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Leading Edge Learning Series Welcomes Tod Bolsinger

8/4/2021
“The primary way to prepare for the unknown is to attend to the quality of our relationships, to how well we know and trust one another.” - M. Wheatley (Opening quote to set the tone for Leading Edge Learning: Adaptive and Resilient Leadership with Tod Bolsinger) The North Georgia Conference Center for Congregational Excellence kicked off its 4-part Leading Edge Learning Series in July with Tod Bolsinger, author of the books "Canoeing the Mountains"  and "Leadership For A Time of Pandemic and...



Laity E-Newsletter Launching this Month

8/2/2021
'I believe in our church and in its mission ⁠to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. The steady accomplishment of this mission should be our central and singular focus and I believe that laity play a central role in its fulfillment.' ⁠—Nate Abrams, Lay Leader This week the North Georgia Conference Board of Laity will launch a monthly e-newsletter. All laity (and clergy!) are invited to subscribe. In each edition, expect a reflection from the Conference Lay Leader...



Meet Jessica Blackwood: Digital Ministry Specialist

7/29/2021
Jessica Blackwood Digital Ministry Specialist, Center for Congregational Excellence The North Georgia Conference Center for Congregational Excellence exists to support, resource, and equip local church leaders in making disciples of Jesus Christ and witnessing to transformation, beginning in your local community. With over 800 expressions of church currently active in our Conference, this team must adapt staff, resources, and strategies to meet the changing needs of church leaders and ...



Monitor Your Local Situation: Some Georgia Counties Return to 'Red' and 'Orange' COVID Levels

7/29/2021
  In recent days, a number of counties in our state have seen increases in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. This has prompted the CDC to update its guidance to encourage wearing a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission. "Please know we are still in a pandemic and, according to public health experts, if you aren't vaccinated you are at dangerous risk," said Conference Disaster Response Coordinator, Rev. Scott Parrish. "Monitor your local ...



Wespath: Federal Student Loan Forgiveness Program Expanded to Include Clergy

7/29/2021
From Wespath Effective July 1, 2021, eligibility rules for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program have been changed. This change creates a new opportunity for clergy members and other employees of not-for-profit organizations engaged in faith-based work to potentially have certain student loans forgiven under the PSLF Program. The PSLF Program is administered by the U.S. Department of Education and designed to support careers in public service. The PSLF Program forgives the ...



Message from North Georgia Conference Board of Trustees

7/28/2021
The Board of Trustees of the North Georgia Conference and Mt. Bethel UMC have issued the following joint statement:   Mt. Bethel UMC and the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church have jointly agreed to use their best efforts to resolve an ongoing dispute through a mediation process and will refrain from public comment on this matter until the mediation process has concluded. Mt. Bethel Christian Academy will also be included in the mediation process.     



Meet Richard Hunter: Associate Director of the Center for Congregational Excellence

7/22/2021
Rev. Richard A. Hunter Associate Director, Center for Congregational Excellence     The North Georgia Conference Center for Congregational Excellence exists to support, resource, and equip local church leaders in making disciples of Jesus Christ and witnessing to transformation, beginning in your local community. With over 800 expressions of church currently active in our Conference, this team must adapt staff, resources, and strategies to meet the changing needs of church leaders and ...



UMPH Extending Permission to Use Resources for Online Worship through December 31, 2021

7/22/2021
The United Methodist Publishing House (UMPH) is extending full permission for use of UMPH copyrighted worship materials through December 31, 2021. Due to the extraordinary challenges faced by churches and others, UMPH (Cokesbury and Abingdon Press) is assuring easy access to essential worship aids and use of the Common English Bible for online worship and studies. The copyright page in the United Methodist Book of Worship grants permission as follows:  “United Methodist congregations may ...



Southeastern Jurisdiction Votes to Unite the Memphis and the Tennessee Annual Conferences

7/21/2021
Newly Formed Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference will Launch in January Adapted from a UMNS Report By Heather Hahn At a special session on Wednesday, July 21, the delegates of the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference worshiped, received video updates from across the jurisdiction, and approved realigning the boundaries of Memphis and Tennessee Annual Conferences to create the Tennessee-Western Kentucky Conference.  Bishop James Swanson of the Mississippi Conference presided over the ...



Meet Blair Boyd Zant: Director of the Center for Congregational Excellence

7/15/2021
Rev. Blair Boyd Zant Director, Center for Congregational Excellence The North Georgia Conference Center for Congregational Excellence exists to support, resource, and equip local church leaders in making disciples of Jesus Christ and witnessing to transformation, beginning in your local community. With over 800 expressions of church currently active in our Conference, this team must adapt staff, resources, and strategies to meet the changing needs of church leaders and communities alike. We'll...



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