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BEAT Team Wraps Up 2021 Work, Launches Dashboard

The Barnes Evaluation and Administration Team has wrapped up its work for 2021 having invested $783,914.00 in innovative mission and ministry in the North Georgia Conference! The BEAT Team, entrusted by our Annual Conference to receive grant applications and make the best mission investments possible for the whole of the conference, funded 14 grants across 6 districts. The grants vary from funding for mold remediation to funding for a community park, digital ministry to a medical clinic. "For ...

Leaning Into the Connection: Strong Apportionment Giving in 2020

In a year when many churches only met in-person for a few months and all congregations adapted how they worship, how they connect, and how they meet the needs in their communities, our shared ministry remained a priority. At the close of 2020, North Georgia United Methodist churches had paid 90 percent of our apportionment budget.   Early in the pandemic, our Annual Conference adopted the motto to "lean into the connection." Our Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits offered a 3-month ...

Year-End Bridges Funding Goes Toward Transformative International Mission Work

The North Georgia Conference is nearing the end of its 10-year Bridges Mission initiative. The work of the Bridges effort is a model for international mission with a focus on strengthening two-way partnerships and relationships through long-term commitment.  Generous gifts from North Georgia United Methodists have enabled year-end giving to four Bridges partners for transformative ministries.  The following funding plan was enthusiastically approved by the Conference Board of Advocacy and ...

Practice Radical Generosity on #GivingTuesday

Whether you're called to support developing young Christian leaders through Camp and Retreat Ministries, make twice the impact by giving to foster care ministry with Wellroot (thanks to a $20,000 matching grant!), transform the lives of vulnerable children through Murphy-Harpst, lead people out of poverty alongside Action Ministries or empower ministries with the homeless and very poor through the Housing and Homeless Council, North Georgia United Methodists can support the ministries that mean ...

Good Giving: 125 Churches Have Already Paid 2019 Apportionments in Full

One of the unique and defining factors of The United Methodist Church is that we are a connection. United Methodists are in ministry together locally and around the world, knowing we can do more together than we could ever do individually. We fund this shared ministry through apportioned giving. Apportionments are fuel for ministry. Though we're only entering August, 125 North Georgia United Methodist Churches have already paid 100 percent of their apportioned giving for 2019! They are listed ...

Trustees Seek to Allocate Park Eye Fund to Better Serve Patients in Need

The Louise D. Park Eye Fund of the North Georgia Conference was established for “the treatment of patients who are in definite need of financial assistance in order to secure the indicated treatment of disorders of the eye or eyes which would result in blindness if such treatment were not otherwise available.”  After many years, the Conference Board of Trustees recognizes that neither churches, clergy, or the North Georgia Conference are utilizing the fund in a significant and meaningful way. ...

Appeals Court Rules Clergy Housing Allowances Do Not Violate US Constitution

On March 18, 2019 Wespath announced that the Appeals Court has ruled clergy housing allowances do not violate the Establishment Clause of the Constitution. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has again knocked down a legal challenge by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) as it ruled for the second time on March 15 that tax-free housing allowances for pastors do not violate the U.S. Constitution. In a 3 to 0 decision, the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals found that ...

Candler School of Theology Announces The Rev. Dr. P. Alice Rogers Scholarship Endowment

Emory University’s Candler School of Theology has announced the establishment of The Rev. Dr. P. Alice Rogers Scholarship Endowment, which will provide financial support for students pursuing a career in pastoral ministry. This scholarship endowment was made possible through the generosity of Mr. Donald H. Defoe and Mrs. Barbara E. Defoe of Atlanta. The Rev. Dr. P. Alice Rogers serves as the Gainesville District Superintendent of The United Methodist Church and Associate Professor in the ...

United Methodist Insurance Announces Partnership with AmTrust

The General Council on Finance and Administration recently announced that United Methodist Insurance (UMI) has entered into an agreement with AmTrust Financial Services (AmTrust), a provider that will deliver insurance expertise and an improved customer service experience for ministries protected through UMI. AmTrust has received an A.M. Best “A-” (Excellent) rating. ​ Click to read FAQ’s for The United Methodist Church Insurance Program   Letter From Moses Kumar, General Council on Finance ...

GBHEM Candidacy Office Offers Financial Planning Services to Certified Candidates

The Candidacy Office at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) has partnered with Wespath and EY (formerly Ernst & Young) to offer financial planning services to certified candidates for licensed and ordained ministry. The services will be offered at no cost to candidates upon certification by their district committees on ordained ministry. EY has provided financial planning services to retirement plan participants in Wespath-administered plans since 2005. The financial ...

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