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Focus Area: Health and Wellbeing

7/1/2022
By Rev. Lindsay Geist Hi how are you? Fine. You? Good.   Have had this conversation lately?   When was the last time you asked someone, “How are you?” and were willing to stop and hear the answer or pause and answer truthfully yourself?   We have started using “How are you?” as a filler phrase instead of actually checking in with ourselves or one another.   It’s interesting that during the pandemic, we learned to start greeting each other in new ways – with fist bumps and air hugs. What would ...



Digital Checklist for Moving Clergy

6/30/2022
As a number of North Georgia Conference clergy prepare for ministry in a new faith community, there are some digital transitions to consider along with the boxes to unpack.  Clergy, here is a checklist to get you started!   Your Digital Doorstep ❑ Website  Most people’s first visit to a church is online through their ”digital doorstep.” A poorly maintained web presence can be a big hindrance to church growth. Even if your church doesn’t have a website, it is recommended that you care for the ...



Focus Area: Community Engagement

6/29/2022
By Rev. Blair Boyd Zant, Rev. Scott Parrish, and Rev. Bernice Kirkland In our commitment to be disciples who make disciples, churches across the North Georgia Conference will focus on engaging our communities as a community.  North Georgia is a fascinating place. It's an incredible mission field in which to serve.  We are GROWING. Georgia as a whole is the 8th most populated state in the US. The North Georgia area has approximately 8million residents, with 8.6 million projected by 2026.  We ...



Focus Area: New Faith Opportunities and Communities

6/29/2022
By Rev. Richard Hunter We have experienced rapid changes in our culture in the last two years. We have all witnessed the staggering effects of isolation on the mental health and well-being of our communities. People are seeking community and meaningful paths. Yet more than 60% of our neighbors do not have a connection to a vibrant faith community. So, how is the North Georgia Conference addressing this need and hunger? We are intentionally cultivating new faith communities for the purpose of ...



Focus Area: Scriptural Literacy and Imagination

6/29/2022
By Rev. Blair Boyd Zant Nearly every night for the last nine years, my husband Will and I have taken turns curling up with our daughters before bed and reading. Overtime, picture books have become chapter books. The Children’s Bible became the Adventure Bible. And my role as featured performer of all character voices was recast. Suddenly I was only asked to help with sounding out the really tricky words. It’s bittersweet, now, watching our girls read quietly to themselves. And yet, I am ...



Update: United Healthcare and Wellstar Reach Agreement

6/28/2022
Wespath received word from United Healthcare that they have reached a 4-year agreement with Wellstar. Effective July 1, 2022, Wellstar’s hospitals and physicians will again be in-network for HealthFlex participants. Related: Bishop Advocates on Behalf of Families Impacted by Wellstar Insurance Impasse Wellstar Hospitals Out of Network for United Healthcare    



2022 Laity Luncheon Address: Setting the Table

6/27/2022
Laity Luncheon Address Russell Davis, North Georgia Camp and Retreat Ministries 2022 North Georgia Annual Conference June 2, 2022 DOWNLOAD SLIDES   I’m not exactly sure why Nate asked me to do this…As leaders of your congregations you all are the experts of how to run churches, so I’m not sure that I have anything helpful to bring to this conference “table” today.   In fact, camp and retreat ministries exist because they uniquely offer a change of perspective, an experience of “creative ...



Letter to the Conference from Keith Cox

6/27/2022
To my brothers and sisters in the North Georgia Conference, I've had the high honor to serve as your Treasurer for over 21 years. I've worked for three wonderful Bishops, each of whom brought a unique skill set and personality to their role. I have also worked with and for equally wonderful Committee and Board Chairs and members and staff. I've been positively influenced by, and learned from, too many people, lay and clergy, to name. All made me a better man and a stronger Christian. You've ...



Letter from Bishop and Scouting Coordinator: New United Methodist/BSA Affiliation Agreement

6/20/2022
DOWNLOAD LETTER June 20, 2022   Dear North Georgia United Methodists & Friends of Scouting,    We would like to provide an update on the long-awaited announcement of a new relationship agreement between The United Methodist Church and the Boy Scouts of America. As you may remember, the two organizations announced on December 23, 2021 that we will continue to partner with each other through at least 2036, and that one of the key next steps would be a new agreement that provides additional ...



Scouting Ministry in The United Methodist Church: A New Affiliation Agreement

6/15/2022
The long-anticipated wait is coming to an end as a new era of Scouting ministry in The United Methodist Church makes its way forward. A highly skilled team of chancellors, insurance risk advisors, and UMC leaders have forged a path through a difficult landscape to provide a safer way for Scouting ministry to continue within local United Methodist churches.   After months of negotiation between the Ad Hoc Committee of United Methodist’s leadership team and the Boy Scouts of America, a new “...



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