Rev. Jessica Blackwood serves in the Center for Congregational Excellence as Digital Ministry Specialist.
The North Georgia Conference Center for Congregational Excellence exists to support, resource, and equip local church leaders in making disciples of Jesus Christ and witnessing to transformation, beginning in your local community. With over 800 expressions of church currently active in our Conference, this team must adapt staff, resources, and strategies to meet the changing needs of church leaders and communities alike.
Q: Welcome to the staff, Jessica! Can you give us a one-sentence explanation of what your job title means?
I help churches create sacred spaces within digital spaces.
Q: Complete this sentence: "I'm here to support, equip and resource you, especially if you are..."
looking to create spiritual content for digital platforms.
Q: In what ministry settings have you previously served? Currently serving?
I'm currently serving District Line UMC as a part-time local pastor. I previously served Norwood UMC as local pastor (3 years); Wesley UMC West Campus social media content creator (1 year); youth ministry in various churches (5 years).
Q: What are you most looking forward to about this year in ministry through the Center for Congregational Excellence?
I am most looking forward to working with pastors and church leaders who are passionate about making Christ known, while we lean more fully into who God has called us to be. I love sitting in a room with people who are creative and show expressions of love in new ways.
Q: Favorite scripture passage?
Q: What's your favorite thing about the UMC?
What I love most about the UMC is our connection across districts, conferences, and the world.
Q: Recommended Reads...
Q: Recommended Listens...
- Contagious by Jonah Berger
- From Social Media to Social Ministry by Nona Jones
- Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon
- So Worth Loving by Eryn Eddy
Q: What's a ministry insight you've encountered recently that everyone should know about?
- The Circle Project, Carey Nieuwhof
- Stuff You Missed In History Class
- Hardcore History
People respond to authenticity and vulnerability, so tell YOUR story, not someone else's. Be consistent; people show up where they can count on the other person to regularly present.
Q: What's an event, cohort, training opportunity, etc. happening this year through your ministry that congregational leaders should know about?
We have another round of tech grants coming out!
Q: Where online can people find you?
gocircle.org, on Facebook find me under Jess Gale Blackwood (personal) and or @jessicablackwoodlive (page), Instagram is @jmblackwood, TikTok is @mrs.rev_mama
Q: What's your daily prayer for our North Georgia United Methodist connection?
My prayer for our connection is that we will be renewed, encouraged, and remain steadfast in God's rich love for us while we steward well the ministry that we've been called to do, so that we will see the hope of Christ be made known.