Register Now: Can't Miss 2014 Events


Dances With the Stars Clergy Edition
They can preach, but can they dance? Find out Saturday, Feb. 1, at this fun benefit for The Mathew Initiative. The event, which will feature eight brave North Georgia Conferece clergy, will be held at Peachtree Road UMC.
For: Anyone who would like to support The Matthew Initiative, a non-profit that helps church leadership and staff to build sustainable children’s ministries 

Creation Care Conference
Join keynote speakers Matthew and Nancy Sleeth for an event Feb. 6-9 that will speak to the mindfulness and need for giving the earth a sabbath – to relieve, replenish and restore. In addition to special speakers and panelists, there will be workshops on beekeeping, composting and gardening, a beltline tour, services and more! 
For: Anyone interested in creation care ministry

SEJ Disaster Academy 
The 2014 Southeastern Jurisdiction Disaster Academy will be held February 17– 20 at Simpsonwood Conference and Retreat Center. Whether you’re new to disaster ministry, an experienced responder or somewhere in between – there’s something for you. Training workshops will focus on preparing and equipping the church, individual volunteers and district and conference leadership. It’s a great opportunity to expand your skills, learn new ones and network with your counterparts from conferences around the jurisdiction. 
For: Anyone interested in taking part in disaster response ministry

Kindling the Fire: Lectionary Reading Week for Clergy
In its third year, Kindling the Fire has gotten an enormous amount of positive feedback from clergy. The retreat is a time to catch your breath and rekindle the fire of inspiration. We'll invite you to hear the lectionary texts again for the first time and return with a sermon plan for the months ahead.  Bishop Mike Watson will lead the Tuesday morning session and Dawn Chesser, Director of Preaching Ministries at GBOD will be a resource person all week.
For: Clergy (those who preach following the lectionary and those who don't)

Pieces: Confirmation Retreat
“Pieces” is the theme as confirmation classes from across the conference gather to worship, learn, have fun and fellowship as they discover their part in the Body of Christ, experience some of the history of the Christian heritage, and celebrate the diversity and the connection that makes us who we are as United Methodists. The Spring Confirmation Retreats are Feb 28 to March 2 & March 7 to 9. (Each weekend is the same, so choose the one that fits your calendar best.) The retreat is held at Glisson Camp and Retreat Center in Dahlonega and costs $110 per person if you register and pay by January 15th. After the 15th of January the cost is $130. 
For: Confirmation classes 

Reach: Spiritual Life Retreat
Youth groups from across North Georgia will gather to discover and experience struggles and joys as they "reach" this spring at the North Georgia Conference Spiritual Life Retreat (SLR) at Glisson. The retreat focuses on the spiritual growth of the youth and youth groups as they encounter God's word through worship, inspirational talks, breakout sessions, experiential learning, friendships, and building bonds with your church's leaders as well as with Christ. Each worship time, talk, and breakout session will be directed at helping youth and youth groups come together on an understanding of how God is reaching us. Choose from four weekends starting mid-March through early April.
For: Youth groups