The United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey is committed to resource and support the development of congregations and lay and clergy leadership. Equipped and vital leaders and congregations are powerful witnesses to the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the region.

GNJ will provide 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 clergy salary support, equitable salary support, new church starts, multi-campus ministry, new ministry, congregational development, cooperative parishes, 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 2017 must be received by October 5, 2016.  Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.


Submit application and address all questions to:

Ginny Kaiser

Connectional Ministries Administrative Services Manager

Ginny supervises the Connectional Ministry Team (CMT) Administrative staff and supports the Director of Connectional Ministries.  She also supports the CMT Directors and the chairpersons of many of the GNJ Conference agencies. Ginny administers the grant and scholarship programs and is the Project Manager for GNJ Annual Conference session, the Laity Leadership Academy and the Bishop Convocation.