About the GNJ Leadership Survey - Fall 2021 Data

The GNJ Leadership Survey Project Team was tasked to respond to the data provided by the 2021 GNJ Leadership Survey. This survey is shared with conference clergy and laity twice each year so that we receive feedback on our support, work and resourcing.

Percentages and comments from each section were analyzed by team members to provide answers to just two questions. These are out learnings and next steps.

Questions about the congregation | Questions about staff support of congregations

Question #1: What are we learning from the survey responses in our area?

  • The survey shows that there is a need for GNJ staff including District Superintendents to be more present in worship
  • The survey shows that GNJ staff’s visits have decreased in last two years due to COVID
  • GNJ staff conducting Charge Conferences has increased from 55% (Fall 19) to 76% (Fall 21) due to Zoom calls.
  • GNJ staff has responded to their phone calls, questions, reports, emails in a timely manner
  • GNJ staff, leading clergy and lay leadership has been the same inspite of COVID challenges

Question #2: What is the most important action will we commit to because of our learnings?

  • We intend in 2022 to focus on increasing more site visit, leading workshop, trainings and worships as COVID challenges decrease
  • We intend to evaluate District Superintendent’s time allotment to make site visits and to be present for congregational life

Questions about GNJ Direction

Question #1: What are we learning from the survey responses in our area?

  • Survey respondents desire for congregations and GNJ to invest more time and energy on mission, including the Journey of Hope and transformation in the local community.
  • Significant change throughout the system, including redistricting, GNJ staff changes and increasing insurance charges also distract GNJ, leaders and congregations from our mission together.

Question #2: What is the most important action will we commit to because of our learnings?

  • Before Annual Conference 2022 we will complete the Pathways Congregational Resource and the Journey of Hope Congregational Plan and involve at least 50 congregations in this work to continue building upon the progress, vitality and missional impact of our vital churches, being intentional about diversity and working towards ending the sin of racism.

Questions about how we communicate

Question #1: What are we learning from the survey responses in our area?

  • The website is difficult to navigate.
  • Leaders are not sharing our content.

Question #2: What is the most important action will we commit to because of our learnings?

  • Create a focus group that meets one-three times to discuss GNJ content and resources to share.

Questions about GNJ Resourcing

Question #1: What are we learning from the survey responses in our area?

  • The survey identifies the need for resourcing in adaptive leadership skills beyond the basics of technical leadership skills. Such adaptive leadership skills include but are not limited to discipling teams, leading change, helping people share their faith, and engaging in new mission in the community.
  • The Leadership Academy is seen as a key resource for learning and development.
  • With the impact of COVID 19, congregations and leaders need more resourcing in stewardship and church finances.

Question #2: What is the most important action we will commit to because of our learnings?

  • We intend in 2022 to focus on resourcing in the areas of adaptive leadership skill development through our primary resources of Breakthrough, Leadership Academy, Pathways, and Journey of Hope.