The United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey is committed to resourcing and supporting the development of United Methodist congregations and lay and clergy leadership.

GNJ provides development grants to leaders and congregations for innovative ministry that connects with people in the community and develops lay and clergy leadership to make disciples and grow vital congregations to transform the world. In alignment with our new strategic plan, particular emphasis will be placed on starting new faith communities, growing youth ministry, growing worship attendance to the next size and engaging in missional ministry in the community.

Applications can be submitted for new worship services, new small groups and mission ministries, congregational development, cooperative parishes, supplemental our equitable clergy salary and planning. Grants will be allocated based on demonstrated willingness and readiness to grow vital congregations.

This is a one-year grant program. Consideration for funding in subsequent years will be dependent on implementation of programs, achieving goals for the grant year, timely reporting, active participation in Vital Signs Dashboard and availability of funds. This grant process does not cover requests for capital.

A church or group of churches should only submit one grant application to cover all their grant requests. The application is designed to be completed electronically. The application and supporting documents must be submitted in PDF format. Only applications submitted in this format will be considered.

Applications for 2019 must be received by October 5, 2018. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

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