Each summer a number of North Georgia Conference clergy pack their belongings and make the move to their next appointment. To make coordination easier, an official "move day" is set by the Conference, historically a Thursday. The following Sunday has been the first worship service with their new congregation.
Beginning in the summer of 2020, there will be a new pattern for moves. The last Sunday in June will be the final Sunday of a moving pastor's current appointment. The following Tuesday is "Move Day." The first Sunday of July is a Sunday off. The first day at the new appointment will be the first business day after July 4. The clergyperson's first Sunday preaching will be the first Sunday after July 4.
"We are grateful for our clergy who know and embrace our itinerancy, a sent ministry, and their families who follow and plant their hearts and souls into the new communities of faith," said Rev. Dana Everhart, director of the Center for Clergy Excellence. "We are seeking to make the transition easier so that the family will have time to adjust and find their way in the new home and community. We know that our congregations will embrace this as they want the best start for pastor, their families, and the congregation."
In 2020, the schedule looks like this:
Annual Conference 2020
June 18-20, 2020 (Thursday-Saturday)
Moving Clergy's Last Sunday
Sunday, June 28, 2020
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Sunday Off (churches receiving a new pastor will fill this Sunday with a guest preacher)
Moving Clergy's First Day at New Appointment
Monday, July 6, 2020
Moving Clergy's First Sunday
July 12, 2020
This schedule has been created by the Center for Clergy Excellence in consultation with a diverse group of clergy and with the approval of the Annual Conference Clergy Executive Session.