20th Annual Conference Session

May 19 – May 21, 2019

Annual Conference is a yearly session for clergy and lay members to worship, learn about programs and conduct the business of the United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey. During the 2019 Annual Conference session, members of the conference will hear reports of past and ongoing work; adopt future goals, programs and budgets; ordain clergy members as deacons and elders and participate in congregational leadership development workshops and a mission project. All are welcome to the May 19-21 event at the convention center in Wildwood.

In a time of continual changes, God is calling GNJ to remain rooted in Christ. The Holy Spirit is inviting GNJ to claim God’s promise, through the prophet Jeremiah: “Trust in the Lord, and your roots will continue to grow in the stream of the Spirit” that cast away all fears about the future and that nourishes the very core of our individual and collective soul into further vitality and fruitfulness.

Sunday, May 19

1:00 p.m. Registration Opens
Exhibits and Cokesbury Bookstore
Meeting Room 1
4:00 p.m. Clergy Executive Session Ballrooms
4:00 p.m. Laity Session West Hall
5:00 p.m Clergy Dinner Ballrooms
5:00 p.m. Laity Dinner East Hall
7:00 p.m. Commissioning and Ordination Worship West Hall
9:30 p.m. Clergy Session
(continued as needed)

Monday, May 20

7:00 a.m. Breakfast on Your Own. Group Prearranged Breakfasts. Sign up by April 15.
7:30 a.m. Communion on the Beach Convention Center Deck Ocean Side
8:00 a.m. Clergy Balloting
8:45 a.m. Praise and Worship West Hall
9:00 a.m. Organizing the Conference
9:10 a.m. Episcopal Address
9:45 a.m. Legislation– Nominations, Trustees Enabling Legislation, Historic Sites, Advance Specials West Hall
10:15 a.m. Vital Mission Partners (Video), Relationship Statements, Update on Desegregation Lawsuit, Additional Legislation West Hall
11:00 a.m. Service of Remembrance West Hall
12:00 p.m. Clergy Lunch
Laity Balloting
Exhibits and Cokesbury Bookstore
East Hall and East Deck
12:45 p.m. Laity Lunch
1:15 p.m. Clergy Balloting
2:00 p.m. Praise and Worship West Hall
2:10 p.m. Leadership Address West Hall
2:40 p.m. Legislation – Budget, Shared Ministries Formula, Pension, Equitable Compensation, Discontinuance of Churches West Hall
3:30 p.m. Clergy or Laity Balloting
4:00 p.m. Service of Passage with Anointing
4:30 p.m. Workshops Assigned Locations
4:30 p.m. Mission Project- Stop Hunger Now
4:30 p.m. Reception for Retirees
6:15 p.m. Adjourn for the Day
6:30 p.m. Extension Ministry Dinner
Dinner for Groups and Individuals
7:40 p.m. Laity and/or Clergy Balloting (as needed)

Tuesday, May 21

7:00 a.m. Breakfast on your own. Group prearranged breakfasts. Sign up by April 15.
7:45 a.m. Communion on the Beach Convention Center Deck Ocean Side
8:00 a.m. Clergy and/or Laity Balloting (as needed)
8:30 a.m. Praise and Worship West Hall
8:45 a.m. Teaching Session
9:45 a.m. Reading of the Appointments West Hall
10:15 a.m. Thank You
10:30 a.m. Legislation West Hall
12:30 p.m. Closing Worship with Holy Communion West Hall
1:00 p.m. Adjournment West Hall

*Agenda is subject to change.