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Churches Partnering in New Ways With New Campus Ministries

8/22/2017
University of West Georgia's Wesley worship invitation. By Sybil Davidson As college students begin a new school year, United Methodist churches are partnering in new ways with the Georgia UMCommission to launch and champion new campus ministries. Three notable new ministries are in the works: Georgia Gwinnett Wesley, West Georgia Wesley, and Augusta Wesley.   Georgia Gwinnett Wesley Most people don't think of Lawrenceville as a "college town," but when the church went through a ...



Mission Insite Inspires Cumming First UMC to Invests in Kids

8/21/2017
Rev. Jeff Ross of Cumming First UMC was certain of one thing about the community around the church: "Forsyth County is growing by leaps and bounds."  Wanting to serve the growing community, Ross took advantage of a Mission Insite training led by Rev. Hyo Kim at the North Georgia Conference Office last fall. Mission Insite is a tool that offers demographics data to help churches engage their community. The tool is available to all North Georgia Conference churches. Ross used Mission Insite to ...



Three Mission Insite Trainings Scheduled for Fall 2017

8/21/2017
The North Georgia Conference is offering three Mission Insite training opportunities this fall, two for new users and one refresher course.  MissionInsite is a demographics program that provides churches with instant access to community information. At the training you’ll get desktop, web-based access to demographic data for a variety of geographic levels. The system also provides local churches with the ability to locate their church members and others affiliated with their church on your map....



SEJ College of Bishops Shares Resolve to Name, Resist and Dismantle Racism

8/20/2017
The SEJ College of Bishops met in Atlanta for three days. They released the following message at the close of their gathering. Witness and invitation from the Southeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, August 17, 2017   "The things, good Lord, that we pray for, give us grace to labor for." - Thomas More, UMH, 408 Serving with you in the Southeastern Jurisdiction, we grieve the violence in Charlottesville. We renew our baptismal covenant to trust and serve ...

Kindling the Fire Offers Fall Lectionary Reading Retreat for Clergy

8/17/2017
A beloved time apart for North Georgia clergy, Kindling the Fire Lectionary Reading Week, will return to Glisson Camp and Retreat Center September 18-20. This is a time and place for clergy to catch their breath and rekindle the fire of inspiration.  What Will You Do at the Retreat? • Hear lectionary lessons read aloud by District Superintendents and church leaders as you take notes and record your ideas • Spend quiet time developing your themes, objectives, and images for each Sunday • ...



Time to Contact College Freshmen From Your Congregation

8/17/2017
"Have you contacted the campus ministry of your college freshmen yet?" asks Rev. Sam Halverson, associate director of Connectional Ministries. Halverson offers the following advice: It's an easy thing to forget: you said 'goodbye' to your graduated seniors last spring and are now focused on the incoming middle schoolers, but wouldn't it be important to hand over the baton of your ministry to those who can speak into the spiritual lives of your graduated seniors? Here are four steps: Generate ...

Message From Bishop: We Need to Speak With One Voice, Condemn Racism

8/12/2017
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson shared the following message on Saturday,  August 12: We in North Georgia need to, with one voice, speak from our pulpits tomorrow and condemn white supremacy, racism, the Alt-Right, and any of our church and governmental leaders who even appear to support these dangerous and sinful attitudes. You simply cannot be a white supremacist and a follower of Jesus. We need to pray and take action.

Join Bishop Sue and the North Georgia Conference on a Holy Land Journey

8/11/2017
Join the North Georgia Conference and Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson for an 11-day Holy Land Journey in February 2018. You'll begin in Bethlehem with a visit to the Church of the Nativity and you'll gaze out over the Shepherds' Field where angels first proclaimed the Good News. Then you'll travel to Masada, the Dead Sea, Nazareth, Galilee, Jacob's Well, Samaria, Jerusalem and more.  "There's no way to describe walking where Jesus walked and seeing and experiencing the places that we have studied ...



Farewells and Welcomes at the United Methodist Center

8/10/2017
Each Clergy Move Day brings changes to the North Georgia Conference offices as pastors move to new appointments and staff shifts based on the year’s ministry needs. This summer has been a season of farewells, transitions, and welcomes at the United Methodist Center! FAREWELL Michele Lancaster served as Administrative Assistant to the Director of Connectional Ministries for five years. Known for her friendly presence at training events and a helpful voice on the phone, Lancaster has left one ...



Journey to Higher Learning: Georgia PAUMCS Event to be Held in LaGrange

8/10/2017
Earlier this year the Professional Association of United Methodist Church Secretaries (PAUMCS) voted to change the name of and adopt a new logo for the organization. Now the organization is known as the Professional Administrators of the United Methodist Connectional Structure. The acronym, PAUMCS, remains the same.      The annual meeting exposed attendees to speakers on diversity in ministry, radical hospitality, and office ergonomics. Attendees participated in a mission-outreach event with ...



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