Atlanta College Park District

 

June 24, 2020

Text Box:  It is my pleasure to welcome Dr. Michael T. McQueen as District Superintendent to the Atlanta College Park District.  Dr. McQueen is a stellar leader with a track record of successes as a Senior Pastor and Servant Leader.  He has a passion for discipleship, whereby he works to facilitate a response to all persons, especially laity.  His profound faith in Christ and love for the Word of God also causes his approach to Advocacy and Social Justice.

Rev. Dr. Michael T. McQueen has made it his mission to empower changed people to change the world. His message is clear: If Christians are to positively impact the world; they must be willing to minister beyond the walls of the church.

As Senior Pastor of St. James United Methodist Church since 2006, Rev. McQueen leads one of the fastest growing church congregations in Alpharetta, GA. Since coming to St. James, the church has grown from approximately 1,500 members to over 3,500 members, and more than 36 ministries that share the love of Christ and glorify God by embracing, equipping and empowering people to go and make disciples for Jesus Christ.

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Reverend McQueen is a graduate of Drexel University. He earned a Masters of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees, with honors, from the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC).  He has served as an adjunct professor at the ITC and has been on staff at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in the area of Contextual Education.

Reverend McQueen previously served as Senior Pastor at Ousley United Methodist Church in Lithonia Georgia.  Prior to his pastoral duties at Ousley, he was the Associate and Senior Associate Pastor at Ben Hill United Methodist Church from 1993 to 2001.

Included in his many awards and accolades is the 2011 Harry Denman Conference Award for Evangelism which is given to the Pastor who has demonstrated excellence in evangelism, and the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award from Gammon Theological Seminary.

A popular guest preacher and revivalist, Reverend McQueen’s progressive, Bible-based message has reached hundreds of people in locations around the world including Africa and throughout North America. He has served as Ben Hill’s Coordinator for Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century, an initiative of the General Conference of the United Methodist Church, purposed for strengthening black churches within the denomination.  His pilotage resulted in Ben Hill’s receipt of the 2000 Award of Excellence as a Congregation Resource Center.

An unprecedented teacher and trainer, Reverend McQueen’s credits include development of Ministers in Training programs designed to train aspiring seminary students who have acknowledged their call to Christian ministry.  Reverend McQueen traveled to Zimbabwe, South Africa, Bahamas and Philippines to train and equip local clergy and to build homes.  He led an advance missionary team to Kenya to assist in the fight against HIV/AIDS and to build mud homes.  He has also traveled to Haiti on a medical mission trip ministering to over 800 people.  Reverend McQueen has routinely facilitated bible studies and clergy and laity workshops and regularly provides workshop leadership at various marriage conferences.

A firm believer in community involvement, Reverend McQueen has served on various boards to include the North Georgia Committee on Congregational Development, North Georgia Conference Black Church Development Committee, United Methodist Connectional Federal Credit Union, Simpsonwood Board, the Youth Hope Builders Academy, the United Methodist Children’s Home, Kings Ridge Christian School, Faith Journey, the Franklin Graham Festival Regional Pastors Team and the Atlanta-Roswell District Committee of Ordained Ministry.

Reverend McQueen is a very devoted husband to his wife, Wanda and is the proud father of two sons, Michael II and Malik and proud grandfather of one granddaughter, Naomi!

It is my deep pleasure to have served you for the past six years.  I wish for YOU nothing except God’s best.

Bernice

 

Message from Bishop and Cabinet

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Dear Clergy,
 
As we consider President Trump’s plea to open churches soon, the Cabinet and I ask you all prayerfully to consider the question, “Are we prepared to open in a way that makes our church campus as safe as possible?” rather than “Are we going to open simply because we can?”
 
Set forth on the Conference website are the suggestions we gave you previously as steps that are necessary for a responsible opening. It is critically important that, before you gather, you have a plan in place, obtain the supplies you'll need, and train folks to enact the plan.
 
We do not see ourselves as those charged with issuing edicts about opening from on high. We see ourselves as pastors whose first obligation is to do no harm. We also are all too aware that church gatherings have resulted in some of the most severe spread of the disease. We do not want even one United Methodist to get sick, die, or infect others because they chose to go to church.
 
We have a task force of music directors and worship leaders at work to offer us their recommended guidelines next week. We anticipate that they will recommend that there be no choirs or congregational singing because singing groups are “super-spreaders” that greatly increase the spread of the COVID virus. That insight will be helpful to all of our planning.
 
We are also aware that there are several COVID hot spots within the boundaries of our North Georgia Conference, and that it is too early to ascertain if there will be a spike in cases caused by the re-opening of Georgia. We still think it prudent to wait until after June 22 to open so that we are more sure of the trends and the prevalence of the disease.
 
We recommend that even after June 22, those who are at high risk (underlying conditions, immunologically suppressed, and/or over 65yrs) avoid any public gathering and instead continue to worship online or at drive-in worship. We are also concerned about clergy who are at higher risk, and ask their parishioners to continue to worship in a way that does not put them at greater risk.
 
Finally, we know that, as followers of Christ, you are committed to doing what is best for the body of Christ. Sometimes watching out for the greater good means letting go of our own personal preferences. We trust that you will do what is necessary to best protect yourselves and others in your faith community. 
 
We pledge to continue to give you advice that balances safety with freedom to gather. We continue to consult with medical experts and will give you the best advice available to ensure health and safety. We appreciate your cooperation to date and ask that you remain in partnership with us as we navigate this uncharted territory.
 
