South West Special Events and News

Disaster Relief Response:  Storms Cause Major Damage in Newnan and Franklin

Portions of the SouthWest District suffered severe damage last week as tornadoes ripped through the area.  As far as we are aware, Newnan Chapel UMC was the only UM church in the district to suffer building damage, although there were trees down around many churches and many church members suffered damage to their homes. Conference Early Response Teams (ERT), led by Mr. Bill Pound of Cornerstone UMC, were at work immediately assessing the damage.  A number of agencies and organizations have been working together to assist those who were affected.

The North GA Conference has set up a special fund designated specifically for the Newnan area disaster relief.  Churches are encouraged to take special offerings for Fund #3752 Newnan Area Tornadoes 2021.  Churches should issue checks to the North GA Conference and designate it to this fund.  Checks can be mailed to the same address as apportionment payments, P. O. Box 102417, Atlanta, GA 30368-2417.

The District Office will forward information to pastors about disaster relief opportunities as it becomes available.  There will also be information on the district website.  Please be generous in helping our brothers and sisters in the SouthWest District.



 Minimum Insurance Requirements for Churches

The United Methodist Book of Discipline requires local church trustees to annually review and report on the adequacy of local church property and liability insurance coverage “to ensure that the church, its properties, and its personnel are properly protected against risks.”  Find a list of minimum insurance requirements from the General Council on Finance and Administration at the link below:





Come to the Table:
Clergy Webinar with Bishop Sue

North Georgia Conference clergy are invited to "Come to the Table" for a webinar with Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson on the future of the church. Bring your lunch to this midday Zoom, set for noon to 1 p.m. on Monday, April 12. Please register by April 10. 

Zoom Webinar with Bishop Sue
Monday, April 12
Noon to 1 p.m.


Appointment Announcements

Full Time Appointments will be announced on Sunday, April 18, 2021.  Part Time Appointments in the SouthWest District will be announced on Sunday, May 16. There will be a meeting on June 8 at 5:30 for part time pastors in the district who will be moving to a new appointment.  SPR Chairs and Finance Chair/Treasurers will also be invited to this meeting.  More information will be forthcoming.


2021 Mission Trip to El Salvador

It is the Mission of the United Methodist Church to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.  One of the ways that the churches in our district can make a difference is in our international missions trips. 

For years the former LaGrange District has built a relationship with a mission in Ahuachapán, El Salvador to assist in disciple making in this beautiful but impoverished part of our world.  Since we began sending mission teams, we have assisted in building churches, a school, assisting with their medical mission and offering VBS for local children.  While the district Missions Committee had hoped to send a team back to El Salvador in 2021, dues to issues with the airline and ongoing concerns about the pandemic, that trip has been postponed until 2022, hopefully in February.  We will have more information available soon.

If you are interested in details about the partnership with the church in El Salvador, please contact District International Missions Coordinator, Rev. Katie Mattox at or 770-755-8151.

2021 Annual Conference to be Held Virtually, June 3-5  

Due to COVID pandemic restrictions still in place, the 2021 North Georgia Annual Conference will once again be held online. Delegates are reminded that you must have a unique email address in order to participate via smart phone, laptop, desk top, or tablet.  We will use the same meeting and voting platform that was used last year.  

The timeline includes:

  • May 16 - Pre-Conference Briefing Webinar
  • May 16 to May 31 – Online Registration
  • June 3 - Online Clergy Executive Session 
  • June 4 - Online Annual Conference Session 
  • June 5 - Live Streamed Memorial Service (morning), Live Streamed Ordination Service (afternoon)                                                                            

All churches should have their Lay Delegate information entered through the Lay Leadership Report in Data Services (Charge Conference reports).  If there has been a change in delegate information, be sure that it is updated in Data Services. 

It was recently announced that General Conference is being postponed until 2022 and there will be a virtual Special Session of General Conference on May 8.  More information about this can be found at


Scholarship Information

Apply for the 2021 UM Credit Union Scholarship

  • $1,000.00 awarded to one person from each of the United Methodist Conferences (Florida, Alabama -West Florida, South Georgia, North Georgia)
  • Application Open: January 1st-April 30th, 2021
  • Previous Winners are ineligible to apply
  • UMC FCU Members are eligible to apply . Applying online to become a UMC FCU member is easy. Eligibility Requirements  ( Be a Member of a UM Church, or Work for a UM Church or Organization within the four (4) conferences listed above, Have a family member who is already a member of UMC FCU)
  • Application and essay information will GO LIVE on January 1st, 2021 on website
  • Don’t wait to apply (Applying early does not increase your chances of winning… it’s just good to get things done as soon as possible)   


2020 Conference Journals Available

Order a 2020 Print Journal: (Note: Please order both volumes to have a complete 2020 Journal)

< >2020 North Georgia Annual Conference Journal - Volume 1

2020 North Georgia Annual Conference Journal - Volume 2

Order a PDF Downloadable version:

2020 North Georgia Annual Conference Journal - Volume 1 (PDF)

2020 North Georgia Annual Conference Journal - Volume 2 (PDF)


Clergy CEU Opportunities

Clergy can participate in a variety of CEU opportunities through

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