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Connect with Debby Fox: Associate Director with Emphasis on Children's Ministry

1/13/2015
Fun Fact About Debby Fox I was a centerfold!  No, not that kind! A national magazine for teachers featured my class and me as their centerfold poster, “A Day in the Life of a Teacher.”  What services does your position offer to local Churches?   I am delighted to offer training, consulting and coaching to clergy and laity in local churches in the areas of Christian Education, faith formation, Children’s Ministry, Safe Sanctuaries, leadership and ministry program development. I can ...

New Year - New Beginnings: Try These Connectional Cafe Workshops

1/5/2015
Is training leadership in your church on the agenda in 2015? Here are five great Connectional Cafe workshops to consider scheduling to get your year off to a great start. These are especially good options to plan in partnership with other churches in your community or in your district!    Starting and Sustaining Small Groups  Chairperson Bootcamp  Hospitality in the Church  Building Bridges in Mission - How to Get Started  Process Based Stewardship Planning  Find hundreds of workshops offered...



7 Ways to Go Green That Will Add Green to Your Budget

9/23/2014
By Rachel Reiff Ellis Stewardship campaign season is a time of nurturing generous giving within our congregations. But there’s an angle you may not have considered as you craft your stewardship messages: Mindful use of resources as a means for stretching donated dollars to their fullest.   The word “steward” means “caretaker,” or “custodian.” As caretakers of our church facilities we have the opportunity to model Creation care to the larger community. But can an intentional focus on ...



Breaking News: North Georgia United Methodists Line Up for Connectional Cafe

9/22/2014
We have a reporter live on the scene as North Georgia United Methodists anticipate the refresh of Connectional Cafe.  Connectional Cafe is the training resource for North Georgia Conference churches, groups of churches, and districts. At the website www.ngumc.org/cafe, visitors will find more than 100 workshops led by North Georgia Conference laity and clergy. There is no cost and the workshops are adaptable to meet your needs.    Learn more about Connectional Cafe in this fun video. Do you ...

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

9/3/2014
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 ...



Covenant Bible Study Coming to North Georgia

3/25/2014
You are invited to pull a chair up to the table and share a deepening understanding of scripture and God's call to faithful life in Jesus. Covenant Bible Study has arrived in North Georgia.  The North Georgia Conference is hosting several Covenant Bible Study preview experiences in the coming months.  Each of these previews are two and one half hour sessions designed to help participants learn how to successfully lead and/or implement Covenant Bible Study in their congregations. Register here....



Beth Larocca Pitts, Jasmine Smothers Among Speakers at Exploration 2013

10/7/2013
Exploration 2013 is a three-day event for young adults age 18-26 to hear, discern, and respond to God’s call to ordained ministry and to explore their gifts for service as a deacon or elder in The United Methodist Church. This event, sponsored by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, will be held Nov. 15-17 in Denver, Colorado. Registration is open at www.explorecalling.org/exploration. Rev. Jasmine Smothers, Associate Director of Connectional Ministries, will be MC for the ...

Debby Fox to Join Conference Connectional Ministries Staff

8/15/2013
Rev. Debby Fox will join the staff of the North Georgia Conference Office of Connectional Ministries on Sept. 9 in the role of Associate Director of Connectional Ministries. Her emphasis will be on children's ministry and church training. Currently the Pastor of Christian Education and Discipleship at Gainesville First UMC, Fox brings with her much experience in teaching and training. "Rev. Fox, a professional Christian Educator, will bring deep conference experience and broad Christian wisdom ...

Native American Sunday Offerings Will Support North Georgia Students

4/4/2013
The denomination-wide Native American Sunday is April 14, but churches may celebrate and collect the special offering any time. The first priority for this offering in the North Georgia Conference is to assist Native American students with their college costs. This offering is an investment in students such as: Kyle and Skye Wilkins, two Lumbee student recipients, are members of Zoar UMC. They will speak at their church on Native American Sunday. They are also leading an UMVIM mission trip to ...

Nominations open for 2013 Denman Evangelism Awards

2/1/2013
By GLENN HANNIGAN      Do you know someone in the North Georgia Conference who has a particular passion or special gift for evangelism? Nominations are being accepted for the Harry Denman Evangelism Awards, which seek to recognize one youth, one lay person and one clergy person from the conference each year.     The Harry Denman Evangelism Awards honor people whose lives exemplify the teaching of Christ and the Great Commission. Denman, founder of The Foundation for Evangelism, played a special ...

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