North East Leadership UMC

LUMC is recognized throughout the country as a premier program ~ second to none ~ for equipping laity to serve in partnership with clergy for mission and ministry within the community and around the globe. LUMC is unique in its design to offer Methodist laity an experience that mentors graduates for a life-long journey “in the connection.”

The 2019-2020 series will feature our same basic curriculum and expanded opportunities to enhance the experience with the four weekend workshops designed to equip the emerging leader. All workshops are facilitated by our professional staff.

The dates are:

  • November 15-16, 2019 UMC History, Polity and the Discipline, Faculty: Dr. John Beyers, Sr. Pastor, LaGrange 1st UMC, LAGN District
  • January 24-25, 2020 Congregational Development & Leadership Skills, Spiritual Gifts and more! Faculty: Rev. Mike Selleck, Retired Elder, NGA Conference
  • March 27-28, 2020 Clergy & Laity Together in Shared Ministry ~ A partnership conversation! The North Georgia Episcopal Leader: Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson ~ Keynote Speaker. Workshop Facilitators: Rev. Herzen Andone, Sr. Pastor, Hillside UMC, AMAR District & Bill Martin, NGA Conference Lay Leader.
  • April 17-18, 2020 LUMC Small Group Project Reports and 2019-20 LUMC Class Graduation Graduation Ceremony Keynote Speaker: TBA

These four workshop topics and curriculum have proven to be essential building blocks for lay leadership and addressing skills for vital congregations and partnering with clergy. Each participant is assigned to a small group that researches subjects related to church vitality. All workshops are held at Sugar Hill UMC, 4600 Nelson Brogdon Blvd., Buford GA 30518. Lodging is provided at a nearby hotel property in the area. All expenses including workshop materials, four nights lodging, meals, and snack breaks are included in the tuition for participants. The participant’s pastor attends the March session at no additional cost.

Tuition for the 4- session series:

Participant Tuition = $100 DOUBLE occupancy lodging accommodation


$320 for SINGLE lodging accommodation;

Local Church Tuition = $175;

District Tuition = $175.

Applicants must be recommended by

  1.  the local church lay leader and pastor;
  2. commit to attending all of the four workshop sessions;
  3. submit the completed application to the district office prior to the advertised deadline.

Download the application or visit the North Georgia Conference Board of Laity website for more information. The District Board of Laity reviews applications and selects four applicants to recommend to the LUMC Board each year. The Conference Board of Laity and the LUMC Board of Directors are the final approving authority for each application and participant. It is important that the applicant understand that in order to receive the LUMC graduation diploma, individual certification, as well as the LUMC pin, one must be an active participant in all four sessions which begin on Fridays at 5:30 p.m. until Saturday at 5 p.m. Each workshop builds on the knowledge and information acquired in the prior session to provide a strong foundation of leadership. Equally important is that each participant actively participate in the small group that works together through technology on a research project outside of the workshop times with a report presented before the class at the last session. It is an honor to be selected to represent your local church and district at LUMC and we strive to make our laity development curriculum an exceptional experience.

For additional information, contact Jane Finley, Director, LUMC, 706-886-4039;