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Remembering Myrna

This Saturday at 1:00 p.m. we will celebrate the life of Rev. Myrna Bethke - Dean of the Cabinet, a district superintendent, colleague, friend, mother, wife, grandmother, sister and pastor. A small, private service will be held at the Mission Resource Center, which will be live streamed via YouTube and Facebook Live. Please join us to celebrate her life and ministry.  
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Priorities of GNJ

Deepen Faith

"Recently, I was practicing my breathing exercises and praying during my morning meditation. In the midst of this discipline, the song, The Old Rugged Cross came to my heart - specifically the words, I will cling to this old rugged cross. Because I was trying to clear my mind and focus on my breathing and body, I dismissed this lyric and continued to focus on what I thought mattered the most during this time. As I reflected on this song later in the day, I was reminded of the person who introduced me to this song"

Read more from newly-appointed Gateway North District Superintendent Rev. William Williams and meet his family in this video.

Develop Leadership

“What does your congregation understand as its core assets, and how are those assets counted in determining priorities and financial sustainability? What does your identity call you to do in light of the current crises?”

This is one of the five core questions posed at the end of the article by Rev. Dr. Gary V. Simpson that reflects on Concord Baptist Church’s navigation of today’s challenges. Read article

Grow Vitality | Five Markers

Small Groups

  • NEW! Spiritual practices to incorporate into your small groups. Read more


  • NEW! Music Resources like "I’m So Glad Jesus Lifted Me - African American Spiritual – The Faith We Sing" Check it out
  • July 30 at 7:00 p.m.: Jesus in the City Workshop with Lan Wilson and Latasha Milton of Asbury UMC in Atlantic City. Read more
  • Go deeper and share ideas on worship with the Breakthrough groups on Facebook for clergy and for laity    


  • Greater Than sermon series offers four weeks of resources, including slides, social media posts, graphics and more, to foster generosity Check out and plan for the fall.  


Making New Disciples

News and Information

Good News

The UMC of the Rockaways invites people to drop by the outdoor chapel and help them build the kindness rock garden. “Take one when you need one, share one with a friend who needs some inspiration or leave one for someone else,” a sign in the garden says. Rocks that reveal messages like “Peace,” “You matter,” “Wag more, bark less” and “Find common ground” among others can be found in the garden. For details and more good news from our churches

Denominational News and Resources

  • Next Thursday @ 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
  • Leaders of Yonsei University Health System in Seoul, South Korea shipped 10,000 face masks to Global Ministries for distribution to United Methodist missionaries in the United States. Read more
  • UMW Board Affirms 'Black Lives Matter to God' in New Call to Action to Members. Read more
  • UMM Pray for Peace With Justice Check out this digital collection of poems written by men's ministry leaders.

GNJ in the News

  • Calvary Korean UMC in East Brunswick featured in UMNews' "Pandemic challenges music ministers, choirs" Read story
  • UM Missionary Eric Soard featured in UMNews' "Proximity: From issues to people." Listen to the episode and read about GNJ's Tanzanian pastors school through Miracles Everywhere.
  • Rev. Latasha Milton, pastor at Asbury UMC in Atlantic City, featured July 16 in the Stories of Atlantic City's Faith Forum Virtual Community Story Circle. Read more

Bishop Schol's Messages

  • Read latest Essential Actions and Updates here

Events and Other News

  • Saturday: A Conversation with UMW on Healthcare Disparities. Read more about this event and others.
  • Thursday from 6:00-7:00 p.m.: UMW's Faith Talks: Dismantling Racism - Pressing On to Freedom

Clergy Information

  • Weekly ministry survey results revealed that 71% of our congregations have worship attendance at or above where they were a year ago. 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.


  • For those churches resuming services, there are discounts on masks, PPE supplies & cleaning services Check it out
  • Make sure you are up to date on your filings. Renew your Tax Exempt Status today Find out how


  • Instructions and resources to assist you in completing the charge conference reports by Sept 21 are here
  • For laity leading food pantries, additional funding to meet the potential rise in demand is available For details

Mission Partners

IGNITE Conference Survey
Next Gen team is planning an IGNITE Conference this January that's innovative, fun and inclusive. Share your thoughts by completing this survey that takes about 5-10 minutes.  

Family Camps at Pinelands - For the Young and Young at Heart
Family Camp this August equals adventure, spirituality and relationships. Churches are organizing to come together, others are planning to meet new friends there.  Don’t miss out on a safe and spiritual vacation this summer. Check it out today and be sure to include the video link in your next newsletter for your congregation!
Bringing Hope
  • Is it the right time to open your child care center? For NEW information and guidance, please read
  • MHANJ Mental Health Cares' hotline, which is available seven days a week in both English and Spanish, is 866-202-HELP (4357) For addtional details
Take Advantage of Valuable Grant Funding
  • Circles of Giving are growing! We are excited to welcome Princeton UMC and Wesley (South Plainfield) to the highest level of Miracle Circle! Learn how your congregation can unite to make miracles happen for your community and the world See details
  • Check out the new Tax-Saving Donor Advised Funds

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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  • NEW P/T Church Communications Coordinator | First United Methodist Church, Westfield See details
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