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40 New Friends: Clergy Couple Sets Sights on Meeting the Neighbors

1/5/2017
A passerby made this prayer flag during the Candler Park Festival  By Sybil Davidson  “Hi!” “Nice to meet you!” “Great shirt!” “So, you drink coffee?” Revs. Anjie and Andy Woodworth were appointed in June to start a new church in the Candler Park neighborhood of Atlanta with the members of the merged Epworth UMC and Druid Hills UMC. The clergy couple in this unique appointment are finding their way using an age old method — getting to know the neighbors! They have challenged themselves to ...



Rev. Kim Uses Gift of Creativity Serving New Chinese Congregation

10/20/2016
Rev. Hyo Kim serves part-time as Associate Director of Congregational Development focused on Korean Church Development and part-time he serves at McKendree UMC in Lawrenceville and John Wesley UMC in Norcorss. In June he became pastor of the new Chinese United Methodist congregation at McKendree. Kim, who's first language is Korean, doesn't speak Chinese, but he communicates with the congregation and preaches with the help of a translator and technology. Kim showed his depth of flexibility ...



Q&A: Disciple Fast Track Draws More than 90 Participants at Quest

9/8/2016
Pictured: Rev. John and Shauna Kenney of Quest UMC in the Augusta District   Quest UMC in the Augusta District has more than 90 members currently participating in Disciple Fast Track. Fast Track is an adaptation of the original Disicple Bible Study that's ideal for busy people who want to fit a comprehensive Bible study into their schedule. The commitment is 24 weeks rather than 9 or 10 months. The response at Quest has been so positive that we reached out to Shauna Kenney, wife of church pastor...



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

3/23/2016
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 ...



5 Things Every Church Can Learn from a New Church Start

2/25/2016
By Rachel Reiff Ellis Whether your church began gathering in a high school gym last month or has had a pastor in the pulpit since 1850, your mission as a congregation of The United Methodist Church is the same: To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Three pastors leading new church starts in the North Georgia United Methodist Conference share what they’ve learned about being the church while starting a ministry from the ground up.   Maintain your sense of urgency...



From New Identities to Breakfast Chaplaincies: North Georgia United Methodist Churches Are Creating 'New Places for New People'

11/5/2015
Roswell UMC's chapel converts from modern space for Chapel Roswell services to traditional space for communion services.  By Anne Nelson   Everyone has an innate need to connect and belong.  It’s an idea grounded in theology (think God’s radical connection with humanity in the person of Jesus) and in science (think Brene Brown‘s new academic research on how we’re wired for – and the importance of cultivating – connection).    Some churches are doing well engaging and connecting with their ...



The Vine Hosts Successful First Sunday At Second Campus

8/13/2015
By Ansley Brackin Communications Specialist The Vine UMC in Braselton is taking a big step in its effort to make new places for new people by becoming a multi-campus church. The Springs UMC in Flowery Branch closed in 2014, but on Sunday, August 9, its building opened its doors again for the soft launch of The Vine’s second campus (new churches often have a “soft launch” before officially opening to the public, in order to best complete the finishing touches). About 180 worshippers plus more ...



Threshold Church to Celebrate Mother’s Day and Red Nose Day

5/4/2015
Mother’s Day and Red Nose Day are among many “firsts” for Threshold UMC, a new church start in Newnan. Planted by the North Georgia Conference in 2014, Threshold is taking root and attracting people of diverse backgrounds who want to be part of a vibrant, growing ministry.   “As a pastor of a new church start, my primary goal is to help people connect with God and other people,” said Pastor Quincy Brown, who is often referred to as “Q.”   He went on to say that Threshold would create connection...



The Kids are Coming Home to Connexion at North Covington

12/11/2014
By Ansley Brackin Communications Specialist Connexion at North Covington invites you to celebrate its grand opening on Sunday, December 14th at 11AM, after months of renovations and years of transitioning. The renewed place of worship is a result of Connexion Church merging with North Covington United Methodist Church. Connexion integrated with the traditional church, bringing in new ideas while respecting the history inside the 125 year old building. The result has been expanded diversity and ...



New Church Leadership Academy Makes Impactful Return

11/19/2014
By Ansley Brackin Communications Specialist Since January, 40 North Georgia Conference clergy and 8 Candler School of Theology students have gathered monthly as participants in the New Church Leadership Academy to deeply explore the practice of starting new churches and new ministries. New Church Leadership Academy was relaunched in 2014 after encouragement from leaders of PATH-1, the denomination’s new church initiative under the General Board of Discipleship, that it was at one time a great ...

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