How Teens Use Media


According to a recent Nielsen report - "it's easy to get caught up in the hype around teenagers. The notion that teens are too busy texting and Twittering to be engaged with traditional media is exciting, but false." This report is an interesting one for those in ministry with young people, as it addresses some myths and gives you statistics from their research on how teens use media. For example - according to their research, teens spend 11 hours and 32 minutes per month browsing online, ...

Calling All Younger Pastors

Phil Schroeder


Calling all younger pastors (in their 20s, 30s, 40s)  Companions in Ministry Two (CiM 2) Who couldn't benefit from a program of peer learning and spiritual guidance?  "Companions in Ministry Two" (or CiM 2) welcomes 50 clergy from around the country to gather for five days to experience what peer support can be like and then return home to create the support systems they need. Application deadline is September 15, 2009. For more information and registration for this program which is partially ...

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


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

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