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Video

Bishop Sue Addresses the 2018 North Georgia Annual Conference About the Future
2018 North Georgia Annual Conference
(Note: Discussion Questions Coming Soon)
 

Council of Bishops Discuss the 'One Church Model'
 

Jasmine Smothers, Julie Hager Love, and Tom Berlin Share About Their Experience on the Commission on A Way Forward 
From Commission on a Way Forward on YouTube
 

Graphics and Printables

Adapt this "One" graphic for use in your North Georgia Conference church (Word Doc)
 

Timeline to General Conference 2019 (PDF) 

 

Articles

"Do Not Rashly Tear Asunder"
By Thomas C. Oden

"Serving on the Commission"
By Bishop Robert Schnase
Blog Post

"As Much Unity as Possible": Reflections on 1 Corinthians 12
By Bishop Ken Carter
Blog Post

"What's at Stake When Schism is an Option"
By Lovett Weems
Lewis Center for Church Leadership
 

Books

The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict
Author: Arbinger Institute
Publisher: Ingram Publisher Services 
(NOTE: A study guide on "The Anatomy of Peace" is available from The Arbinger Institute.)
 

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High
Author: Ron McMillan, Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny
Publisher: McGraw Hill Book Co. 

 

Scripture for Reflection

"As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.”
—Colossians 3:12-15 

"As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all."
—Ephesians 4:1-6

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me."
—John 12:20-23 (Jesus prays for all believers)
 

Prayer Movement

Join the worldwide prayer movement for General Conference. United Methodists around the world are praying daily from 2:23 to 2:26 as we prepare for the Special General Conference. Additionally, you're invited to use the Spiritual Disciplines teaching times and handbook from the 2018 North Georgia Annual Conference with your congregation, small group, or individually.

Courageous Conversations Tools

Courageous Conversations is a toolbox from Discipleship Ministries that local churches can use to inspire and encourage the church and individuals to stay at the table when the anxiety and emotional turmoil is painful.

Discipleship Ministries Courageous Conversations Toolkit

 

*Do you have additional resources to suggest? Send them to communications@ngumc.org