Message from the GNJ Cabinet - March 31, 2017

We continue to be encouraged by all God is doing through GNJ congregations. Powerful mission is occurring in our communities, we hear inspiring stories of new disciples being made, new worship services being started and more small groups shaping faith. Congregations are engaging in Team Vital and Communities of Hope planning and training sessions to create new action plans for ministry. Through generous giving, our congregations continue to increase Shared Ministry giving and we are touching lives around the world. Thank you for all you are doing to lead your congregation and this vital mission work of GNJ.

In a letter to congregational leaders dated March 31, the cabinet outlined two important items: 

Five Year Trends and 2017 Goals
We are asking all church councils to review and consider their five year trends and set goals for vitality for 2017. 

Click here to complete the online form to set your goals for vitality. 

Click here to see five years of shared ministry and billable information from your congregation to help guide you in goal setting. 

The online form needs to be completed with both the answers to the questions and the 2017 goals by April 30. Also on the form you will be asked to select one of two responses: ___ we do not seek an appeal of our 2018 Shared Ministry   or __ we request an appeal of our 2018 Shared Ministry. Further instructions about Shared Ministry are below. Not to complete this question by April 30, 2017 will forfeit any request for an appeal.
 
If you have any questions, please contact your regional administrator for your district (contact information is at the bottom of this letter).   

2018 Shared Ministry 
The proposed 2018 Shared Ministry calculation for your church may be found by clicking here. The calculation is based on the proposed 2018 budget and new Shared Ministry formula. If both are approved at Annual Conference, this figure will be your Shared Ministry for 2018. The proposed Shared Ministry apportionment is reduced by more than $900,000 to keep faith with our congregations and our commitment to the congregation as the mission outpost of GNJ. More than 83% of our congregations’ Shared Ministry will decrease under the proposed Shared Ministry budget and new Shared Ministry formula. A few of our churches will see an increase because of their growth, development and budget increases. We congratulate those churches for their faithfulness and progress.
 
If you want to request an appeal you will need to send a letter to your District Superintendent outlining the reason(s) and quantitative analysis for your appeal to request his/her endorsement. Your District Superintendent will review your appeal request and determine whether he/she will endorse it. Once this is done, your Superintendent will forward your letter along with his/her endorsement to John Cardillo for presentation at the Council of Finance and Administration for their review and consideration. All appeals need to be submitted by April 30, 2017. No appeals for your 2018 Shared Ministry will be received after April 30, 2017.

We are all working together to glorify God as we make disciples of Jesus Christ and grow vital congregations to transform the world. Thank you for all you are doing to make disciples and serve Christ by serving your community.

Keep the faith!
The Cabinet of the United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey

Superintendent Steve Bechtold, Skylands
Superintendent Myrna Bethke, Gateway South
Superintendent Drew Dyson, Raritan Valley
Superintendent Gina Hendrickson, Northern Shore
Superintendent Gina Kim, Palisades
Superintendent Brian Roberts, Cape Atlantic
Superintendent Manuel Sardinas, Gateway North
Superintendent Varlyna Wright, Capital

Bishop John Schol

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Southern Regional Administrative Assistant: Cape Atlantic, Delaware Bay, Gateway South

Central Regional Administrative Assistant: Capital, Northern Shore, Raritan Valley

Northern Regional Administative Assistant: Gateway North, Palisades, Skylands