The Greater New Jersey Annual Conference will develop strategies and collect data for the next five years to reduce poverty in its conference by “Ministry With the Poor” creating programs that address root causes, educating its members to facilitate understanding of poverty and its debilitating effects on families and persons and coordinating sustainable ministries that change lifestyles and transforms by:

  • Developing conference wide educational programs and expertise to address poverty for each District.
  • Develop a databank of essential resources of all agencies, interfaith programs related to “Working with the Poor.” Programs that provide health care, education and shelter, that will be accessible and shared throughout the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference based on the principle of sharing and cooperation.
  • Coordinating current ministries with the poor in ways that it not only provide a meal, clothing and places to sleep for a person marginalized by poverty, but seeks to provide recovery and resources to move persons to a means of self-support.
  • Develop partnerships and relationships with other agencies such as affordable housing, health care, local businesses, and educational institutions as a vocational resource to move homeless persons into the workforce.
  • Develop and coordinate a program for post incarcerated young offenders to assist and support  re-assimilation into society in a positive way (Restorative Justice)

Definition of Poverty

Poverty is the state of human beings who have little or no material means of surviving (food, shelter, clothes, healthcare, education, and other physical means of living to sustain or improve one’s life to wholeness.)

Poverty Reduction Measures

Those measures or strategies that raise the material level of living for the poor decrease the sense of powerlessness and provide spiritual support of that person. Strategies that provide an increased accessibility to jobs, food security, shelter, clothing, education and health care.  Strategies that will provide an opportunity for an individual to move from a state of poverty to meeting basic needs; especially benefitting children who are the largest number of poor people in our conference.

The Board of Global Ministries Area of Focus

“Ministry with the Poor” states we are a church of the poor and those in ministry with the poor follow Jesus’ example of servant leadership. Ministry with the poor involves ministries of love and justice, where appropriate action is defined and taken in right relationship with and among, and by those who are impoverished; Guided by love and grace. It is fundamental to our Wesleyan and pietistic roots and integral to the church mission “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world by proclaiming the good news of God’s grace and by exemplifying Jesus’ command to love God and neighbor, thus seeking the fulfillment of God’s reign and realm in this world.” (The United Methodist Book of Discipline 2008, par.121) We as a conference must also work to understand and alleviate the root causes of poverty through socio-political and economic research, poverty expertise, advocacy and action.  “Poverty is complex, multi-faceted, multi-dimensional and highly contextual;  “Ministry With the Poor” is more than a handout, more than an anti-poverty program, and more than a problem to be fixed,” as stated by Board of Global Ministries.  The Greater New Jersey Annual Conference must seek to be intentional in reducing poverty. Creating coordinated church communities that nurture every person as loved by God so they may reach their potential.

Downloads

  • Booklet of Social Services Resources for GNJAC Counties

    Booklet of Social Services Resources for GNJAC Counties

    By-county listing of social service agencies including the health, child welfare, drug/alcohol and legal aid entities with contact information.

  • Pan-Methodist Campaign for Children in Poverty

    Pan-Methodist Campaign for Children in Poverty

    The Pan-Methodist Commission came into existence in 1985. Its primary objective is to foster meaningful cooperation among the African Methodist Episcopal, African Methodist Episcopal Zion, African Union Methodist Protestant, Christian Methodist Episcopal, United Methodist, and Union American Methodist Episcopal Churches.
    Trusting in God, we dare to envision a world in which every child experiences love, care, and hope. Together we can be the difference in the lives of children in poverty.
    Goals:
    1. To renew and empower the efforts of Methodist churches, agencies, and seminaries already serving children and youth at risk to poverty.
    2. To challenge and enable all Methodist churches and seminaries to establish ministries to children and youth at risk to poverty.