New Year’s Message to GNJ Laity

A Happy & Blessed New Year to all laity of the Greater New Jersey Conference. We hope that this message finds you safe, healthy and filled by the Holy Spirit as we all face this new year ahead of us.

The past year has brought many challenges to us, our churches, our families and our workplaces as we faced the unprecedented health crisis brought on by the pandemic.

We have seen firsthand the ingenuity of our laity in continuing to bring light to the communities they serve through different outreach ministries such as establishing community care pantry/food pantry, buying and bringing groceries to the doorsteps of elderly members, calling members who were sick, quarantined or hospitalized and checking in on members virtually. Others brought the story of Christmas to the neighborhood, narrating the true meaning of this season and singing carols and reading the Christmas story during virtual worship. Technology became essential in order to gather together for weekly worship and host Bible Studies. Still others started prayer groups, small groups and study groups through Zoom ministry. We praise God for your leadership in your churches in navigating through the most challenging times!

Marching forward we are hopeful for God’s blessings in leading the way for a better, brighter and healthier year! We praise God for all of you who have taken new leadership roles in your congregations and for your commitment to continue to serve God through the different ministries that will bring the Gospel to all people in the communities you serve. May people see Christ in all of us as we extend the love of God to them through our ministries. Let us therefore be encouraged by these words from Paul to the Corinthians:

 “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” – 1 Corinthians 15:58

Let us encourage one another to continue the work we have been doing to make disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Let us work together to have a significant impact on our churches, our communities and our workplaces. Let us be active participants in the work of God in our midst. To God be the glory!

Your co-servants in Christ,
Judy Colorado, Conference Lay Leader and the Laity Board

The Board of Laity is charged to:

  • Foster an awareness of the role of the laity within the local congregations; and to promote and develop programs to cultivate an adequate understanding of the theological and biblical basis for lay life and work;
  • Develop and promote stewardship of time, talent, and possessions;
  • Provide for the training of lay members of the annual conference;
  • Provide support and direction for the ministry of the Laity on the local, district and annual conference levels and to promote the observation of Laity Sunday;
  • Provide organization, direction, and support for the development of local church lay leaders.

Priorities

  • Support the strategic plan to create vital congregations using the 5 markers of vitality:  new disciples, small groups for learning and faith formation,  worship, mission, and generous giving.
  • Increase learning opportunities for laity leadership through our educational opportunities such as: the Laity Leadership Academy, Servant Leadership Ministries and CLM programs.
  • Celebrate and engage laity to share innovative local church ministries through our yearly laity Celebration/Recognition Worship Service.
  • Engage laity in “Ministry With the Poor” at district levels to create a network of churches and mission centers that address root causes of poverty by educating and coordinating sustainable ministries that change lives:
  • Develop a data bank of essential resources of all agencies, interfaith programs related to working with the poor;
  • Coordinate and support programs that seek recovery and resourcing to move persons to means of self-sufficiency.
  • Identify one area of poverty across the conference that we will address together as a way to witness to the region of the Great Commandment!

Resources

  • Nomination Form for At-Large Lay Member to Conference

    Nomination Form for At-Large Lay Member to Conference

    For nomination of laity to Annual Conference in the 2021-2024 quadrennium. Each local church is invited to nominate one person who is a member of their church. The Church Council must complete the enclosed form and the nominated person must accept with signature. The Laity Council will elect members from among these nominations at their April meeting. Updated 1.31.20