South West Special Events and News



GEORGIA Pastors' School

Pastoring for the Long Haul: What It Looks Like for a Lifetime of Ministry

Lead by

Steve Carter: Working on Your Craft of Communication 
Tyler Reagin: Leading Things You Didn’t Start 
Jenni Catron: Creating Healthy Cultures of Feedback 
Wayne Francis: Leading Through Trying Cultural Times


July 15 on Zoom
10AM-3PM with a break for lunch

You can click the link or copy and paste it to your browser to register



Vital Signs

Good news everyone…Vital Signs is becoming an ‘in house’ metric for North Georgia.  In the past, Vital Signs have been reported to a UM Denomination Platform, but as things transition (due a lot to pandemic and conference staff shifts) the conference is developing a Vital Signs reporting system in the conference database through Data Services.  It will be complete by July 1.  Below is a link to a video that will explain the new process:



SouthWest District Set Up Meeting

Sunday, August 15, 3:00pm @ Thomaston First UMC


Thursday, August 19, 10:00am @ Fayetteville First UMC

Details to follow.  Pastors, mark your calendar!

All appointed pastors are expected to attend; Church Lay Leaders are also invited.


Clergy Gathering
August 12
All North Georgia Conference active clergy are invited to a Clergy Gathering with Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson on August 12 from 10 a.m. to noon. The meeting will take place at Peachtree Road UMC.  Please check your conference email for information and registration. 



 Congratulations to

Lou Ann Harris (Mt. Zion, Smarr) and

Gene McWhorter (Red Oak)

who were recently approved as

Certified Lay Speakers

The SouthWest District Lay Servant Ministries Committee is working on Lay Servant classes for the fall.  Check back in the next couple of weeks for more information.


Mt. Zion United Methodist Camp Meeting

July 11-18, 2021

Daily Tabernacle Preaching Services @ 11am and 7:30pm, closing serving at 11:00am on Sunday, 7/18

Preachers - William Bert Neal (Wesley Chapel UMC) and Tommy Powell (Missouri Church of God, McDonough)

Daily Adult Bible Study, 9:30am led by Debby Stikes; Youth Bible Study, 9:30am

Reservations required for hotel and cafeteria meals, 24 hour notice preferred

Camp Location:  Seven miles west of Griffin off HIghway 16 West on Vaughn Road at Zetella, GA

For more information, call 770-227-6857 or 770-228-8930 the week of camp


Join Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson on a Tour of the Holy Land, 2022

February 7-16, 2022

Starting at $3,696 from Atlanta,

$400 scholarships available for Clergy and $250 scholarships available for Clergy Spouses

For more information, visit:


Clergy CEU Opportunities

Clergy can participate in a variety of CEU opportunities through

Workshop leaders include:  Quincy Brown, Kay Kotan, Olu Brown and more!