GNJ Conference Office CLOSED February 13th Due to Snow Forecast

Due to the forecasted snowfall in New Jersey, the Conference Office will be CLOSED on Thursday, February 13, 2014.   Thank you for your understanding.  We pray that you and your loved ones remain safe through the storm....

2013 Credit for Small Employer Health Insurance Premiums

Is your church eligible? The Federal Government is offering a rebate in the form of a tax credit to employers, including churches, who provided health care insurance for employees (including pastors) in 2013. Any church that did the following in 2013 is most likely eligible for the credit: Paid Federal taxes (withholding and/or Social Security) for its employees AND Paid health insurance for at least one of its employees (pastor and/or staff) Is it worth the effort? The credit can be...

GNJ Seeks 2 Communication Professionals

As a part of the implementation of the Strategic Plan, the Communications Department is aligning with the staffing structure that was approved at the Annual Conference in November.  We are looking to fill two key staff positions:  Editorial Manager and Online and Digital Manager.  Interested parties should send cover letter, resume and references to  Full job descriptions for the positions can be found here:   Editoral Manager Online and...

Office Closed Friday 1/3 but Saturday's "Catch the Vision" Event Still On

UPDATE 1/3/14: The "Catch the Vision" Re-Orientation Session on Saturday, January 4, 2014 from 9am-1pm at Calvary Korean UMC, 572 Ryders Lane, East Brunswick, NJ WILL STILL BE HELD as scheduled.   We hope to see you there. Conference Office Closed Friday, January 3, 2014: Due to the forecasted snowfall and severe winter conditions in New Jersey, the Conference Office will be CLOSED on Friday, January 3, 2014.  The office will reopen at 8:30am on Monday, January 6,...

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...

Special Session of Annual Conference Follow-Up

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, God is good!  God stood with us in Ocean Grove on a beautiful Saturday morning for our Service of Hope and Remembrance and the Special Session of the Annual Conference.  Thank you to all who shared this day with us and all who helped to make it happen.  During the service we heard from two of the homeowners that we helped through our Sandy Relief ministry, A Future with Hope.  If you were not able to join us at the service, you should...

Message from Bishop Schol - Judicial Council Rulings


Special Session Voting Credentials were Emailed on October 11th!

Voting credentials were emailed to all clergy, elected lay members and elected lay members at large on Friday, October 11, 2013 by  PLEASE OPEN THIS EMAIL IMMEDIATELY as it has important information regarding the Special Session and procedures.  If you are a voting member and did not receive an emailed credential, please contact Beverly Karlovich at 732-359-1000 or by October 25.  Please print and bring your emailed voting credential...

Resolutions & Credentials for Special Session of Annual Conference

The Greater New Jersey Conference will convene a special session of Annual Conference for all clergy members and lay members on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove, NJ to modify the budget, modify our organizational plan and affirm principles for developing spiritual leaders and growing vital congregations.   Attendees are encouraged to arrive between 8:15-8:30am to accommodate for parking and gathering in the Great Auditorium.  The special session will...

By Sept 30: HealthFlex Participants Complete the HQ to Lower Deductible

5 days left (through September 30, 2013) to complete the HQ (Health Quotient). THE DEDUCTIBLE WILL BE RAISED TO $750 single/$1,500 family FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT COMPLETE THE HQ.* BOTH the participant and enrolled spouse must complete the HQ to receive the lower deductible. Active Plan PPO Participants and participating spouses taking the HQ during this timeframe will enjoy the plan level deductible of $500 single/$1,000 family deductible. Log in to the HealthFlex/WebMD area of the...

Affordable Care Act (ACA): Local Churches Must Take Action!

Affordable Care Act (ACA) Exchange Notice Requirement: The Affordable Care Act requires that every employer, including local churches and agencies of the Greater New Jersey Conference, notify their employees of the of new Health Insurance Marketplaces (formerly called “Exchanges”) and how an employee can contact the Marketplace to purchase coverage. The Notice must be given to ALL those on the church payroll, regardless of hours worked, status, or whether or not they are eligible...

Important Notice about Solicitation Calls

Dear Partners in Ministry: We have received word from the Council of Bishops that scammers are placing phone calls to both our churches and conference staff trying to solicit money. They are using names of UMC Bishops and other information in order to sound legitimate. Their story is the familiar "----- got in trouble while traveling overseas and needs help". We have been told they sound very convincing. This type of scam is typically seen via email, Facebook etc. It is of serious...

Local Church Conference Forms Available Online

Local Church Conference forms are now available online here: In response to your feedback, several Church Conference & Pastoral Support forms/reports (Word/Excel fill-in format) have been modified and consolidated. Forms are avaialbe in Word or Excel fill-in format. The Church Conference & Pastoral Support forms are available in PDF format for those who need to download them and fill them out by hand.  ...

Order Service of Ordination & Commissioning DVDs

The 2013 Service of Ordination & Commissioning is available on DVD for $10 each.   *This is the only service that will be offered on DVD this year.  An online video archive of other services will be available in July.  An announcement will be posted in the GNJ Digest and online at when those archives are available.   To order the DVD, please download the order form below and mail to: Greater NJ Annual Conference, 1001 Wickapecko Drive,...

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...

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...

Small Employer Health Insurance Tax Credit Extension

If your church has not yet filed for the Small Employer Health Insurance Tax Credit, there is still time!  Let us know of your church’s intention to file for the credit and we will prepare and send the “Application for Extension of Time”(Form 8868) to the IRS on your behalf. This automatic six-month extension will allow our staff to prepare your forms (8941 & 990-T) for submission by the final deadline of August 15, 2013. We must know your intentions by...

Deadline Extended for Reports and Resolutions for the 2013 Annual Conference to March 25

All reports and legislation to be printed and presented to the Annual Conference must be submitted by March 25, 2013. This is a hard deadline! Reports and legislation received after this date will not be printed in the pre-conference Journal and will most likely not be presented to annual conference or printed in the final Journal. This is a modification from previous years. First it extends the deadline by 25 days. Secondly, reports and legislation received after the deadline...

Worker's Compensation Packets Available For Download - Due Feb. 15th!

Each year, an annual WC payroll audit takes place (not to be confused with the local church audit, now called the Fund Balance Report). Once again, FORMS ARE NOT BEING MAILED. Below are separate packets for the 2012 audit of payroll for New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania churches. The audit can be completed in Word, then faxed or emailed (save file!) or printed and completed by hand for mailing. COMPLETED AUDITS ARE DUE February 15, 2013. It is not necessary to have the form filled out by...
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