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BELONG: New Training Opportunity for Emerging Lay Leadership

1/16/2020
Starting next month, the North Georgia Conference will launch a training opportunity for emerging leaders and extends an invitation to laity to apply. The Bishop’s Emerging Leaders of North Georgia (BELONG) is designed to equip laity across our conference with leadership tools necessary to work toward God’s vision within their local church, community, district, conference, and beyond. The application deadline is January 31. The idea for BELONG was born when a group of young United Methodists ...



Message from District Superintendents on the Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation

1/16/2020
North Georgia Conference's appointive cabinet met this week and discussed the recently-released Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation. They shared the following message from their time together: Message from the North Georgia Conference Cabinet on the Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation A diverse group of 16 United Methodist leaders from around the world has collaborated on a proposed path forward for The United Methodist Church that has the unanimous ...

New Clergy Move Day Schedule Starts in 2020

1/15/2020
Each summer a number of North Georgia Conference clergy pack their belongings and make the move to their next appointment. To make coordination easier, an official "move day" is set by the Conference, historically a Thursday. The following Sunday has been the first worship service with their new congregation.  Beginning in the summer of 2020, there will be a new pattern for moves. The last Sunday in June will be the final Sunday of a moving pastor's current appointment. The following Tuesday is...



Small Membership, Great Witness

1/13/2020
Photo: Even the local fire department takes part in Fields Chapel UMC's Community Thanksgiving. Some North Georgia Conference churches are proving that church size is not the only factor in how alive a congregation is to its community. Bowman UMC Dinner Church Bowman UMC in the Athens-Elberton District has just 4 members. When part-time local pastor Rev. Tim Savelle began serving the church last January, he jumped right into the mission work already happening. These 4 members, all women, ...



A Message From Action Ministries

1/9/2020
From Action Ministries: As we begin 2020, we at Action Ministries would like to extend a huge thank you to the churches that participated in Action Ministries Sunday and for all those who ordered Action Ministries Advent Calendars. We enjoyed hearing from families across our conference who were intentional about the Advent season while learning about the challenges facing so many of our neighbors struggling with hunger. Calendars will be available again in 2020 so plan now to have an ...



Serving: Winter is Disaster Response Training Season

1/9/2020
Winter Quarter is the season for Disaster Response training before Hurricane Season approaches again in the late spring! We will offer classes throughout North Georgia at strategic locations deploying our 8 trainers to help 800 churches (that's you!) to be disaster ready. More trainings are still be scheduled, to please reach out to Rev. Scott Parrish (scott.parrish@ngumc.net) to offer your church as a host site or a regional gathering spot for training and disaster response deployment.   Early ...



United Methodist Traditionalists, Centrists, Progressives, and Bishops Sign Agreement Ahead of General Conference 2020

1/3/2020
A diverse group of leaders has come to a unanimous agreement that has the potential to avoid dissolution of The United Methodist Church while offering a path for churches to separate from the denomination. They now turn their work over to General Conference. Press Release A diverse group of representatives from United Methodist advocacy groups with contrasting views and bishops from around the world has collaborated on a proposed agreement for the separation of The United Methodist Church that ...



North Georgia Delegation Endorses Byron Thomas as Episcopal Nominee

1/2/2020
The members of the North Georgia Conference Delegation have endorsed the Rev. Dr. Byron E. Thomas as their episcopal nominee.    Rev. Dr. Thomas is currently senior pastor of Ben Hill UMC in Atlanta. He is chair of the North Georgia Conference Delegation to the 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conferences.  Rev. Dr. Thomas has served as Senior Pastor of Ben Hill UMC since June 2013 where his focus has been on strengthening the link between spiritual formation and missions. Placing a premium on ...



North Georgia United Methodists Invited to Read Luke and Acts in 2020

1/2/2020
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson invites all North Georgia United Methodists to read the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts in 2020, beginning with Luke 1 on January 1, 2020. Subscribe to receive a weekly reading prompt and reflection each Wednesday by choosing "Reading the Gospel of Luke" at www.ngumc.org/subscribe.  Subscribe Print the Schedule (PDF)   Invitation from Bishop Sue Happy 2020! As we enter into a brand new decade and a brand new year, I invite you to be a good Methodist and join me ...



We Met Amazing North Georgia United Methodists in 2019

12/19/2019
Kalil and Nicole Thompson with their daughters Syrai and Selah were the first to be featured in our "Meet the Laity" series. In 2019, the North Georgia Conference regularly shared feature stories on amazing North Georgia United Methodists—like you! We got to know bakers, politicians, readers, and legends who love their church and are actively working to transform the world! We heard about the faith of people you may have seen on TV and others you might not have crossed paths with yet. Here are ...



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