We would like to introduce Pathways for Fruitful and Healthy Ministry. Pathways offers congregations an intentional process to prepare, assess, learn and grow in their understanding of what it means to be a healthy, fruitful congregation post-COVID-19. Pathways offers the tools to create a plan that provides clarity and focus to take the next faithful steps in ministry and mobilize leaders and disciples to world-changing discipleship and ministry. Pathways builds on the work your congregation has already done and offers new directions for being connected and engaged in mission and ministry.
United Methodists of Greater New Jersey (GNJ) wants your congregation to have a great future. Pathways is a tool to discern God’s calling and plan for your congregation. People in your community need to experience God’s healing love. Vital congregations connected and engaged missionally with the people in the community are bearers of God’s love as experienced through the life of Jesus Christ. The following resource will help you get there, and along the way will carry your congregation toward becoming more sustainable, vital and culturally competent.
Pathways is not another program, instead this is a process for a congregation. Your journey will be supported by a facilitator to have deep, meaningful conversations about their current mission and ministry. In Part One, each congregation will work through a series of exercises to name their current reality and then prayerfully discern their faithful next steps.
This is difficult, yet important work, so much has changed in the last few years, this is a good time to invest in a process to consider the following: Do you have the assets to move into the future? Is your congregation making disciples? Is the work of your congregation fruitful? Are you moving towards being more culturally competent? How well do you relate to your community?
If any of this resonates with you, then you are invited to fill out the interest form below.