An Ambitious Goal and a Miracle on Chapel Hill Road

Local Pastor Nate Moultrie approached the Shepherd of the Hills UMC Administrative Council during their October 2019 meeting with an idea of retiring the church mortgage.   With some raised eyebrows, the council decided to take on the challenge of paying the remaining $25,000 of the mortgage by April 2020. The plan was to raise half of the money by January and the remaining balance in the month of April. Rev. Moultrie asked the congregation to do so sacrificially by giving above and beyond ...

Dates Set for Postponed General and Jurisdictional Conferences

The Commission on the General Conference has announced new 2021 dates for General Conference following the postponement of the event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The quadrennial legislative event will take place on August 29 - September 7, 2021, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minn.  "We're grateful that we were able to secure new dates while keeping the site of General Conference in Minneapolis. Nearly seven years of pre-planning and preparations by the host team have ...

Message from Bishop and Cabinet on Opening Church Buildings

Dear Clergy and Laity of the North Georgia Conference,   As we consider President Trump’s plea to open churches soon, the Cabinet and I ask you all prayerfully to consider the question, “Are we prepared to open in a way that makes our church campus as safe as possible?” rather than “Are we going to open simply because we can?”   Set forth on the Conference website are the suggestions we gave you previously as steps that are necessary for a responsible opening. It is critically important that, ...

North Georgia Conference Receives Communications Awards

Each year communicators from across our connection gather for the annual United Methodist Association of Communicators meeting and awards ceremony. This year's meeting was scheduled for mid-March in Washington, DC, but was cancelled due to COVID-19 safety concerns.  UMAC shifted to a virtual meeting. On May 21 communicators and church leaders across the United Methodist connection gathered to watch the virtual awards celebration hosted by the United Methodist Association of Communicators. The ...

Stand in the Gap for Camp Ministry

As summer approaches, the North Georgia Conference Camp and Retreat Ministry Team has been pursuing every imaginable angle of the question: "Can camp happen safely this summer?" For the safety of all involved, camp leadership has made the difficult decision to cancel the first three weeks of summer programming and fully canceling or significantly adapting other programs. For remaining camp weeks, decision dates have been set along with criteria for reopening. In addition to refunding ...

Bishop Sue Talks About Immigration with NGUMC Undocumented Partnership Task Force

Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson recently talked with Rev. Fede Apecena of the North Georgia Conference Undocumented Partnership Task Force.  Watch a video of their conversation here:

New District Structure: More Strategic, Mission-Focused, and Reflective of Today’s North Georgia

Updated May 18 With an aim toward optimizing mission, ministry, and stewardship across the North Georgia Conference, Conference leadership developed a proposal to restructure our districts from 12 to 8. Working with a strategic growth consultant, new district lines have been drawn in a mission-focused manner more reflective of today’s North Georgia Conference and the communities we serve. This new structure has been thoroughly reviewed and unanimously approved by the Conference Council on ...

PPP Update: SBA Guidance on Good Faith Certification

On May 13, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Department of the Treasury provided clarification for organizations and businesses taking Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans.  Read that updated FAQ here.  In the update they shared that organizations taking a PPP loan with an original principal amount of less than $2 million will automatically be granted safe harbor relief with regard to the “good faith certification” it is required to provide. According to the FAQ, the “SBA ...

Let's Talk: Join an Online Ministry Discussion Group

Looking for a place to ask questions about online worship? Have expertise that you would like to share with others? The Center for Congregational Excellence has launched discussion groups on topics important to all of us in this season. You're invited and encouraged to join the conversation.  To participate, just email the contact person listed below and you'll receive information about meeting times and more.   Pastors Flying Solo For pastors who are preparing online worship and resources on ...

Leaning Into Our Community Connections

Pictured: A card written by a young volunteer from Mt. Bethel UMC's new ministry, The Buddy System! We are continually inspired by stories of United Methodist churches engaging in ministry with their members and their communities. You have heeded the call to "do good" while we "do no harm." Here are just a few inspiring examples from across North Georgia.   Working Together to Serve the Community  First UMC of Lawrenceville and Rev. Adam Hilderbrandt have been involved in a community-wide, ...

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