Annual Conference Session

Great Line-Up of Speakers for Annual Conference 2014

Bishop L. Jonathan Holston is "coming home" to be guest preacher at the North Georgia Annual Conference. He will preach opening worship and the ordination service.   Bishop Holston was elected bishop by the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference on the first ballot in 2012. He was appointed to serve the South Carolina Conference and took on that role in September 2012. He is not just returning to his home Conference, but to his hometown. Holston grew up in Athens and is a Georgia Bulldog, ...

Annual Conference 2014 Offers Childcare to Members

For the first time in many years, Annual Conference will offer childcare to members thanks to a partnership between the conference young adult committee, Grow Day Camps, the Office of Connectional Ministries and Young Harris UMC in Athens.  There are two distinct offerings, a day care option for infants, toddlers and preschool children and a day camp option for rising 1st through rising 6th graders through Grow Day Camps of the Conference Camp and Retreat Ministries. Both will be held a short ...

Have Baptism Photos to Share? E-mail Us!

The North Georgia Conference is collecting photos of baptisms to show during opening worship at Annual Conference 2014 in June. Send us photos of family baptisms, baptisms at your church, even your own baptism. Photos taken recently or long ago, of adults or of children, are all requested.  Email your photos to 

Communication Regarding the Deed of Simpsonwood Conference and Retreat Center

On August 14, 2013, the Superior Court of Gwinnett County issued a ruling that allows the Simpsonwood Board of Trustees and the Conference Board of Trustees (Plaintiffs) to “freely use and convey the (Simpsonwood) Property free of the Restrictive Covenants”.  Interestingly, the Judge stated in his ruling that “it is undisputed that the restrictive covenants were honored by Plaintiffs during their legally enforceable term of twenty (20) years and for two decades thereafter.” (Bold added)  This ...

2013 North Georgia Annual Conference Report

Each United Methodist Annual Conference submits a report to and NewsScope following its session. Below is the report of the 2013 North Georgia Annual Conference. North Georgia Annual Conference June 11-13, 2013 The Classic Center, Athens, GA Theme: “Bridges to Mission”   Bishop B. Michael Watson called to order the 147th North Georgia Annual Conference session under the theme “Bridges to Mission,” marking his fifth year of service to the North Georgia Episcopal Area. In the three-day ...

Bishop Watson Announces 2013-2014 Clergy Appointments

The 2013-2014 Appointment List is now available for download and viewing following the 2013 North Georgia Annual Conference. Bishop B. Michael Watson fixed the appointments during the closing worship service, Thursday, June 13, at the Athens Classic Center. Please report corrections to the Office of Ministerial Services.  Click here to view the PDF.

Ordination Service Among Highlights of Annual Conference 2013

A highlight of the 2013 North Georgia Conference was the June 11 service of Licensing, Commissioning and Ordination.  Bishop Rodolfo Alfonso Juan of the Manila Episcopal Area was guest preacher for the service held in the theater of The Classic Center in Athens. "It is not about what we can do, but what God can accomplish through us," said Bishop Juan to the ordinands and commissioners.  The North Georgia Conference commissioned six provisional deacons and 12 provisional elders, ordained two...

Social Media Broadens Conversation at #ngac13

Twitter, Facebook and Instagram figured heavily into the conversation at North Georgia Annual Conference this week. Using hashtag #ngac13, members and guests debated, joked and shared information over the web. Bishop Mike Watson even inspired a hashtag of his own when he asked delegates to be thoughtful in their online posts. "Tweet Sweet," he said. Moments later #TweetSweet was adopted by the Twitter crowd! A highlight on Instagram was one pastor's log of all the babies she encountered in ...

North Georgia's 2013 Denman Award winners announced

The Harry Denman Evangelism Awards, sponsored by The Foundation for Evangelism, have been given out since 1981. The award honors United Methodist clergy, lay person, and youth in each annual conference who exhibit unusual and outstanding efforts for the work on Christian evangelism.   The awards help to draw attention to evangelism at the local church level and honor those persons who, in their daily lives, are effective in helping others to experience the transforming love of God through Jesus...

The Conference Special Offering for 2013: Bridges Partnerships

This year’s Annual Conference Special Offering will be used to support the North Georgia Conference “Bridges” mission partnerships.  The greatest need of North Georgia’s six international mission partners is for assistance in leadership training. Your gifts this year will go toward providing training in El Salvador, The Bahamas, Russia, the Philippines, Kenya, and Portugal.    You are encouraged to give generously to bring training to the “next level” for our mission partners. Place a check in ...

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