The South Georgia Conference

The South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church seeks to be Alive Together in Christ by fulfilling the mission of the denomination, “To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” 

The South Georgia Conference is a regional body of The United Methodist Church, which includes the geographical area of South Georgia with Columbus, Macon, and Waynesboro as the Northern boundary. It includes 6 smaller geographical divisions called “districts.” The South Georgia Conference is overseen by Bishop R. Lawson Bryan. Every year, historically in June, laity and clergy of the South Georgia Conference gather for business and worship at an event called the South Georgia Annual Conference.

Our Offices:

Administrative Services
Benefits: Resources for Conference Pension and Health Benefits
Treasurer: Financial reporting and information, fund numbers

Bishop
Learn about our Episcopal leader and his team of servant leaders

Congregational Development
Planting new United Methodist churches and revitalizing existing United Methodist churches

Connectional Ministries
Resourcing local churches for Disciple-making and connecting to and stewarding the vision of the Annual Conference

Districts
The 6 District Offices of South Georgia: Coastal, North Central, Northeast, Northwest, South Central, Southwest

Ministerial Services
Support for the Board of Ordained Ministry and guidance for others

Pastoral Counselor
Providing support and managing a counseling network for clergy and their families

About The United Methodist Church

United Methodists come in all sizes, shapes, colors, dispositions, outlooks and life stories, but share a unique history and faith perspective. Our members speak many languages and live in many countries.

No matter how or where they serve Jesus Christ, United Methodists do God’s work in a unique structure—referred to as “the connection." This concept has been central to Methodism from its beginning. Connectionalism comes to life through our clergy appointment system, our mission and outreach, and through our collective giving. We live out our call to mission and ministry by engaging in ministry with the poor, combating diseases of poverty by improving health globally, creating new places for new people and renewing existing congregations, and developing principled Christian leaders. No one congregation can do all these ministries, but together—through the power of our connection—we can make a tremendous difference. 

We invite you to learn more about The United Methodist Church. If you are longing for something more in life, we want you to know that our our hearts, our minds, and our doors are always open.  We are always happy to share our belief in Jesus Christ and His saving love. So consider this an open invitation to join us at any one of our local churches, and soon you will find connection with the only One who can give life true meaning and fulfillment.

What do United Methodists believe?

With Christians of other communions we confess belief in the triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This confession embraces the biblical witness to God's activity in creation, encompasses God's gracious self-involvement in the dramas of history, and anticipates the consummation of God's reign.

The created order is designed for the well-being of all creatures and as the place of human dwelling in covenant with God. As sinful creatures, however, we have broken that covenant, become estranged from God, wounded ourselves and one another, and wreaked havoc throughout the natural order. We stand in need of redemption.

" ... Because God truly loves us in spite of our willful sin, God judges us, summons us to repentance, pardons us, receives us by that grace given to us in Jesus Christ, and gives us hope of life eternal."

The United Methodist Church is an 11-million-strong global church that opens hearts, opens doors and opens minds through active engagement with our world.

John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as "practical divinity" has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.

We invite you to learn more about our rich theological heritage.

Basics of our Faith

Mission and Ministry

Church and Society

Discipleship

Our Symbol

Each time you see the cross and flame emblem, you are looking at United Methodism's official symbol.

 
 

Known informally as the cross and flame logo but formally known as the denomination's insignia, it has been in use nearly three decades. It is seen in cities, towns and rural areas at every point on the globe.

The insignia is a cross linked with a dual flame. This symbol relates our church to God by way of the second and third persons of the Trinity; the Christ (cross) and the Holy Spirit (flame).

Apart from Wesleyan Trinitarian theology and warmth, the flame has two other connotations. The flame suggests Pentecost when witnesses saw "tongues as of fire." And the duality of the flame was meant to represent the merger in 1968 of two denominations: The Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church.

The General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) has custody of the emblem. Because the cross and flame is an official insignia, any reproduction must be faithful to the original design. For that reason, reproduction proofs are available from GCFA.

More Information

History

Structure

Organization

Administration 

Funding and Giving

Four Areas of Focus

For more information, please visit The United Methodist Church website: www.umc.org

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