The United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey is committed to resourcing and supporting congregations and transformational leaders to assess and improve their pathways for disciples to know, grow in, live and share the life of Jesus every day, so that we increase the number of new disciples and vital congregations.

GNJ provides development grants to leaders and congregations that:

  • Encourage innovative ministry that connects with people in the community.
  • Develop lay and clergy leadership for making disciples and transforming the world.
  • Maximize vital congregations.

Applications can be submitted for new worship services, new small groups and mission ministries, congregational development, cooperative parishes, supplemental our equitable clergy salary and planning. Grants will be allocated based on demonstrated willingness and readiness to grow vital congregations.

This is a one-year grant program. Consideration for funding in subsequent years will be dependent on implementation of programs, achieving goals for the grant year, timely reporting, active participation in Vital Signs Dashboard and availability of funds. This grant process does not cover requests for capital.

A church or group of churches should only submit one grant application to cover all of their grant requests. The application is designed to be completed electronically. The application and supporting documents must be submitted in PDF format. Only applications submitted in this format will be considered.

Applications for 2020 must be received by October 5, 2019.  Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

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