Center for Congregational Excellence

Welcome to the North Georgia Conference Center for Congregational Excellence! 


You have found the right place for resources and inspiration for your congregation, whether you're clergy or lay, looking to start a new worship service or looking to form a mission team -- and everything in between.


The Center for Congregational Excellence represents a new alignment of ministry areas that combines the work of the previous Offices of Connectional Ministries and Congregational Development.


  • Connectional Ministries has supported the conference-wide ministry areas, offered training, and provided resources to local church ministries. Find resources ranging from church leader guides, to Disaster Response, to Safe Sanctuaries. 


  • Congregational Development has guided the development of new churches, new ministries, and works with congregations to reach new people. Find tools from Fresh Expressions, to Mission Insite demographics, to mystery worship requests.


Online Presence Discussion Groups

Looking for a place to ask questions about online worship?  Have expertise that you would like to share with others?  CCE would like to invite you to join one of our discussion groups. These are great places to collaborate and innovate with churches in your area and around the Conference.

Please email the contact person to receive information about meeting times.  


  • Pastors Flying Solo:  For pastors who are preparing online worship and resources on their own                             Contact: Blake Trent


  • Staff +:  For staff members who are now also taking on the role of providing or supporting online presence                Contact:  Jesse Cash (Sugarloaf UMC)


  • Sunday Live:  For Pastors who preach Sunday morning live Contact:  Phil Schroeder


  • PreRecorders:  For pastors who prerecord Sunday services Contact:  Phil Schroeder


  • The Pros:  For those pastors who regularly provide online worship and would like to brainstorm new ideas.                      Contact:  Brad Shumake (Gainesville First)


  • Marketing and Analytics for Online Worship:  for those interested in how to market and measure the success of their online presence                                                          Contact:  Yvette Massey


  • Hardware/Software/Licensing:  For those who want to brainstorm or get support with these topics.                      Contact:  Hyo Kim


  • ReEntry:  For those pastors who are interested in how we come back to worship in person.                                  Contact:  Matt Parker and Brad Biggerstaff


  • Drive-In Church:  For those interested in brainstorming this type of worship                                                                        Contact:  Austin McMillan (Due West UMC)


  • Preaching for the Camera:  For those pastors who would like support with appropriate framing, lighting, and tips for talking to the camera.                                                          Contact:  Brett DeHart


  • Visitor Engagement:  For those who want to brainstorm creative ways to engage their online visitors.                        Contact:  Blair Zant
  • Fresh Expressions: For those looking to diversify their forms of church, particularly in a time when it is difficult to gather in large groups.                                                      Contact:  Heather Jallad