Meet Scott Parrish: Mission and Disaster Response Specialist


Scott Parrish
Mission and Disaster Response Specialist, Center for Congregational Excellence

The North Georgia Conference Center for Congregational Excellence exists to support, resource, and equip local church leaders in making disciples of Jesus Christ and witnessing to transformation, beginning in your local community. With over 800 expressions of church currently active in our Conference, this team must adapt staff, resources, and strategies to meet the changing needs of church leaders and communities alike.

We have been introducing you to the 2021-2022 Center for Congregational Excellence staff team and consultants in recent weeks. Today meet Rev. Scott Parrish, Mission and Disaster Response Specialist.

Q: Hi Scott! Can you give us a one-sentence explanation of what your job title means? 
I lead, train, and network congregations to maximize their ministry in mission and disaster response.

Q: Complete this sentence: "I'm here to support, equip and resource you, especially if you are..."
eager to do better in your witness for Jesus and partnering in community.

Q: In what ministry settings have you previously served? Currently serving?
St Luke UMC, Mann Mize UMC, and the North Georgia Conference Center for Congregational Excellence (2021); Mann Mize UMC & NGA CCE (July 2020 to present); North Georgia Conference Connectional Ministries (2018-2020); Mission Strategist, North Georgia Conference & UMC Global Ministries (2014- 2018); Minister of Outreach & Missions, Trinity on the Hill UMC (2007-2014); Associate Pastor, Greensboro First UMC (2002-2007); Pastor, Macedonia UMC (2000-2002); Program Director, Trinity on the Hill UMC, (1994-2000); Director of Christian Education, Lyttleton Street UMC, Camden, SC (1993-1994); Social Worker, Lexington County, SC (1992-1993); plus a variety of church and secular jobs during college and seminary days in KY, IN, & GA.

Q: What are you most looking forward to about this year in ministry through the Center for Congregational Excellence?
Assisting churches in becoming a community movement and responding to the greatest hurts and hopes of their locale.     

Q: Favorite scripture passage?
2 Corinthians 5:18  
All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation

Q: What's your favorite thing about the UMC?
I've experienced the best of church & Church because of our connectional mission. That sort of experience of church & Church continues to save my life and show me the way of Jesus.   

Q: Recommended Reads...
Faithful Presence: Seven Disciplines That Shape the Church for Mission by David E. Fitch    

Q:  Recommended Listens...
Your favorite music! At the end of the day I can't handle any more screen time and find music helps me keep my balance.     

Q: What's a ministry innovation or adaptation you've encountered recently that everyone should know about?
Pandemic continues to teach me and many to let go of the past and to live completely in the present. Churches who are letting go of what has been to embrace what God and neighbor need today and tomorrow continues to reveal exciting adaptations in many contexts!   

Q: What's an event, training opportunity, etc. happening this year through your ministry that congregational leaders should know about?
Join me in a Mission Insite training to know your community people groups and how to adapt your church in mission & ministry. Or join me or my teams in disaster response training to be ready to serve our neighbors across Georgia and the southeast when we are most needed.      

Q:  Where online can people find you? 
I'm fairly active on Facebook and Twitter, but now as I juggle a few high-demand jobs, email is the best way to catch me:    

Q: What's your daily prayer for our North Georgia United Methodist Connection?
I pray that we will follow Christ in our local communities as a relational, incarnational, vibrant sort of everyday movement of Wesleyan people relying upon the Holy Spirit. This is an exciting, hopeful day for our congregations and for The United Methodist Church if we are looking and living for that.