Dr. Susannah Baxter Named LaGrange College President

Susanna Baxter, current president of the Georgia Independent College Association, has been named the 26th president of United Methodist-related LaGrange College after a unanimous vote by the institution’s board of trustees.   Dr. Baxter succeeds Dan McAlexander, who announced his intention to retire last year after leading the institution for 11 years. She will assume the post this summer, according to Board Chair Bobby Carmichael, who also headed the presidential search committee.   “Our campus...

PPP Loans: Information on Applying and Forgiveness

The Small Business Administration resumed accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications from participating lenders on Monday, April 27, 2020. The North Georgia Conference encourages churches to actively pursue a PPP Loan if it makes sense for your congregation. For churches that have received the loan, it is important to keep track of documentation to be eligible for loan forgiveness. The Treasurer's and Benefits Offices will continue to update

Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits Votes to Pass CPP Premium Holiday on to Churches

The North Georgia Conference received communication from Wespath informing us that they have approved a 90 day holiday from CPP (Comprehensive Protection Plan) premiums for Annual Conferences. These premiums are billed to churches by the conference much like the HealthFlex insurance premiums. The Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits, under the leadership of Charles Darden, Board Chair, has voted that for MAY, JUNE, and JULY, this holiday from CPP premiums will be passed on to ...

Infographic: Our Role in Preventing Child Abuse

As we continue social distancing and schools remain closed, we in the church need to be even more prepared to respond to children in difficult situations as we hear of cases of suspected abuse. The infographic linked below offers reminders of our reporting obligations and how we can appropriately respond. If you need help adapting Safe Sanctuaries and mandatory reporter rules to our online context, reach out to Rev. Debby Fox, a consultant in the area of children's ministries for Congregational...

Bishop and Cabinet Continue to Urge North Georgia Conference Churches Not to Gather at This Time, But to Prepare

Dear brothers and sisters of the North Georgia Conference,   We, your bishop and cabinet, greatly appreciate how you have followed the guidance we have shared regarding in-person worship. We know how much you miss each other and long to be together. After talking with medical experts and reviewing data today, we are asking you not to gather before June 22, 2020. This is the date current models predict that we in Georgia can begin safely relaxing our shelter-at-home strategies. We are, however, ...

Annual Conference Agenda Revised to Begin August 28 and Conclude August 29

After the announcement of our postponed 2020 Annual Conference dates, several groups, including ordinands, requested a reconsideration of the proposed August schedule. Conference leadership went back to the drawing board and have adapted the agenda so that the session will happen across only two days—August 28-29, 2020.  The revised agenda will begin with the Clergy Executive Session on Friday, August 28, at 9:30 a.m. followed by a 1:30 p.m. Opening Worship, and an afternoon plenary session. ...

Douglasville First UMC Shows How to Love Your Neighbor (And Their Neighbor is a Hospital)

By Rev. Tamlyn Collins Members of Douglasville First UMC have long been investing in our WellStar Douglas Hospital, which is located across the street from our church. The church made sure snack bags were delivered to families waiting for their loved ones to come out of surgery that said, “God loves you and so do we.” We made sporadic visits to people needing prayer. In short, we were caring for the patients in small ways, but were we serving those who served? Now, there are people with ...

Leading in the Wilderness: Four Part Series for Clergy and Church Leadership

With the current pandemic, pastors and church leaders find ourselves doing ministry in uncharted territory. We have not been here before and yet we find ourselves navigating a paradigm shift that requires that we rethink church, relationship, and ministry. We are in a time much like the children of Israel in the exodus feeling like we are wandering in the wilderness without a clear direction. Amid this paradigm shift, the Wilderness is a four-part video series designed to offer pastors ...

Bishop, Cabinet Urge Churches to Remain Closed Through May 13

Editor's Note: The bishop and cabinet have updated the guidance. Read more at April 20, 2020 As we do our best to do no harm, Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson and the Conference Cabinet continue to urge churches not to gather through May 13, 2020. On Monday, April 27, the bishop and cabinet will offer more guidelines on how to evaluate and plan for re-opening our church facilities when the...

Annual Conference 2020 is Rescheduled for August

The 2020 North Georgia Annual Conference Session, originally scheduled for June 18-20 at The Classic Center in Athens, will be postponed in an effort to protect the health safety of all who attend. New dates have been set for August 28-29—a Friday through Saturday. Members and guests of the Annual Conference should cancel and re-book hotel reservations. The Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau has worked with hotels to ensure that an adequate number of rooms are available in Athens for our ...

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