Wander & Wonder Launches Clergy Hikes for Leaf Season


Clergy are invited to hit the trails this fall with another series of hikes designed as a way to unplug from the day-to-day duties of ministry and plug into a sacred time of active rest as they connect with God in nature. 

Beginning in October, there will be a series of six hikes for clergy to choose from over the next few months. 
These hikes are made possible through a collaborative effort between NGUMC’s Center for Clergy Excellence, which hosts ACE (The Academy of Clergy Excellence), and North Georgia Camp and Retreat Ministries. This is our second time offering clergy hiking groups for our North Georgia UMC clergy. In January 2023, we hosted three different clergy hiking groups in the north, east, and southwest parts of the conference. Each group hosted four hikes with 20+ clergy participating in all. 
Hit the trails with your clergy colleagues this fall!
West Cohort
Tuesday, Oct. 3rd       Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, Kennesaw
Tuesday, Oct. 24th     Cochran Mill Park, Chattahoochee Hills
Tuesday, Nov. 14th    Red Top Mountain State Park, Cartersville
Tuesday, Dec. 12th     Sweetwater Creek State Park, Lithia Springs
East Cohort
Tuesday, Nov. 14th    Sawnee Mountain Preserve, Cumming
Tuesday, Dec. 12th     Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, Stonecrest
Typical Hiking Day Schedule
9:30     Meet at the designated hiking location
            Welcome, introduce focus of the day
10:00   Begin hike
12:00   Group lunch (lunch provided)
1:00     Continue hike, solo time
3:00     Debrief, closing reflections
3:30     Depart to serve
Ready to hike? 
If you want to participate or are interested in learning more, CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE. There is a $20 participant fee per hike or $15 each if you sign up for four hikes.
The learn more about other 2023 ACE Short-term clergy groups, go to https://www.ngumc.org/ace-2023