South West Special Events and News


Evaluation forms for all LOCAL PASTORS will be due January 29 and LOCAL PASTORS will have their evaluation with the DCOM in February.  

ALL OTHER PASTORS (elders, deacons, supply, retired, etc.) must submit clergy evaluation forms to the District Office by October 26.  Please note there is a form to be completed by the pastor and another form to be completed by the SPRC, as well as a Measurable Congregational Worksheet to be completed jointly.  Pastors will meet with the DS for individual evaluations beginning in early November.

Schedule for Clergy Evaluations with DS
Clergy Ministry Review Forms
SPR Ministry Review Forms


Murphy Harpst Needs Your Help

By Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson's designation, the Murphy-Harpst Special Offering was held on July 19. Due to COVID-19 and so many of our congregations not meeting in person, these vital funds were not received as during previous years. If your congregation has not participated, would you please consider including it soon in your church calendar? To assist, Murphy-Harpst has a number of quality digital resources for virtual participation available at, and their staff is available to help you make this offering meaningful to your church. Please contact Rev. Scott Fuller for questions or to schedule a speaking engagement.

District Connection Groups

The churches of the SouthWest District have been divided into 10 Connection Groups.  They are grouped according to average worship attendance.  Since most meeting for the foreseeable future will be on Zoom, the DS is hopeful that this new configuration will enable greater understanding and support among the pastors in the group, fostering the sharing of both successes and failure and new ideas.  The goal for the groups is Connection and Encouragement (I Thessalonians 5:1-11)  Pastors will be meeting together, via Zoom, for the coming year.  Charge Conference are being conducted using the Connection Groups.  Click here for a list of the Connection Groups. 


Clergy CEU Opportunities

Fresh Expression Opportunities:

Virtual Vision Day, October 10

Contextual Intelligence by Michael Beck and Len Sweet
Online Book Discussion, October 26-December 7; Mondays at 7pm

House Church Cohort, October 19-November 9, Mondays at 11-1pm.

Preaching Webinar
October 26
Clergy are invited to a 1-day webinar, Preaching in a Pandemic of Racism: Strategies for Preparing. Sermons that Offer by Challenge and Hope, on Monday, October 26, from 9 am to 2 pm. Led by professors from The Perkins Center for Preaching Excellence at SMU, participants will explore strategies for intentional self-awareness and preparation of sermons that address issues of systematic racism. 

Courses Available at

October 6 – Anne Bosarge – Planning for Advent and Christmas During COVID 19

October 13 – Quincy Brown – More than a Sermon:  Tips for Becoming a More Effective Pastor

October 15 – Rebekah Simon-Peter – Effectively Encouraging Your Congregation to Become Risk Takers

October 29 – Kay Kotan – What is Your Community Saying About Your Church?

Visit the website above for details and to register.  Cost is $25 per class.




We join together in prayer for all who have been affected by Hurricane Laura. Early reports indicate significant damage, power outages, and flooding. North Georgia Conference leaders have already been in communication with the Louisiana Conference of The United Methodist Church. UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) has readied its response in coordination with local Disaster Response coordinators. 

There are three ways we in North Georgia can help:

  1. Pray - Be in prayer for all in the path of the storm
  2. Give - Give through your local church to UMCOR (mark your gift for US Disaster Response) or through the UMCOR Website
  3. Wait - Do not self-deploy. Trained Early Response Teams stand ready to serve, but any mission team should only respond at the direct invitation of the Louisiana Conference.

While there is a long road to recovery ahead, the Louisiana Conference of The United Methodist Church ended its morning storm update with good news: "The most important update - the sun rose this morning and God is with us."



Stay informed with UMM activities and information:







Charter Application/Re-certification Form

New Districts are having virtual meetings to elect new UMM Officers.  Men in the SouthWest District are encouraged to register and participate in this meeting on October 3.  Nominations can be sent to

District 8 | South West: Butts, Coweta, Fayette, Harris, Heard, Jasper, Lamar, Meriwether, Monroe, Pike, Spalding, Troup, and Upson Counties; October 3, 2020 @ 11:00 am Registration link



New Children's Ministry Institute Cohort Forming Now

Many of the ways we have done ministry have been significantly altered and changed by the global pandemic. Traditional children's ministry programming has been moved aside for creative, new ways to teach and tell our faith stories. None of us is equipped for where we have found ourselves. The NGUMC Children's Ministry Institute is more important than ever in providing a learning community for children's ministry professionals. You are invited to join Cohort IV as we learn and grow in new ways.  To learn more, visit: