Leadership Academy

GNJ is offering courses that will bless the mission and ministry of your congregation. Courses are open to laity and clergy. Congregations are encouraged to invite leaders to enroll in courses in their area of interest. Select each course to see the full course description and learn more.

  • Each course is comprised of 90 minute online sessions. Most are offered over several weeks.
  • Each 90 minute session contains unique content and will be available live via Zoom.
  • 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.


Launching a Stewardship Campaign
Sept. 16, 23, 30 |  7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Growing in the spiritual discipline of generosity helps individuals grow in discipleship and assists the congregation in making ministry come alive! This course will take place over three evenings and will provide your church steps to take for a wholistic stewardship campaign. You will leave with a timeline for implementing an annual giving campaign and create ways to engage church leadership. Registration has closed. 


Simplified One Board Model
Oct. 5, 12, 19 | 7 p.m. –  8:30 p.m.

The Simplified One Board Model is one that congregations of all sizes have moved to, across the country. Those participating in this three evening course will learn a step-by-step process for discerning and possible implementation of the shift to a One Board Model. You will hear from several congregations that have made the transition to this model. Registration has been closed as we have reached our maximum of 60 participants.

Building a Healthy Church-Staff Culture
Oct. 6, 13, 20 | 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Being a clergy, staff or member of the staff parish relations committee in a multi-staff church has many joys and challenges. In this three session course we will address the basics for creating a healthy work culture. You will leave with actionable steps to take to build a healthy church culture. Register Here.

Breakthrough Advent Planning Workshop
Oct. 21 | 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Advent is one of the most cherished seasons in the church year, but it is also one of the busiest! Plan ahead for meaningful worship this Advent with this one session workshop that will provide ideas, information and time for workshopping with others. We will be exploring the new Advent worship series, God With Us. Register here.


Be a Leader, Lead a Leader – Small Group Hybrid Training
Nov. 3, 10, 17 |  7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Small groups are not an event; they are a way of being the church. This three session course will include ways to develop as a leader and lead leaders of small groups. You will cast a vision for a yearlong plan for small group ministry, learn ways to recruit and equip laity to lead, as well as skills for online facilitation. You will explore small group resources on a variety of topics.  

Local Church & Community: Building Missional Relationships
Nov. 2, 9, 16 | 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Building relationships to engage hands-on mission is essential to live out the church’s mission to “make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” This three session course will aid you in identifying community partnerships for collaboration, understanding the steps, challenges and hurdles of implementation, and developing an action plan for ministry.

Statistical Report Training
Dates: TBA

All pastors of local churches need to submit each year, a year-end statistical report by January 31, 2022. To help clergy complete these reports, GNJ’s Finance and Administration Team will be holding a statistical training. No registration necessary.

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