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Bishop Issues Rulings of Law on Questions from the 2021 Annual Conference

7/8/2021
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson has issued two Rulings of Law on questions submitted at the 2021 North Georgia Annual Conference. She has submitted the rulings to the United Methodist Judicial Council. See the rulings below: Question 1: As authorized in ¶51 of the United Methodist Constitution and as reiterated in ¶2609.6 of the 2016 Book of Discipline, the following question of law was submitted at the North Georgia Annual Conference session for a ruling: Does a local church that identifies itself ...



Leading Edge Learning Series Launches This Month

7/8/2021
You're invited to take part in the "Leading Edge Learning" Series launching in July 2021. Offered by the Center of Congregational Excellence, these in-person gatherings are for North Georgia laity and clergy to meet and learn from leading-edge authors and innovators for Christian congregational health and vitality.    July 2021: Tod Bolsinger  In his book, "Canoeing the Mountains (2015)," Tod Bolsinger convinced us that pioneering a new future for our church will require adaptive leadership ...



Postponed General Conference: How to Stay Informed

7/7/2021
Having twice been postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 United Methodist General Conference is now scheduled for Aug. 29-Sept. 6, 2022, in Minneapolis. Even a year away, many United Methodists want to be sure they and informed on the upcoming global gathering and have access to accurate information.  Find a few helpful and reliable resources below:  North Georgia Conference General Conference Page  |  www.ngumc.org/GC2020  The North Georgia Conference communication office ...



Rev. Brian Tillman Joins Conference Staff in Inclusion and Advocacy Role

7/7/2021
Meet Rev. Brian Tillman, the first Director of Inclusion and Advocacy for the North Georgia Conference. Tillman will serve as a part of the Conference Connectional Ministries staff.   In service to North Georgia Conference congregations, Rev. Tillman will provide consultation, support, and training aimed at strengthening engagement with and advocacy for the communities they serve. Tillman's work is aimed at helping congregations bolster both justice and discipleship ministries.  Working in ...



Church Hasn’t Stopped for a Second: 4 Lessons From the Pandemic-Era Church

7/6/2021
Westside Table, a campus of Peachtree Road UMC, launched as a fully digital worship gathering in September 2020.  This article originally appeared in the "Faith & Money" newsletter of the Georgia United Methodist Foundation.  By Rev. Blair Boyd Zant Director of the North Georgia Conference Center for Congregational Excellence Since March 2020, United Methodist pastors, leaders, staff, and members have pioneered the pandemic-era church. What was predominantly a building-based, in-person-worship-...



Congratulations to All Who Have Completed 2021 Licensing School

7/1/2021
Rev. YoLanda Jones Colton, Chair of the Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members, reads the names of newly appointed local pastors at the 2021 Service of Licensing, Commissioning, and Ordination Congratulations to all our certified candidates for ministry who have completed our annual License for Pastoral Ministry School. The North Georgia Conference in conjunction with the Office of Methodist Studies at Emory University's Candler School of Theology provide an annual training for those...



Camps Are A Go! United Methodist Camps Reopen Across The U.S. and Here in North Georgia

6/16/2021
This incredible team of Christian servant leaders is facilitating 9 weeks of safe, faith-forming fun for campers at Glisson, ELI, and Grow!  Camp is back in session! Since 1925, our camping ministries in the North Georgia Conference have existed to support local congregations in fulfilling their baptismal covenant to "surround these children with a community of love and forgiveness, that they may grow in their trust of God, and be found faithful in their service to others." Summer 2020 was the...



Vital Signs Moving 'In House' to New NGUMC Dashboard

6/16/2021
Our Conference IT director offers a "how to" instructional video for Vital Signs.    Vital Signs is becoming an in-house metric for the North Georgia Conference. In the past, local church Vital Signs have been reported to a United Methodist denomination platform, but in an effort to maximize efficiency, Vital Signs will transition to our conference Data Services.  The new reporting dashboard will be available July 1.  The new dashboard is a simple, weekly, four-question Vital Signs form. It...

2021 North Georgia Annual Conference Report

6/14/2021
Each year the North Georgia Annual Conference submits a report to UMC.org. Read the 2021 North Georgia Conference Report below.  North Georgia Annual Conference Virtual Session June 3-5, 2021 Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson, presiding   The 155th North Georgia Annual Conference was held online June 3-5.   With Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson presiding, leaders were elected, appointments were set, resolutions were passed, retirees were celebrated, reports were presented, a budget was adopted, scripture ...



At the Table: A Conversation on the Appointment Process

6/11/2021
"At the Table" this week, Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson and Rev. Dr. Terry Walton, Executive Assistant to the Bishop, discuss the appointment process in the North Georgia Conference and The United Methodist Church. As we begin a new appointment season, they offer an overview for Staff/Parrish Relations Committees. After the conversation on the appointment process, they pause for a candid conversation about the process as it relates to Mt. Bethel UMC in particular, where there has been concern over...

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