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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 ...

How Might We Transform the World: M-LAB Laity/Clergy Innovation Gathering Held in Atlanta

By SYBIL DAVIDSON The first-ever Laity/Clergy M-LAB (UMC Movement – Learning Action Board) brought nearly 100 creative North Georgia Conference laity along with a pastor from their church to Atlanta Technology Village in Buckhead Nov. 2-3. Participants set aside this time to learn design thinking principles and ask how might we innovate in our local churches and begin moving ideas toward action. “One thing we know for sure, we need each other, and we need to embrace change if we want to see ...

Welcome to M-LAB: An Innovation Collaborative for United Methodists

By Sybil Davidson   Clergy from across several Annual Conferences are being steeped in a new way of thinking and deepening connections thanks to a three-day immersive event called M-LAB.   UMC M-LAB (Movement – Learning Action Board) was created to bring together outwardly-focused United Methodists to incubate and prototype new ideas that will shape the future of our church.   A collaborative effort of the North Georgia, Florida, and Nashville Episcopal areas, this experience focuses on design ...

Rekindling the Methodist Mission

By JESSICA BRADFORD From July 16 through the 19, numerous clergy of the North Georgia Conference gathered at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island to learn about engaging their communities in the mission of their church. Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson preached on Wednesday evening, telling the story of William Wilberforce, the early Methodists, and how to rekindle the mission today. Bishop Sue began her sermon with a history lesson on William Wilberforce. Wilberforce was an Englishman born into ...

Georgia Pastors' School Invites Clergy to Consider the 'Inside Out Church'

Bishop's Panel at Georgia Pastors' School with Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson and Bishop Lawson Bryan. Moderated by Rev. Matt Nelson. (Photo courtesy of the South Georgia Annual Conference) By JESSICA BRADFORD For many years, hundreds of active and retired clergy have convened near the banks of historic Frederica River at Epworth By The Sea for the annual Georgia Pastors’ School. Pastors’ School provides inspiration, education, worship, fellowship, fun and relaxation for North and South Georgia ...

NExT Training: Learn to Launch a Church Startup

Do you feel called to reach the unreached? Creating new places for new faces is one of the most effective ways we can do that. And you don't have to do it alone. That's why the North Georgia Conference developed the NExT Leadership Academy.  We've found that there are 10 essentials for successful church start-ups: Call, Vision, Launch, People, Funding, Preaching, Leadership, Family, Staffing, and Systems.  Through NExT, you'll get exposed to these essentials in action, be inspired by ...

Pastor Peer Groups: 'You can’t do this job alone'

The "Reverend Mommies" peer group with Bishop Sue. By Rebecca Wallace Some pastors say that being in an accountability or peer group is one of the most life-giving things they do. Our very own Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson has stayed connected to her accountability group in Florida even as she is serving as Bishop. Throughout the conference, there are several great examples of pastor peer groups that may have started with a need to hold each other accountable but have since grown to be much more....

Asperger’s Task Force Seeks Input on Need for Resources

A group of North Georgia United Methodists interested in providing resources to families with a child with Aspberger's Syndrome asks for you to take a brief survey on the topic.  The survey is anonymous and can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/aspergersNGUMC. 

Connect with Russell Davis: Associate Director of Connectional Ministries for Camp and Retreat Ministries

Fun Fact:  I love backpacking and hiking. What services does your position offer to local Churches? I’m responsible for the camp and retreat ministries in The North Georgia Conference. This includes Glisson Camp and Retreat Center, and our emerging ministries, Grow and Experiential Leadership Institute. Our task is partnering with churches to nurture faith and discipleship, and to develop Christian servant leaders. We offer summer and year-round programming and also host retreats year-round. ...

Five Accomplished Speakers to Present at 4D Leadership Conference

Impact UMC has secured five accomplished speakers for its powerful 4D Leadership Conference, which is set for Tuesday, September 15, with an encore presentation on Wednesday, September 16 in Atlanta, Georgia. Rev. David Walters, the founder and Lead Pastor of The Vine, a fast-growing, multi-site United Methodist Church, will present relevant discussions regarding business, ministry and education, along with other nationally recognized leaders of entrepreneurship and social change including ...

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