News, notes and anecdotes from across the conference


Trinity on the Hill UMC: Training event
        A training event featuring top national and international leadership in missions and outreach will be held at Trinity on the Hill UMC on Feb. 2. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., workshops will be facilitated by mission leaders from the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, the Mission Society, the World Methodist Evangelism Institute, Global Praise, and the North Georgia Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
        This will be an exceptional training event to assist churches in local and international outreach. Lunch and refreshments will be provided for $10 payable the day of the event at the registration table.  Registration is required as seating may be limited due to interest in the classes. 
         Choose one morning session from 10:15-11:45 a.m. and one afternoon session from 1-2:30 p.m.
“Children’s Ministry and Mission,” Mrs. Kim Torres, GBGM Church & Community Worker
“Christ and Culture in Africa,” Rev. Mande Muyombo, GBGM
“Congregational Mission Bridges to the World,” Rev. Mike Selleck, NGUMC
“Developing Strong Mission Partnerships,” Rev. Patrick Friday, GBGM
“Evangelism & Mission,” Dr. Winston Worrell, World Methodist Evangelism Institute
“Mission as Bridge of Church and Community,” and “Building Bridges to Youth and Young Adults in Your Community,” Rev. Jasmine Smothers, NGUMC
“Mission Leader Training: 5 Ps of Missions Done Well in the Local Church,” Mr. Stan Self, The Mission Society
“Missionaries for the 21st Century,” Dr. Thomas Kemper, GBGM
“Multicultural Ministry,” Rev. Nora Martinez, GBGM
“Muslims, Christians, and Jesus,” Rev. Dick McClain, The Mission Society
“Singing God’s Song: From Everywhere to Everywhere,” Rev. Debra Tyree, GBGM Global Praise
       Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m., with opening assembly and worship at 9 a.m. led by Rev. Dick McClain and Dr. Thomas Kemper. Workshops begin after worship. The church is on Augusta at 1330 Monte Sano Avenue, Augusta GA 30904 (beside Augusta State University). Register online at or call the missions office 706-738-8822, ext. 57.
Winter retreats for youth at Junaluska
       Ski Lake Junaluska & Ministries with Young People (MYP) at Lake Junaluska presents its annual winter retreats, INFUSE. Save the dates for weekends of skiing, dynamic worship, and fun! Speakers and bands include some new faces, like Jennifer Dake, Forgotten City, and Empire State, as well as favorites like Rev. Olu Borwn, Rev. Andy Lambert, This is Luke, The Wayne Kerr Band, and more! Weekends through February 18. 
For more information, call 800-222-4930.
 LaGrange College hosts retreat for teens
      LaGrange College is hosting a spiritual renewal weekend Jan. 26-27 for senior high youth groups (grades 9-12). Cost is $20 per student. This includes lodging at Callaway Gardens for one night, lunch on January 26, and admission to the Explorations in Antiquity Center.
      TRANSFORM weekend is designed to transform the lives of students, challenge them into a new and deeper
faith experience, and inspire them to explore their own faith journey through the opportunities of service and
higher education. During TRANSFORM, students will explore the Wesleyan and liberal arts tradition of the
United Methodist Church, which challenges us to engage in critical thinking about our faith and to serve God with
our hearts, hands and minds.
    Praise and worship leaders will be Undivided, a group of six LaGrange students. Registration begins at 10 a.m. Jan. 26. To register, email or call 706-880-8005 or toll-free at 800-593-2885.
 Reinhardt University to add programs, football, marching band
     Changes in 2013 at Reinhardt University will be seen in the classroom and on the sports fields. Several new degree programs are planned, including a Bachelor in Healthcare Administration online program for non-traditional students that will start in this month. 
      A proposal for a Master of Public Administration program with a concentration in Criminal Justice is under review by Reinhardt’s regional accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Universities (SACS), for accreditation. If approved, the program could begin in fall 2013. Prospective students are encouraged to begin submitting application materials, and the $25 application fee will be waived for applicants who have submitted all application materials before May 1.
       The school’s 140-player football team will begin competing this fall. The new 22,000 square-foot Athletic Field House, completed in September, houses the locker room and offices for the football team and its coaches, along with the baseball, softball and men’s and women’s soccer teams and coaches.It also has a 4,800-square-foot weight room, training area, concession stand and an outdoor plaza.
