GCFA Shares Analysis of Recent Housing Allowance Opinion

(Photo illustration by BeyondJ, Pixabay courtesy of Judge Barbara B. Crabb of the Western District of Wisconsin recently found the housing allowance tax exemption for clergy to be unconstitutional, violating the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The Legal Services Department at GCFA has reviewed the decision and prepared a thoughtful analysis of its contents and the reasoning of the judge. You can also find a PDF of the analysis online at

Author, Coach and Speaker Kay Kotan Visiting North Georgia

North Georgia will welcome nationally-known United Methodist author, coach, and speaker Kay Kotan November 9 to 12. Over that time she will lead three workshops open to your congregation. On Thursday, Nov. 9, Kotan will lead Single Board Model Training. The workshop will be from 6 to 8:30 pm at Decatur First UMC. In the training she'll help your church answer the question: more meetings or more mission? Attending this workshop will give you some Discipline-approved options for restructuring ...

Learn to Lead, Lead to Serve: ELI Applications Open for Rising 11-12th Graders

Most people never dive deeply into who God created them to be and how God created them to lead. ELI is specifically designed to be that deep dive.  Created especially for rising 11-12th graders, the Experiential Leadership Institute, or ELI, isn't a Bible study, or a Sunday school class, or a passion-packed worship event. It's a guided tour of who God created you to be, how God created you to lead, what it means to be a Christian servant leader, and what it means to live in Christian community....

Reach Out and Love Your Neighbor: Bishop Sue Participates in Multi-Faith Prayer Gathering

Bishop Sue greets Imam Salah Wazir, Catholic Archbishop Wilton Gregory,  and Rabbi Scott Colbert. Photo: Rev. Joseph McBrayer In the spirit of "sharing the journey together," Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson took part in an interfaith community prayer gathering at the Clarkston Community Center this week. The event focused on refugees and migrants and called participants to "Reach Out. Love Your Neighbor." Speakers challenged the participants to, "Not just see but to look. Not just to hear but to ...

Teams Needed from Texas to Florida

North Georgia has received requests for ERTs (Early Response Teams) and mission teams from Annual Conferences affected by recent storms. Coastal communities in Texas, Florida, and South Georgia can all use our help, as can communities affected by Hurricane Matthew last year. Remember that when you are looking for an opportunity to volunteer as a mission team, each requesting Annual Conference controls the process and coordinates the United Methodist response.   Want to Serve in Florida? We ...

Conference Disaster Response Warehouse Opens at Impact

Photo: Volunteers from Headland Heights UMC and Roswell UMC are among the first to drop off at the Conference Disaster Response Warehouse at Impact. Today marks the launch of an exciting partnership between Impact UMC in East Point, the North Georgia Conference, and UMCOR, as Impact has made available its warehouse space to enable North Georgia churches to better respond in disaster. North Georgia United Methodists have shown an abundance of generosity in response to this season's hurricanes ...

Every Church Encouraged to Send a Team to the Worship Design Conference

This year's North Georgia Annual Conference emphasized the importance of preparation, spending time in prayer and with scripture, and collaboration in worship planning. It was inspiring and challenging and led the Conference to seek experts in worship planning to teach us more.  That's where the November 4 Worship Design Conference comes in. Your church is strongly encouraged to send a team to this one-day event.  The Worship Design Conference will be led by Jason Moore of Midnight Oil ...

Holy Smoke: Oak Grove Serves up More Than Q and Stew

The Oak Grove UMC United Methodist Men have hosted a barbecue every fall since 1961. It's grown from a humble feeding of the congregation to today feeding more than 5,000 folks from all over the community. "We do a lot more than serve up a bunch of delicious barbecue and stew," said William Wallace, aka "Bull", who serves as President of Oak Grove UMM. On Saturday, October 21, the campus of Oak Grove UMC will be transformed. "The aroma of hams smoking since early Friday hangs in the air, it's...

Kresge Opens Doors to Law Enforcement During Crisis

A tragic event unfolded last week in Cedartown when two local police officers were shot on duty, one of them fatally. With a manhunt underway, local law enforcement reached out to Kresge UMC to ask if the church parking lot could be used as a staging area. Once the staging area was set, a member went to the building to unlock the doors and welcome law enforcement and first responders to use restrooms or access the facility for anything else they needed.  Kresge pastor, Rev. Ed Dickens, also ...

Get to Know Our Bishop: Podcast Interview with UMcom

Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson was recently interviewed by Rev. Joe Iovino of "Get Your Spirit in Shape" podcast from United Methodist Communications.  In the interview, she tells us about her early career in law and her call to ministry. She talks about a homeless ministry she participated in where she saw the life-transforming power of Jesus. She also shares her love of books and Broadway, and that she keeps her spirit in shape through a daily practice of silence. Listen or download at www.umc.o...

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