GNJ is offering courses that will bless the mission and ministry of your congregation. Each course is comprised of 90 minute online sessions offered over several weeks. Each 90 minute session contains unique content and will be available live via Zoom. Courses are open to laity and clergy. Congregations are encouraged to invite leaders to enroll in courses in their area of interest.
Registration for each course is necessary and will close one week before the course begins. Please register early for the course(s) you are interested in. Your Zoom log-in information will be provided to you a few days before the course begins. There is no cost for the Spring 2021 Leadership Academy.
June 2021: IGNITE Youth Discipleship Calendar | June 16, 30 and July 7 from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Discipleship doesn’t happen one weekend or week per year. Discipleship is an intentional journey, in a local community of faith, which is rooted in year-round relationship. While many of us wrestle with dwindling resources and fewer young people: there is still hope! By developing a yearly Discipleship Calendar, all congregations can create a journey for young people to connect with God, grow in faith, and lead in the church and community. In this course you will develop a yearly Discipleship Calendar, learn how to facilitate small group conversations with youth, and identify ways to raise youth into leadership positions in the congregation. You’ll leave this course ready for a year of ministry with young people in your congregation and community!
This course meets over three evenings and is recommended for volunteer or part-time youth leaders at congregations with up to 15 youth in grades 6 – 12 who don’t meet regularly. Youth are welcome to attend!
Facilitated by: Eric Drew, Executive Director of Next Generation Ministries
Past Courses and Resources:
May 2021: Preparing a Balanced Budget | May 3 and May 10 from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Registration is now closed for this event.
Churches are entrusted with financial resources for mission and ministry. A well-developed, balanced budget assists church leaders in ensuring that resources develop life-changing ministry. In this course you will review your church’s income and expenses, gather your church’s budget information and budget requests, identify projected income, create a budget spreadsheet, and develop a process for living within the budget. At the course’s completion your church will have a process for creating and living into a balanced budget.
This two-week course is recommended for finance committee chairpersons, treasurers, church council chairpersons and pastors. While not necessary, it is recommended that a team from a congregation attend this course together.
Facilitated by: Rev. Jana Purkis-Brash, Executive Director of the Stewardship Foundation
February 2021: Missional Engagement that Opens Hearts, Minds and Doors
The church has been called by God to engage in mission. It is through mission we grow closer to God, our community, and one another as we work to transform the world. In this workshop series, you will learn best practices for engaging in mission that is relational, transformative, and utilizes the gifts and assets of your church and community. You will leave with a mission plan to share with your mission committee and church leadership, as well as resources for encouraging and engaging in mission.
This course is recommended for mission and outreach committees, clergy and those interested in developing hands-on mission in their communities.
Facilitated by: Ashley Wilson, Rev. Luana Cook Scott of Morristown UMC and Andrea Wren-Hardin, Hope Center Developer
January 2021: These Small Groups Make a Difference
Moving small groups from activity to lifestyle. In this workshop leaders will focus on three unique styles of gathering that have moved small groups from an activity to a lifestyle. Supper Groups create spaces to experience community connection and grow spiritually. Covenant Groups offer mutual accountability and support for a life of faith. Children’s Small Groups allow for each child to have a caring adult leadership, as well as a community of their peers to rely on, grow with and count on. This training will equip the attendees to develop, promote and lead transformational small groups in their local church setting.
This course is recommended for those who engage in, lead or are interested in the ministry of small groups including Sunday School.
Facilitated by: Rev. Gina Yeske, Director of Small Groups, Daniel Jimenez and Vivian Naa-Awa Nelson-Appiah, Small Group Developers
November 2020: Making Worship Work Behind the Scenes
This course focuses on best practices in worship technology and developing a team. We will evaluate current use of technology in worship and create a customized worship plan to embrace something new. Then learn best practices and incorporating worship technology as part of an overall experience. Lastly develop leadership skills as we discuss taking your team to the next level through communication, recruitment and organization.
This course is recommended for churches who are considering improving their worship technology, digital ministry and worship team practices.
Facilitated by: Chuck DelCamp, of Haddonfield UMC and Chair of GNJ’s Commission on Communications
October 2020: Navigating Worship in the New Day
As new dynamics in worship arise for our churches in this new day, this course addresses:
- Hybrid worship, live worship (live-streamed in different size settings), along with engaging congregants, preaching and leading in the hybrid service.
- Hospitality in the new normal
- Intertwining worship presentation software and OBS studio for live streaming and recording
- Worship media: licensing and resources for products
- This course is recommended for worship committees, musicians and pastors.
Watch the Recorded Sessions:
Week 1 – Music | Hospitality | Outreach
Week 2 – Livestreaming | Worship Presentation | Engaging People
Week 3 – Preaching/Leading | Setting a Standard | Creating Rhythms | Ideas | Budgeting
Read the presentation: Navigating Worship in the New Day Final Presentation
Facilitated by: Lan Wilson, Director of Worship