Yours in Christ,
 
Bishop Sue and the North Georgia Conference Cabinet 
 

 

Re-launch Resources for NGUMC Churches

As we continue to face the COVID-19 pandemic, North Georgia United Methodists are rethinking ways of doing church and building community. We're considering how and when we might gather in person again. We are exploring and struggling. We are leaning into our connection. We are buoyed by our faith in Jesus Christ. 

Find helpful resources, information, and updates as we navigate this time together. 
https://www.ngumc.org/relaunch-resource-hub

 

North Georgia Annual Conference to Meet Virtually August 29, 2020
As Conference leaders navigate planning for Annual Conference 2020 as responsibly as they can, they have determined that we cannot meet the needed safety measures that would be necessary to host an in-person Annual Conference Session in August. 
 
The Annual Conference Planning Committee met June 9 and approved plans for the North Georgia Conference to instead hold a virtual Clergy Executive Session on July 16 and a virtual Annual Conference Session on August 29. The plan was also approved by the Conference Cabinet. 
 
The virtual sessions will utilize a trusted online meeting and voting platform that will allow members to securely participate using an internet-connected device. The platform will also allow guests to view the Annual Conference session. A condensed agenda is being developed and will include only items before the Annual Conference that are essential at this time so that the session can be conducted in one day.
 
Instructions for members, details of the session, and more information will be forthcoming in the weeks ahead. Find updates as they are available at www.ngumc.org/AC2020.
 
We are grateful for the flexibility of the members of the North Georgia Annual Conference as we seek to be “One with Christ, One with Each Other, and One in Ministry to All the World” in ever-changing circumstances.  

The 2020 North Georgia Annual Conference was originally scheduled for June and postponed until August 28-29, before today's decision to hold a virtual gathering. 

 

COVID-19 Related Employee Rights - Federal Notice

Employee Rights Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Click here for more information.

 

Federal Disaster Area Unemployment Benefits

President Trump declared Georgia a disaster area yesterday. As such, unemployment benefits are now available to folks who otherwise wouldn't receive them.
Click here for more information.

 

The CARES Act Includes Provisions for Non-Profits and Churches

On March 27, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was enacted into law. The $2 trillion economic stimulus is intended to provide immediate relief for individuals, nonprofits, businesses, and state and local governments. 

Please note that information is developing every day, but the details for implementation are still pending

A number of organizations are working to interpret the act as it relates to churches and non-profits. We will continue to update https://www.ngumc.org/covid-19-response-resources with useful links.

Some of the most helpful directives include:

 

Murphy Harpst

With so many of us now practicing social distancing, I want to encourage you to begin engaging with us on our Murphy-Harpst’s Facebook page and to use the many online resources provided for our church partners. Check out 

 http://murphyharpst.org/churchpartners/

 

Claire Wood has done a fabulous job of setting up this resource page for churches, so that we can all keep vitally connected. You will find that she has even included Murphy Harpst coloring pages for children in our churches  to download at home! And she will continue to update this page in the weeks and months ahead.

 

Thanks so much for your steadfast love for the churches and for the children in our care. 

 

Grace and peace,

Scott

 

North Georgia United Methodists Invited to Read Luke and Acts in 2020

Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson invites all North Georgia United Methodists to read the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts in 2020, beginning this week with Luke 1. Subscribe to receive a weekly reading prompt and reflection each Wednesday by choosing "Reading the Gospel of Luke" at ngumc.org/subscribe.  
YOUR INVITATION  |  READING SCHEDULE
 

Clergy Email Accounts

Google is requiring password updates for some of our clergy accounts (ngumc.net). This update is being done to ensure that all users have passwords that meet Google's current password standards. Google will start forcing password updates on May 28, and will reset passwords on any accounts not updated by June 3. It is also highly recommended that clergy use 2-factor authentication with their clergy accounts (ngumc.net). The 2-factor authentication protects accounts from unauthorized access. It is the simplest thing clergy can do to help keep their accounts safe and secure. To ensure you have continuous and secure access to your account:

  • Log in to Gmail

  • Reset your ngumc.net password

  • Turn on 2-factor authentication

 

 

ADDRESS FOR DISTRICT WORK FUND  and CONFERENCE APPORTIONMENT PAYMENTS

District Work Fund and Conference Apportionment payments will be received and accounted for by the North Georgia Conference.  Include on the memo line: ACPK DWF.
 
Please provide the remittance address to the proper person at your local church.

North GA Conference Treasurer’s Office
United Methodist Church
P.O. Box 102417
Atlanta, GA 30368-2417

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Emergency Call Chain & Response Procedure

Here is the updated procedure for notifying conference leadership in case of a disaster:

EMERGENCY CALLING CHAIN & RESPONSE PROCEDURE 
 
1. Immediately following a disaster, the pastor of a local church inspects damage to any/all church property and makes two phone calls to:          
a) The District Superintendent          
b) The Trustee Chairperson for their local church (Trustee Chairperson contacts the insurance company for the local church and begins deliberations according to church's policy.) 
 
2. The District Superintendent contacts:              
a) The Conference Disaster Relief Chairperson: Scott Parrish
 
3. The Conference Disaster Relief Chairperson contacts: 
a) The Resident Bishop: Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson    
b) The Conference Director of Connectional Ministries: Herzen Andone
(Note: Report once daily as necessary or immediately if damage is severe) 

District Superintendent

 

Michael McQueen
(404) 335-0321
michael.mcqueen@ngumc.net
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Administrative Assistant

Mozelle Mitchell
(404) 335-0321
acpk@ngumc.net

Contact Information

Office Address:
One Georgia Center
600 W. Peachtree Street NW, Suite 1500
Atlanta, GA 30308

(404) 335-0321 Phone
(404) 209-7794 Fax

acpk@ngumc.net
http://www.ngumc.org/acpk

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