Living United: Registration Open for Conference Young Adult Retreat

Our world needs followers of Jesus who know how to have difficult conversations with love. Our world needs us to live united by the love of Jesus! Are you a young adult (age 18-40)? Want to meet other young adults from around the conference and learn how to have crucial conversations and develop spiritual disciplines at the same time? You are invited to "Living United: A More Excellent Way," the North Georgia Conference Young Adult Retreat February 9-11, 2018 at the Calvin Center in Hampton, ...

Reinhardt Football Team to Play in National Championship Saturday

When Reinhardt University embarked on the creation of a football program, leaders hoped for a successful program. Yet no one expected the grand success – both on the field and in the classroom – that Reinhardt Eagles football has enjoyed during its brief five-year history. With a double-overtime win over the Southern Oregon Raiders last weekend in Waleska, the team will compete for the first time in the NAIA Football National Championship Game in Daytona Beach, Florida on Dec. 16, 2017 vs. the...

Growing Churches: Three Trends We Spotted in 2017

In early 2017, the North Georgia Conference communications office asked District Superintendents to point out a few growing churches in their district. They were given the option to define growth as an increase in worship attendance, increase in mission and presence in their community, growing in small group participation, or another positive change. We followed up with several of their suggestions and have shared them over the course of the year. In telling the stories we discovered a few ...

Christmas Cheer: Retirees Gather for Annual Luncheon

More than 100 North Georgia retired pastors and spouses gathered on Dec. 11 at Oak Grove UMC for their annual Christmas luncheon.  With a theme of a "Childlike Christmas," fun decor, a photo-booth, and Advent coloring book devotionals set the tone for a day filled with laughter and friendship.  Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson spoke, sharing a message of transformation and hope.  District Superintendent Dr. David Naglee on violin (and later on an old metal saw) and Oak Grove staff member Sandee ...

Rollins Foundation Awards Foundation of Wesley Woods $3.3 Million to Endow New Pastoral Care Program

New Program to Provide Critical Spiritual Care for 1,800 Senior Adults  Living at All 10 Wesley Woods Communities Recognizing the importance of a new program providing critical spiritual care to the senior adult residents of Wesley Woods, who often are struggling with end-of-life questions, age-associated grief and other spiritual issues, The O. Wayne Rollins Foundation has awarded a $3.3 million grant to the Foundation of Wesley Woods for the leadership and development of the new initiative.  ...

3 Steps to Telling Better Stories at Your Church

Editors Note: The North Georgia Conference invited writer and former local church communications director Robert Carnes to share some advice on storytelling. By Robert Carnes Stories are everywhere. People have been telling stories since the beginning, but we got the idea from the one who created us. The church has an opportunity to tell the greatest story ever told—the story of Christ. We can leverage the power of narrative to connect with people. Church leaders just need to keep these three...

Delegate Counts for 2020 General Conference Announced

The Secretary of the General Conference has announced the number of delegates assigned to each annual conference for the 2020 General Conference has been calculated, and certificates of election are on the way to bishops and annual conference secretaries. The computation involves applying a statistical formula contained in The Book of Discipline 2016, which is based on the number of clergy and professing lay members of each annual conference. Since the Book of Discipline caps the maximum number ...

Donor Makes $1 Million Gift to LaGrange College

Photo:  Jerry Wilkinson of Atlanta and his family unveil a sign proclaiming the new name of LaGrange College’s Wilkinson Family Servant Scholars Program. From left are Hayley Brammer, Bev Wilkinson, Chad Brammer, Jerry Wilkinson, Heather Deguire and Hilary Bayer. Atlanta business leader Jerry Wilkinson and his family have donated $1 million to LaGrange College to support its “From Promise to Prominence Campaign,” specifically the institution’s Servant Scholars Program. Wilkinson, a member of ...

North Georgia Delivers Relief Supplies to UMCOR Sagar Brown Depot

Volunteers from the Conference Disaster Response warehouse at Impact recently loaded a truck for delivery of relief supplies to Sager Brown Depot in Louisiana. Supplies were donated by several United Methodist churches and organizations throughout North Georgia. From left to right Terry Raymond , Jacqueline Rose, Eloise Sykes, Robert Sheats, Matt Murphy.

Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers Named Malone Dodson Clergy Award Recipient

Dr. Alice Rogers receives the 2017 Malone Dodson Clergy Award from Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson   Recognizing her commitment to helping older adults, the leaders of the Foundation of Wesley Woods recently presented the Malone Dodson Clergy Award to the Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers, senior pastor of Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church in Atlanta. Since 1998, the Malone Dodson Clergy Award has been given annually by the Foundation of Wesley Woods to the clergy person of The North Georgia Conference of ...

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