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Let’s Talk Tech: How Churches are Using Technology in Ministry

4/19/2018
By Rachel Quartarone   In today’s hectic world, it’s difficult to get a large group of people into one place and one time. With almost everyone carrying a cell phone in their pocket, technology can help to bring people together when they are literally hundreds of miles apart. As bastions of tradition, churches can sometimes be slow to embrace technological advancements. There is still a power to one-on-one conversations and actual “face time” that nothing will replace, but as technology has ...



UMCom Grants Available

4/12/2018
United Methodist Communications grant applications are now open in two categories: New Church Starts and Website Development.  New churches can apply for a 2018 grant for communications focused on community outreach and establishing your presence in the community. Applicants should identify at least two community events that they will attend to promote their new church. UMcom grant specialists will work with you to identify promotional materials that will fit your needs to best market your ...



A Star is Born: FAQs about your Church and the Georgia Film Industry

1/25/2018
Photo: On the set of 'Hidden Figures' courtesy of Collins Memorial UMC The booming Georgia film industry has become a new part of daily life in many communities across our Conference. Local churches have enjoyed the opportunity to rent their buildings or parking lots for sets or staging areas. Collins Memorial UMC, for instance, can be seen in the Oscar-nominated film "Hidden Figures." And St. Paul UMC was able to install air conditioning in its sanctuary after the filming of “The Fighting ...



3 Steps to Telling Better Stories at Your Church

12/7/2017
Editors Note: The North Georgia Conference invited writer and former local church communications director Robert Carnes to share some advice on storytelling. By Robert Carnes Stories are everywhere. People have been telling stories since the beginning, but we got the idea from the one who created us. The church has an opportunity to tell the greatest story ever told—the story of Christ. We can leverage the power of narrative to connect with people. Church leaders just need to keep these three...

Taking Christmas Spirit on the Road With 'The True Meaning of Christmas Tour'

11/14/2017
Tour to Stop in North Georgia Friday, December 22 Sixteen states, 21 cities, 23 days, 500+ volunteers, 16,400 cups of cocoa, a truckload of Christmas spirit and just one purpose: to help people unwrap the true meaning of Christmas. The United Methodist Church is hitting the road in December in a gift-wrapped touring truck, decked out to share a warm invitation to experience the true meaning of Christmas from city-to-city. Roswell, Georgia is stop number 19 on the Tour where staff and members of...



Angle-Young Joins Staff of United Methodist Communications in Nashville

3/30/2017
The Rev. Dr. Teresa Angle-Young, an elder in the North Georgia Conference, has joined the staff of United Methodist Communications in Nashville as Director of Seeker Communications and Advertising.   “In all of my appointments I have learned, grown, and seen fruit. I truly believe that God can and does employ us even to the ends of the earth, so for me, serving in a UMC agency is yet another exciting expression of the many ways God can use us to facilitate an encounter with the living Christ. … ...

North Georgia Communicators Honored at UMAC Awards Gala

3/27/2017
This photo of Bishop Sharma Lewis taken by Ansley Brackin was awarded first place in photography at the UMAC gathering in New Orleans.  Approximately 160 storytellers, including North Georgia Conference communication staff, gathered in New Orleans March 23-25 to “Embrace the Story” at the annual United Methodist Association of Communicators meeting. Among the highlights of the event was the Awards Celebration Gala where United Methodist communicators were recognized for outstanding work. A ...



Hot Cocoa Outreach Begins Around Atlanta

12/15/2016
The United Methodist Church is taking to the streets of Atlanta and Decatur this week to offer hot cocoa along with a warm invitation to visit a United Methodist church. On Thursday, one of the coldest days of the season in Atlanta, Ambassadors of Cheer and North Georgia Conference volunteers were outside Peachtree Center Marta Station in downtown Atlanta. For six hours they greeted commuters, homeless, city workers, holiday shoppers and passers-by.  It’s all part of a national Rethink Church ...



United Methodists to Offer Hot Cocoa and Hospitality in Busy Shopping Areas Dec. 15-18

12/7/2016
United Methodists will offer a warm smile and hot cocoa on the streets of Atlanta and Decatur Dec. 15-18, along with the message, “When we find the true meaning of Christmas church can happen anywhere.”  It’s all part of a national Rethink Church Advent “creative outreach campaign” planned by UM Communications for nine major cities this month, focused on high-pedestrian traffic areas. An “experiential marketing” firm hired by UMCom will provide the cocoa, poured by professionals wearing heavy, ...



10 Simple Ways to Grow Your Small Groups

8/15/2016
By Robert Pancake Want to increase your small group membership and engagement? It's something I've put a lot of time and energy into considering for my church, The Vine UMC, and for my business. Here are 10 tips I hope you'll find helpful. ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ ­ 1. Target Key Times and Days One of the largest hurdles to overcome when presenting the idea of small groups to individuals is that it can be ...



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