LAGR Special Events and News


District Ministers’ Meeting & Dinner

Monday, January 6, 2020, 6:00pm @ LaGrange First

Great time of fellowship and sharing of important information. 

Reservations for dinner need to be made through the District Office by December 30.  Cost for dinner is $5 per person.  Spouses are invited to attend.  If a nursery is needed, please indicate with reservations.


End of Year Report Workshop

Thursday, January 9 at 7:00pm,

Mt. Gilead UMC

2651 Highway 16 East, Sharpsburg

Any clergy and laity working on End of Year Reports are encouraged to attend.

Blank copies of report forms can be printed now so that churches can begin gathering required information. 



Saturday, January 18African American Church Leadership Conference, Newnan First UMC (Annex Building), 9am -12pm.  The following Workshops will be offered:

            “Where Do I Go From Here – Leadership/Structure & Trustees”, led by Rev. James Woods

            “We’re In This Thang Together – SPRC” – led by Rev. Yolanda Jones-Colton

            “Get Me Out of These Walls – Outreach/Evangelism” – led by Rev. Renee Clark

            “Taking Care of What’s Not Mine – Church Finance” – led by Rev. Jairo Gay

Clergy and Laity from African American churches in the district are invited to participate.  Lunch will be served, so you must pre-register by January 13 by calling or emailing the District Office.



The LaGrange District is seeking 4 youth, ages 14-18, to serve as Youth Delegates to Annual Conference, June 18-20 in Athens.  Applications are available through the District Office and on the District website, Children & Youth page.  They must be submitted to the District Office by January 22 and must include a letter of recommendation from the pastor. The district will pay for accommodations for all youth delegates.



District Training Event, February 1

The 2020 District Training Event will be held on Saturday, February 1, at Fayetteville First UMC. This year’s event will begin at 9:00am with “Breakfast Church”, which will be a Fresh Expressions workshop to explain the popular Dinner Church.  Following breakfast, participants will then choose from 8 different workshops and participate in 1 training session from 10:15-11:30am. 


Because we will be serving breakfast, we are asking participants to pre-register so that we can get an accurate count for food.  Register here:

Other workshops being offered include the following:

SPRC Training – Rev. Susan Landry

Funding God’s Dream for Your Church – Rev. Brett DeHart

Creating a Cemetery Association – Rev. Keith Lawder

Youth Ministry – Rev. Sam Halverson

Children’s Ministry – Rev. Debby Fox

Men’s Ministry – Mr. Louis Johnson

Local & International Missions – Rev. Tommy Holder & Rev. Maria Bowers Gardiner

Regional Disaster Response – Rev. Scott Pickering & Mr. Bill Pound


All churches in the LaGrange District are encourage to send several representatives to this event so that every church can benefit from several workshops.

From the District Strategic Growth Committee:

Rev. Thomas Martin and Rev. Shannon Karafanda are excited to host a webinar on the topic of Managing Change in Your Church. Follow the instructions below to login at 12:00 pm on Monday, January 13. The webinar will last approximately 30 minutes. If you have any questions ahead of time please email Shannon at Hope to see you there!

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Local Pastor Summit

Saturday, March 14, 2020

10am, - 2pm

Warren Temple UMC

More Details Coming Soon!



The District Committee on Ordained Ministry will be meeting with all Local Pastors on Thursday, February 27 at Cornerstone UMC.

The purpose of this meeting is for evaluation and re-certification.  Detailed schedules were distributed at the Set Up Meeting.

In preparation for these meetings, local pastors should schedule evaluation meetings with their SPR Committees.  Evaluation forms will need to be submitted to the District Office by February 7.  Forms were given to pastors and are also available on the Reports Due page of the district website.

 Clergy Spouses Retreat

The North and South Georgia Conferences will host a Clergy Spouses Retreat, March 13-15,2020 at Epworth By the Sea.  The theme, "To See God More Clearly: When I focus on God, my vision is always 20/20", is based on 2 Corinthians 5?7, "We live by faith and not by sight."  

Download brochure with registration information.


North Georgia Delegation Schedules General Conference Listening Session

The North Georgia delegation to General and Jurisdictional Conference has scheduled a second listening session to hear from North Georgia United Methodists. It will be held on Saturday, March 21, at Griffin First UMC at 1:00pm.

Clergy and laity of the North Georgia Conference are invited to address the delegation on topics related to the 2020 General Conference. Maximum length of presentations will be communicated to registrants prior to the session. 


Attention Local Pastors participating in Course of Study:

Payments for Course of Study class tuition are changing!  Please review the information at this link for details:  Study