is making a difference in GNJ congregations.
We're putting together a great line up of workshops for the 2017 Annual Conference at the Wildwoods Convention Center in Wildwood on May 21-23. Trey Wince, Director of New Disicples, will be leading a workshop called 'How to Lead Your Congregation Through Change' where participants will learn how to practice habits from great change-makers. Annual Conference registration opens March 15. Stay tuned for more information and updates about workshops, schedules, and display table registration. Click here for more info.
'Rise Against Hunger' at Annual Conference
GNJ will be out in force packaging meals at Annual Conference for 'Rise Against Hunger.' (formerly known as 'Stop Hunger Now'). Rise Against Hunger seeks to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-changing aid to the world's most vulnerable and create a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources. Last year at annual conference, GNJ packaged 30,000 meals. Join on us on Monday, May 22 at 3:45 p.m. at the Wildwoods Convention Center. More info and registration will open on March 15. For more info about Rise Against Hunger, click here.
Conferences to Consider 5 Constitutional Amendments
Discipleship Ministries is offering the 'One Matters Discipleship Award' to lift up churches who have moved from zero in professions of faith and baptisms to positive numbers in recent years due to their renewed focus on intentional discipleship. Awardees will receive a One Matters plaque and $1,000 to continue their ministries of intentional discipleship. If you're interested in participating, send an email here or call (615)340-7260.
The GNJ Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry is now accepting applications for the 2017 scholarship opportunities. A letter was mailed to each church and more information can be found here. Deadline: March 31.
March 2, 2017: Pre-Retirement Seminar
The Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits is presenting a Pre-Retirement Seminar for pastors and their spouses. A benefits educator from the Wespath Benefits and Investments will speak on retirement planning on March 2. for those planning to retire in the next five years. This session will also feature a speaker from the Social Security Administration on Social Security and Medicare. Click here for more information.
The 2017 Waves of Grace Women's Retreat will be held April 21-22 in Wildwood. This retreat offers women of all ages, races and denominations an opportunity to encounter the grace of God through a time of worship and fellowship. Click here for more info.
Feb. 22 | Mandatory Make-Up Clergy Gathering
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Located at the Mission and Resource Center. Click here for more info.
Feb. 26 | NJ Korean United Methodist Churches: 2017 Lay Leadership Training
5:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Located at Calvary Korean UMC in East Brunswick. Click here for more info.
When hurricanes strike in the U.S. and Syrian refugees flood Turkish border towns, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is there because of your gifts to UMCOR Sunday (observed March 6). Click here for your UMCOR Sunday Pastor and Leader's Kit - complete with images, videos, e-books and other great tools.
In the past few days, the U.S. has seen a surge of raids targeting immigrant communities by the Dept. of Homeland Security. The General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church has released a statement addressing the current situation. Click here to read.
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