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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 
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 ...
Annual Conference 2015 Reflects Connectional Roots
By Ansley Brackin Communications Specialist A pulse shifted across the room as Bishop Mike Watson delivered a tender and influential message, sharing the news of the tragic shooting in South Carolina at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. A heaviness was felt across the entire room, but there also began a strengthening in the United Methodist and Pan Methodist connection. Difficult decisions and voting duties continued in preparation for 2016’s General Conference, but discussions were covered by thick ...
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...
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