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October 03, 2021

Many people from our Annual Conference participated in this year’s New Room Experience. Here are just a few examples of the impact in some of their lives.

“The best conference I have attended in years - I fully plan to attend again!” – Rev. Roy White, St. Marys United Methodist Church

“After this last season, every pastor deserves the chance to breathe and receive – to breathe in passionate worship and receive Spirit-filled teaching. New Room provided that for me. I came away with an experience of confession and consecration that restores joy to my heart, my mind, and my ministry.” – Rev. Scott Tucker, Isle of Hope United Methodist Church

“We loved New Room. The speakers and music are outstanding. And just seeing people in our Wesleyan tribe that are passionate about Jesus is so encouraging.” – Rev. Jim Cowart and Jennifer Cowart, Harvest Church

“As a pastor, I have been or led retreats on the Walk to Emmaus, Catalyst, Passion, Camp Meetings, and Rock the Universe. None of these events did I experience quite the sense of excitement and Wesleyan renewal like I did at the New Room conference this year.” – Rev. David Donnan, Glennville United Methodist Church

“I appreciate the opportunity to attend New Room. The worship time was very special, and I learned a lot from the speakers! One thing I heard from Jo Saxton that I keep thinking about is, ‘We don’t rise above what we believe to be true about ourselves.’ I will continue to contemplate that and more that I heard.” – Denise Roy, The Chapel

“One of the quotes that stuck out to me the most was from session one: ‘Innovation is to keep in step with the Spirit.’ The next best plan or strategy is not what we need as a body; we need the Holy Spirit. We need to find out where and how God is moving and join Him. That is what the world needs and the younger generation is passionate about. We learn to ride that wave or drown.” – Josh Echols, Pine Forest United Methodist Church

“New Room was a time of encounter with the Holy Spirit! I am so thankful for the time of refreshing and refilling. Come, Lord Jesus!” – Jordon Echols, Pine Forest United Methodist Church

“I have never been to a conference that stirred me to action so quickly. Whether it be repentance, prayer, or worship, I have been more excited for my personal time with the Lord because of the teaching I encountered at New Room.” – Brooks Hanson, The Chapel

“The New Room experience was just what I needed. I honestly didn't know how much the previous 80 weeks had affected me, dealing with the COVID situation in the Church. The honest dialogues and empowering worship and teaching gave me the opportunity to not be the pastor, but the participant. I was truly blessed. The panel discussion that I thought would be awful was for me one of the most impactful times as the speakers hit on the topics that had so touched my church in the last year. Next year I’d love to take some of my staff!” Rev. Chip Grantham, Tifton First United Methodist Church

“The prayer time and confession with others from our area was revitalizing. The worship was incredible. I’m so glad I went. It was well worth the time away and the extra work for the time missed.” – Kris Dockery, The Chapel

“An incredible time of powerful worship, inspirational teaching and strengthening connections with other clergy and laity from all over!” – Rev. Jimmy Towson, Park Avenue United Methodist Church

“Convicting and reassuring. New Room 2021 opened a door for spiritual healing and ministerial rebirth.” – Shawn Wallick, The Chapel Online

“The New Room Conference has been a godsend! It helps you realize the effective ways of sharing the word of Jesus Christ. And it’s truly a high-voltage charge to your inner spirit. If you have not been to this conference, you are missing out on a level that is very close to heaven!!” – Shelly R. Sims, Future Church Planters cohort

“Participating in New Room was truly an awakening experience. God’s timing was perfect in drawing me nearer to Him through this conference. At a point where the stress of ministry during these unprecedented times has felt immensely more than I could bear alone, I was reminded of not only my purpose, but also that I am surrounded by loving, supportive partners in ministry being sustained by an ever-present Father. New Room was soul refreshing and exactly what I needed at this point in my ministry journey.” – Jessica Stanley, Talbotton and Olive Branch United Methodist Churches

“The New Room conference was three tremendous days of Spirit-filled worship, prayer, preaching, teaching, confession, lament, repentance, rejuvenation, encouragement, and holy conferencing. God met me there, and I felt a fresh move of the Spirit unlike anything I’ve experienced in years.” – Rev. Jerry Hudson Bemiss United Methodist Church

“New Room was a great opportunity to experience refreshment from the wonderful speakers, worship, and fellowship.” – Rev. Baxter Hurley, Forest Hills United Methodist Church

“I was introduced to David Thomas and the New Room Conference a few years ago at a campus ministry academy. New Room’s heart for seeing awakening and revival come to our local churches keeps me coming back year after year. If your heart is for seeing God move in the hearts and minds of your congregation, if your heart yearns for the Kingdom of God to move with power, and for revival to once again sweep across our land, then New Room is the place you want to be. 

"I am thankful for the South Georgia Annual Conference Leadership Development Team and its willingness to invest in opportunities like New Room to help clergy and laity find rest and be reinvigorated.” – Rev. Jonathan Smith, Pittman Park United Methodist Church and Georgia Southern University Wesley Foundation

“New Room this year was a powerful moment of respite in the midst of a season of treading water. After a long period of wanting God to speak, but not listening as faithfully as I probably should have been, to hear His voice so clearly once again was so wonderful and refreshing. I was grateful to be able to go, worship, confess sin, be forgiven, learn from anointed leaders, and to connect with friends and colleagues in ministry. Truly, it was a powerfully life-giving time.” – Brett Maddocks, St. Luke United Methodist Church

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