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Central Conference Pension Initiative nears challenge goal

9/8/2010
The General Board of Pension and Health Benefits and the office of the Central Conference Pension Initiative (CCPI) recently announced the attainment of $21,227,601  to fund pensions for the central conferences (those outside the United States). Of this total, the North Georgia Conference’s contributions are now at $1,361,651.   This milestone comes approximately two years after CCPI launched its initial fundraising effort, and 10 years after CCPI was created with a General Conference 2000 ...

Bridges project connects NGA to Uganda, others

8/24/2010
By WILL ZANT How can local congregations pursue international mission opportunities through the United Methodist Church? That is a question the North Georgia Conference is seeking to answer.   “Bridges of Mission” is a new conference initiative that utilizes our connection of churches. Whether you are part of a large membership church or small membership church, you can help make a difference for the Body of Christ.   We chose the image of a bridge because bridges are points of connection. ...

Mission-minded? Many resources are available to help

8/11/2010
By ALICE SMITH   Mission in the United Methodist Church takes many forms, and in every avenue there are people and resources available to help.   That point was hammered home at a training event July 14 at the United Methodist Center at Simpsonwood, attended by 35 pastors who are newly appointed to their churches, along with their lay mission leaders.    The “Mission Education for Pastors Plus” was part of the “Great Start” programs being offered by Connectional Ministries. Mission work, ...

Health Quotient deadline draws near

7/27/2010
All HealthFlex participants are urged to take the HealthQuotient (HQ). The online assessment is a vital first step in self-care. The General Board of Pension and Helath Benefits believes this is a critical component to wellness. This year, for the first time, there will be a financial penalty for those who do not complete the HQ. If participants (AND spouses, if a spouse is covered) do not take the HealthQuotient by August 31, 2010, their deductibles will INCREASE an additional $250 for ...

Wesleyan Leadership Conference Aims to Spark Revival of Church Heritage

7/23/2010
By TIM GHIANNI* NASHVILLE, Tenn./GBOD/ -- Steve Manskar says the United Methodist Church can experience revival by rediscovering its heritage. “In the 19th Century, the Methodist Church decided to go ‘mainline’ in order to become ‘respectable.’ During this period congregations began to jettison some of the characteristics that set them apart as Methodists,” says Manskar, Director of Wesleyan Leadership for the General Board of Discipleship. Manskar says such practices as the focus on lay ...

Candler receives gift from Dunwoody UMC

7/2/2010
Candler School of Theology at Emory University has received a gift from Dunwoody UMC to support the construction of Phase II of Candler’s building program. The church’s gift will underwrite a study area in the future space. B. Wiley Stephens, a 1965 graduate of Candler and senior pastor of Dunwoody UMC, says the gift reinforces a long relationship between the church and Candler. “With only one exception since we have been our own church, all of our senior pastors and most of our staff have been...

Clergy NGUMC.net Email Address is Crucial Communications Tool

All North Georgia Conference clergy are assigned an ngumc.net email address through NGUMC Mail. The clergy email addresses are used to send all Conference and District communications, from e-newsletters to Ministry Review directions.  It is important that all new clergy set up their ngumc.net address. Also, moving pastors should be sure to update the forwarding address on their ngumc.net account if they have moved. This is especially important if they have been forwarding to a previous church ...

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