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3 Tips for Mission Insite

9/16/2021
MissionInsite is a demographics program that provides churches with instant access to community information. North Georgia United Methodists get desktop, web-based access to demographic data for a variety of geographic levels. Discovering your church’s ministry opportunities has never been easier! We checked in with Rev. Scott Parrish, our Conference Missions Specialist, to ask his top 3 Mission Insite tips for clergy and churches getting started with this great tool. He shared: My insider ...



Elizabeth Lee UMC: Everybody Has a Place at the Table at 'Matthew’s House'

9/16/2021
By Rev. Zack Fitzpatrick "​Matthew's House" and surrounding property on the newly expanded campus of Elizabeth Lee UMC is home to outdoor worship services, 5th Quarter tailgate parties, outreach in downtown Chickamauga, adult Sunday School, Youth Group, and other classes. And that's just the beginning.  Elizabeth Lee United Methodist Church has had a thriving presence in downtown Chickamauga for nearly 150 years. About six years ago, the church began to experience substantial growth and had ...



Due West UMC Prepares to Welcome Afghan Refugees to Metro Atlanta

9/8/2021
By Sybil Davidson Due West UMC in Marietta is setting the table to welcome 70 Afghan refugees to the Atlanta area in the coming days. Church members are preparing comfort baskets, clothing, and a meal. The opportunity came by way of another church mission, the Waymaker Women's Pregnancy Resource Center. A partner organization of the Waymaker ministry is working with the U.S. government to receive the refugees and arrange for immediate and long-term housing.  It started with a request to Due ...



North Georgia Academy for Leadership & Innovation Launching This Month

9/8/2021
Starting and Sustaining New Faith Communities Forming New Places to Reach New People for New Life in Jesus! The 9-session North Georgia Academy for Leadership & Innovation launches this month and there's room for you to participate. The invitation is open to those interested in learning about new faith communities — pastors, ministry staff, students, and highly involved lay people. Participants can expect on-site inspiration from practitioners in startup churches and ministries, insights on ...



Update from the Conference Board of Trustees

9/8/2021
Attorneys for the Board of Trustees of the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church have filed the necessary paperwork with the Cobb County Superior Court to move the ongoing issues with Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church toward resolution. While the Conference and its representatives have engaged in negotiations with local church officials and have made good faith efforts to resolve the issues without litigation, the current situation has not changed and it is untenable. The ...



Leading Edge Learning Series Continues with Mark DeYmaz

9/7/2021
Building Healthy Multi-Ethnic and Entrepreneurial Congregations The Leading Edge Learning Series continues this month and you're invited to take part! Offered by the Center of Congregational Excellence, these events are for North Georgia laity and clergy to meet and learn from leading-edge authors and innovators for Christian congregational health and vitality.  The Rev. Dr. Mark DeYmaz is the founding pastor of the Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas. In this multi-ethnic and economically ...



Complaints Against Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson Formally Dismissed

9/3/2021
Dear North Georgia United Methodists, Due to the unusual public attention drawn to complaints filed against Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson, your Conference Committee on Episcopacy feels it is important to offer an update.  A series of complaints filed by the Mt. Bethel UMC Executive Committee against Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson have been dismissed by the SEJ Committee on Episcopacy and SEJ College of Bishops upon the conclusion that the Bishop acted in compliance with The Book of Discipline. The ...

Hurricane Ida Update: Wait, Pray, Give, and Prepare

8/29/2021
Rev. Scott Parrish, Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, shares the following update on Hurricane Ida Response. (Updated August 30) All eyes were on the Gulf as the powerful Category 4 Hurricane Ida made landfall Sunday. Our best response today is to pray, wait, actively communicate, and prepare. We'll have more news later from this developing situation as we coordinate with UMCOR & partners in the affected areas to add action to our prayers. As always, don’t self deploy to a disaster ...



Board of Trustees Offers Update on Mediation

8/28/2021
On Saturday, August 28, 2021, The Trustees of the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church, Inc. and Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, Inc. took part in a day-long mediation searching for ways to resolve ongoing issues. A good faith effort was made by all parties, but an agreement could not be reached. Conference leaders are now discerning next steps. "The representatives of the Conference entered this process open and willing to fully participate in mediation as a way to ...



BSA Bankruptcy Affects United Methodist Congregations

8/27/2021
The United Methodist Church released the following update on the BSA Bankruptcy case and the questions that remain on how the outcome will affect chartered organizations, including thousands of United Methodist congregations.  The United Methodist Church and its predecessor denominations have a relationship with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), which dates back more than 100 years. In February 2020, the BSA announced the national organization would file for bankruptcy to allow it to continue ...

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