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Conference Collecting UMCOR Cleaning Buckets

10/9/2018
(Johns Creek UMC members assemble UMCOR Cleaning Buckets. Photo: Ansley Brackin) Hurricane Michael made landfall Wednesday as the most powerful storm to hit the US in decades. As we wait for assessments and emergency responders to do their work, there is a need for UMCOR Relief Supplies. The North Georgia Conference is collecting assembled Cleaning Buckets. Find instructions at www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Relief-Supplies. Completed buckets may be delivered to the Conference Disaster Response ...



Conference Invests in Pastors, Churches Through On Boarding

10/9/2018
By KARA WITHEROW Transition is tough, whether it’s getting a new appointment and moving to a new town or receiving a new pastor. Getting a jump start to help further the process can be an invaluable tool for all involved. With this in mind, the North Georgia Conference has embraced Onboarding, a corporate technique for getting a fast start in executive leadership through early, candid dialogue, assisted by an outside consultant. This corporate strategy has been adapted for ministry settings by...



Inside Innovation: The Portico Hosts M-LAB

10/9/2018
By Sybil Davidson M-LAB (Movement – Learning Action Board) was created to bring together outwardly-focused United Methodists to incubate and prototype new ideas that will shape the future of our church. (Read about M-LAB here.)    The location of the January and September M-LAB events, The Portico in Tampa, Fla., was itself inspirational.   The building was the long-time home of Tampa First UMC. Founded in 1846 by a circuit rider, Hyde Park UMC pastor Rev. Magray deVega said that circuit rider ...



Open Ears: Hearing from Change-Makers at M-LAB

10/9/2018
By Sybil Davidson M-LAB (Movement – Learning Action Board) was created to bring together United Methodists to incubate and prototype new ideas that will shape the future of our church. Participants in the recent three-day M-LAB event in Tampa were inspired and challenged by speakers and teachers, as well as by the others in the room. Jason Demeo of We Are Curio, an innovation studio based in Florida and a member of the M-LAB design team, walked participants through hands-on activities, ...



Welcome to M-LAB: An Innovation Collaborative for United Methodists

10/9/2018
By Sybil Davidson   Clergy from across several Annual Conferences are being steeped in a new way of thinking and deepening connections thanks to a three-day immersive event called M-LAB.   UMC M-LAB (Movement – Learning Action Board) was created to bring together outwardly-focused United Methodists to incubate and prototype new ideas that will shape the future of our church.   A collaborative effort of the North Georgia, Florida, and Nashville Episcopal areas, this experience focuses on design ...



Give, Train, Go! North Georgia Responds to Hurricane Florence

10/4/2018
Updated Oct 5 North Georgia United Methodists have a three part response plan as we respond to our neighbors who suffered damage from Hurricane Florence: Give, Train, Go. ERT Teams Needed The North Carolina and South Carolina Conferences have issued an invitation for ERT from North Georgia to help respond to hurricane damage. Only the ERT Team Leader should call or email the North or South Carolina Conferences as they will be the only point of contact. To Respond in North Carolina ...



United Methodist Campus Ministry: A Different Story About Young People Today

10/4/2018
by REBECCA WALLACE   Rev. Blair Tolbert says she starts many sermons with, “I have a different story to tell you about young people today.” As Dean of Chapel and Campus Ministry at United Methodist-related Young Harris College, she says she has seen an overwhelming increase of students wanting to be connected, in one way or another, to religion.   Serving 1,100 students as well as faculty and staff, Blair engages young people from a variety of denominations and other religions as well. Among the...



Philippines Trip Scheduled for February

10/1/2018
Plans are underway for a team from the North Georgia Conference to visit The Philippines February 3-11, 2019, and you are invited to take part. The Conference has secured 12 Delta seats at a cost of $1556 per person. The total cost of the trip has not yet been fixed, but we estimate it will be approximately $2200-2500.  To secure a spot please send $800/ person, plus full passport name, number and expiration date, gender, and birthdate to the conference office by October 19. An early email ...

Meet The Staff: Catching Up With Rev. Blair Zant

9/28/2018
Rev. Blair Zant serves the Center for Congregational Excellence team as Associate Director. We caught up with her to hear what’s inspiring her and where you might see her next. Q: Are you a morning person or a night owl? Blair: Night Owl. With a kiddo who must catch the bus at 7:10 a.m. So we shall see how long I can sustain this lifestyle. Q: What is at the top of your bucket list? Blair: Voice a Disney character. Q: If you could eat lunch with one famous person, who would it be and why? Blair:...



Food and Faith – A Long, Delicious United Methodist Tradition

9/27/2018
By RACHEL QUARTARONE   Church and food – it’s a relationship made in heaven. Whether it’s coffee and donuts in Sunday School or elaborate potlucks with all the fixings, it seems like there’s always something to eat or some discussion about what any given group will be eating. And it makes sense when you think about it. Holy Communion – the breaking of bread together – is an essential part of our United Methodist faith tradition. Food unites us, heals us, and sustains us. Churches today continue ...



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