2015 Cooperative School of Christian Mission

July 10-July 12 The 2015 Cooperative School of Christian Mission (Mission u) is a great educational opportunity for local churches across the Greater New Jersey Conference. Mission u provides this economic educational weekend/one day option; for in depth spiritual formation and dialogue, reflection and study which is co-sponsored by The Greater New Jersey Annual Conference and the United Methodist Women. The Cooperative School of Christian Mission is for all, women, men, youth, children,...

Elim UMC Combines Services to Celebrate Easter Miracle

By Jeff Wolfe Easter is about tragedy triumphed by a miracle and that’s what Elim United Methodist Church and the Manantial de Vida Pentecostal congregation celebrated last Sunday. The two congregations came together with the community to hold a combined worship service in the church parking lot to give thanks for their own Easter miracle. On Easter Sunday, a few hours after the Elim congregation finished its Easter service and just as the Manantial de Vida...

GNJ Responds to Church Ceiling Collapse

Bishop John Schol and Rev. Leo Park are happy to report that all 14 people injured in the church ceiling collapse at Elim UMC in Rahway, N.J., have been released from the hospital. Bishop Schol shared news about the collapse that occurred during the worship service of the Manantial de Vida Pentecostal Congregation, which rents space in our building. “I am grateful for the pastoral care provided by Superintendent Manuel Sardinas and Rev. Leo Park,” Bishop Schol said. “They...

GNJ Selects New Director of Worship

Eric Drew has been selected as the new Director of Worship of the United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey, effective July 1. He is a passionate musician, coach, and worship planner. In 2014 he launched, a website for church leaders, and published the eBook, "Contextual Worship: 4 Steps to Reach Your Community." He has served at Simply Grace UMC and most recently as the worship pastor of Cross Point Church, a multi-site UMC in Harrisburg, Pa. He has...

Backpack Crew's Success Fed By UMC of Red Bank

By Jeff Wolfe It wasn’t a small still voice that motivated Suzanne Dice to help those who were feeling the effects of Superstorm Sandy nearly a year after it had slammed the New Jersey coast. It was her own internal storm that led her and her family to start an organization that helps feed those in need on weekends. “I was just driving down the street, and seeing all of the loss and destruction still there, it was like a punch in the stomach,” said Dice,...

Prayer Request for Union UMC Update

Sisters and Brothers, Christ is risen!   Yesterday I shared with you about a tragic ceiling collapse in one of our churches in Rahway, NJ. It occurred during the worship service of the Manantial de Vida Pentecostal Congregation who rents space in our building. I am happy to report that everyone has been released from the hospital.   I am grateful for the pastoral care provided by Superintendent Manuel Sardinas and Rev. Leo Park. They both visited the hospital and Rev. Park was at...

A Message from Bishop Schol - Prayer Request for Union UMC

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,   A little after 2:00 PM today, Easter Sunday, the ceiling collapsed at the Union United Methodist Church in Rahway, NJ. A congregation of another denomination who rents the facilities had just begun their Easter worship. Fourteen people from the Manantial de Vida Pentecostal congregation were taken to the hospital. None of the injuries were life threatening but one of the worshipers has a serious injury.   Superintendent Manuel Sardinas is at...

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...
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