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United Methodist Campus Ministry: A Different Story About Young People Today

10/4/2018
by REBECCA WALLACE   Rev. Blair Tolbert says she starts many sermons with, “I have a different story to tell you about young people today.” As Dean of Chapel and Campus Ministry at United Methodist-related Young Harris College, she says she has seen an overwhelming increase of students wanting to be connected, in one way or another, to religion.   Serving 1,100 students as well as faculty and staff, Blair engages young people from a variety of denominations and other religions as well. Among the...



More Than Football: Reinhard Student, Lewis Memorial Member Has Strong Faith

9/20/2018
By JESSICA BRADFORD For Gray Nichols, football has taught him more than play calls and drills. He tries to live his Christian faith through school, football, and everyday interactions. This year he has grown in his faith and become more than a football player. Nichols is a member of Lewis Memorial UMC in Evans, a small town outside of Augusta. He graduated from Evans High School and now attends United Methodist-related Reinhardt University in Waleska. He says growing up in church teaches you the...



Fall Youth Ministry Retreats Are a Powerful Faith Building Experience

8/16/2018
Retreats are among the most expressive and affecting events a youth ministry can offer for the faith development and spiritual growth of youth, but they also take a lot of work putting together and carrying out. We've heard from youth ministers and congregations that it is helpful to have a trusted and proven retreat available for youth groups so that youth ministry leaders can participate and focus on the teenagers without having to worry about logistics, setup, supplies, or unexpected issues. ...



Georgia Tech Wesley Foundation Hosts Campus 'Potato Drop'

2/8/2018
Campus ministry, plus a Connectional Ministries grant, plus a local church partner equals 25,000 pounds of potatoes to hunger ministries in Atlanta. By Sybil Davidson Last fall the Georgia Tech Wesley Foundation hosted a “Potato Drop” at Tenth Street Underwood UMC near campus. The Wesley Foundation received 25,000 lbs pounds of gleaned potatoes from The Society of St. Andrew to distribute to hunger organizations.   Wesley Foundation staff and students connected with other student volunteers ...



Campus Crawl: A United Methodist College Tour for High School Students Hits the Road

1/23/2018
Are you a high school student who wants to tour colleges to find the one that is right for you?   Are you a parent who wants your high school student to tour college campuses?   Register today for the Campus Crawl - a bus tour for 9th through 12th-grade students designed to introduce them to United Methodist campus ministries featuring our Georgia United Methodist Colleges and Universities.   In one weekend, high school students will meet representatives from our United Methodist Colleges and ...



Reinhardt Football Team to Play in National Championship Saturday

12/14/2017
When Reinhardt University embarked on the creation of a football program, leaders hoped for a successful program. Yet no one expected the grand success – both on the field and in the classroom – that Reinhardt Eagles football has enjoyed during its brief five-year history. With a double-overtime win over the Southern Oregon Raiders last weekend in Waleska, the team will compete for the first time in the NAIA Football National Championship Game in Daytona Beach, Florida on Dec. 16, 2017 vs. the...



Donor Makes $1 Million Gift to LaGrange College

12/7/2017
Photo:  Jerry Wilkinson of Atlanta and his family unveil a sign proclaiming the new name of LaGrange College’s Wilkinson Family Servant Scholars Program. From left are Hayley Brammer, Bev Wilkinson, Chad Brammer, Jerry Wilkinson, Heather Deguire and Hilary Bayer. Atlanta business leader Jerry Wilkinson and his family have donated $1 million to LaGrange College to support its “From Promise to Prominence Campaign,” specifically the institution’s Servant Scholars Program. Wilkinson, a member of ...



Churches Partnering in New Ways With New Campus Ministries

8/22/2017
By Sybil Davidson As college students begin a new school year, United Methodist churches are partnering in new ways with the Georgia UMCommission to launch and champion new campus ministries. Three notable new ministries are in the works thanks to our United Methodist connection: Georgia Gwinnett Wesley, West Georgia Wesley, and Augusta Wesley.   Georgia Gwinnett Wesley Most people don't think of Lawrenceville as a "college town," but when Lawrenceville First UMC went through a ...



Time to Contact College Freshmen From Your Congregation

8/17/2017
"Have you contacted the campus ministry of your college freshmen yet?" asks Rev. Sam Halverson, associate director of Connectional Ministries. Halverson offers the following advice: It's an easy thing to forget: you said 'goodbye' to your graduated seniors last spring and are now focused on the incoming middle schoolers, but wouldn't it be important to hand over the baton of your ministry to those who can speak into the spiritual lives of your graduated seniors? Here are four steps: Generate ...

North Georgia UMs Among Young Clergy Initiative Grants Recipients

8/3/2017
The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) as part of their strategy to enable and resource leadership within the church has selected three North Georgia United Methodists as 2017 Young Clergy Initiative (YCI) grant recipients. This year, applications were received from every United Methodist jurisdictional conference, and of those applications, 34 grants were awarded. Award amounts vary based on project scope, and some grants are awarded funds over the period of several years ...

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