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 register.

  • Each course is comprised of 90-minute online ZOOM sessions. Most courses are over several weeks, with each 90-minute session containing unique content.
  • Registration for each course is necessary unless otherwise noted. Please register early for the course(s) you are interested in, as some courses have registration limits.
  • Registration closes one week before courses begins.

Your Zoom log-in information will be provided to you before the course begins.


Courageous Conversations: Racism
Dates: Apr. 21, 28, and May 5 | 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

What is the connection between anti-racism and discipleship? That is the question we will explore in this three-session course. Our hope is that these sessions will encourage and equip church leaders to feel more confident about understanding the need for such conversations about racism and to glimpse potential outcomes for the local church. This course has a registration maximum of 60 participants from Greater New Jersey. Register.

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All New: It’s Not Just Sundays: Church Growth in a Hybrid Context
with Rev. Jevon Caldwell-Gross
Date: June 2 | 7 p.m. -9:00 p.m.

A recent study predicted that 40 percent of church members will not be returning to their congregations. While this is a staggering prediction, it provides a greater sense of urgency for every congregation to rethink how they are engaging with their current members but to also reimagine their strategy to reach new persons. Because let’s face it, church is now in-person and online. This training is designed to equip churches and leaders to be effective in a hybrid ministry context to increase engagement and expand their reach. This will aid in developing common language, shared values, and explore practical methods of growing the present-future church.

  1. Exploring cultural trends that we define the future-present church
  2. Using digital platforms to create community with existing members while reaching new demographics.
  3. Moving from a growth mindset of 52 weeks to 365 days
  4. Mobilizing and recruiting new volunteers to support new strategies

All are invited for this timely conversation. Register here.

Pathways for Congregational Development Workshop  
Date: June 8 | 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Over the past few years our leaders and churches have been faced with a myriad of challenges and many congregations are discerning how to take the next faithful step. Pathways for Congregational Development is designed by GNJ to offer your congregation the tools needed to recall and honor who you were in the past, reflect on your current ministry, and then reset for the future so you can thrive. Pathways is a process to educate and equip congregations to do the important work of making disciples for the transformation of the world. Join Resource Directors Gina Yeske and Lan Wilson in a one evening workshop to learn about this new resource to determine if Pathways is the right process to help your congregation envision what God has in store next. Register.


Faith Sharing in Innovative Ways
Dates: Oct. 4, 11, and 18 | 7:00-8:30 p.m.

When was the last time you shared your faith with someone? The practice of sharing one’s faith is key to living out the UMC mission: “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” Throughout this three-session course, you will explore ways to connect with your community, build relationships and identify opportunities to share your faith story in word and action. Register.

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