The United Methodists of Greater New Jersey met virtually this week to conduct their delayed conference for 2020. Below is the beginning of the address from Bishop Schol. Please read full address on GNJUMC Website.
We have come this far by faith
In a moment,
Everything we knew as normal, was not normal;
Everything we knew as typical, was no longer typical;
Everything we knew how to do in ministry, changed.
Our world, relationships and ministry were all turned upside down.
We had a choice, isolate and be paralyzed, or seize new technologies, new ways of being in relationship, new ways of ministry that included how we worship, gather in small groups, serve others, make new disciples and give generously. Within two weeks of being confined to our homes, 500 congregations, led by courageous pastors and congregational leaders, changed how they would be the church of Jesus Christ in Greater New Jersey.
We have come this far by faith and there is no turning back. We have been called for such a time as this and in the midst of changes, we are transforming ministry and lives.. .
Read full address. GNJUMC Web site.