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Keep Your Email Safe: Clergy Should Sign Up for 2-Step Verification

7/20/2016
North Georgia clergy email accounts (ngumc.net accounts) are provided through Google's Gmail system. Google offers a tool to help protect your account. We asked Conference IT Director Michael Murphy-McCarthy his advice on the tool, called "2-step Verification." Do you recommend using the 2-step verification process?  Please seriously consider turning on 2 step verification to protect your Google (ngumc) account. I've been using it, and my experience is that the extra step is well worth the ...



Pokemon Go and Your Church: Evangelism and Hospitality Opportunities Are All Around

7/19/2016
The game Pokemon Go is a phenomenon like we've never before seen! People of all ages are taking to their communities to play by “catching” Pokemon on their smartphones. Most local churches are part of the game as “PokeStops” or “Gyms” (or both), in other words, a destination for players. The assignment of “PokeStops” is made by the game maker, rather than the church or business, but there are ways local churches can take advantage of the opportunity to meet the neighbors. The game is played ...



Clergy E-mail Spoof: Mark Fake Emails as Spam and Delete

3/27/2016
We have heard from a number of clergy whose ngumc.net email address has been "spoofed." The accounts have not been hacked (in other words no one is accessing the clergy account, only imitating it).  If you receive an email that appears to be from yourself or another ngumc.net account, please do not open suspicious attachments. If the email seems to be a "spoofed email," mark the email and spam and delete it.  The North Georgia Conference IT office has made an adjustment to attachment receipt ...

North Georgia UMCs Receive Rethink Church Grants

2/19/2016
The Rethink Church program of United Methodist Communications awards three types of grants each year: Community Event Grants, Digital Advertising Grants, and New Church Start Grants. Six North Georgia United Methodist churches were recipients of 2015-2016 Rethink Church grants.   Digital Advertising Grant:   2015 - Back to School Season: Clarkston UMC, Clarkston 2015 - Advent Season: Canon UMC, Canon  Mount Pisgah UMC, Johns Creek    2016 - Easter Season: Lewis Memorial UMC, Evans    New Church...



App Update: Improved North Georgia Conference App is Available

2/4/2016
The North Georgia Conference app, available free for iPhone and Android devices, has been updated and improved. If you already use the app, update for improved functunality and updates. If you haven't already downloaded the app, now is the perfect time. Search "NGUMC" in the Apple App Store or in Google Play. Be sure to allow for push notifications so you can be among the first to know important information. The app offers quick access to church, clergy, conference, and district directories, ...



New Research: United Methodist Pastors, Leaders Ahead of the Tech Game

2/4/2016
Nashville, Tenn.: United Methodist pastors and church leaders match or exceed the average U.S. technology adoption rates, according to new research from United Methodist Communications. “The purpose of the United Methodist Emerging Technology Survey was to assess penetration of new types of digital communication within the church to aid agency communications and messaging,” said Dan Krause, chief executive of United Methodist Communications. Krause said the study also helps the agency determine ...

North Georgia Conference Wins Awards from Communicators Association

1/28/2016
Booklets from the Walk In It Children's Retreat The North Georgia Conference won multiple awards at the recent gathering of the United Methodist Association of Communicators in Portland, Ore., including Best in Class for Visual Design for original materials designed by staff member Ansley Brackin for the Conference's first children's retreat last fall. The feedback from judges was summed up with the line: "Extraordinarily well done." "Monday Morning in North Georgia" was honored with a second ...



Can Your Pastor Help Save Park Grove Church? Nominate Your Pastor to Appear on an Episode of “The Committee”

12/1/2015
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Dec. 1, 2015 /Discipleship Ministries/ – The fictional Park Grove Community Church of the Chuck Knows Church series, “The Committee,” has lost its pastor and its way. It will soon close its doors unless it reinvents itself. Can your pastor help save Park Grove? The production staff and cast of “The Committee,” a humorous and thought-provoking online series produced by Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church, is looking for a real pastor to make a cameo ...



Advertising Campaign Focuses on the True Meaning of Christmas

11/24/2015
Metro Atlanta is one of the media markets chosen for Rethink Church television, billboard, and radio advertising this Advent. View the ad running in our area. “Church is more than a place to go at Christmas; church can happen anywhere, at any time.” The United Methodist Church's new national outreach and advertising campaign focuses on the true meaning of Christmas: lending a hand to a neighbor in need, encouraging joy in the lives of others, and giving the gifts of time and care. “During the ...



Update Your Church's Find-A-Church Profile on UMC.org

10/22/2015
Enhanced Find-A-Church features now available One of the most popular pages on our denomination's website, umc.org, is Find-A-Church. The search feature is used by 1,000 people each day looking for a United Methodist Church.  This service is a no-cost opportunity for your church to increase your web presence and outreach. It is well worth your time to update your congregation's Find-A-Church pages.  To make it easier to update your church's profile, United Methodist Communications is offering ...



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