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Conference Staff to Work Remotely

3/12/2020
North Georgia Conference staff will primarily work remotely beginning March 12. As always, staff are available both by email and voicemail.  While the Conference Office will remain open, please make an appointment with staff in advance and confirm scheduled events or meetings.  Find staff contact information at https://www.ngumc.org/staff. 



NGUMC Church Leaders: 4 Considerations Regarding Coronavirus

3/11/2020
Church leaders, As shepherds, I know you are carefully monitoring the news and local advice regarding Coronavirus and taking precautions with your congregation and community in mind. Our Center for Congregational Excellence has been fielding calls and talking with experts in our connection. They share the following letter with you with helpful and practical advice.  Blessings, Bishop Sue   4 Considerations for Church Leaders Regarding Coronavirus Dear Clergy and Church Leaders, As we hear ...



Talking About the Protocol with Rev Tom Berlin

3/10/2020
As a member of the team that worked with mediator Ken Feinberg to produce the Protocol on Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation and Restructuring, Rev. Tom Berlin has received a number of questions about both the Protocol and accompanying legislation. In this 20 minute video he answers those questions.  Watch at https://revtomberlin.com/talking-about-the-protocol/. 



Clark Atlanta University's Radio Station is Top in Nation

3/6/2020
A UMC.org feature by Crystal Caviness Clark Atlanta University’s radio station, WCLK, can add a new tagline to its logo: the number one jazz station in the nation! The accolade was earned recently by the smooth jazz-formatted station owned and operated by United Methodist-related Clark Atlanta University (CAU).  The numbers are impressive, with Nielsen reporting 265,000 listeners per week. WCLK, known as Atlanta’s Jazz Station 91.9, has been on the air for 46 years, offering music, news and ...



Coronovirus: Considerations for Churches

3/5/2020
Photo: COVID-19 as viewed under an electron microscope. As new cases are diagnosed, the question of “How concerned should I be about Coronavirus?” is being asked by many around the world and of course, in our churches. The first cases of Coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, were diagnosed in China in December 2019. Since then, the illness with pneumonia-type symptoms, has spread to 37 nations to-date, including the United States. The Centers for Disease Control, based here in the North ...



Counseling Available to Clergy Through WesPath

3/5/2020
While the role of a clergyperson is crucial and fulfilling, clergy endure a heavy emotional load in their work, with little downtime. Clergy also experience emotional stress due to the nature of itinerancy and the appointment-making process.  That's why Wespath offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through our health plan. The EAP provides confidential counseling and support at no-additional cost to help manage issues in clergy's personal or professional life that may impact work, family,...



Prayer and Giving: Responding to Tennessee Tornados

3/5/2020
Volunteer Sumant Joshi clears tornado debris in front of East End United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News. Three Nashville-area United Methodist churches — East End and Braden Memorial in East Nashville and Dodson Chapel in Hermitage — were heavily damaged by tornadoes that swept parts of Tennessee early on March 3. The nighttime storms claimed at least 24 lives, particularly in Putnam County, about 80 miles from Nashville. More than 150 of those injured were ...



Bishop Sets Superintendent Assignments

3/4/2020
On Sunday, Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson announced new Conference-level appointments. Today she shares the district assignments of the eight Superintendents effective July 1.  The numbers correspond to the districts on the map above: 1 - Rev. Dr. Jessica Terrell  2 - Rev. Dr. Michael T. McQueen 3 - Rev. Dr. Rodrigo Cruz 4 - Rev. Dr. Quincy Brown 5 - Rev. John Pinson 6 - Rev. Dr. P. Alice Rogers 7 - Rev. Dr. Greg Porterfield 8 - Rev. Susan Landry Note that the new Districts have not yet been ...

Capacity Crowd Attends First Town Hall Meeting

3/2/2020
NOTE: The next Town Hall will be Live Streamed on Sunday, March 8, at 2 pm from Peachtree Road UMC's website.    On Sunday afternoon a capacity crowd filled the modern worship space and an overflow room at Hillside UMC for the first of Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson's Town Hall meetings.    In a warm, personal conversation, Bishop Sue shared some of her faith journey, she discussed the Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace legislation that is before the 2020 General Conference, and she offered ...



Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson Announces Conference-Level Appointments

3/1/2020
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson announces the appointment of two new District Superintendents and four Conference staff, effective July 1, 2020. New Superintendents Rev. Dr. Rodrigo Cruz, currently pastor of The Nett UMC in Gwinnett County, and Rev. Dr. Michael T. McQueen, currently pastor of St. James UMC in Alpharetta, will join the cabinet as District Superintendents.   "I am very excited to welcome Dr. McQueen and Dr. Cruz to the Cabinet. Both are already effective missional strategists who have ...



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