September 9, 8:30 am-5:00 pm. (registration at 7:45 am) at the Missions and Resource Center, 205 Jumping Brook Rd., Neptune. This event will pro-vide tools and skills for lay leaders, along with cler-gy, to empower their churches for challenges of the 21st century. $50 per person. Register on the Con-ference website by Aug. 15, www.gnjumc.org, or call the church office.