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Meet Richard Hunter: Associate Director of the Center for Congregational Excellence

7/22/2021
Rev. Richard A. Hunter Associate Director, Center for Congregational Excellence     The North Georgia Conference Center for Congregational Excellence exists to support, resource, and equip local church leaders in making disciples of Jesus Christ and witnessing to transformation, beginning in your local community. With over 800 expressions of church currently active in our Conference, this team must adapt staff, resources, and strategies to meet the changing needs of church leaders and ...



UMPH Extending Permission to Use Resources for Online Worship through December 31, 2021

7/22/2021
The United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH) is extending full permission for use of UMPH copyrighted worship materials through December 31, 2021. Due to the extraordinary challenges faced by churches and others, UMPH (Cokesbury and Abingdon Press) is assuring easy access to essential worship aids and use of the Common English Bible for online worship and studies. The copyright page in the United Methodist Book of Worship grants permission as follows:  “United Methodist congregations may ...



Southeastern Jurisdiction Votes to Unite the Memphis and the Tennessee Annual Conferences

7/21/2021
Newly Formed Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference will Launch in January Adapted from a UMNS Report By Heather Hahn At a special session on Wednesday, July 21, the delegates of the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference worshiped, received video updates from across the jurisdiction, and approved realigning the boundaries of Memphis and Tennessee Annual Conferences to create the Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference.  Bishop James Swanson of the Mississippi Conference presided over the ...



Meet Blair Boyd Zant: Director of the Center for Congregational Excellence

7/15/2021
Rev. Blair Boyd Zant Director, Center for Congregational Excellence The North Georgia Conference Center for Congregational Excellence exists to support, resource, and equip local church leaders in making disciples of Jesus Christ and witnessing to transformation, beginning in your local community. With over 800 expressions of church currently active in our Conference, this team must adapt staff, resources, and strategies to meet the changing needs of church leaders and communities alike. We'll...



Mt. Bethel Actions Lead North Georgia Conference to Respond to Exigent Circumstances

7/12/2021
Acting out of love for the church and its mission, the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church's Central West District Board of Church Location and Building, the Bishop, and the eight District Superintendents have unanimously determined that “exigent circumstances” have threatened the continued vitality and mission of Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church. Given this determination, all assets of the local church have transferred immediately to the Conference Board of Trustees of the...



Bishop Issues Rulings of Law on Questions from the 2021 Annual Conference

7/8/2021
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson has issued two Rulings of Law on questions submitted at the 2021 North Georgia Annual Conference. She has submitted the rulings to the United Methodist Judicial Council. See the rulings below: Question 1: As authorized in ¶51 of the United Methodist Constitution and as reiterated in ¶2609.6 of the 2016 Book of Discipline, the following question of law was submitted at the North Georgia Annual Conference session for a ruling: Does a local church that identifies itself ...



Leading Edge Learning Series Launches This Month

7/8/2021
You're invited to take part in the "Leading Edge Learning" Series launching this month. Offered by the Center of Congregational Excellence, these in-person gatherings are for North Georgia laity and clergy to meet and learn from leading-edge authors and innovators for Christian congregational health and vitality.  July 2021: Tod Bolsinger  In his book, "Canoeing the Mountains (2015)," Tod Bolsinger convinced us that pioneering a new future for our church will require adaptive leadership skills ...



Postponed General Conference: How to Stay Informed

7/7/2021
Having twice been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 United Methodist General Conference is now scheduled for Aug. 29-Sept. 6, 2022, in Minneapolis. Even a year away, many United Methodists want to be sure they and informed on the upcoming global gathering and have access to accurate information.  Find a few helpful and reliable resources below:  North Georgia Conference General Conference Page  |  www.ngumc.org/GC2020  The North Georgia Conference communication office ...



Rev. Brian Tillman Joins Conference Staff in Inclusion and Advocacy Role

7/7/2021
Meet Rev. Brian Tillman, the first Director of Inclusion and Advocacy for the North Georgia Conference. Tillman will serve as a part of the Conference Connectional Ministries staff.   In service to North Georgia Conference congregations, Rev. Tillman will provide consultation, support, and training aimed at strengthening engagement with and advocacy for the communities they serve. Tillman's work is aimed at helping congregations bolster both justice and discipleship ministries.  Working in ...



Church Hasn’t Stopped for a Second: 4 Lessons From the Pandemic-Era Church

7/6/2021
Westside Table, a campus of Peachtree Road UMC, launched as a fully digital worship gathering in September 2020.  This article originally appeared in the "Faith & Money" newsletter of the Georgia United Methodist Foundation.  By Rev. Blair Boyd Zant Director of the North Georgia Conference Center for Congregational Excellence Since March 2020, United Methodist pastors, leaders, staff, and members have pioneered the pandemic-era church. What was predominantly a building-based, in-person-worship-...



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