       Also taking the field in the fall is Reinhardt’s inaugural marching band. Marching Band Director Freddie Martin hopes to recruit 85 to 100 instrumentalists initially. In early spring a “Marching Eagle Day” will welcome potential student musicians who are interested in being part of the band program.
      Construction projects include a 12,000-square-foot addition to the Samuel C. Dobbs Science Hall, two new residence halls in the Hubbard Hall complex, a black box theater, and landscape improvements. For more details on Reinhardt’s growth, visit
 Annual Conference 2013: Procedures for submitting a resolution
     The Committee on Resolutions processes all resolutions presented to the annual conference that are not submitted through programmatic committees. 
     The Resolutions Committee’s job is to ensure that resolutions presented are in compliance with the Book of Discipline and the Standing Rules of the Annual Conference and are properly before the Annual Conference for a vote as part of the Resolutions Committee Report. 
     The committee may take the following actions on resolutions: 
1) Accept the resolution as presented with no changes; 
2) Accept the resolution after amending it to comply with the Standing Rules or Book of Discipline; 
3) Refer the resolution to another Annual Conference committee for inclusion in that committee’s report. (If the committee to which a resolution is referred does not choose to include it in their report, then that resolution is included in the Resolution Committee report). Members of the Resolutions Committee vote concurrence or non-concurrence on each resolution and the committee’s decision is included along with the resolution in the report to Annual Conference.
    To submit a resolution for consideration by the 2013 Annual Conference, send properly formatted resolutions to Beth LaRocca-Pitts, Chair, Resolutions Committee at The resolution is to be written in the following format:  “whereas, whereas, whereas…therefore be it resolved” structure and submitted in 14 point, Times New Roman font, single spaced, with the following margins: top 1.25”; bottom 1”; left 1”; right 1.25”. The  name, title, phone number, and email address of author/originator must be included with the resolution.
        The deadline for submitting resolutions to appear in the annual conference handbook is February 1, 2013.  Resolutions requiring additional research may preclude inclusion in the handbook. Resolutions submitted after February 1 will be processed by the committee; then, upon notification by committee, copied by the author (3,000 copies paid for by the submitter), and delivered to the Secretary of the Annual Conference for inclusion in the delegate packets prior to annual conference.  
       Resolutions submitted after the deadline for assembly of delegate packets can be received no later than 48 hours prior to the scheduled report of the Resolutions Committee during Annual Conference. Resolutions submitted at this time will be processed by the committee, copied by the author, and given to the Annual Conference Secretary and properly distributed to the members of annual conference at least 24 hours before the Resolutions Committee report. 
       Since the Resolutions Committee must process all resolutions before they are official and properly before the body, copies of late resolutions shall not be produced prior to committee processing and notification.
 Seminarians' financial literacy supported by grant to Emory
      Emory University's Candler School of Theology has received a $250,000 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to develop a model curriculum for improving the financial literacy of its students. 
      "We're thrilled to partner with Lilly Endowment to help our students learn to navigate the ever-changing financial landscape," said Jan Love, dean of Candler. 
      "Candler wants to prepare the next generation of clergy to make wise financial decisions that will alleviate debt, strengthen their administrative and fiscal leadership, and support ministries in the local church and beyond," she said. "This grant allows us to make great strides in that."
       Lilly Endowment awarded the grant as part of its Theological School Initiative to Address Economic Challenges Facing Future Ministers, which is designed to assist theology schools in examining financial literacy issues in order to improve the economic well being of future pastoral leaders. Candler is one of 16 schools to participate in the program. 
The grant will fund a three-year required curriculum for Candler's master of divinity degree students that focuses on: personal financial literacy, financial administration in ecclesial settings, and financial management for ministerial professionals. 
      Training in personal financial planning and debt management will be included in Candler's advising groups for first- and third-year students. Second-year students will learn to handle finances in ministerial settings through the school's field-based Contextual Education Program. In each year of study, students will meet with a financial advisor to tailor a financial plan based on their individual goals, resources and responsibilities.
      Set to begin in the fall of 2013, the new curriculum is based in part on the success of Candler Advantage, a program the school created in 2009 after studying the problem of student debt. A competitive internship program, Candler Advantage provides stipends, professional development opportunities and financial counseling. 
