Conference News

Bahamas Bridge to Host First Overseas Provisional Mission Trip with Grand Support From Hoschton UMC

By Ansley Brackin Communications Specialist In February of 2015, Bahamas Methodist Habitat will host the first overseas mission trip taken by provisional minister teams. The two groups, who began working towards their ordination in 2013, were so moved by the conference’s global connections highlighted during that year's Annual Conference that they decided to choose a Conference mission "Bridge" as their required provisional mission assignment. Each provisional team must complete at least three...

Global Ministries Votes to Move Headquarters to Grace United Methodist Church in Atlanta

In an historical action, directors of the General Board of Global Ministries voted this week to buy the property of Grace United Methodist Church in Atlanta and to relocate its headquarters there from New York City. The Directors also voted to set up regional offices in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Georgia-based headquarters would have mission responsibilities in the United States.  The Board of Global Ministries expects to renovate the Grace UMC complex on Ponce de Leon Avenue, with the...

Pilot Ministry Review Update: Information for Clergy and SPRCs

The letter and information below are for clergy participating in Ministry Review 2.0 and SPR committees. Clergy and SPRCs, Most clergy and SPR committee members have completed the assessment portion of the Ministry Review 2.0 and have moved into the Covenant meeting portion of the process. The following is useful information.  The covenant document that is available through the Pastor Evaluation System link that was sent to clergy as the assessments began is a pdf.  It can be printed, but ...

Parrish Appointed to New Missions Position Serving North Georgia Conference and General Board of Global Ministries

Bishop Mike Watson announced today the appointment of Rev. Scott Parrish to a new position as Associate Director of Connectional Ministries for Missions.   This position was created in partnership with the General Board of Global Ministries and the Conference Office of Connectional Ministries. The appointment is effective October 1, 2014.   "Essentially it is two part-time positions woven together to form one full-time position, with both positions focused on a common ministry: the advancement ...

Aspiring Leaders Invited to Apply for 2014-15 Conference Board of Laity's Leadership UMC Programs

If you are interested in becoming a more effective servant leader, you are invited to apply to participate in the upcoming 2014-15 Leadership UMC Programs. Leadership UMC and the NEW Leadership UMC II classes, sponsored by the Conference Board of Laity (CBOL), are designed to develop and equip laity from across the North Georgia Conference for mission and ministry leadership in their local church, district and conference. Leadership UMC 2014 marks Leadership UMC’s 14th year!  This premier ...

All Full-Time Clergy to Participate in Pilot Ministry Review Program

All clergy in full-time appointments to local churches in the North Georgia Conference will soon begin participation in a new pilot ministry review process, Pilot Ministry Review 2.0. The process will begin the first week of August 2014 with an email to clergy inviting them to get started. The review will be used to create a covenant agreement for appointed clergy and Staff-Parish Relations Committees (SPRC). The process, which includes an assessment from clergy and members of the SPRC, should ...

Bishop Announces Appointment to Cascade UMC

Bishop Mike Watson has announced the appointment of Rev. Lawrence L. Young as pastor of Cascade UMC in Atlanta.   Rev. Young comes to the North Georgia Conference from the Central South District of the Texas Conference where he is currently District Superintendent.    The appointment is effective July 1, 2014.    Rev. Marvin Moss, currently serving Cascade, has been appointed as pastor of Salem UMC in Harlem, New York.

Conference Leadership Team Explains UMC Stance on Weapons in Houses of Worship

As the Georgia General Assembly considers HB 875, a bill that among other things would allow persons with concealed gun permits to bring guns into churches, the Conference Leadership Ministry Team wants to remind our churches and leaders of actions taken previously by the North Georgia Conference and by the denomination.   In 2008, the Annual Conference, meeting in Athens, passed a resolution on Concealed Weapons in Houses of Worship.  The full Resolution, which passed by a large majority, can ...

Introducing the New North Georgia Conference Website

Welcome to the new! The North Georgia Conference website -- the hub of Conference communication -- was redesigned and launched in late November.  The site features a fresh look and a mobile-friendly responsive design. Whether you're viewing on your smart phone, tablet or desktop computer, the screen size will adjust for optimal viewing.  The carousel of featured items on the homepage and the use of images for category headings give plenty of opportunity to highlight ...

Communication Regarding the Deed of Simpsonwood Conference and Retreat Center

On August 14, 2013, the Superior Court of Gwinnett County issued a ruling that allows the Simpsonwood Board of Trustees and the Conference Board of Trustees (Plaintiffs) to “freely use and convey the (Simpsonwood) Property free of the Restrictive Covenants”.  Interestingly, the Judge stated in his ruling that “it is undisputed that the restrictive covenants were honored by Plaintiffs during their legally enforceable term of twenty (20) years and for two decades thereafter.” (Bold added)  This ...

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