Annual Conference News

  • 2019 Digital Journal

    2019 Digital Journal

    ***The clergy and lay member directory has been removed from the online Digital Journal for confidentiality. The directories can be accessed with your online Arena credentials. If you are a lay member without access to Arena please email for the directory.

Annual Conference Session Schedule

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
4:00 p.m. Clergy Executive Session and Introduction of General and Jurisdictional Conference Delegate Nominees Ballrooms A, B, C
4:00 p.m. Laity Session and Introduction of General and Jurisdictional Conference Delegate Nominees West Hall
5:00 p.m Clergy Dinner Ballrooms A, B, C
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)
Ballrooms A, B, C

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 East Hall Deck
8:00 a.m. Clergy Balloting West Hall
8:45 a.m. Praise and Worship West Hall
9:00 a.m. Organizing the Conference West Hall
9:10 a.m. Episcopal Address West Hall
9:45 a.m. Legislation |  Nominations, Trustees Enabling, Advance Specials, Historic Sites, Discontinuance of Churches West Hall
10:15 a.m. Vital Mission Partners | Relationship Statements, Update on Desegregation Lawsuit West Hall
11:00 a.m. Service of Remembrance West Hall
12:00 p.m. Clergy Lunch East Hall and East Deck
12:00 p.m. Laity Balloting West Hall
12:45 p.m. Laity Lunch East Hall and East Deck
1:15 p.m. Clergy Balloting West Hall
2:00 p.m. Praise and Worship West Hall
2:10 p.m. Leadership Address West Hall
2:40 p.m. Legislation | Shared Ministries Formula, Shared Ministry Plan and Budget. Pension, Equitable Compensation,  Health Insurance Guidelines, Standards for Parsonages West Hall
3:30 p.m. Service of Passage with Anointing West Hall
4:00 p.m. Clergy or Laity Balloting (as needed) West Hall
4:30 p.m. Workshops Assigned Locations
4:30 p.m. Mission Project | Rise Against Hunger East Hall
4:30 p.m. Reception for Retirees Location TBA
6:15 p.m. Adjourn
6:30 p.m. Extension Ministry Dinner Location TBA
6:30 p.m. Dinner for Groups (pre-arranged) Location TBA
8:00 p.m. Laity and/or Clergy Balloting (as needed) West Hall

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) West Hall
8:30 a.m. Praise and Worship West Hall
8:45 a.m. Teaching Session | Kristina Gonzalez, Director of Innovation for an Inclusive Church for the Greater Northwest Episcopal Area West Hall
9:45 a.m. Reading of the Appointments West Hall
10:15 a.m. Holy Conference| Path Forward for GNJ Following the Special Session of General Conference West Hall
11:00 a.m. Legislation | Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline, Inclusive Church, Boycott Israel,
Statement after GC
West Hall
12:30 p.m. Closing Worship with Holy Communion West Hall
1:00 p.m. Adjourn

*Agenda is subject to change.