Tips for Moving Pastors

Susan Miller knows how it feels to live a gypsy’s life. The wife of a corporate hotel executive, Miller moved 14 times in 25 years. The experience had a profound effect and led her to start Just Moved Ministry. The spiritually based non-profit reaches out to people who are frequently uprooted and equips them with tools to help them let go of the past and embrace new lives. She now leads relocation classes in churches, military installations and corporations, as well as trains motivators to guide...

Welcoming A New Pastor

United Methodist Communications shares ideas to help churches put out the welcome mat in meaningful and constructive ways: 1. Don’t just take the family a meal the first week and then forget about them. 2. Coordinate a team of volunteers to help with unpacking boxes, providing transportation, running errands, providing meals and stocking the house with groceries and cleaning supplies. 3. Be attentive to their personal needs. Give them a list with the name and phone numbers of grocery stores, ...

Faith and Scouting: Scout Leader Training to be Held in April

The North Georgia Conference will host a scout leader training event on April 22 designed help build Duty-to-God into Scouting programs. The United Methodist Academy of Scouting (UMAS) is being held as a special "University of Scouting" event focused on all things Religious in Scouting. It includes courses on starting P.R.A.Y. programs, training Chaplains, conducting Scouts Own services, holding Scout Sunday services, starting Scout units in churches, COR training and more.   Although the United...

North Georgia Communicators Honored at UMAC Awards Gala

This photo of Bishop Sharma Lewis taken by Ansley Brackin was awarded first place in photography at the UMAC gathering in New Orleans.  Approximately 160 storytellers, including North Georgia Conference communication staff, gathered in New Orleans March 23-25 to “Embrace the Story” at the annual United Methodist Association of Communicators meeting. Among the highlights of the event was the Awards Celebration Gala where United Methodist communicators were recognized for outstanding work. A ...

Announcement Sunday is April 2

The Bishop and Cabinet have set Sunday, April 2, as the date clergy will announce appointment changes to their congregations. The list of all North Georgia Conference appointments will be posted on the conference website that afternoon. 

For Such a Time as This: United Methodist Women Give, Serve Across Our Conference

Tryphenia Speed, president of the United Methodist Women of the North Georgia Conference, shared the following letter in the recent UMW newsletter. She highlights just a few of the good works happening in our Conference through the UMW. For Such a Time as This As I reflect on the past couple of months, I realized that North Georgia United Methodist Women have been very busy. I have read many email messages, received phone calls, read district newsletters and even had conversations that bear out ...

Wood Attends GCFA Winter Board Meeting in Cambodia

Photo: Rev. Steve Wood with university scholars and almuni, all first-generation Christians, at the Toul Kork Methodist Church in Phnom Penh. "What I am seeing today is the fruit of the faithful work of many other people," said Wood. "Each acted and felt God’s hand in their lives to step forward and invest in the future." The Board of Directors of the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) held its winter board meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, March 4-8. Cambodia is a mission ...

Action Ministries Partners with to Offer Pop Up Pantries Around the State

Action Ministries has partnered with the non-profit Amerigroup Community Care to fight hunger and promote healthy lifestyles across Georgia. Amerigroup has sponsored a meal truck that will be used by Action Ministries to deliver free meals to individuals and families in need. The two organizations will unveil this new delivery truck during Amerigroup’s Pop-Up Pantry Party tour, a mobile food distribution effort that will travel across the state to distribute free meals, host cooking classes, ...

Show Your Work: Bishop Names 2017 Annual Conference Special Offering

Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson has named the Ministerial Education Fund as the 2017 Annual Conference Special Offering. The Ministerial Education Fund has helped thousands of men and women become pastoral leaders in The United Methodist Church. Chances are seminary students from your congregation or the pastor of your church was a recipient of MEF. It is nurtured and funded by United Methodists to provide scholarships to seminary and undergraduate students, course-of-study for local pastors, and ...

Commission on a Way Forward Gathers in Atlanta for Second Meeting

The Rev. Jasmine Smothers (center) with the Rev. Jorge Acevedo (left), Alice Williams, the Rev. Tom Lambrecht and Mazvita Machinga talk together during the first meeting of the Commission on a Way Forward in Atlanta, Jan. 23-26. Commission on a Way Forward Convenes for Second Meeting March 1, 2017 Atlanta: The second meeting of the Commission on a Way Forward got underway in Atlanta February 27, as commission members spent time in reflection, discussion and work team meetings. Bishop Sandra ...

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