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Leading Edge Learning Digital Training Launching Now

In 2021, the North Georgia Annual Conference hosted 4 incredible learning opportunities with leading edge ministry practitioners. Red. Dr. Tod Bolsinger, Red. Dr. Mark DeYmaz, Rev. Elizabeth Hagan, and NGUMC's own Rev. Robert King offered powerful in-person sessions on Adaptive Leadership, Multi-Ethnic and Entrepreneurial Church development, building trust and healing relationships through Brave Church experiences, and reclaiming the work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts, relationships, and ...

'One Matters' to Suwanee Worship Center UMC

By Rachel Quartarone   Each year, Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church selects congregations for the "One Matters Award," recognizing that every new disciple—even just one—matters. The award is specifically given to congregations that had experienced decline but made a turnaround in growth with new baptisms, professions of faith, and of course, new members. This year the “One Matters Award” went to Suwanee Worship Center UMC in Suwanee, Georgia. It was presented at the North ...

Druid Hills UMC Closes a Chapter, Embraces What’s Ahead in Palm Sunday Service

Sunday worship at Druid Hills UMC began like most Palm Sundays, but it held a greater meaning for a church that would soon celebrate Easter Sunday as a brand new church, merging with Epworth UMC in Candler Park. In fact, the congregation will temporarily be called New Church. Palm Sunday represents a time when people made way for something new, unknown, and promising. As palm branches waved through the morning worship service, children sang and danced, there was no a feeling of sadness. The ...

North Georgia United Methodists Contribute to CEB Student Bible

North Georgia Conference’s own Beth Corrie, Director of Emory University’s Youth Theological Institute, served as editor of new CEB Student Bible. This edition, published in fall of 2015, is described as “a Bible by and for young people that invites them into deeper forms of both personal holiness and social holiness, helping them make connections between the world of the Bible and their own world.” Youth ministers and biblical scholars have all come together with today’s youth in order to ...

Riverdale UMC Members Share Their Stories

Riverdale UMC decided to look into its past in order to enhance their future. Congregants gathered at the church Saturday, January 9th for Getting to Know Your Neighbor, an event that invited members of multiple ethnicities and generations to come share their stories of how they came to Riverdale UMC and how they’ve seen it change. “Church is like a bank,” one story teller explained. “You have to put something in it in order to withdraw something from it.” Another speaker told of her struggle ...

Hartwell First UMC Small Groups Bring Generations Together

By Ansley Brackin Communications Specialist  Hartwell First UMC has always had a great attendance record during their three worship services, but they wanted to form a deeper connection between congregants across all services. Small Group Ministry Coordinator, Marci Garringer, discovered that members who went to different services didn’t know each other, and that only older adults attended Sunday School classes. She and her pastor, Allen Stewart decided to open up a new opportunity in the form...

Buford First UMC Breaks Ground on Christian Life Center

By Ansley Brackin Communications Specialist The buzz that overflowed the sanctuary on Ground Breaking Sunday for the new Christian Life Center at Buford First UMC was lively and jubilant. The service, which doubled as Homecoming Sunday, was filled with music and words of encouragement from Bishop Othal Lakey of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and Gainesville District Superintendent Rev. Richard Chewning. “We need a place for people to live from moment to moment,” Chewning said in his ...

Redemption UMC Forms Special Connections Through Extraordinary Summer Camp

By Ansley Brackin Communications Specialist Redemption UMC in College Park wanted to make a difference for the local children participating in their summer camp this year. However, they also made a difference in the lives of a youth group in Sarasota Florida. Redemption UMC has witnessed the needs of their young community. They see children growing up in housing projects, on reduced or free lunch during the school season. Rev. Robert Crawford always had big goals for the church’s summer camp....

Flat Shoals UMC Creates GED Initiative for Dekalb County

By Ansley Brackin Communications Specialist Flat Shoals UMC of Decatur is not a large church, but they are harvesting big dreams through their new GED Initiative. Its tagline: “Welcome to Success”. The church, led by Rev. Dr. Hubert Brown, held an open house for the congregation and community on Sunday, May 17th. The program, beginning its first semester on June 4th, aims to provide education for those in the county without a high school diploma, and for only $10 a person. “They need a larger...

Summer Opportunity: Know a College Student Exploring a Call to Children's or Youth Ministry?

Know a college student exploring a call to children's and/or youth ministry? North Georgia Camp & Retreat Ministries is looking for three to four more guys for its Grow+ELI summer ministry team.  They are looking for strong Christian leaders who would be excited to mentor 50-100 high school students as part of an intense leadership development program (ELI) and to gain experience leading a stand-alone ministry program site with a staff of high school volunteers serving as counselors for up to ...

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