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Camps Are A Go! United Methodist Camps Reopen Across The U.S. and Here in North Georgia

This incredible team of Christian servant leaders is facilitating 9 weeks of safe, faith-forming fun for campers at Glisson, ELI, and Grow!  Camp is back in session! Since 1925, our camping ministries in the North Georgia Conference have existed to support local congregations in fulfilling their baptismal covenant to "surround these children with a community of love and forgiveness, that they may grow in their trust of God, and be found faithful in their service to others." Summer 2020 was the...

Glisson Chapel Expansion Details Finalized, Groundbreaking Set For Sept 16

The North Georgia Conference is thrilled to share the groundbreaking date for preserving and expanding the Glisson Chapel. You're invited Sunday, Sept. 16, to a service celebrating the history and future of the chapel. Russell Davis, Executive Director of North Georgia Camp and Retreat Ministries, shares information in the letter below: Dear friend of camp & retreat ministries, Many of you will recall the announcement last February of our largest-ever single donation, which was given by a ...

Biggest Gift In Glisson's History Paves Way To Preserve and Expand Use Of Chapel For Generations To Come

Camp and Retreat ministries shared an exciting announcement this week. Glisson has received the largest gift in the camp's history to go toward the needed expansion of the beloved Glisson Chapel. Here's a letter from Russell Davis, Executive Director of North Georgia Camp and Retreat Ministries, with the news.   Dear friends of camp & retreat ministries, It is my joy and honor to share with you that Glisson has received an incredibly generous gift – $1.5 million – to fund the expansion of our ...

Where Do Servant Leaders Come From?

ELI equips Christian leaders who lead differently because they see the world differently In his New York Times best-seller Leaders Eat Last, Simon Sinek asks where leaders come from. Not just any leaders, but leaders who sacrifice for the good of the group - who lead by serving others rather than self-promotion.  Whether intentional or incidental, Sinek preaches ideas about servant leadership that are in-step with Christ's example for the Church. Jesus is the ultimate servant leader, the ...

Camp and Retreat Ministries Publishes First-Ever Impact Report

In 2015, North Georgia's Camp and Retreat Ministries built its biggest ministry facility to date, expanded its lodging facilities to offer the most bed space ever, hosted more Grow Day Camp sites than any summer before, and served the most campers in all five North Georgia Camp & Retreat Ministries programs (Village, Outpost, Sparrowwood, ELI, and Grow) ... ever! God did such glorious work this year through Camp and Retreat Ministries that the organization decided to put it on paper (and ...

The Wesley Fund to Provide Need-Based Financial Support so all Children and Youth Can Experience Camp

At its November meeting, the Conference Board of Trustees approved plans to establish The Wesley Fund through the North Georgia Conference Camp and Retreat Ministries.   The Wesley Fund will go toward financial assistance for children and youth who would otherwise not be able to attend North Georgia Conference Summer Camps. This assistance - called “Camperships” - is also available to those whose families are experiencing short-term financial difficulties.    Made possible by the former Board of...

Connect with Russell Davis: Associate Director of Connectional Ministries for Camp and Retreat Ministries

Fun Fact:  I love backpacking and hiking. What services does your position offer to local Churches? I’m responsible for the camp and retreat ministries in The North Georgia Conference. This includes Glisson Camp and Retreat Center, and our emerging ministries, Grow and Experiential Leadership Institute. Our task is partnering with churches to nurture faith and discipleship, and to develop Christian servant leaders. We offer summer and year-round programming and also host retreats year-round. ...

Thanks to Your Giving: Camp is Making Disciples

When you give to your local United Methodist Church, much of the gift stays with that church to cover mission, ministry and expenses, but a small percent from your church is put together with gifts from other United Methodist churches in our Conference (and around the world) to fund in-part our work together as a Conference and as a denomination. We call that apportioned giving.  Over the next few months we'll be featuring some of the ministries that are thriving thanks to apportionment giving!...

More Than 350 Children Enjoy North Georgia's First Children's Retreat

By Ansley Brackin Communications Specialist The first North Georgia Conference Children’s Retreat, Walk In It, was held at Glisson Camp and Retreat Center, September 11-13th, 2015. The camp welcomed over 350 children, 3rd-6th grade, and leaders to Dahlonega for a weekend of listening, seeking, and walking with God. Friday began with worship where the campers were joined by North Georgia’s Coordinator of Vocational Discernment, Rev. Tonya Lawrence. She assured the children and their leaders that...

ELI Equips High Schoolers To Lead, Then Gives Them A Chance

ELI helps 11-12th graders discover strengths, practice leadership, explore calling...   ELI End-Of-Summer Celebration Video 2014 From Glisson's Thursday Mail Call: What if instead of saying youth are the future of the Church, we realized they're a key part of its present? What if we gave high schoolers a chance to discover their natural strengths, learn leadership theories, practice leadership skills, and explore their calling? And what if that chance could be two parts: a ...

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