LAGR Special Events and News


District Mission Trip to El Salvador planned for August 18-25, 2018
Anyone interested in participating in this trip should send a $100 deposit to the LaGrange District Office.  Approximate cost of the trip is $1500 and includes all expenses except souvenirs. If your church is interested in partnering with the district to support the Methodist Church and school in El Salvador, we can provide a speaker that will present a program.  Please call the District Office or Rev Tommy Holder, District Mission Coordinator.



Pre-Conference Briefing and Laity Celebration
Sunday, June 3, 3:00pm at the
Newnan Korean Church

Delegate handbooks and information about Annual Conference will be distributed.
Lay Servants and members of district committees will be recognized, as well as churches who paid 100% of their 2017 Conference Apportionments.

All clergy and laity of the district are invited and encouraged to attend!


ACE2: Academy of Clergy Excellence Training

The Academy of Clergy Excellence is a new alternate continuing education initiative designed exclusively for North Georgia UMC clergy.  ACE2 is sponsored by the Office of Ministerial Services. Through ACE2, clergy commit to a two-year self-selected peer learning group. Each group will design a custom continuing education plan wherein groups will share best practices, gain new tools and explore adaptive adventures for making new disciples. Groups must consist of any combination of 6-8 clergy in the following categories: full connection elders, full connection deacons, extension ministers and full-time local pastors who have completed course of study. This new approach to continuing education in North Georgia Conference is centered around clergy bonding together, learning together and dreaming together in order to refresh self, church and the communities we serve. Applications for ACE2 will begin this summer 2018. The inaugural class of ACE2 will begin in the fall.      

Want to learn more about ACE2? 
Come to an informational meeting in May.  

Information Sessions about ACE2

  • May 7- Madison First UMC
  • May 8- Sam Jones UMC
  • May 9- Andrews Chapel UMC
  • May 10- Buford First UMC

$10 registration includes lunch


Leadership UMC
LUMC, a program of the North Georgia Conference Board of Laity, is recognized throughout the country as a premier program for equipping laity to serve in partnership with clergy for mission and ministry within the community and around the globe.  LUMC is unique in its design to offer Methodist laity an experience that mentors graduates for a life-long journey “in the connection.”  LUMC begins its 17th consecutive year of successful training on November 9-10, 2018.  We are looking for 4 laity from the LaGrange District to participate in this year’s program.  The district will pay a portion of your cost, your church is responsible for a portion and participants pay a portion.  Applications should be submitted to the district office by September 16.  For more information or to get an application, contact the district office or visit the district website.


Young Clergy Academy Offers Internship for Young Adults Exploring a Call to Ordained Ministry

Young adults (age 18-28) exploring a call to ordained ministry have a unique opportunity ahead.  The Young Clergy Academy offers a 9-month paid internship whereby participants are immersed in a vocational setting with intentional opportunities to deeply discern their call to clergy as a vocation with their specifically assigned mentor. 

Interns will serve in a variety of ministry areas within their assigned host church. Interns are expected to serve 25 hours per week for nine months and will receive $9,000 over a nine-month period. Every effort will be made to place interns in host churches in their local area; however, housing will be provided by host churches if needed. Applicants must be members of a South or North Georgia United Methodist Church or a Wesley Foundation. 

The application deadline is June 1, 2018. Internships will begin August 1, 2018. 

The Young Clergy Academy is sponsored by the UM Commission, the campus ministry division of the North and South Georgia Conferences.  Learn more about this internship at

Would your church like to serve as a host church for a Young Clergy Academy Intern?  
Interns will serve 25 hours a week for nine months (August 1, 2018-April 30, 2019). Host churches must have a committed clergy mentor to guide the intern in learning about the various ministry areas involved in ordained ministry.  Mentors are expected to attend an orientation retreat August 2-3. Churches are expected to pay $2,500 to the Young Clergy Academy, plus provide housing to interns if needed. If you would like to find out more about how to become a host church for the Young Clergy Academy, contact Rev. Jonathan Smith to find out more.


Georgia Pastors’ School, July 16-29, 2018
The wonderful staff from the General Board of Global Ministries will be leading us in ways to engage our communities in mission. Join other North and South Georgia clergy at Epworth by the Sea for a time of learning, worship, fellowship, and rest! Deadline for early registration is June 30, 2018.  For more information, visit


Peace with Justice Sunday is May 27th!

"Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?" (Isaiah 58:6)

The Peace with Justice special offering makes possible our ongoing ministries of peace and reconciliation, throughout our United Methodist connection and right here in North Georgia. Fifty percent of the funds collected support the peace with justice programs of the General Board of Church and Society, while fifty percent remain in our conference and are offered to North Georgia Conference local churches to use for their own justice projects. This year alone, the Peace with Justice offering has allowed grants to support education for children living in poverty, peace efforts on the Korean peninsula, resources for refugees and immigrants, and programs promoting racial reconciliation right here in Georgia.

Peace with Justice Sunday is observed each year on the Sunday after Pentecost, but churches may take the offering any Sunday.

We have prepared a special toolkit with everything you need to lead your congregation to promote peace and justice. You'll find infographics, e-books, a resource guide, social media tools and so much more to encourage generosity on Peace with Justice Sunday.

For more information on Peace with Justice programs in North Georgia, visit