STATEMENT OF RELATIONSHIP
Greater New Jersey Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and
United Methodist Homes of New Jersey d/b/a/ United Methodist Communities
The Greater New Jersey Annual Conference (GNJAC) supports local churches in ministry to their respective communities; identifies areas of need within and beyond its geographical boundaries; and acts with the local churches in developing missional programs to meet these needs. The United Methodist Homes of New Jersey d/b/a United Methodist Communities (UMC) extends these missional purposes beyond the scope of the local churches of the Annual Conference by establishing and maintaining communities and services which provide for the physical, mental and spiritual needs of older adults.
The Annual Conference enables the local church in its primary task to make disciples for Jesus Christ by equipping the local church and by providing a connection for ministry beyond the local church. United Methodists Communities extends these missional purposes beyond the scope of the local churches of the Annual Conference by establishing and maintaining facilities and programs dedicated to compassionately serving in community so that all are free to choose abundant life.
Although the Annual Conference and The United Methodist Communities share missional purposes and goals and although each of them supports conformity with the high standards of care and operation formulated by the United Methodist Association, each recognizes the other as an independent entity, making independent governing decisions.
The United Methodist Communities offers members of local churches of the Annual Conference opportunities to serve in mission as directors; as volunteers; as Church Ambassadors; and as members of the auxiliaries at the Home’ communities. Through nomination and election of The United Methodist Communities to the Board of Directors and affirmation of their election by the Annual Conference, there is sharing in the seeking and recognition of individuals who will support the missional goals and respect the high standards of care and operation. The persons elected as directors do not represent, nor are they amenable to, the Annual Conference. The Directors of The United Methodist Communities operate autonomously from the Annual Conference.
The Bishop of the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and a Conference Designee* selected by the Bishop will serve on the Board of Directors of The United Methodist Communities with voice and vote.
The President or Chair of UMC shall report to the Annual Conference at its annual session and his or her written report will be included in the Annual Conference Journal.
Any member of any GNJAC church may make a recommendation to the UMC Governance Committee of a person to serve on UMC’s Board of Directors. This recommendation shall be considered by the UMC Governance Committee in making its decisions on the nominations it makes to the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference for Board membership. These nominations are subject to affirmation by GNJAC. The full roster of the UMC Board of Directors will be included in the Annual Conference Journal.
The Greater New Jersey Annual Conference encourages and recommends that local churches and individuals contribute to the financial support of The United Methodist Communities. This support is voluntary, without guarantee of amount or continuation. The Annual Conference does not guarantee nor do they assume any responsibility for the obligations of The United Methodist Communities.
This Statement of Relationship shall be reviewed and amended as necessary by The United Methodist Communities and the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference upon recommendation of their appropriate committees. The date of approval by each of the parties shall be stated on the agreement.
June 1988 Northern & Southern NJ Annual Conferences November 1993
June 2002 – Greater NJ Annual Conference June 2005
* BYLAWS amended 9/30/2016. See Article III: Board of Directors, Section 1.2 Conference Designee.