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Make Miracles This Palm Sunday and Easter 
Do you want to see miracles in your church, community, region and the world? Dedicate your Easter Week offerings to the Miracles Everywhere campaign and take part in God's miracles. Click here to download a church bulletin insert for your service. 

Bring Campaign Pledges to Annual Conference 
Bring your church's pledges to the Miracles Everywhere campaign to Annual Conference and help us fund miracles in GNJ and across the world. We have already surpassed $4 million toward our $6 million goal! Click here. 

IGNITE Registration Open 
Are your youth ready to 'Move Mountains' at IGNITE 2019? Registration is now open!
Click here for the video.
Click here for youth leader's guide.
Click here to register!

 
Don't Have Youth in Your Church? Sponsor One 
You, your church or organization have the unique opportunity to invest in the life of a young person for Christ by supporting the 2019 IGNITE Scholarship Fund. Click here to take part and change a life
 
Register for Annual Conference
GNJ’s 2019 Annual Conference will be held May 19-21 at The Wildwoods Convention Center. Click here to register.

Clergy and Delegate Nominations  
GNJ clergy and laity delegate nominations to General and Jurisdictional Conference can be viewed online. Click here for clergy and here for laity. 

Reserve Group Space 
To schedule a special gathering at the Convention Center during Annual Conference, please click here.   

New Workshop: Intercultural Competence 
An intercultural competence workshop led by Kristina Gonzalez from the Northwest Episcopal Area has been added. Learn more here. If you have already registered and wish to change your workshop selection contact Beverly Karlovich.

Rise Against Hunger 
Make a difference by participating in an exciting, high-energy, inter-generational meal packing event with the goal to pack 30,024 meals for Rise Against Hunger. To view all workshops, click here.

Special Dinners, Breakfasts 
Click here to register for the Small Group Membership Church Breakfast Bible Study.
Click here to register for a dinner sponsored by the committees on Church & Society, Religion & Race and Conference Commission on Christian Unity and Inter-Religious Concerns.

Click here to register for the Strengthening the Black Church in the 21st Century (SBC21) dinner.  
Click here to contact Craig Dunn and register for the Drew Theological School Focus Group Breakfast. 


Ushers, Pages, Tellers and Minute Takers 
Each year District Superintendents are asked to recruit persons to serve as Ushers, Pages and Tellers at the Annual Conference session. Click here for details. 

Blueprint for Wellness at Annual Conference 
Take your Blueprint for Wellness at Annual Conference. Click here for more information, a wellness flyer, toolkit and to register. 

Sign Up for 40 Days of Prayer 
Click here to sign up to receive 40 days of prayer in the 40 days leading up to GNJ's Annual Conference. Hear personal stories and pray in unison as May approaches. 

Annual Conference Prayer Team 
Volunteers are needed to work with the prayer ministry during Annual conference, which includes praying with people as well as assisting at 5 prayer stations. Open to visitors, seminary students, clergy and laity. Contact Gina Yeske to take part. 
 
Take the Road Trip That Leads to a Breakthrough 
Join fellow pastors in a planning day to prepare Road Trip, a series component of the GNJ Breakthrough resource, on May 2 at the Mission and Resource Center. Click here for details, downloadable resources, and to register. 
 
GNJ's strategic partnership of youth, camping and campus ministries
Celebrate Camping Sunday, April 28
Want to get your youth and their parents excited about GNJ summer camps? Celebrate Camping Sunday with specially developed worship resources for churches. Click here to access resources and start preparing now. 
 
Open Summer Camp Volunteer Positions 
Next Generation Ministries is seeking to fill the below volunteer positions for 2019 summer camping programs at Pinelands Center in Mt. Misery. Click here for details and to apply. Stay tuned for paid positions, coming soon. 
- Assistant Camp Director
- Cabin Leader
- Music Director
- Photography and Video Director 
 
Princeton Forum on Youth Ministry 
Youth leaders are invited to the forum, April 23-26, where thought leaders, pastors and scholars will gather on the campus of Princeton Theological Seminary to provide lectures, seminars and worship. Click here to learn more.

Serving the financial stewardship and investment needs of Greater New Jersey, its local churches and its agencies

An Update From Wespath 
Click here to read an update from Wespath regarding the successful launch of institutional investments, rebounding financial markets, and commitment to serving investors. 
GNJ News
Bishop Cho Appointed to Calvary Korean UMC
Bishop Schol and the cabinet announced the appointment of Bishop Young Jin Cho to Calvary Korean UMC in East Brunswick. CKUMC is one of GNJ's flagship churches and among the 25 fastest growing United Methodist churches in the U.S. Click here to read the press release. 
 
Honoring Drew Dyson 
Raritan Valley District Superintendent Rev. Dr. Drew Dyson is transitioning to his new position as as the Executive Director of Princeton Senior Resource Center. A service honoring his ministry with GNJ will be held on April 14 at 4:00 p.m. at Bridgewater UMC. No clergy procession, reception to follow. All are invited.
 
The Way We Gather - Engage in Growth 
The Way We Gather is an organizational tool for churches to engage in growth. It’s a key part of Leadership 100 in our 2023 Strategic Plan. Click here for more info, download the book and watch the video. 
 
Leadership Appraisals - Let Us Know What You Think 
GNJ is committed to grow in our work. Click here to access and take part in the appraisal so that we learn what progress we are making and where we need to grow. Click here to see the results from last fall. 
 
GNJ Peace with Justice Grant Application 
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 3Click here for more info.
 
Blueprint for Wellness and HealthQuotient
The deadline to complete your Blueprint for Wellness and HealthQuotient is July 31. Completing your HealthQuotient will result in a higher deductible for next year. Click here for HealthQuotient and here for Blueprint for Wellness. 
 
New Appointments Listed
New 2019 appointments can be viewed here. 

Job Opportunities 
GNJ is seeking a Database Manager and Next Generation Ministries is seeking a Youth Program Coordinator and Youth and Campus Program Coordinator. Click here for position descriptions and to apply. 

A Way Forward 
 
Be More Welcoming 
We are continuing to add resources to our Way Forward pages. Last week we added a resource for congregations who want to take steps to be more welcoming to the LGBTQ community. Click here.
 
Share Hopes with Way Forward Team 
The GNJ Way Forward Team will be identifying and proposing a plan to support congregations in different contexts to be in ministry with the LGBTQi+ community. Click here to learn more about the team and share your hopes. 

UMC News, Updates, Info
 
Native American Sunday
Plan ahead for Native American Ministries Sunday, May 5, even as you prepare for UMCOM Sunday this week. Your toolkit is enclosed here.
 
UMCOM Launches New Website for Leaders 
United Methodist Communications has launched a new leadership-focused website developed as a centralized portal to equip United Methodist leaders across the globe with helpful information, tools and multilingual assets. Click here to access the site or here to read the press release. 

Risk Reports From Church Mutual 
Learning from experience is an excellent technique, but when it comes to risk management issues, it can be an expensive and dangerous one. Risk Alert is a tool designed to allow religious organizations to learn from the losses of others. Click here to access. 

CFO Sought for Susquehanna Conference 
The Susquehanna Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church is recruiting for the position of Cheif Financial Officer (CFO). Click here for details and to apply. 

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