Why do we exist? 

GNJ exists to recruit and develop transformational leaders so that people and communities experience healing, renewal and wholeness from God. Transformational leaders grow vital congregations who nurture passionate disciples of Jesus Christ and share faith, hope and justice in the community.

What is our commitment? 

GNJ is committed to resource and support congregations and clergy and lay leadership 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 making a difference in the world.

What is a vital congregation? 

A vital congregation is a Holy Spirit-led community of passionate disciples who are working together to grow new disciples, inspiring worship, active small groups, risk taking community mission, and generous giving to mission, and are actively working to end the sin of racism.

GNJ will provide development grants to leaders and congregations that:  

  1. Encourage innovative ministry that connects with people in the community.
  2. Develop lay and clergy leadership for making disciples and transforming the world.
  3. Maximize vital congregations.
  4. Seek to honor the humanity, cultural identity, uniqueness and sacred worth of everyone as we live out our baptismal vow.

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, alignment with GNJ Journey of Hope Plan, 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 their grant requests.

Thank you for completing this Interest Form!  Please be sure to click the Submit button below.  Once reviewed, an email notification that includes a link to fill out the 2021 Fall Congregational Development Application Form will be sent to you shortly thereafter. Thank you.