Pre - Lenten PowerPoint Now Available

At the Pre-Lenten Service and Fellowship, newly appointed District Superintendents Myrna Bethke (Gateway South) and Drew Dyson (Raritan Valley) joined the Director of Connectional Ministries, Bruce Hartman, in a presentation to outline the next steps in implementing the strategic plan.  The implementation is focused on supporting and resourcing pastors and congregations to help grow vital congregations.   Click here to view their presentation.  ...

Cokesbury Improves Online Store & Customer Experience

UMPH is the oldest agency of what is now the United Methodist Church having been in continuous operation since 1789. The mission has always been to advance the cause of Christianity by developing and providing inspirational, useful and educational materials that help people come to know and love God through Jesus Christ and learn to live as his disciples and help transform the world. The nature of the materials and means of delivery have continually changed to meet the needs of churches and...

Seeking Applicants for Program Directors

The Greater New Jersey Conference is seeking leaders with deep faith and commitment to growing vital congregations and developing spiritual leaders to serve as program directors in the areas of Worship, Disciple Making, Small Groups and Faith Formation, Mission, and Giving and Stewardship.  The ideal candidates will have prayed about the position and feel called by God to lead the ministries of the Greater New Jersey Conference. The ideal candidates will also be United Methodist lay...

Register Today for the 2014 Bishop's Convocation

Renew Your Mind, Body and Spirit at the 2014 Bishop’s Convocation for Clergy Register you and your family today!  Click here to access the online registration system.  You can find a detailed listing of the workshops to choose from here. Monday, January 27 - Wednesday, January 29, 2014  at Ocean Place Resort and Spa, Long Branch, NJ This special time of renewal for clergy and their families will go beyond recharging the mind, body and spirit.  During our...

GNJ Grant Funding Application Now Available

GNJAC is committed to resource clergy, congregations and lay leaders to support the growth of vital congregations. GNJ will provide grants for clergy salary support, equitable salary support, new church starts, multi-campus ministry, new ministry, congregational development, cooperative parishes, and planning. Grants will be allocated based on demonstrated willingness and preparedness to grow vital congregations. We have made improvements on the grant funding application process. The...

Advent resources urge simplifying Christmas

United Methodist Communications has created Advent resources to help United Methodist churches convey a welcoming message during the Christmas season to those who may not have a church home. This year’s resources complement United Methodist Communications’ broader campaign, “That’s Church,” and share a message about cutting through the holiday chaos and simplifying Christmas. The goal is to provide local churches with resources to help them welcome their...

Clergy Benefits Academy 2013

CLERGY BENEFITS ACADEMY 2013 November 18-20, 2013 Galloway, NJ 08205 The General Board of Pension & Health Benefits of the United Methodist Church invites active clergy and spouses to attend the Clergy Benefits Academy which will be held at the Stockton Seaview Hotel in Galloway, NJ!  By attending, you will: Learn how to care for your financial, emotional and physical well-being with age-focused coursework Gain knowledge and information necessary to make confident...

GNJ Annual Conference on Social Media

The 2013 GNJ Annual Conference is going green and digital!  Join us on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram and be a part of the action!   Tweet and Instagram your photos using hashtag: #gnjac13 "Follow" and interact with us on Twitter at "Like" us and interact with us on Facebook at Follow and repost with us on Tumblr at You'll also be able to watch Annual...

CBS Special: Religion & Spirituality in a Changing Society

If you missed the CBS Special Religion & Spirituality in a Changing Society, featuring interviews with Bishop John Schol and our 2013 Pre-Lenten Gathering Speaker, Lillian Daniel, you can watch it online below. ...

5 New Ideas from GBOD

Every month GBOD sends you just 5 ways you can better equip Vital Congregations and make disciples of Jesus Christ. Here’s this month’s issue! 1. Discover how congregations successfully dealt with change. Read about the Toward Vitality Research Project, an 18-month study of 158 local churches across the US. The study found three key elements present in congregations undergoing successful change: a pastor unafraid of leading, laity in a ministry partnership with the pastor...

Reclaim Christmas: Resources & Advent Event Listings

Christmas advertising is back – calling us to participate in what has become the cornerstone of Christmas: shopping. Meanwhile, the real meaning of Christmas gets lost…after the whole season has been spent in ways that leave many financially depleted and spiritually exhausted. The United Methodist Church invites you to experience a different kind of Christmas – one filled with simple acts of kindness. One that leaves a lasting impact – and we’re not talking about...

5 Ways You Can Better Equip Vital Congregations from GBOD

Every month GBOD sends just 5 ways you can better equip Vital Congregations and make disciples of Jesus Christ. Here’s this month’s issue! Enhance your skills to help adults learn. Sign up for the free webinar, How Adults Learn: The Emotional Aspect of Learning, on Aug. 28 at 6:30 p.m. CDT. Led by Carol Krau, GBOD’s director of adult formation and discipleship, this webinar will explore how emotions increase or shut down learning. Hear ideas for developing a ...

Special Seminary Scholarships Help 450 Young Seminarians

Jiyeon Kim and William Williams, two of the 450 young adult seminarians who have received a Special Seminary Scholarship, said the money has helped them follow God’s call to ordained ministry. William Williams, who finishes at the Theological School at Drew University this spring, said the extra funds from the scholarship have enabled him to focus on ministry and studies, as well as minimizing the amount of money he had to borrow. “I’ve been a youth pastor at Clonmell...

2012 Stewardship Webinars for Local Church Leaders

The following Webinars are being offered ONLINE by The General Board of Discipleship. To register for one of the following webinars, visit  The Webinar training calendar is on the right-hand side of the page.  Once you find the webinar(s) you would like to participate in, click the link under the webinar labeled: "Reserve Your Webinar Seat Now."  Thursday, March 8, 7:30pm ET Telling Our Mission Story: Put a Face on Your...
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