Preparing for the Holidays Early?

Phil Schroeder


A potential worship video "Consider Reconcilosec": Found at

On-line Courses for United Methodists

Phil Schroeder


Clergy Benefits Academy

Karen Fullerton


All active clergy members of the North Georgia conference are invited to attend the Clergy Benefits Academy presented by the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits of The United Methodist Church! New ordinands, mid-career clergy, ready-to-retire clergy, district superintendents, clergy in extension ministries ... you are invited! There's something for everyone! This year, the Clergy Benefits Academy will be held October 5-7, 2009 in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. This event is a unique ...

Hear About This Exciting Youth Ministry

Phil Schroeder


We spent $28K on Youth Ministry Architects, hired two new staff, and made youth a priority.  Revamped the whole process – had 150 youth in SS last Sunday.   Click below to view a video from Youtube about their vision... Dr. Jim Higgins, Senior Pastor McEachern Memorial UMC

A Great Idea from one of our Great Start Workshops

Phil Schroeder


Non-Profit Status at the US Post Office article provided by Flo McDaniel, secretary at Crossroads UMC. If your Church is not under non-profit status at the United States Postal Service, then you need to check into this.  You need to obtain a letter from the IRS with your current information and stating that you are a non-profit organization. Then go to your local USPS, speak to the Bulk Mail Department, and ask for the non-profit form.  Fill out the form, and attach the letter from the IRS, and...

The Younger Unchurched and the Churches That Reach Them


The following are summary conclusions from a study of young people not active in church and practices likely to help churches reach emerging generations. Young adults are trying to connect and will make a lasting connection wherever they can find belonging. Churches that are effective at reaching and developing young adults place a high value on community and are using small groups to build that community.   Young adults want to be a part of something bigger than themselves and are looking to ...

Back to Church Sunday

Phil Schroeder


Thoughts shared by Tom Compton, Pastor of Wesley Chapel UMC, Eatonton ReThink Church has a good number of free resources not the least of which is "Back to Church Sunday."  "Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity." Colossians 4:5 I just wanted to tell you about something exciting!  Did you know that there is a Special Sunday in September called "Back to Church Sunday"?  I know, some of you will say-hey, EVERY Sunday is back to church Sunday...and it ...

Northside UMC on the M.A.P.

Phil Schroeder


Northside UMC's Awesome Youth Outreach Project - M.A.P. (Metro Atlanta Project)! STATS & info 10 years...94 roofs...900+ youth volunteers...25 participating churches & organizations...64.4 miles of shingles laid...4,253 lbs roofing nails. Youth Pic YouTube Video

An Idea for All Saints as retold by Rev. Rick Maeser

Phil Schroeder


The idea for this particular celebration of All Saints Sunday was Phil Schroeder's, which he demonstrated at our Northwest District clergy retreat.  You could use a different scripture, but I chose Job 1:13-22, 2:11-13.  I spoke about what rending one's clothes meant, and how Job's friends joined him in this expression of grief.  I noted that in the biblical account of their response, words were neither available nor necessary at that particular moment to communicate their empathy, or to offer ...

Feeding the Five Thousand

Phil Schroeder


Matthew 14:13-21  Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, ‘This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.’ Jesus said to them, ‘...

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