Bound for Greater Things: Annual Conference Begins Tuesday


The 2016 North Georgia Annual Conference session will meet June 7-9 at The Classic Center in Athens. 

With a theme of Bound for Greater Things based on John 14:12-14, the North Georgia Conference will mark its sesquicentennial session --150 years. Members will note meaningful milestones and Methodist history throughout the the week including the 10th anniversary of the 5k run, the 20th anniversary of the Order of Deacons, the 30th anniversary of Disciple Bible Study, and the 60th anniversary of full clergy rights for women in the United Methodist Church. 

Members and guests will celebrate the ministry of Bishop Mike Watson and Margaret Watson during a special Wednesday evening service of appreciation followed by a reception. Bishop Watson will retire September 1 after eight years as bishop in the North Georgia Conference. 

Guest preachers for the Annual Conference will be Bishop William T. McAlilly, resident bishop of the Nashville Area of The United Methodist Church, and Rev. Wiley Stephens, retired North Georgia Conference clergy. 

The Annual Conference session follows closely on the heels of the denomination's General Conference, which was  held May 10-20 in Portland, Oregon. Members of the conference will hear a report from the North Georgia Delegation. In July, the Southeastern Jurisdiction will meet in Lake Junaluska, NC. North Georgia's next bishop will be announced at the Jurisdictional Conference.

Find agenda, a PDF of the Conference handbook, and links to important information at