Short Term Courses

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.

Pathways Workshop
Date: Sep. 14 | 7:00 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 Director Gina Yeske 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! Click course title to register.

Launching a Stewardship Campaign
Dates: Sep. 15, 22 & 29 | 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Facilitator:  Rev. Brian Roberts, Executive Director of the Stewardship Foundation

Growing in the spiritual discipline of generosity helps individuals grow in discipleship and assists the congregation in making ministry come alive! This workshop will use the Breakthrough Stewardship Worship Series “Releasing God’s Blessings” as the content for the annual giving campaign. In this three-week course you will learn how to celebrate your church’s ministry through the implementation of a stewardship campaign. Together we will reflect theologically and biblically on generosity, explore the pastor’s and laity’s role in a campaign, ways to gather the campaign team, review the worship, small group and campaign materials, and share best practices for personal testimonies on generosity. Click course title to register.

Sunday’s Coming: The Practice of Preaching
Dates: Sep. 28, Oct. 5, Oct. 19, Nov. 2, Nov. 16 | 7:00 p.m. – 9 :00 p.m.

One of the primary tasks of a local church pastor is to provide an inspirational weekly message that calls congregants to live out their lives as disciples of Jesus Christ. This course has five sessions, which include two workshops and three practical applications. Participants will be invited to focus on the discipline of preaching as they learn, write, and preach their own sermons. Feedback in small groups will assist the preacher in their development of both content and delivery. This course is intended for appointed pastors, with a focus on licensed local pastors and supply pastors. Click course title to register.

Faith Sharing in Innovative Ways
Dates: Oct. 4, 11, and 18 | 7:00 p.m. – 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. Click course title to register.

Breakthrough Advent Planning Workshop
Dates: Oct. 6 | 7:00 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 Breakthrough Series, IMPOSSIBLE. Click course title to register.

Who is My Neighbor?
Dates: Oct. 12, 19, 26 | 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

When the Torah expert asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?” He got a loaded response…with a twist. The neighbor turned out to be a surprise (Luke 10:25-37)! In this three-week course we will identify and assess our understanding of “neighbor,” as taught by Jesus, and as we view human difference and uniqueness through biblical lenses. In week one we will reflect on scriptures that relate to who God is, and the value God places on our particularity and difference. Then we will explore how these biblical foundations can help us understand and accept our own uniqueness as we relate to neighbors different than us. Lastly, we will discuss ways difference is a blessing in our lives and an asset to our ministry. Click course title to register.

Youth Ministry Fundamentals
Dates: Oct. 25, Nov. 1, 8 | 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Connect. Grow. Lead. Let’s explore foundational principles of building a dynamic youth ministry in your local church such as mission and vision, volunteer recruitment and development, and models for programming. In this course, we will hear from youth leaders from diverse GNJ churches about how they successfully navigated these topics and learned their own growing edges. By the end of this three-session course, you will have tools for developing a mission and vision, steps for volunteer recruitment and you will have considered your next programming steps. Click course title to register.

Building A Healthy Church Culture
Dates: Nov. 2, 9, 16 | 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Being a lay, staff, or clergy leader in the local church has many joys and challenges. It is a blessing together with motivated individuals who are committed to the mission of the United Methodist Church and the local church. And it’s a joy to be part of a church with a healthy culture. We have been through so much over the past few years dealing with change, change and more change. Yet, we are often bound by the past –by a culture for a church the way it was a hundred years ago. In this highly interactive workshop, we will learn what organization culture is, how we can take steps to evolve it, and how we utilize processes for laity and clergy to drive and reinforce the culture we need in our local church.

Statistical Reports Training

All pastors of local churches need to submit a year-end statistical report each year.  As there may be some changes in the 2022 reporting, all pastors and members involved in completing the reports are encouraged to participate in one of the two following trainings to be hosted by our Finance team. Registration not required.

Date: Dec. 6 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Meeting ID: 849 4720 8434
Password: 848733

Date: Dec. 6 | 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Meeting ID: 845 9965 7757
Password: 227770

Statistical Reports Refresher and FAQ

During this refresher session, the Finance team will address any questions and concerns that have arisen as pastors have begun to work on and complete their annual statistical reports.

Date: Jan. 5 | 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Meeting ID: 811 6162 6523
Password: 801835

Past Leadership Academy Courses

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