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Why Do Local Church Statistics Matter? 

Accuracy in year-end reporting not only reduces errors but can save your church thousands of dollars. Year-end statistical reports training will include NEW information for the quadrennium and is open to clergy and laity. Pastors, finance committees, stewardship teams, treasurers, financial secretaries, and auditing committees are highly encouraged to attend. Conference Treasurer John Cardillo and his team will discuss important issues regarding year-end reports and will be available to answer any questions you may have. Click here for details, dates, and to register. 

Thursday, Dec. 7 
Session 1: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Session 2: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Malaga UMC, Malaga

Monday, Dec. 11 
Session 1: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Session 2: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Totowa UMC, Totowa 

Make Up Day 
Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. 
Location: Mission and Resource Center, Neptune 

Team Vital for Spanish Speaking Congregations 
All Hispanic / Latino congregations in GNJ are invited to participate in Team Vital, which will take place for the first time in Spanish in the Spring of 2018. This crucial resource will be made available entirely in Spanish with no need for translation. Click here to register. 

Questions about Team Vital or how to register? Contact Director of Small Groups, Gina Yeske. 

Register Now for a 2018 Spring PaCE Group 
Join other clergy for a monthly gathering and create a purposeful and trusting environment to build relationships, share ideas, engage in conversation and unlock the imagination. Click here to read a PaCE overview and here to explore the 2018 groups. 

New GNJ 2018 Summer Camp Partner 

Next Generation Ministries has partnered with Barefoot Republic Camp, a Christ-centered, multicultural summer camp, to offer a camping program at Pinelands Center in 2018. Next Generation is launching this new and exciting camping experience focused on building unity within the Body of Christ for rising 6th-8th graders! All youth leaders and clergy interested in finding out more are encouraged to contact Ryan Clements, Next Gen Coordinator. 

Seeking a 'What's Next' Visionary 

Are you a forward-thinking, big-picture visionary seeking 'what's next' for the church? Click here to learn about becoming an Engagement Specialist. Next Generation Ministries, GNJ's strategic partnership of youth, camping and campus ministries, has launched a new website. Click here to learn more, explore the mission, and view staff members.


See What Emerging 21st Century Leadership Looks Like

Transformation in our communities will be led by new generations of disciples of Jesus Christ. On Feb. 10, 2018, youth leaders, young adults, and those invested in the next generation are invited to learn how to create space in our churches and gatherings for students to lead and what emerging 21st century leadership looks like. Click here to learn more.

Videos, Graphics, Resources Now Available 

More resources have been uploaded to the Water and Roots Baptism site. Click here for worship series videos and access to all the Water and Roots program has to offer. 

Share Your Baptism Photos and Stories 

Has your church scheduled a baptism? We're collecting stories, photos and video footage to share the power of baptism. Email your materials to Josh Kinney. 


Shifting the Urgent in Advent 

If we shift our understanding of what's urgent, we can rise to meet challenges and welcome the Advent season with authentic joy. Director of Mission Nicole Caldwell-Gross explains in the latest edition of The Connection blog. Click here to read.

Early Response Team Training Sessions in 2018

Several Early Response Team (ERT) Training sessions for disaster response will be held in January, March, and April of 2018. Click here for event details, dates, and further info. Click here to learn more about GNJ's disaster relief efforts.
Submit Your Church's History 
The Commission on Archives and History has announced this year's Local Church History contest. Click here to learn more. The deadline for submitting a local church history is Jan. 18, 2018. 

Registration Open for Local Pastors Licensing School 

2018 Local Pastors Licensing school dates are Feb. 16-17, April 6-7, May 11-12, June 22-23. All meetings will be held at The Mission and Resource Center. Click here for details and to register. 

Conversation About Race - Wisdom Circle 

On Dec. 9 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Trinity UMC in Ewing, laity and clergy from cross-racial, cross-cultural sites will come together to engage in conversation regarding their blessings and challenges. The Wisdom Circle provides an opportunity for those in these sites to meet, fellowship and learn. Click here to learn more and register. 

Back to Basic's Luncheon Fundraiser 

On Saturday, Dec. 9, from 1-4 p.m. CAMP YDP in Paterson will be hosting a special fundraising event for the future. Tickets are $50 per person and ad space is available in the event journal. For more info or to purchase tickets/ ad space, contact Bria Pierre at (973)790-0887. 

Drew University Lowers Tuition by 20% 

Drew University will lower its tuition by 20% next year, making a Drew education more accessible. Learn more about this innovative decision by the Board of Trustees, Drew's roots as a Methodist seminary and additional benefits for Methodist students here. 

This Week Ahead 

Dec. 7 | Bishop's Day on the Central Region 
Clergy session: 9:00 a.m.
Laity session: 7:00 p.m.
Located at Aldersgate UMC in East Brunswick

Dec. 11 | Northern Region Year-End Statistical Report Training 
2:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Located at Totowa UMC in Totowa 
Click here for details.

GNJ Announcements 

Church Leaders Alert: Frauds and Scams 

Please be aware of email fraud and scams. Take precautions and learn best practices for identifying fraudulent emails and scams. Click here to learn more.


2017 Workers' Compensation Payroll Audit Forms 

Be on the lookout for the Customized 2017 Workers' Compensation Payroll Audit Forms which were mailed to every church on Dec. 1 by Church Mutual. Completed audits are due Jan. 15, 2018 and are to be sent directly to Church Mutual. Questions? Call Becky Meyer at the Church Mutual Premium Audit Unit at 800.554.2642, option 4, extension 4697. Questions regarding housing should be directed to Veronika Varga, Administrative Assistant at 732.359.1036. 

Executive Assistant and Other Job Opportunities 

Are you a church administrator or leader looking for your next step? Do you have the relational ability to motivate, event plan, and manage tasks, schedules, and staff? The Connectional Ministries Team is seeking an Executive Assistant to do just that. Click here for a full job description. Click here to view several job opportunities at various churches throughout GNJ. 

Let the Mission and Resource Center Serve You 

Let the Mission and Resource Center serve you. Click here to fill out the Conference Meeting Room request form and reserve space for your congregation, agency, or committee

UMC News, Events, Info
2018 U.M. Army Mission Weeks Announced 
Looking for a local Methodist mission opportunity for your youth group? United Methodist Action Reach-out Mission by Youth (U.M. ARMY) has announced their 2018 lineup for summer missions in June and July. Click here to learn more.
BMCR Sunday, Feb. 4
Black Methodists for Church Renewal (BMCR) Sunday is Feb. 4. Local congregations and individuals are invited to support raising up prophetic and spiritual leaders who will be advocates for the unique needs of Black members of the UMC. Find out more about how you can take part in this special Sunday's offering here. 
Free Church Resources 
The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection has provided clergy, church staff and volunteers with practical tools to renew the church. With a free account, users can download anything they need. Click here.


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