Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to God, and your paths will be straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6

A Call to Discernment and Renewal

After the news of the postponed General Conference, Bishop John Schol wrote a series of letters to United Methodists of Greater New Jersey calling them to a time of engagement with the work of God and discernment about what is next. On this page, you will find:

  • Bishop Schol’s 3 letters to leaders in GNJ
  • FAQ about Disaffiliation from the UMC and GNJ
  • Paragraph 2553 and Judicial Council Rulings regarding disaffiliation
  • Legislation to the GNJ Annual Conference Session regarding Discernment and Disaffiliation

Messages from Bishop Schol | A Call to Discernment and Renewal Series


  • Frequently Asked Questions can be reviewed and submitted here.
  • Las preguntas frecuentes (FAQ, por sus siglas en inglés) se pueden revisar y enviar aquí.

Paragraph 2553 of the Book of Discipline & Judicial Council Rulings Concerning Disaffiliation

You can review paragraph 2553 and recent Judicial Council rulings about disaffiliation here.


The GNJ Cabinet, Connectional Table, and Board of Trustees have submitted the Call to Discernment and Renewal Legislation, calling all congregations to a year of discernment about how God is calling them out of the pandemic and into ministry in their community and world. Legislation can be found within the 2022 Pre-conference Workbook Addendum.