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General Conference Postponed to 2022, Bishops Call a Special Session May 8

2/26/2021
The Commission on the General Conference has just announced its decision to further postpone the 2020 General Conference until Aug. 29 – Sept. 6, 2022 in Minneapolis, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the safety of mass gatherings and travel. In response to the further postponement, the Council of Bishops is calling a Special Session of the General Conference to be convened online on May 8, 2021. The purpose of the Special Session will be limited to gaining a quorum in order to ...



Black Clergy: Please Complete the Black Church Development Survey

2/25/2021
Hello Pastors! The Black Church Development Committee is diligently working to advocate for and resources Black churches in the North Georgia Conference. To help the BCD effectively partner with you in ministry. please complete this brief, five-question survey.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RNMQRTT Thanks in advance for completing this survey. Blessings,  Rev. Ralph L. Thompson, Jr. Black Church Development North Georgia Conference, UMC



General Conference FAQ: Understanding the Decisions and Process

2/25/2021
A UMNS Photo by Mike Dubose The Commission on the General Conference has just announced its decision to further postpone the 2020 General Conference until Aug. 29 – Sept. 6, 2022 in Minneapolis, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the safety of mass gatherings and travel. In response to the further postponement, the Council of Bishops (COB) is calling a Special Session of the General Conference to be convened online on May 8, 2021. The purpose of the Special Session will be limited to...



AC Q&A: Information About the 2021 North Georgia Annual Conference

2/24/2021
Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Annual Conference 2021 below. We will update this document regularly. Stay connected to news and information by visiting www.ngumc.org/AC2021.   Q: What technology do I need to participate in a virtual Annual Conference? Members and guests will need an internet-connected desktop or laptop computer. You will access the session using a web browser. Q: Will we use the same voting system we used last year? Yes. We will use the same trusted online ...



Gammon Names Dr. Candace L. Lewis as New President-Dean

2/23/2021
Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Gammon Theological Seminary, has announced the election of Dr. Candace L. Lewis as the President-Dean of Gammon. She will begin her tenure on April 1, 2021. An extensive search began June 15, 2020, with the assistance of The General Council on Finance and Administration’s UMCSupport. Through a rigorous exercise of process development and identification of attributes and competencies desired for the position of President-Dean, the ...



Prayer and Giving: How to Help Our Neighbors in Texas and Beyond

2/22/2021
As our neighbors around the country begin recovery from harsh winter storms, North Georgia United Methodists can respond in two helpful ways: Prayer and Giving. UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) is already at work responding to the Severe Weather across the country.  Last week’s winter storm—unofficially named Winter Storm Uri—led to winter weather alerts for 170 million people. The state of Texas has been hit particularly hard, resulting in power blackouts, loss of heat and broken ...



2021 Clergy Move Day Schedule

2/18/2021
Each summer a number of North Georgia Conference clergy pack their belongings and make the move to their next appointment. To make coordination easier, an official "move day" is set by the Conference.  Beginning in the summer of 2020, the Conference launched is a new pattern for moves. The last Sunday in June is the final Sunday of a moving pastor's current appointment. The following Tuesday is "Move Day." The first Sunday of July is a Sunday off. The first day at the new appointment will be ...



Your Input Needed: Considering the Structure of Conference Boards and Committees

2/18/2021
Please read the letter to you below from Rev. Hal Jones, Nate Abrams, and Rev Steven Usry. In it, they invite you to take a brief survey and email them about your personal experiences. North Georgia Conference Laity and Clergy, For the past several weeks, Nate Abrams, Steven Usry and I have been engaged in a conversation about how the various committees, boards, commissions and advocacy groups across our North Georgia Conference are organized, how they carry out their work and ministry, and ...



2021 North Georgia Annual Conference To Meet Online

2/16/2021
As we continue to navigate the Coronavirus pandemic, the 2021 North Georgia Annual Conference will be held online June 3-5, 2021. The Conference will include three parts: a virtual Clergy Executive Session, a virtual Annual Conference Business Session, and two live-streamed worship services with limited in-person participation.   Annual Conference 2021 will focus on the theme “Love is Making Room” and our Special Offering will go to the North Georgia Conference Ministerial Education Fund.   The...



A New BEAT: Barnes Evaluation and Administration Team Begins its Work

2/10/2021
Rev. Dr. John Simmons, Chair of the Conference Board of Trustees, presents the proposal to establish the Barnes Evaluation and Administration Team to the 2020 Annual Conference. By Sybil Davidson In August of 2020, the North Georgia Annual Conference approved a new committee with an important task: to distribute funds from the sale of closed church property in an equitable, accountable manner to fund ministry initiatives across all eight districts.  “This change has the propensity to be a ...



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