 Convocation set for pastors of black churches
       The 2013 United Methodist Convocation for Pastors of Black Churches is set for Jan. 9-11, 2013 in Atlanta. This year’s theme is “Shifting Wineskins: Education, Adaptation and Transformation.”  The Convocation for Pastors of Black Churches exists for the information, inspiration and encouragement of pastors of black churches and those who support them. To register for the 2013 Convocation, go to
 Jan. 10 is deadline to apply for grants
     Human Relations Day grant: This grant supports ministries that respond to non-violent young offenders through education, advocacy or leadership training and development, and is sponsored by the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society. Grant funds are raised through The United Methodist Church’s Human Relations Day Special Sunday each year. Special Sundays are an opportunity for United Methodist churches to celebrate the denomination’s connectional work. This day of social action and raising awareness supports the Youth Offender Rehabilitation Program.
      Human Relations Day happens the Sunday immediately following the observance of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday: Jan. 20 next year. The United Methodist Book of Discipline describes Human Relations Day as a call to "the Church to recognize the right of all God's children in realizing their potential as human beings in relationship with each other."
     GBCS, which receives 10 percent of Special Sunday offering, has distributed nearly $300,000 in the past three years.
To qualify for a Human Relations Day grant, the applicant must be either: a United Methodist local church, district, annual conference or other affiliated group/organization; or an ecumenical group/organization working with and through at least one United Methodist agency or organization, whose program affects at least one United Methodist local church.
     Grants are awarded on two funding cycles. Jan. 10 is the deadline for March funding; Aug. 10 for October. Grant decisions are made by GBCS’s Board of Directors at the spring and fall meetings. To be considered for funding, a project must be initiated by or developed in partnership with a United Methodist church. The project must focus on needs of non-violent juvenile youth offenders as they address one or more chronic social problems or concerns, such as housing, employment, health care, human rights, education, the environment and racism.
      Applicants must have a supervisory board consisting of a majority of members of The United Methodist Church that shall make all policy decisions. All funding from GBCS must be used for programmatic components and not for salaries, purchase of equipment, purely administrative costs, and direct delivery of services or building construction.
     The intent of the grant is to provide start-up money. Applications are available at Human Relations Day Grant, or by contacting Marvlyn Scott (, in the office of Education & Leadership Formation, 202-488-5643. For more information, contact the Rev. Neal Christie (, assistant general secretary, Education & Leadership Formation, 202-488-5611.
     Peace with Justice Grant: Also sponsored by the General Board of Church & Society (GBCS). One of six Special Sundays in the denomination, this grant helps those who witness to “God’s demands for a faith, just, disarmed and secure world.” Peace with Justice Sunday is May 26 in 2013. In 2012, $60,000 was allotted to 22 Peace with Justice ministries around the world.
       Grants are awarded in two cycles: spring and fall. Applications must be received no later than Jan. 10 for the spring funding cycle and Aug.10 for the fall. Applications are evaluated by GBCS’s Board of Directors.
Grant applicants must be either a United Methodist or other affiliated organization, or an ecumenical group working with and through at least one United Methodist agency or organization.
      Applicants must work toward achieving at least one of the following objectives:
Assist United Methodists in understanding and responding to violence and militarism, and in moving and leading nations and peoples to reconciliation, transformation, and redemption.
Involve and develop principal leaders among United Methodists and enjoin the general public in efforts to end conflicts, human rights violations and violent aggression around the world;
Promote just national and international policies and actions (governmental and non-governmental) seeking to address poverty and restore communities; or
Support policies that promote systematic economic justice and the self-development of peoples, in particular to respond to the disproportionate effect of injustices on racial, indigenous and ethnic persons.
       Preference will be given to institutions related to The United Methodist Church, then to first-time requests and, finally, to those including an advocacy component in their program or project. Applicants may seek assistance in filling out the form, which is available on the GBCS website or by contacting Marvlyn Scott, 202-488-5643.
For more information or to request an application form, contact the Rev. Neal Christie, GBCS assistant vice president, Education & Leadership Development, 202-488-5611.
 Encounter Weekend offered for clergy/spouse couples
      Marriage Encounter United Methodist has seven weekends planned across the United States, with an Atlanta weekend set for April 26-28, 2013, at the Atlanta Marriott Norcross, 475 Technology Parkway, Norcross 30092. The goal is to support married clergy and church staff by helping them grow in their marriages. Clergy who attend also can earn 1.5 CEUs. To apply, visit For more information, contact Dana & Mark Turpin at or Gary & Lisa Morris at 678-819-8885 or