Meet TV News Anchor Jennie Montgomery: 'I always felt like I had a voice in the church'

By REBECCA WALLACE Evening news anchor Jennie Montgomery decided she wanted to be a journalist in 8th grade. Specifically, she wanted to be Barbara Walters. What would probably make Barbara jealous is that Jennie landed her first journalism job at Lake Junaluska! At age 17, Jennie was hired as the Assembly Daily editor at the United Methodist conference and retreat center, making her the youngest summer staffer to hold the post.   Raised as a United Methodist, Jennie recalls church always being...

ACE is Accepting Applications Now through September 20

North Georgia's Academy of Clergy Excellence, known as ACE Squared, is accepting applications through September 30. An alternate continuing education program for clergy, ACE2 encourages clergy to bond, learn and dream together in order to refresh self, church, and community.  Each ACE2 group designs and implements their own custom continuing education plan over a two year period. The program challenges participants to dream of new ways of learning together, rather than merely participating in ...

Fascinating Discussion Leads to GC 2020 Theme: ' ... And Know That I am God'

General Conference organizers chose “…and know I am God” as the theme of the 2020 United Methodist General Conference, but not before discovering the Psalm’s words and even its verse numbers vary by translation depending on the language. Read about the fascinating discussion in this UM News Service report at

McEver Road UMC Mission Team Puts 'Sweat Equity' in Discipleship

By Rev. Rob Bruce Well planned and executed short term mission trips prove to be one of the most effective paths of disciple formation. Living into Matthew 25:34–40 (NRSV) participants put “sweat equity” into their discipleship formation. This has been the case for McEver Road UMC and our work at Red Bird Mission Conference Work Camp. Located in coal-rich southeastern Kentucky amidst some of the poorest counties in the US, mission work there takes participants out of their comfort zones and ...

Holy Conversations on Immigration

In the coming weeks, two North Georgia Conference churches will host conversations on immigration.  Story Sharing Tour: A Community Conversation on Immigration Hampton UMC August 14 7 pm Talented college students are helping houses of worship across the U.S. have a good and healing conversation about the controversial topic of immigration. Hampton UMC has been selected as the first location to hold these sacred conversations, and the whole community is invited to pray, listen, and ask ...

Farewells and Welcomes: Staff Updates at the United Methodist Center

One member of your North Georgia Conference staff conducted Lewis Grizzard's funeral as a young pastor. Another staff member listens to podcasts at 1.5 speed (we'll give you one guess). There's a staff member with a weird fear of balloons (yes, balloons). Another has been a foster parent. The staff are laity and clergy with a wide range of gifts and talents — from computer programing to worship planning. But one thing they have in common is a call to serve God and others through The United ...

Addressing Tragedy in Worship: Churches Respond to Mass Shootings

Psalm 34:18: “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” By Sybil Davidson After two U.S. mass shootings that left at least 31 people dead and many more injured in one weekend, United Methodists arrived at worship Sunday morning with heavy hearts. Bulletins were already printed and music had long since been selected and rehearsed, but nevertheless, North Georgia clergy made time to speak to the tragedy.  Rev. Theresa Coleman who serves both Paces Ferry ...

Good Giving: 125 Churches Have Already Paid 2019 Apportionments in Full

One of the unique and defining factors of The United Methodist Church is that we are a connection. United Methodists are in ministry together locally and around the world, knowing we can do more together than we could ever do individually. We fund this shared ministry through apportioned giving. Apportionments are fuel for ministry. Though we're only entering August, 125 North Georgia United Methodist Churches have already paid 100 percent of their apportioned giving for 2019! They are listed ...

Team Returns from Visit to ZOE

Photo: Some of the North Georgia United Methodists on the recent mission trip to visit ZOE A team of volunteers from the North Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina Annual Conferences have just returned from Kenya where they collectively shared in the process of transforming despair to development and empowerment through ZOE missions.  ZOE teaches each young person in its program a profitable skill in order to provide for themselves. ZOE has a proven track of transitioning orphans and ...

North Georgia Local Pastors Complete Course of Study

Photo: Summer 2020 Candler Course of Study Graduates Since the spring, five North Georgia local pastors have completed the United Methodist Couse of Study at Candler School of Theology.  Course of Study school educates and trains local pastors in The United Methodist Church. To be admitted, students must be certified candidates for ordained ministry, have completed the requirements for license as a local pastor, have been tested in language skills proficiency, and received endorsement of the ...

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