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Fall Youth Ministry Retreats Are a Powerful Faith Building Experience

8/16/2018
Retreats are among the most expressive and affecting events a youth ministry can offer for the faith development and spiritual growth of youth, but they also take a lot of work putting together and carrying out. We've heard from youth ministers and congregations that it is helpful to have a trusted and proven retreat available for youth groups so that youth ministry leaders can participate and focus on the teenagers without having to worry about logistics, setup, supplies, or unexpected issues. ...



Rekindling the Methodist Mission

8/14/2018
By JESSICA BRADFORD From July 16 through the 19, numerous clergy of the North Georgia Conference gathered at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island to learn about engaging their communities in the mission of their church. Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson preached on Wednesday evening, telling the story of William Wilberforce, the early Methodists, and how to rekindle the mission today. Bishop Sue began her sermon with a history lesson on William Wilberforce. Wilberforce was an Englishman born into ...



National Creation Care Summit sparks learning, conversation, action

8/9/2018
Photo: North Georgia laity Michael Black (third from left) and Beth Bond (second from right in front row) participate in the Creation Care Summit. By Christa Meland, Director of Communications, Minnesota Annual Conference More than 100 United Methodists from 17 states and the Philippines gathered in Minnesota last week to discuss environmental stewardship and explore specific ways in which they are called to care for the planet. Among them were four North Georgia United Methodists   The ...



Teams Already Responding to Elijay Storm Damage

8/9/2018
Elijay was recently struck by major storms that left the community with thousands of downed trees. More than 100 power poles had to be replaced along with miles of power lines. North Georgia Conference chainsaw teams are already at work.  Rev. Thom Shores, pastor of Ellijay First UMC, is serving as the point-person for response in the area.  Conference chainsaw teams are needed for work on weekends. A team would be assigned one or two homes. This need will be ongoing for many weeks and likely ...



GBHEM Candidacy Office Offers Financial Planning Services to Certified Candidates

8/2/2018
The Candidacy Office at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) has partnered with Wespath and EY (formerly Ernst & Young) to offer financial planning services to certified candidates for licensed and ordained ministry. The services will be offered at no cost to candidates upon certification by their district committees on ordained ministry. EY has provided financial planning services to retirement plan participants in Wespath-administered plans since 2005. The financial ...



North Georgia Youth Attends Global Young People's Convocation in South Africa

8/2/2018
“Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12   By JESSICA BRADFORD From July 18 to 22, United Methodist young people and adult workers from around the world gathered in Johannesburg, South Africa, for the fourth Global Young People’s Convocation (GYPC) of The United Methodist Church.   Each Jurisdiction and Central conference was represented by five youth delegates, five ...



Way Forward Report Released in All Four Official Languages of General Conference

8/1/2018
The final report of the Commission on a Way Forward has been released in all four official languages of the General Conference: English, French, Portuguese and Swahili. The report will be presented to the 2019 Special Session of General Conference. Subject to final copy editing, the report will be printed in the Advance Daily Christian Advocate (ADCA) in November. Here is a statement from the moderators of the Commission and the President of the Council of Bishops on the release of the report: ...



Cabinet Launches Paperwork Reduction Plan

7/27/2018
Shorter Charge Conference checklist? ✓ Check!  The Conference Cabinet has been working this spring and summer on an effort to reduce the amount of paperwork churches and church leaders are required to complete each year.  "Our intention is to streamline reporting, and for all the districts to get on the same page about what information we're collecting and what is essential," said Rev. Dr. Mike Long, Atlanta-Emory District Superintendent.  This means churches will see fewer required reports ...



Georgia Pastors' School Invites Clergy to Consider the 'Inside Out Church'

7/27/2018
Bishop's Panel at Georgia Pastors' School with Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson and Bishop Lawson Bryan. Moderated by Rev. Matt Nelson. (Photo courtesy of the South Georgia Annual Conference) By JESSICA BRADFORD For many years, hundreds of active and retired clergy have convened near the banks of historic Frederica River at Epworth By The Sea for the annual Georgia Pastors’ School. Pastors’ School provides inspiration, education, worship, fellowship, fun and relaxation for North and South Georgia ...



UMC Children’s Ministry Networking Groups: Better Together

7/26/2018
By REBECCA WALLACE DeDe Reilly has been a Children’s Minister for 25 years, and has relied on networking groups for Children’s Ministers in the North Georgia Conference for almost the same amount of time. “You can read books on how to do your job, but typically the people who write these books aren’t in the trenches,” she explained. She knew she needed to learn from other people “in the trenches,” so she started a group for networking with her peers. “The members of this group were and are ...



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