General Conference

North Georgia Delegation Endorses Byron Thomas as Episcopal Nominee

The members of the North Georgia Conference Delegation have endorsed the Rev. Dr. Byron E. Thomas as their episcopal nominee.    Rev. Dr. Thomas is currently senior pastor of Ben Hill UMC in Atlanta. He is chair of the North Georgia Conference Delegation to the 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conferences.  Rev. Dr. Thomas has served as Senior Pastor of Ben Hill UMC since June 2013 where his focus has been on strengthening the link between spiritual formation and missions. Placing a premium on ...

2020 General Conference Logo Unveiled

The Commission on the General Conference has unveiled the logo for the 2020 General Conference to accompany the theme, “…and know that I am God,” based on an excerpt from Psalm 46:10. The entire verse reads: “Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations. I am exalted in the earth.” (NRSV), although the verse number may vary in non-English translations. United Methodist Communications designed the logo, which is used to maintain a consistent visual identity for the 2020 ...

Fascinating Discussion Leads to GC 2020 Theme: ' ... And Know That I am God'

General Conference organizers chose “…and know I am God” as the theme of the 2020 United Methodist General Conference, but not before discovering the Psalm’s words and even its verse numbers vary by translation depending on the language. Read about the fascinating discussion in this UM News Service report at

Worship Groups and Liturgists Sought for General Conference 2020

(Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS. Combined choirs of Centenary College and Martin Methodist College sing at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference.) ( United Methodist choirs, worship ensembles and liturgists from around the world have an opportunity to be part of the worship experience of the 2020 General Conference. Creatives may apply to share their talents while leading the church body during The United Methodist Church’s top legislative assembly meeting May 5 -15, 2020 in ...

North Georgia Elects 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conference Delegation

The North Georgia Annual Conference has elected its Delegation to the 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conferences of The United Methodist Church. All are invited to join the delegation in prayer and fasting on Thursdays from July 1, 2019  through the General Conference in May 2020.  Clergy Members of the Delegation (General Conference) Byron Eric Thomas Philip Daniel Schroeder Patricia Alice Rogers Jasmine Rose Smothers Glenn Leland Ethridge (NOTE: will not attend General Conference due to ...

Judicial Council Rules on Actions of Special General Conference

(Photo: Mike DuBose, UMNS) On April 26, the United Methodist Judicial Council ruled that certain parts of the Traditional Plan passed by the 2019 Special General Conference are constitutional. Other portions of the plan were ruled unconstitutional. The portion of the legislation deemed constitutional will take effect in the U.S. on January 1, 2020.  The Judicial Council ruled that the exit strategy passed by the General Conference is constitutional. This legislation goes into effect ...

Annual Conference 2019 to Elect Delegates to General Conference 2020

Members of the North Georgia Annual Conference will elect delegates to the 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conferences during the 2019 Annual Conference Session, June 11-14, at the Classic Center in Athens.  General Conference is the global gathering of The United Methodist Church where mission and ministry priorities are established and The Book of Discipline is reviewed for revisions. General Conference is the policy-setting body of The United Methodist Church. The 2020 General Conference ...

Capacity Crowds Attend General Conference Information Sessions

Well over 1,200 laity and clergy from across the North Georgia Conference attended District Gatherings for information on the 2019 Special General Conference this month. The regional gatherings were held at Cascade UMC Atlanta, Hamilton Mill UMC Dacula, Greensboro UMC, and Kennesaw UMC. Each session included prayer, song, and Holy Communion.  In a video message, Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson reminded attendees that the church exists to be the body of Christ in the world. She called on the North ...

Special General Conference Adjourns With Uncertainty

"Gracious God we are your children standing in need of your wisdom and of a vision larger than ourselves. Pour your Holy Spirit upon us." - Bishop Sue praying at the Special General Conference As United Methodists leave St. Louis and the 2019 Special General Conference, there is much we don't know. After a day of debate and discussion, the majority voted in favor of the Traditional Plan (438 to 384) in today's plenary session. However, a portion of the plan is known to be unconstitutional. The ...

In Legislative Committee, Majority Vote to Advance Only Traditional Plan and Disaffiliation Plans

Photo: Rev. Joe Harris, Chair (Mike Dubose, UMNS)  On Day 2 of the Special General Conference, the 864-member body met as a legislative committee. Rev. Joe Harris of the Oklahoma Conference served as chair. All 76 petitions were before the legislative committed to determine which petitions will be voted on by the conference in plenary session tomorrow. Today the body only sent forward the Traditional Plan with amendments and two plans that allow churches, with some limitations, to leave the ...

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