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Events in the South Georgia Conference - 1/6/2014 edition

December 31, 2013

Leadership Toolkit Webinar – Jan. 7
Set for Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m., this one-hour training webinar is designed for everyone in leadership and provides practical tools for leading as well as sharing resources that are available through the connection, to gain confidence and support in your role. Click here to register. Contact Allison Lindsey at for more information.

Leading Change and Transition Webinar – Jan. 9
Knowing that change and transitions are a normal part of congregational life, this one-hour training webinar, led by Debbie Hudgins and scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9, will look at some transferable lessons from the Exodus story that will help you lead your church through change. Click here to register. Contact Allison Lindsey at for more information.

Lay Leader Training Webinar – Jan. 14
This training will provide much needed resources by looking at the key roles of the Lay Leader: fostering awareness of the role of the laity, advising the church council on needs of the laity, serving as one of the communication links within the church, and representing the laity in many areas of ministry within the local church. Led by Lois Duncan, this webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. Click here to registerContact Allison Lindsey at for more information.

PPR/SPRC Training Webinar – Jan. 16
Scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m., this one-hour training, led by Rev. Tommy Martin, will look at how to effectively support your pastor, staff and congregation as a chair or member of the Pastor-Parish Relations Committee/Staff-Parish Relations Committee. Click here to register. Contact Allison Lindsey at for more information.

Human Relations Day – Jan. 19
Human Relations Day (the Sunday before the national observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday) strengthens United Methodist outreach to communities in the United States and Puerto Rico, encouraging social justice and work with at-risk youth. Click here to download resources to use in your local congregation.

Trustees Training Webinar – Jan. 21
This training will look at how to manage church property, equipment, and investments to support the vision and ministry of your church. Led by Conference Chancellor Warren Plowden, this one-hour webinar will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 21. Click here to register

Finance Training Webinar – Jan. 23
Scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 23, this one-hour training, led by Rev. Jimmy Cason, will look at ways to provide financial direction for your congregation and examine ways to help your congregation grow in its understanding of Christian stewardship. Click here to register.

Epworth Winter Camp Meeting – Jan. 26-29
Epworth By The Sea presents “Shall We Gather At The River” for Winter Camp Meeting 2014. It's one of the finest events of the year at Epworth! Days are packed with spirit- filled sermons, in-depth Bible studies, fabulous music and better than ever Christian fellowship. Make your plans to join old friends and new by registering today. Bishop James R. King, Jr. will open the gathering with the “Bishop's Hour” on Sunday evening. Rev. Mike Ricker will preach the remaining sermons and Dr. Arun Jones will lead the Bible study. Rev. Tony Crosby will lead the hymn singing and provide special music. Area choirs will sing in the evenings. Visit for more information and to register.

Young Adult Clergy GBCS Leadership Forum – Jan. 26-29
The 2014 Young Adult Clergy-General Board of Church and Society (GBCS) Leadership Forum, set for Jan. 26-29 in Washington, DC, will provide Elders or Deacons serving full time in local congregation age 35 or younger the opportunity to network, fellowship, study and worship with other Young Clergy from across the United Methodist connection; conversation with Jim Winkler, GBCS General Secretary and other GBCS staff; advocacy on key legislative issues being debated on Capitol Hill and their impact on children in the United States and beyond; building networks for positive change in through local congregations and within communities; and creative and participatory ways to teach the Social Principles in local churches. Interested persons should contact Denise Walton, assistant to the Bishop for Connectional Ministries, at

Cuba Mission Trip – Jan.-Feb. 2014
Rev. Eddie Braswell will co-lead a mission team to Cuba Jan. 30 – Feb. 10. This UMVIM-sponsored and supported trip will be a construction-related trip in Havana. Participants will stay at the Methodist Center in Havana and will help construct a property that will house pastors and their families while they take classes at the seminary. Interested people (clergy and laity) may contact Rev. Braswell for more information – 229-344-7305 or

Andrew College Sunday – Feb. 9
Support Andrew College on Sunday, Feb. 9. Learn more about Andrew College, a United Methodist College in Cuthbert, Ga., at

Volunteers in Mission Awareness Sunday – Feb. 16
United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) exists to promote, encourage, and enable Christians to exemplify “Christian Love In Action” through short-term mission service in the United States and abroad. UMVIM provides opportunities for service by developing and nurturing relationships with domestic and international leaders. They continually nurture their contacts with these leaders to respond to the needs of local communities and to provide comprehensive project information. You can help support the work of UMVIM in the South Georgia Conference by giving an offering to support this vital ministry on this special Sunday.

SEJ Disaster Academy – Feb. 17-20
Make plans now to attend the 2014 Southeastern Jurisdiction Disaster Academy, Feb. 17-20, at Simpsonwood Conference and Retreat Center in Norcross. Whether you’re new to disaster ministry, an experienced responder or somewhere in between, there’s something for you. Training workshops will focus on preparing and equipping the church, individual volunteers and district and conference leadership. It’s a great opportunity to expand your skills, learn new ones and network with your counterparts from conferences around the jurisdiction. Please click here to view the SEJ Academy brochure before registering. Click here to register for 2014 SEJ Disaster Academy. For more information, contact Allison Lindsey at

Local Pastors' Licensing School – Feb. 21-28
The 2014 session of the Local Pastor’s Licensing School will be held Feb. 21-28 at Epworth by the Sea on St. Simons Island. The cost is $425 for South Georgia Conference candidates and $950 for out of Conference (price includes room and board). This event is open only to Certified Candidates. Pre-work is required, so register early. The deadline for registration is Jan. 13. More details about pre-work assignments and school details will be provided to students when they complete an application. For more information about Local Pastors' Licensing School, contact Dr. Jimmy Asbell, Jr. at

Kingdom Builder’s Promotion Sunday – Feb. 23
Support the ministries of the Office of New and Revitalized Congregational Development (NRCD) of the South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church on Kingdom Builder’s Sunday, Feb. 23. NRCD seeks to bring gifted leaders, called by God to churches and communities in need, to provide financial support to birth new congregations and to revitalize declining congregations. These congregations include new congregations, revitalized congregations and Hispanic congregations. Contact Karen Hahn at for more information.

Clergy Sexual Ethics Workshop – Feb. 27
A Sexual Ethics Workshop is scheduled for February 27 at White Bluff UMC in Savannah from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  This workshop is required every three years for persons serving under appointment by the Bishop (clergy, local pastors, extension ministers, appointed lay speakers). Cost is $35, which includes lunch (collected at the door).  Checks can be made payable to South Georgia Conference. To register, please e-mail This event is sponsored by the Conference Commission on Pastoral Counseling. Please note that spouses and lay employees who are not appointed by the bishop are not eligible to attend the workshop.

2014 Confirmation Retreat – March 14-16
Connectional Ministries, in partnership with Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island, will again offer youth from around the Conference the opportunity to learn, worship and fellowship at their annual Confirmation Retreat. Set for March 14-16, registration will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. While the retreat itself has space for 600 participants, the maximum space for on-site housing at Epworth By The Sea is 500. Designed for students in the sixth grade and above, the “Join the Journey” Confirmation Retreat will provide churches of all sizes an opportunity to connect with others through worship, study, and fellowship.  The event will also include large group gatherings around the church seasons and breakout sessions with topics of grace, United Methodist History and United Methodist lingo. Click here for more details

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