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Q&A: 2020 Virtual Annual Conference Sessions

6/17/2020
As Conference leaders navigate planning for Annual Conference 2020 as responsibly as they can, they have determined that we cannot meet the needed safety measures that would be necessary to host an in-person Annual Conference Session in August.    The Annual Conference Planning Committee met June 9 and approved plans for the North Georgia Conference to instead hold a virtual Clergy Executive Session on July 16 and a virtual Annual Conference Session on August 29. The plan was approved by the ...



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

4/24/2020
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. ...



One in Ministry: Planning for Annual Conference 2020

2/10/2020
Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson and the Annual Conference Planning Committee are busy preparing for the 2020 North Georgia Annual Conference Session, set for June 18-20 at The Classic Center in Athens. This year's theme is "One in Ministry to All the World." This is our third year drawing our theme from the beloved prayer in our United Methodist Communion Liturgy: "May we be one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world." In 2018 we focused on spiritual disciplines as we...



New Clergy Move Day Schedule Starts in 2020

1/15/2020
Each summer a number of North Georgia Conference clergy pack their belongings and make the move to their next appointment. To make coordination easier, an official "move day" is set by the Conference, historically a Thursday. The following Sunday has been the first worship service with their new congregation.  Beginning in the summer of 2020, there will be a new pattern for moves. The last Sunday in June will be the final Sunday of a moving pastor's current appointment. The following Tuesday is...



Being One With Each Other: Learning from Rev. Dr. Gary Mason

6/24/2019
By Sybil Davidson Rev. Dr. Gary Mason gave four rich and meaningful presentations to members of the 2019 North Georgia Annual Conference. Mason is a world-renowned and heavily consulted Methodist pastor. He directs a conflict transformation organization based in Belfast called "Rethinking Conflict." Mason shared his own story of having lived through violent conflict in his hometown of Belfast and his role in the Northern Ireland Peace Process.  He shared theological and biblical foundations for...



One With Each Other: 2019 North Georgia Annual Conference Report

6/20/2019
North Georgia Annual Conference The Classic Center, Athens, Ga. June 11-14, 2019 Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson, presiding The 2019 North Georgia Annual Conference session was held June 11-14 at The Classic Center in Athens, Ga. With a theme of "One With Each Other,” the Conference focused on the prayer from our United Methodist Communion liturgy, “May we be one with Christ, one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world.” Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson presided. Put on Love: Worship and ...



North Georgia Elects 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conference Delegation

6/14/2019
The North Georgia Annual Conference has elected its Delegation to the 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conferences of The United Methodist Church. All are invited to join the delegation in prayer and fasting on Thursdays from July 1, 2019  through the General Conference in May 2020.  Clergy Members of the Delegation (General Conference) Byron Eric Thomas Philip Daniel Schroeder Patricia Alice Rogers Jasmine Rose Smothers Glenn Leland Ethridge (NOTE: will not attend General Conference due to ...



The Lord is Lord of All: Service of Ordination, Commissioning, and Licensing

6/13/2019
Tonight we came together to praise God, to hear the holy word, and to seek for ourselves and others the power, presence, and direction of the Holy Spirit. We celebrated a sacred moment for 27 licensed local pastors, 18 provisional elders and deacons, two ordained deacons, and 16 ordained elders.  The magnificent Ben Hill UMC Choir set the tone for the service.  Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers preached on Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians, Corinthians 12:4-14, 26-34. She described the vast and ...



Laity Lunch Speaker Tom Jackson Has Strong Methodist Roots, Deep Faith, and Great Hope for the Future

6/12/2019
More than 600 laity gathered for the North Georgia Conference laity lunch on Wednesday, June 12. Speaker Dr. Tom Jackson, a long-time member of the Conference and an active member of Athens First UMC, spoke to the laity. Afterward many asked if he would share the text of his message and he agreed. His address is below: Address By Dr. Tom Jackson to the 2019 Laity Lunch   When Bill Martin extended his most gracious invitation to speak to you today, I was humbled, I was honored, and frankly, I ...



One With Each Others: North Georgia to Gather in Athens Next Week

6/6/2019
More than 2,000 North Georgia United Methodists and guests will arrive in Athens next week for the 2019 Annual Conference session. Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson will preside over the four-day annual "family reunion" June 11-14. The focus will be on our theme, "One With Each Other." "I love to gather at Annual Conference to celebrate our common mission, share how we can better introduce folks to Jesus Christ, and energize our leadership to go home and serve sacrificially," said Bishop Sue. The ...



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