Dear Lay and Clergy Members of Annual Conference,

A Special Session of Greater New Jersey Annual Conference will be held:

Saturday, October 26, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Robert J. Collins Arena at Brookdale Community College
Arena Drive, Lincroft, NJ 07738

At the special session the GNJ Way Forward Team will present their report.

In March, you affirmed the GNJ Way Forward Team to discern how United Methodists in Greater New Jersey would move forward as a result of the passage of the traditional plan by General Conference in February. The GNJ Way Forward Team is comprised of individuals who represent the diversity of people and perspectives in Greater New Jersey. In addition to group meetings, the team has worked in smaller working committees to create the principles, framework, assessment and communication.

The report is being finalized and prepared for a pre-conference workbook which will be sent to you at least 10 days in advance of special session.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) will be prepared and posted on The Way Forward pages of the GNJ website. You can ask additional questions on the web page or send them to Director of Communications Carolyn Conover until October 20.

I recognize that some of you will be unable to attend. There is space on the registration form to indicate that you are not able to attend and list the reason. Your superintendent will follow up with you if there are any questions.

In this season, I am committed to helping all of our congregations thrive so that we can focus on making disciples who make disciples. I look forward to seeing you in October.

Keep the faith!


John Schol, Bishop
United Methodists of Greater New Jersey