North Georgia Well Represented in First Class of Global Ministries Earthkeepers


Global Ministries’ Center for Mission Innovation (CMI) held its first-ever United Methodist Earthkeepers training, Nov. 15-19, and commissioning, Nov. 20. 

“The Spirit is calling us to a place of wholeness, and the Earthkeepers are a great first step in participating in that mission movement,” said Denise Honeycutt, CMI’s executive director. 

The Earthkeepers’ training as a response to the growing awareness of creation care as an essential part of our discipleship as Christians. Earthkeepers are United Methodists who discerned a call from God to a vocation of caring for God’s creation. Global Ministries’ Theology of Mission asserts: “God’s Mission reclaims the life of all creatures and redeems all creation for God’s intended purpose.” 

"This was a historic AND phenomenal event," said Rev. Scott Parrish who is a part of CMI and on staff of the North Georgia Conference. "We had strong representation from North Georgia at this event from four different churches and Candler Seminary." 

The training was held at the Calvin Center in Hampton (Griffin District) and the commissioning was held at the Grace UMC sanctuary, the new headquarters of Global Ministries. 

Global Ministries celebrates Earthkeepers as a new ministry that hopes to address issues of environmental justice.

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