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Taking Action This Juneteenth

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Celebration Day, is a U.S. holiday commemorating the emancipation of slaves in the United States. On June 19, 1865, the Emancipation Proclamation was read in Texas to African Americans slaves. Texas was the last state to read the Emancipation Proclamation, which had been signed by Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863. GNJ leaders are actively taking steps to be a more racially just, equitable and inclusive church, but they need your input. Three listening sessions have been scheduled across GNJ to hear your hopes for our future. Please join our conversations and share this information with your congregations.
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Priorities of GNJ

Deepen Faith

"Caution: Watch Your Step" from Delaware Bay DS Glenn Conaway: The sign could not have been any clearer with extra-large letters, all capitalized in dark print, and on a large yellow piece of plastic that has been the color for caution all my life. It was in plain view, not too high or too low and I had my glasses on, although I do need an eye exam. None the less there was no excuse for my missing the step and fumbling around, grabbing for something in midair while trying to keep my balance and composure. Read more

Develop Leadership

Jesus healed through reversal, rescue and restoration. His healing did not just leave bodies and spirits whole. It left communities whole as well, writes Warren Kinghorn, a psychiatrist and theologian. What does healing look like this season in your communities? Read more

Young People Exploring Faith, Racisim and Creativity

Our Next Gen Ministries has created a special opportunity to engage young people this summer with curriculum that will deepen faith and unleash the potential of our youth. From July 6 through July 30, young people can release their creativity with Inspire @ Home or explore the intersection of faith and racism with Transform @ Home. Please share these opportunities with the young people in your congregation. Read more

Grow Vitality | Five Markers

Small Groups

  • NEW curriculum for leaders: Jesus in the City in July! Read more
  • Tune in to the last Facebook Live Prayer Session this Friday
  • Social Distancing Guidelines for small group leaders Read more


  • Check out music resources to download
  • Move Mountains - 4 weeks of pre-recorded sermons Read more
  • Moving Mountains through Preaching Discussions: Next one is 6/23 Read more
  • Check out Tips for Improving Online Sermon Delivery


  • What Does Faithful Generosity Look Like? A resource from the Ecumenical Stewardship Center Read more
  • Honor a hero and boost your congregation's giving and social media engagement: #IGiveUMC Read more


  • NEW UMVIM website makes it easier to engage in mission Check out
  • GBGM webinar with missionaries in education tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. #StillInMission Register here
  • GCORR Juneteenth Recognition & Panel Discussion this Friday at 7:00 p.m. Read more

Making New Disciples

  • Racial Ethnic Grants: developing disciple-making systems for everyone Read more
  • Discover your leader’s spiritual gifts with resources from Discipleship Ministries Read more

News and Information

Good News

Inspiring and motivating are two words to describe retiring Gateway North District Superintendent Manolo Sardiñas. GNJ will honor his ministry tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. Details can be found here.

GNJ in the News

  • "Having a Lot on Your Plate in GNJ's NY Churches" featured in UMNews Read more
  • Chris Yuen of Midland Park UMC story on COVID-19 recovery in UMNews Read more
  • "On the Front Lines of Care" featured in UMNews Read more
  • Op-Ed from the New Jersey Coalition of Religious Leaders Read more
  • Africa University Sends Gratitude and Good News Read more

Denominational News

  • Read United Methodists Unveiling “Dismantling Racism” Initiative Friday from UMNews
  • BMCR Statement - A Call to Action Read more
  • In case you missed last week:
    • UM Bishops Call for Action Read more
    • NEJ College of Bishops Denounces Deaths of African Americans Read more

Bishop Schol's Messages

Events and Other News

  • Friday: GCORR Juneteenth Recognition & Panel Discussion at 7:00 p.m. Read more
  • UM Communities Looks to Start New Telehealth in mid-July Read more
  • Tomorrow: UMW's Faith Talks Webinar - Caring for the Body Register
  • Tomorrow: Justice & Equity interfaith webinar: Living While Black: a conversation with Young Adults from Park UMC Read more

Clergy Information

Check out how Glassboro UMC is considering its reopening plan. Thanks to Rev. John Inverso for this fun video showing the challenges we all face.


  • Stay Up to Date on Reopening Guidelines Read more
  • Capacity Planning: software recommendations to prepare your congregation to resume gathering safely Read more
  • Plan Ahead! Social Distancing Signs here
  • Discounted Pricing on PPE Supplies Read more
  • NEW Liability Guidance from Church Mutual Read more
  • Have you heard about the all-new HealthFlex? Find out and be prepared for 2021!
  • Obituary: Rev. Richard Dudinak, retired elder, died June 8 For details
  • Obituary: Gertrude Griffith, surviving spouse of Rev. John P. Griffith, died May 31 For details


  • GNJ's Stand Against Racism: 3 Listening Sessions starting tomorrow More details
  • GCORR Juneteenth Recognition & Panel Discussion this Friday at 7:00 p.m. Read more
  • NEW curriculum for leaders: Jesus in the City in July! Read more
  • Clergy Appraisals Due July 15 Read more

Mission Partners

  • Explore IGNITE Summer at Home Watch video
  • New Summer Youth Leader Cohorts help you plan your campus ministry together! For details
  • Come to Pinelands Center for Family Camps Read more
  • In case you missed: Video Statement on Racism from Next Gen View and share
  • COVID-19 Relief Fund Tops $610K, thanks in part to $15K UMCOR grant Read more
  • Trinity Hackettstown & Hope UMC lend a hand to other churches. Find out how your church can too Read more
  • Is Your Church Listed on the Circles of Giving? Check out 4 new members! Read more
  • Calling All Food Pantries. We want to hear from you Read more
  • Apply Today or Share: Regional Coordinator (for food distribution) Read more
  • Financial Assistance for people in your congregation & community. See resources from NJVOAD

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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