LAGR Special Events and News


Clergy Ethics Training - Mandatory for ALL Clergy

The Book of Discipline requires all clergy to attend a mandatory, conference organized clergy ethics training each quadrennial. This includes extension ministers, ministers on leave, retirees who might serve as supply, and candidates for ministry.  The North GA conference is hosting 8 sessions to allow clergy to meet this requirement. If you have not completed the training by the last event, your appointment will not be continued for the 2018-2019 appointment year.

It is recommended that you attend the session for your district; however, you are eligible to register for any of the eight sessions. To receive credit you must attend the entire time. If you arrive late or leave early you will not receive credit and will have to attend another session. There is a $40 registration fee that must be paid when you complete the registration.  Lunch will be provided. 

Registration/Check-in begins 30 minutes prior to each event. 

  • January 19 - Thursday, 9:00am-4:00pm, Districts - AGST & ATHN, Host Church: Thomson First 
  • January 20 - Saturday, 9:00am-4:00pm, Districts - LAGR & GRFN, Host Church: Fayetteville First
  • February 1 - Thursday, 9:00am-4:00pm, Districts - ACPK & ADOX, Host Church: Atlanta First
  • February 17 - Saturday, 9:00am-4:00pm, Districts - NWST & ROCA, Host Church: Faith, Cartersville
  • February 18 - Sunday, 3:00pm-9:00pm, Districts - MAKE UP SESSION, Host Church: Douglasville First
  • February 28 – Wednesday, 9:00am-4:00pm, Districts - GNSV & AMRY, Host Church: Hamilton Mill
  • March 1 - Thursday, 9:00am-4:00pm, Districts - AROS & AMAR, Host Church: Kennesaw First
  • April 19 - Thursday, 9:00am-4:00pm, Districts - MAKE UP SESSION, Host Church: Covington First


Other Important January Events:

January 4 – New Year Celebration and Ministers’ Meeting at Trinity on the Hill, LaGrange at 6pm – mandatory for all appointed clergy, spouses are also invited. There will be fellowship around a meal followed by a clergy meeting (and a spouses meeting) with lots of important information.  Look for details to be sent out soon!

January 8 - Last day to submit payments for 2017 Conference Apportionments.  Checks must be received in the treasurer's office before 5pm.

January 9 – End of Year Report Workshop at Cornerstone UMC, 7pm – District Statistician, Rev. Scott Pickering, will go over instructions for completing the End of Year reports that are due from every church by the end of January.

January 28 – District Training Event at LaGrange First, 3-5pm – All clergy and church leaders are encouraged to attend this training event where workshops will be offered for SPR Committee, Finance Committee, Trustees, Church Council, One Board Structure, UMCOR & Disaster Response, Church Security, Faith Sharing, Safe Sanctuary training and a mission project for children.  Everyone is asked to gather in the sanctuary at 3:00.  At 3:30 participants will select a workshop to attend from 3:30-5:00 allowing for more in-depth training.  Click here for a detailed description of workshops. 

January 31 - Last day for churches to submit End of Year Reports online through Data Services. See Reports Due for more details.

Early Response Team Training Events

As our neighbors near and far recover from a particularly destructive hurricane season, we in North Georgia can prepare to help now and into the future by getting trained and badged as UMCOR Early Response Teams and Spiritual and Emotional Care team members

The North Georgia Conference will offer a slate of UMCOR ERT and Spiritual and Emotional Care trainings between Jan. 20 and March 10 in locations across the Conference. Each training will be held from 8:30 am to 4 pm. Additional site-specific details will be communicated following registration.  

  • Jan 20 Greensboro UMC
  • Jan 20  Cornerstone UMC (LaGrange District)
  • Jan 27  McDonough First UMC
  • Jan 27 Due West UMC
  • Feb 3 Athens First UMC
  • Feb 10 Impact
  • Feb 17 Gainesville First UMC
  • Feb 24 Calhoun FIrst UMC
  • March 10 Oak Grove UMC

Cost is $10 payable at the door and includes training material.

Register at:

Help your church be better prepared for disaster response ministry in your community and around the state and region. For more information, contact Rev. Scott Parrish, Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, at

Young Adult Retreat
February 9-11
Are you a young adult (age 18-40)?  Want to meet other young adults from around the conference and learn how to have crucial conversations and develop spiritual disciplines at the same time? You are invited to "Living United: A More Excellent Way," the Conference Young Adult Retreat February 9-11, 2018 at the Calvin Center in Hampton, Ga. ( 

Youth Delegates Needed for 2018 Annual ConferenceThe LaGrange District must provide 4 youth, ages 14-18, to serve as delegates to Annual Conference, June 12-14, 2018.  Applications are now available from the District Office or on the Children/Youth page of the district website (  Deadline for submission is January 19 and must include a recommendation from the pastor.  The district will cover hotel expense for delegates selected.



Please check Conference Apportionment payments online at

District Work Fund balances can be verified with Denise in the District Office

Monday, January 8 is the last day to make payments for Apportionments.  Any checks issued after Christmas should be hand delivered to the Conference Office.

Please make every effort to pay 100% of apportionments and district work fund.


Fostering Personal Change

This workshop is being held at the Columbia Theological Seminary February 15-16, led by Dr. Mark Biddle. Workshop outcomes included:Acquiring a new understanding of the assumptions that resist our efforts to change; Demonstrating how to begin creating a new mindset toward personal change; Completing an Immunity to Change reflection on an improvement goal with a peer; and Practicing using an adaptive learning process based on Immunity to Change.  Click here to download a copy of the brochure with more information.