South West Special Events and News

Staff Positions Available:  Newnan First UMC is currently looking for a Director of Children's Ministries & a Director of Student Ministries (Youth Director).  Both of these positions are full-time and currently available.  If you or someone you know is interested please contact Charles Robinson at 770-253-7400 or


SouthWest District Ministers' Meeting

Thursday, January 7, 2021, 7:00pm via Zoom
All appointed pastors are expected to participate and will receive the Zoom invitation the first week of Janury for this important meeting.

At Large Delegates to the 2021 Annual Conference

The SouthWest District Board of Laity has approved an application process that will be used to select At Large Delegates to represent the District at the 2021 Annual Conference.  Below are 2 documents that will provide information as well as the application.  There is an application for youth (ages 14-18) and another application for adults.  All applications are due in the District Office no later than January 28, 2021.  If you have questions, please contact District Lay Leaders Debby Stikes or the District Office.

At Large Delegate Application and Information

Youth Delegate Application and Information

Evaluation forms for all LOCAL PASTORS will be due January 29 and LOCAL PASTORS will have their evaluation with the DCOM in February.  Schedules have been emailed to all local pastors with appointment times for DCOM on February 11 and 23.  Those meetings will be conducted via Zoom. If you are a local pastor and have not received your appointment time, contact the District Office.  Zoom invitations will be emailed the week prior to your appointment.

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


Final 2020 Apportionment Payments

Noon on January 8, 2021, is the final opportunity to make 2020 apportionment payments. Payments may be hand-delivered to the conference office the week of January 4, 2021. To minimize person-to-person contact, a drop box will be placed outside the entrance to the conference offices starting Monday, January 4, 2021, through Thursday, January 7, 2021, 9 am until 5 pm, and on Friday, January 8, 2021, 9:00 am until 12 noon.

Someone will be inside the building to collect payments from the dropbox throughout the day. Please leave contact information with your payment if you would like confirmation that your payment has been received.  Contact Bruce Cooper at 678-533-1394 with questions.

All churches are strongly encouraged to check your 2020 payment record against the Conference records to be sure that all payments have been received and posted.  On the home page of the conference website, go to the Apportionment Payments section and enter your church number to get a 2020 Apportionments Paid Report.


A Message from the District Mission Coordinators, Rev. Maria Gardiner & Rev. Katie Mattox:

One word to sum up 2020 would be “unprecedented”. We have had a pandemic, the likes of which we haven’t seen for 100 years. We have had an extremely divisive presidential election, and an on-going runoff election. We have witnessed, and suffered due to racial injustice. As the Apostle Paul wrote in his first letter to the Corinthians, chapter 12 verses 26 and 27, “If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part gets the glory, all the parts celebrate with it. You are the body of Christ and parts of each other.“ (CEB)

This year, we have suffered. We are all one in Christ, and we share in each others pain and joy. In response to the injustice we see in our world, the United Methodist Church takes action. Every year, the United Methodist Church celebrates Human Relations Sunday on the Sunday prior to the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. This coming year, it will be held on Jan. 17, 2021. Human Relations Sunday, and the special offering given on this day, is a direct way to respond to the racial, economic and social injustice within the world around us. For more information about Human Relations Sunday, click this link: .

For a Special Sunday Planning Calendar click this link:


Glisson Registration for Summer 2021
Open Now (For United Methodists)
Glisson registration began Nov 16 for members of United Methodist churches and Dec 1 for everyone. Find the schedule and links to register at


Clergy CEU Opportunities

Clergy can participate in a variety of CEU opportunities through

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