Mishandled Ministry Projects Among UMC Church's

Grants from the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) that were destined for various ministry projects among the United Methodist Church’s Korean, Asian American and Pacific Islander Ministries were mishandled by a former staffer during 2006-2010 and some of the funds were used for purposes other than stated in the grant applications. The misused funds were discovered during a routine audit and a subsequent forensic audit. Findings of the audits were turned over to the Davidson County...

Look for GNJ Bus Ads Until May 3!

Check out NJ Transit buses in Atlantic City, Camden, Trenton, New Brunswick, and Newark areas to see our Lenten ad campaign. The ads will remain on the buses through Easter and point to the find-a-church webpage on If you haven’t updated your information on, please do so now! And if you see a picture of a bus with our ad, send it in to      ...

GNJ Partners With Paychex To Help Save Money

The United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey has partnered with Paychex, Inc. to bring essential products & services at a fraction of the cost to you. Paychex is a leading national provider of payroll and human resource outsourcing solutions. The company’s staff of highly trained professionals delivers solutions to our ministries to support your growth. Number of Employees 1- 5 EE’s • Monthly Fee $215.00 • Estimated Annual Cost $2,589.00 Paychex delivers...

Young Clergy Forum Inspirational For Corbett

By Jeff Wolfe The journey of ministry can sometimes seem a little overwhelming and even a bit lonely for a young pastor. But GNJ pastor Kaleigh Corbett was reminded that she was not alone when attending the 12th Young Clergy Leadership Forum hosted by the General Board of Church & Society in Washington, D.C., in late January. “Ministry can be isolating at times, especially being a young person,” said Corbett, who is the associate pastor at Bishop Janes UMC...

UMCOR Celebrates 75th At Atlantic City Church

By Jeff Wolfe When the United Methodist Committee on Relief was formed in Atlantic City 75 years ago, its mission to help others in the world was clear. Just who was going to accomplish that mission was more of a gray area. For the organization known as UMCOR, that answer has become crystal clear since then. “We are UMCOR,” Greater New Jersey Bishop John Schol said to the about 250 in attendance at UMCOR’s 75th Anniversary Celebration at Asbury United...

St. Andrews Clothing Ministry Meets Growing Need

By Jeff Wolfe When St. Andrews UMC in Cherry Hill started its Little Hands, Little Feet program, the church just wanted to do a good thing. Those involved with the ministry that provides clothes to children had no idea it would turn into such a big thing. The outreach has grown from providing clothing to about 100 children in 2008, to 300 in 2013 up to nearly 600 in 2014. Those who help organize and run Little Hands, Little Feet only expect to see these numbers increase in...

Gift Cards Encourage Godly talk

By Jeff Wolfe Talking to someone while waiting in line for a cup of coffee is easy for some people. But bringing up God in that conversation can be quite a challenge. Lakesha Groover and Andrew Ryoo are two pastors who came up with a way to try and make that God conversation less stressful. The two co-pastors of Mosaic Ministries at the First UMCs in Belmar and Bradley Beach and at Grace UMC in Union Beach in New Jersey, handed their congregations $10 gift cards to...

IGNITE Rally A Hit With Young People, Leaders

By Jeff Wolfe SICKLERVILLE – The venue and crowd may have been smaller than this past fall’s IGNITE Youth Conference in Wildwood. But the impact at the first IGNITE Regional Youth Rally was quite significant. The first of three regional rallies took place on Feb. 28 at Sicklerville UMC with about 200 people in attendance. The reaction was positive in more ways than one. The featured speaker was Preston Centuolo, a national speaker who focuses his message on young...

At 75, UMCOR Still Connected To GNJ

By Jeff Wolfe The fact that UMCOR was born in New Jersey leaves it as no surprise that the relief organization has remembered its birth state in times of need. It was in 1940 that the beginning of UMCOR came about through an act of the first General Conference in Atlantic City. Since then, UMCOR has been on the forefront of providing relief services and recovery options to those who have faced tornados, famine, hurricanes, earthquakes, terrorist acts and other disasters...

