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A Season for Togetherness: United Methodist Spring Ad Campaign

The latest advertising campaign from The United Methodist Church invites people to join us in celebrating a new season for togetherness. It encourages people to discover new friends, a new community with meaningful connections, and a new peaceful, joy-filled outlook on life. The messaging will reach people through digital display and video, including social media, websites, search engines, advanced television, and billboards. Advertisements will run starting this week through mid-April. Each ad ...

Tech Tools: What To Try Now That You've Mastered the Basics

By SYBIL DAVIDSON In the last two months, many clergy and church leaders have gone from watching YouTube videos to recording YouTube videos. Living rooms have become live stream sets. Many of you have mastered the art of the Zoom meeting. With some of these basics of virtual community in place, here are a few tools to consider that may help improve your church's online presence.  Canva.com Canva is a graphic design platform that allows users to create social media graphics, presentations, and...

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

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

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

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

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'

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

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

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

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 ...

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