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Annual Conference Registration Opens March 15

Registration for the Greater New Jersey 2018 Annual Conference 'Miracles Everywhere' - May 20-22 at The Wildwoods Convention Center in Wildwood, opens tomorrow, March 15. Click here for registration link and details.


This year's Annual Conference will feature five workshops and include topics such as financial security, fruitful discipleship, church and community development, covenant discipleship, and next church musicians. Click here for a full list and details and choose your workshop upon registration for Annual Conference. 
Rise Against Hunger 
GNJ is committed to mission and will be sponsoring a meal packaging event with Rise Against Hunger at the 2018 Annual Conference. If you're interested in taking part, be sure to indicate when you register for the conference. Click here to find out more.
Display Space  
Now accepting requests for display space at Annual Conference. We welcome you to represent your ministry and encourage you to use this opportunity to outreach to the GNJ community with informative displays. Please register by April 15 to ensure your space. Click here for details and to submit.
Focus Group Reservations 
If your group or committee would like to schedule a special gathering at the Wildwoods Convention Center, please click here to complete the form. The deadline to reserve a meeting space is April 27.
Sign up for Your Wellness Screening 
Blueprint for Wellness screenings will be offered at the 2018 Annual Conference at the Wildwoods Convention Center on May 21-22Click here to register before May 6. 

GNJ's strategic partnership of youth, camping and campus ministries
Check out our Summer Camps. Download Brochures and Share with You Congregation 
High school and middle school summer camps at Pinelands Center are open for registration! From High School Leadership Boot Camp to Barefoot Republic Middle School Camp, don't let your  youth miss out on team sports, fine arts, music, outdoor adventures and discipleship this summer. Click here for details, brochures, scholarship info schedule and forms. 
Job Opportunities 
Next Generation Ministries has two open positions:
Next Gen Engagement Specialist 
Next Gen Camping & Retreats Director

Click here for details and share with your congregation. 

A Future With Hope is the outbound mission arm of GNJ, meeting
needs and providing hope for communities throughout New Jersey 

Moving Into The Future, Finishing With Grace

The transition from rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy to spreading hope further and wider in Greater New Jersey is the next focus of A Future With Hope. By developing Hope Centers in partnership with congregations and other likeminded nonprofit organizations, an evolving vision of hope is unfolding. Click here to read more. 
Water & Roots 

Pictured above: Bob from Conklin UMC set a precedent for others in line by pouring a handful of water on his head during the church's Reaffirmation Sunday.

How Are You Living Out Water & Roots? 

We want to hear your stories and collect your baptism photos. Click here to email and share. There's still time to have your church participate in Water & Roots. Click here for tools and resources. 
Disaster Response


PR Volunteer Mission Teams 

Volunteers are needed to help the Methodist Church of PR as they recover from the effects of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Registrations are now being taken for both Early Response Teams (ERT’s) and Long-Term Recover Mission Teams (LTRs). Click here for more info. 
ERT Training Session April 28 
An Early Response Team (ERT) training session will be held on April 28 at Middletown UMC. Click here for event details and to register. 
UMVIM Leadership Training May 19
United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) will be hosting a leadership training session on May 19 at First UMC, Glassboro. Lunch will be provided. Click here to register.


Ashes: Ageism - The Connection Blog 

Too often in churches we segregate people according to age that leads to a lack of appreciation or understanding of each other. In this blog series, Gina Yeske, Director of Small Groups, gives us a few ways to look past the ageism. Click here to read. 

Bishop Schol's Prayer on School Gun Violence 

Today marks one month after the school shooting in Parkland, FL and students across the U.S.participated in walk outs. Congregations are invited to use a prayer Bishop Schol composed to honor the victims and address the concerns in worship. Click here. 

Confirmands Invited for Conversation with Bishop  

On Saturday, April 28, from 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Greater New Jersey confirmands are invited to take a tour of the Mission and Resource Center and have a time of Q & A with Bishop Schol. For more info contact Soomin Lee. 

GNJ Podcast Wins Best in Class 

The Uncovered Dish Christian Leadership Podcast was awarded 1st Place Best in Class Winner at the 2018 United Methodist Association of Communicators (UMAC) Awards banquet in Philadelphia on March 9 .GNJ and United Methodist Communities took home several awards. Click here to read more. 

GNJ Peace with Justice Grant Application for 2018 Now Available 

The GNJ Board of Church & Society believes that vital congregations are deeply rooted in mercy and justice ministries. Applications for the Peace with Justice Grant program may be submitted by any group related to GNJ - a local church; GNJ agency, district, or by two or more such groups in cooperation. Applications are due May 1. Click here for more info.

2018 Scholarship Opportunities 

The GNJ Board of Higher Education grants annual scholarships to exceptional Greater New Jersey students. Click here for the complete list of 2018 Greater New Jersey Scholarships from the GNJ Board of Higher Education and Ministry. The application deadline is March 31.   Click here for information on applying. 

Does a Pastor Need Personal Insurance? 

YES. Church insurance only protects the parsonage and its church-owned contents. A pastor residing in a church owned parsonage must purchase renters insurance to cover their personal liability and property/contents. Click here to learn more. 

GNJ Job Opportunities 

There are several career opportunities available at GNJ. They include:
Benefits Assistant
Media Production Manager 

Click here to explore these and many other jobs across Greater New Jersey.

GNJ is Here to Help 

The GNJ staff is here to help. If you have questions about resourcing, events, forms or just about any other issue facing your congregation, the best place to start is your Regional Administrator.

UMC News, Events, Info
Act Now to End Racism Rally in D.C. 
The United Methodist Church is joining other churches in the United States to bring thousands of Christians to the Washington, D.C. National Mall on April 4 for a rally and kick-off event hosted by the National Council of Churches in the U.S. to promote racial justice. The United Methodist Council of Bishops encourages United Methodists who are able to attend. Click here for more info.

2018 Grants for Local Churches 
UMCOM is in the process of reconstructing grants for 2018 to better fit local church needs. Applications for New Church Start grants and Website Development will open soon. Click here for more info.

Waves of Grace Women's Retreat in Wildwood  

This year's Waves of Grace Women's Retreat: Speak Life, will be held April 13-14 at the Wildwoods Convention Center in Wildwood and is open to all women. Click here for more info. 

2018 Free UMC Easter Resources 

2018 Easter resources are now available through the UMCOM vendor, Outreach. Churches can get $150 of free resources. Click here to order.

Discipleship Ministry Webinar on Tax Changes and Local Church Giving 

Explore ways churches can be proactive with our donors in this new reality on March 22 at 7:30 p.m. for the free Tax Change & Local Church Giving Webinar. Click here for registration. 
Upper N.Y. Seeks Treasurer, Administration Director 
The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church is currently recruiting for the position of Conference Treasure. Click here for a detailed job posting. The deadline for receiving applications is April 4.

Christians Engaged in Faith Formation Conference 

From October 9-12 Christians Engaged in Faith Formation (CEF) will hold its bi-annual conference, Curious Church, in Des Moines, IA, and will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Click here for more info.



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