Annual Conference Session

Bound for Greater Things: North Georgia Annual Conference Report

North Georgia Annual Conference The Classic Center, Athens, Ga. June 7-9, 2016 Bishop B. Michael Watson, presiding   I assure you that whoever believes in me will do the works that I do. They will do even greater works than these because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask for in my name, so that the Father can be glorified in the Son. When you ask me for anything in my name, I will do it. — John 14:12-14 (CEB)   The 2016 North Georgia Annual Conference session was held June 7-9...

North Georgia Annual Conference Affirms Rev. Sharma Lewis as Episcopal Nominee

Rev. Sharma Lewis endorsed as episcopal nominee by the North Georgia Annual Conference   With a "Glory Hallelujah" the Annual Conference endorsed the Rev. Sharma D. Lewis as the North Georgia Conference episcopal nominee. The vote of affirmation followed a motion made by Mathew Pinson, Delegation Chair, on Tuesday, June 7, during the first session of the 2016 gathering. Bishop Watson led the conference in prayer for Rev. Lewis. The members of the North Georgia Conference Delegation unanimously...

Reminder: Celebration, Special Gift, and Memories for the Watsons

There will be a celebration of the ministry of Bishop B. Michael Watson and Mrs. Margaret Watson on Wednesday, June 8, at 7 p.m. at The Classic Center in Athens. See a letter to North Georgia clergy and laity regarding the celebration below: Dear Laity and Clergy of the North Georgia Conference:   A Reminder   We wanted to take one additional opportunity to remind you the Wednesday, June 8 evening session of the North Georgia Annual Conference will be a service of celebration honoring the ...

Banner Year for North Georgia Conference Clergy Retirees

The Annual Conference theme "Bound for Greater Things" will have a special meaning for as many as 38 North Georgia Conference clergy who have announced that they will retire in June. This is a large number for the Conference. Among those retiring are Rev. Mike Selleck, long-time director of Connectional Ministries, and Atlanta-Marietta District Superintendent Jim Lowry.  "This is a trend we will continue to see," said Rev. Jane Brooks, director of Ministerial Services and Assistant to the ...

4 Things Every Church Can Learn from a 150 Year Old Church

By Rachel Reiff Ellis Churches that survive and thrive for 150 years or more are by no means formulaic in their approach to ministry, but they do share a common trait: staying power. What are the lessons to be learned from these long-standing congregations? Four NGUMC pastors weigh in on what has buoyed their churches through the test of time.   1. Church is a family, not a business   Rev. Emily Case serves Eliam UMC in Elberton, Georgia, a congregation approaching its 200th year. Case says one...

Save The Date: Annual Conference is June 7-9

The next North Georgia Annual Conference Session will be a little earlier than usual. The 2016 meeting will take place June 7-9 at The Classic Center in Athens.  2016 will be a year of Holy Conferencing. General Conference, The United Methodist Church’s top legislative body, will meet at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, the largest convention center in the Pacific Northwest, on May 10-20, 2016. Learn more about General Conference and North Georgia's delegation at

North Georgia Delegation Endorses Sharma Lewis as Episcopal Nominee

The members of the North Georgia Conference Delegation have unanimously endorsed the Rev. Sharma D. Lewis as their episcopal nominee.    Rev. Lewis serves as District Superintendent of the Atlanta-Decatur-Oxford District.   "She is a person of impeccable character. Likewise, she is a pastor, a preacher, an administrator who has exhibited extraordinary skill," said the Rev. Dr. K. Edward Tomlinson, who nominated Rev. Lewis at the September meeting of the North Georgia Delegation. "She has served ...

Taking Leave of Simpson Chapel

As the North Georgia Conference prepares to move from the Simpsonwood property to Century Center in Atlanta, a service of deconsecration of the Simpson Chapel was held on August 5, 2015. Rev. Dr. John Simmons, Chair of the Conference Board of Trustees, led the service. Rev. Simmons was assisted by the senior pastor of Simpsonwood UMC, Rev. Dr. Brian Clark. The chapel is owned by Gwinnett County and will be operated by the county going forward.  Following the "Order for the Leave-Taking of a ...

Team Assesses Electronic Voting Process

For the first time, members of the North Georgia Annual Conference used electronic voting devices to elect delegates to General and Jurisdictional Conference, and continued using the devices for votes on resolutions at the 2015 Annual Conference session in June.    Recently, representatives from conference IT, treasurer's office, communications, head tellers, and the Conference Secretary gathered to evaluate and reflect on the electronic voting process. Using the post-Annual Conference survey ...

Journal from Charleston: North Georgia United Methodists Reflect on Funeral of Rev. Pickney

A number of North Georgia United Methodists traveled to Charleston, SC, as a ministry of presence on Friday, June 26, 2015, the day of the funeral of Rev. Clementa Pickney. Rev. Pickney was one of nine tragically killed at a prayer meeting at Emanuel AME, the church where he served as pastor. Jonathan Rikard Brown and Rev. Brian Tilllman, who suggested that a delegation from the North Georgia Conference make the trip, were among the first to commit to attending. Rev. Carol Snype Crawford and ...

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