UMC School of Congregational Development to be Held in Atlanta


You're invited to "Join Us at The Lord's Table," and this year the table is close to home!

The UMC School of Congregational Development will be held here in Atlanta August 17-20 at Peachtree Road UMC. This is the premier event in The United Methodist Church for equipping clergy and laity to lead vital, dynamic, life-changing congregations. Sponsored by Discipleship Ministries, Global Ministries, and Path 1, this year’s event is being hosted by the North Georgia Conference, Candler School of Theology, and Gammon Seminary. 

"We will be offering tracts for clergy and laity for small churches, large churches, new churches, Hispanic churches, Korean churches, and for conference leaders as well," said Rev. Dr. Phil Schroder, Director of Congregational Development for the North Georgia Conference and part of the planning team. 

Dozens of workshops will be offered by an impressive faculty of more than 100 presenters including Nadia Bolz-Weber, Junius B. Dotson, Bishop Ken Carter, Thomas Kemper, and our own Bishop Sue.

Registration includes event materials and full participation in all activities, plus boxed lunches Friday and Saturday. 

For those who won't be attending the full event, but would like to attend the Thursday plenary, "An Evening with Nadia Bolz-Weber,"  tickets are available for that night only. Bolz-Weber's address is titled "500 Years of Reformation - So, What Now?" (Those who have registered for the school do not need to buy an additional ticket.)

On Sunday, North Georgia Conference churches will have an opportunity to "Show Their Work" as attendees are invited to visit an Atlanta-area United Methodist Church. Schroeder thinks this time in worship is one of the most valuable opportunities of the week.

"School of Congregational development has always been a gift to me because I have been able to worship in some of our most innovative churches around the country," he said. "One of my congregational development colleagues and I would see just how many churches we could visit for worship in the weekend after the school was ending. That is why we wanted to encourage people to stay for Sunday and worship in local churches across North Georgia. Its one thing to hear about the work of these churches, its another to actually see them in action and to have discussions with key leaders."

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In conjunction with the School of Congregational Development, the SEJ College of Bishops will meet in Atlanta that week as will the SEJ Directors of Connectional MInistries.