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Flat Shoals UMC Creates GED Initiative for Dekalb County

6/2/2015
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?

4/9/2015
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 ...



Youth of Buford First UMC Write Lent Devotional

3/26/2015
Ansley Brackin Communications Specialist Buford First UMC’s youth program, F.L.A.M.E. has completed the second edition of their Lent devotional. While working at Tucker First UMC, Suzanne Clegg became inspired by a devotional that the congregation created during Advent season. Now, as Buford First’s Student Ministry Director, she decided to follow in their footsteps and make a Lent devotional written almost completely by youth. “It’s great to get youth to focus on something serious,” says ...



Africa University’s new leader: ‘Right kind of role model’

3/26/2015
By Vicki Brown UMNS Africa University’s new vice chancellor has “a rags-to-riches story” as a first-generation college graduate, said the keynote speaker at the inauguration of Munashe Furusa, the United Methodist-related university’s new leader. “It is a rags-to-riches story when no one in your family has done it and you reach the top of the university,” said Tawana Kupe, deputy vice chancellor at Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, South Africa. Kupe was a mentor when Furusa was a ...



ELI Equips High Schoolers To Lead, Then Gives Them A Chance

3/19/2015
ELI helps 11-12th graders discover strengths, practice leadership, explore calling...   ELI End-Of-Summer Celebration Video 2014 From Glisson's Thursday Mail Call: What if instead of saying youth are the future of the Church, we realized they're a key part of its present? What if we gave high schoolers a chance to discover their natural strengths, learn leadership theories, practice leadership skills, and explore their calling? And what if that chance could be two parts: a ...

Thankful for a New Generation of Committed United Methodist Clergy

3/17/2015
By Dick Yarbrough I spent last week helping to assess a group of people for a job I couldn’t do if my life depended on it. Actually, what they were seeking is not a job; it is a calling. And my life here and in the hereafter depends on how well they do it. I am part of a group of Methodist ministers and laity that evaluate candidates for ordination into the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. It is kind of like Officers Candidate School for ministers. The aspirants have ...

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