Bishop Mike Watson announced today the appointment of Rev. Scott Parrish to a new position as Associate Director of Connectional Ministries for Missions.
This position was created in partnership with the General Board of Global Ministries and the Conference Office of Connectional Ministries. The appointment is effective October 1, 2014.
"Essentially it is two part-time positions woven together to form one full-time position, with both positions focused on a common ministry: the advancement of missions both locally and throughout the world," said Mike Selleck, director of Connectional Ministries.
Both institutions have a need for someone to give specific oversight to critical issues. For the North Georgia Conference the area of greatest concern is the Bridges of Mission program. The Conference has generated a considerable amount of interest and momentum in this outreach program, and to sustain it and continue to grow it requires someone with specific gifts.
"When we learned that Scott might be available on a part-time basis we quickly moved into partnership conversations with the General Board of Global Ministries which was also seeking a part-time person in the Southeast," said Selleck. "Like so much in United Methodism, we find we can do more together than we could apart."
Selleck added, "Many of the needs of GBGM overlap and complement the work the North Georgia conference is seeking to have done. Scott, a missions specialist of unusually high caliber, was an elegant solution for all involved."
Parrish, an ordained deacon in the North Georgia Conference, will be based at the United Methodist Center in Norcross.
"The intent is for me to be well connected in many congregations and 'boots on the ground'. I never dreamed there would be such a position, much less this sort of opportunity, and in so many ways see the work of God in and through what has quickly transpired here at the end of the summer," said Parrish in a note to the congregation of Trinity on the Hill UMC in Augusta where he currently serves as minister of missions and outreach.
Parrish's last Sunday at Trinity on the Hill will be September 28 where the church will honor his time with them.