Do you ever feel you are in this alone? I sure hope not. Friend, we are in this together. As United Methodists, we know about connectionalism and the importance of working cooperatively for God’s glory. The truth is, sometimes when we are caught up in the daily grind, putting connectionalism into practice can prove to be difficult. Where do you actually go to connect? Where are all the other youth leaders? How do you broadcast the great work you are doing at your church? Where do you go … [Read more...] about Let’s Do Youth Ministry, Together!
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On March 23, 2019, over 300 confirmands from across GNJ gathered to learn what it means to be the next generation of Godly disciples and ask Bishop Schol questions about faith and the denomination. The day began with a workshop led by Charles Perez discussing the importance of connectionalism and being rooted in God’s love. While confirmands participated in the workshop, youth leaders met with Eric Drew, the Executive Director of Next Generation Ministries, to discuss youth ministry … [Read more...] about Confirmands’ Day with The Bishop
You know how well people are connected with each other by how they engage during challenging issues. Do the people try to convince each other of their point of view? Do they move to problem solving? Do they immediately go to the “rules” that govern the relationship? Each of these tactics weaken the connection people have with each other. These tactics lower trust, reinforce barriers and narrow the opportunities for a transformative engagement where everyone grows and develops together and … [Read more...] about April 2019 – A New Connectionalism
On February 24, as more than 800 United Methodist delegates from around the world gathered in St. Louis to discern the way forward concerning human sexuality in the life of our denomination, Raritan Valley United Methodists gathered at Wesley UMC in South Plainfield for a unity prayer service. “Our District Superintendent Drew Dyson, one of our delegates to the Special General Conference, contacted me about a month ago to see if Wesley Church would be willing to host a district prayer service … [Read more...] about Prayer Service for the Special Session of General Conference
On February 24, youth and youth leaders from Princeton UMC and First UMC of Delran gathered at Turning Point UMC to pack diaper bags for families and organize the 90,000+ diapers that were collected from churches all across GNJ for the purpose of blessing families.Michael Reed and Susan Victor were on hand to help lead the charge. Pastor Rupert Hall of Turning Point UMC spoke to the group which was comprised of middle schoolers, high schoolers, and confirmands, about the importance of … [Read more...] about Maker’s Place Diaper Party