South West Special Events and News


Please note that all part time local pastors must meet annually with the District Committee on Ordained Ministry for evaluation and license renewal.  Those meetings are being held via Zoom on March 13 and March 30.  Local pastors should have received the schedules with specific appointment times.  Those scheduled to meet on March 13 have received paperwork that is due back to the District Office by March 3.  Pastors meeting with DCOM on March 30 will receive that paperwork in the next week or so.  If you have not received information about these meetings, please contact Denise in the District Office ASAP.

Scholarship Opportunities

The United Methodist Connectional Federal Credit Union offers a $1000 scholarship to a credit union member age 17-35.  Deadline to apply is April 28 and details can be found here:  The UMC Federal Credit Union is open to any UM church or any member of a UMC.  Visit their website for information on how to join and the many services that they offer.

Additional scholarship information for UM students is available at, the website for the Georgia United Methodist Commission on Higher Education & Campus Ministry.  Visit their site to learn more.

Registration is Now Open for Camp Glisson, Summer 2023

'Tis the season for summer camp registration! Early registration for Summer 2023, is now open for members of North Georgia United Methodist churches and returning families of Summer 2022 campers. Registration opens to everyone on December 1. See the schedule and register below!


Undefined, UMCOR Sunday
UMCOR Sunday celebration is March 19, 2023. This offering is collected on the fourth Sunday in Lent and provides major support for immediate assistance in the wake of natural and human-caused disasters and helps support ongoing ministries of food, shelter, health and peace. Many communities in our district have received support from UMCOR over the past 2 years due to multiple tornadoes that have hit our area.  Please support this most worthwhile organization that is helping many of our own neighbors!

For a free pack of 50 pew cards:


Registration Now Open for Georgia Pastors School

Bishop Dease and Bishop Graves to Preach



Active and retired United Methodist clergy and their families are invited to experience continuing education and personal renewal at Georgia Pastors School this July! Georgia Pastors School 2023 will be an opportunity for renewal, restoration, and spiritual formation.

Preaching and worship will be led by Bishop Robin Dease and Bishop David Graves. Teachers include Rev. Juanita Rasmus, co-pastor of St. John’s United Methodist Church, Houston, and author of Learning to Be: Finding Your Center After the Bottom Falls Out, and Johnny Sears, Director of the Academy for Spiritual Formation at Upper Room. 




UMC General Council on Finance & Administration - Ministry Partners:

The Ministry Partner Program of the General Council on Finance and Administration was created with the vision of providing connection within the denomination. GCFA seeks to build relationships with vendors and businesses outside of the connection in an effort to provide vetted and approved services to our annual conferences and churches. Our collective group of partners serve all the areas of the United Methodist Connection as we all work together to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

What we accomplish with our Ministry Partners

  • Provides the United Methodist Churches, Agencies, Annual Conferences, Camps, Retreat Centers, etc. cost saving solutions and products
  • Through cost-saving solutions, the UMC can focus those savings on their ministries
  • Provides vetted and credible businesses for our audience
  • Helps our connection solve problems as they manage their churches, programs, and ministries.
  • Creates a connection within the denomination and gives our partners access to our audience

Some of the Ministry Partners include Staples, Home Depot, Ace Hardware, Educational Opportunities, Park N Fly, and many, many more.  For more information on discounts available to churches through this program, visit the website at:

Pulpit Supply

 There are a number of excellent Certified Lay Speakers in the SouthWest District that are available for pulpit supply.  To schedule one of these, please contact Jeanie Enyart, District Director of Lay Servant Ministry.  She can be reached at or 470-217-2173.  Click here to view more details about this program.  

Clergy CEU Opportunities

Clergy can participate in a variety of CEU opportunities through

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