A Message from Bishop Schol concerning the College of Bishops Meeting

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,   Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ! I believe God has an exciting plan for our growth in faith and congregations as we humble ourselves, develop God-sized vision, lead courageously and serve faithfully. I am seeing renewed signs in our spiritual leaders and congregations.   I have just returned from a College of Bishops meeting and want to update you on some of the important things we are working on. Within the...

Feed Truck Ready To Roll To Campuses

By Jessica Stenstrom Imagine a farm-to-fork fresh handcrafted egg sandwich served with house preserves and fresh brewed coffee as chaplains chat with college students about United Methodist mission and volunteer opportunities. Sound unlikely? It’s the primary mission of The Feed Truck, an innovative ministry model dreamed up by Kingston United Methodist Church (KUMC) as members reflected upon how they could best connect with college age students.  ...

Three IGNITE Regional Rallies Set

There will be three Ignite Regional Rallies on Saturdays in February and March to help continue the momentum that was gained at the first IGNITE Youth Conference in Wildwood this past fall. The 2015 Ignite Youth Conference is already scheduled for Oct. 2-4 at the Wildwood Convention Center. The regional rallies, with the theme of "Stir Up A Hunger", will take place at varied geographical settings around the conference. The dates and locations are: • Feb. 28, Southern Region,...

NEW DATE: District Day of Learning

Saturday, May 2nd 8:30 AM to 1 PM      Bridgewater UMC  651 Country Club Road Bridgewater, New Jersey Get directions here.    Workshops and a new brochure will be released shortly.     DAY OF LEARNING SCHEDULE 8:30 AM to 9:00 AM Registration, Fellowship, + Coffee Hour 9:00 AM to...

Forecast Doesn't Stop Convocation

By Jeff Wolfe LONG BRANCH – The weather forecast may have been discouraging, but that didn’t stop about 300 clergy and spouses from being encouraged at the Bishop’s Convocation. The annual event took place earlier this week at Ocean Place Resort and Spa on the beach, a location that was originally targeted to be in the midst of the 2015 blizzard. While some snow fell and the wind blew off the Atlantic, the predicted blizzard never happened. But GNJ...

Burgos Is New DCM

By Jeff Wolfe The combination of pastoral and business experience has led GNJ to name Rev. Hector Burgos as its next Director of Connectional Ministries. Burgos was named to the position after a team of conference leaders interviewed several strong candidates. Burgos had been a part of the connectional team as the Director of Worship since last summer. Before that Burgos had grown churches as a pastor in the conference for the last 11 years. “Hector comes to this...

Bishop's Convocation - Details Regarding Current Forecast

We are busy preparing the final details of Convocation and due to the forecast we are making special preparations to make your stay in Long Branch this week safe and hassle free. We are working with the hotel so that your safety is top priority. We've made arrangements for you to check in to your room early. There will be hotel staff in the parking lot as of 8:30 a.m. Monday and the hotel is making accommodations for guests to check in when they arrive. There are 150 parking spaces in...

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CUMAC Runners Raise Money and Awareness

By Rev. Jessica Stenstrom What do hunger, running shoes and bright green shirts have in common? Eight runners shared those traits on a chilly morning in October for the Trenton Half Marathon to raise funds for CUMAC. Some of them were avid runners. Others not so much. Some trained hard. Others squeaked by, fitting in what they could. All together, they ran 104.8 miles and raised more than $4,000 while raising awareness that hunger is an issue while supporting...

Princeton UMC Takes Lead as Community Kitchen Host

By Jessica Stenstrom What started with some soup leftover from a canceled church event, God has blessed and grown into a feeding program that serves an average of 110 meals each week. Larry Apperson, said that many years ago, a church he attended in Atlanta had a feeding wagon that took breakfast to the streets. The model stuck in the back of his mind for years and eventually inspired the creation of Cornerstone Community Kitchen, a ministry of the Princeton United...

A Future With Hope Puts Lorenzos in Home for Holidays

By Jeff Wolfe TOMS RIVER – Two years ago on Oct. 29 the Lorenzo family nearly lost its house during Superstorm Sandy. And like many since then, the Lorenzos felt lost in their effort to rebuild as well. But that’s when they found A Future With Hope, which with other organizations, had the family of five back in their home for Thanksgiving. “To get this house put back together has been a long journey,” said Chad Lorenzo on the storm anniversary, who...
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