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Lessons from Dorian: Communication and connection are critical

Lessons from Dorian: Communication and connection are critical

September 16, 2019
By Kara Witherow, Editor Even though Hurricane Dorian didn’t impact Georgia’s coast as originally forecast, South Georgia United Methodist congregations and ministries responded before and after the storm to help those whose lives were affected. In the days leading up to Hurricane Dorian’s eventual East Coast landfall, no one was sure exactly where the storm would hit, but those in the Coastal District prepared for the worst. Coastal District Superintendent Rev. David Thompson lives in ...

Trip explores partnership between South Georgia, North Katanga Annual Conferences

Trip explores partnership between South Georgia, North Katanga Annual Conferences

September 16, 2019
By Kara Witherow, Editor Joy. Passion. Radical hospitality. Relevance. That’s what six South Georgia United Methodists found earlier this month when they traveled to the North Katanga Annual Conference, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). There to explore a new mission partnership with the conference, the team met with Bishop Mande Muyombo and learned about his three main initiatives: church planting, the Kamisamba Farm and Training Centre, and an orphanage. The group toured the ...

Monitoring Hurricane Dorian - 9/2/19 Update

Monitoring Hurricane Dorian - 9/2/19 Update

September 02, 2019
We continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in the Bahamas and those in the path of Hurricane Dorian along the east coast. Based on the most recent forecasts from the National Weather Service, it looks like our conference will be heavily impacted by Hurricane Dorian. Gov. Brian Kemp has ordered residents in six Georgia counties east of I-95 - Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty and McIntosh Counties - to evacuate beginning today at noon. Bishop Bryan, Luis Morales (Conference Disaster ...

Series of shocking stunts helps youth group raise mission trip money

Series of shocking stunts helps youth group raise mission trip money

September 02, 2019
By Kara Witherow, Editor Bake sales, pasta dinners, and cake walks are the bread and butter of church fundraisers, but one Brunswick church’s student ministry has taken food fundraising up a noxious notch or two. Wanting to raise several thousand dollars for 14 students and four chaperones to go on a mission trip to Jamaica this December, youth directors from The Chapel, a United Methodist congregation in Brunswick, this summer hatched a plan to raise $5,000 by performing a series of shocking ...

2020 conference budget reduced, local churches continue to faithfully give

2020 conference budget reduced, local churches continue to faithfully give

September 01, 2019
By Kara Witherow, Editor In a time when not much is certain, this is clear: the South Georgia Conference is connectional. Despite uncertainty in The United Methodist Church and concerns for the denomination’s future, South Georgia’s apportionment giving remains steady. As of the end of July, the Conference is on pace to pay local and regional apportionments at the same rate as were paid in 2018. The Conference also approved a 2020 budget of $9,326,184, a more than 7 percent decrease from the ...

Albany First UMC program helps feed kids, reduce waste

Albany First UMC program helps feed kids, reduce waste

August 19, 2019
By Kara Witherow, Editor A program in Dougherty County, launched by Albany First United Methodist Church, helped save 25.5 tons of food from the landfill last year. But more importantly, it provided food for nearly 1,500 children during the weekends, a time when they don’t have the free breakfasts and lunches that schools offer. “Helping Hands Ending Hunger,” launched last September in Albany’s Morningside and Northside Elementary Schools, has now expanded to include all of Dougherty County’s...

Ministry weaves plastic bags into beds for homeless

Ministry weaves plastic bags into beds for homeless

August 19, 2019
By Kara Witherow, Editor You’ve heard of Charlie’s Angels, but do you know the Plarning Angels? A group of women, affectionately known as the “Plarning Angels,” are using plastic shopping bags to help people who are homeless. Park Avenue United Methodist Church’s Homeless Bedroll Ministry has, for the past year, been making bedrolls out of used plastic shopping bags, the kind nearly everyone has stuffed under their kitchen sink or tucked in their pantry. “Everyone has hundreds of these bags ...

UMC bishops agree to ask Judicial Council to review Special Session votes

August 19, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Council of Bishops, in response to a request from the Commission on General Conference, has voted to ask the Judicial Council to rule on the implications of the invalid votes discovered during the independent investigation of the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference held last February.   Below is a statement from the President of the Council of Bishops.   “The Council of Bishops was asked by the Commission on the General Conference to bring a request to the ...

New Conference Center receives $100,000 gift

New Conference Center receives $100,000 gift

August 05, 2019
By Dr. Hal Brady, chairman of the Conference Center Task Force The campaign to build a new Conference Center for the South Georgia Conference just received a massive boost with the generous gift of $100,000. The donor hopes that the gift will inspire others to step up their giving and finish the campaign toward providing the South Georgia Conference a much-needed home. As you know, the new Conference Center is to be built on the beautiful campus of Wesleyan College and will bring the Episcopal...

Prepare now, respond when storms hit

Prepare now, respond when storms hit

August 05, 2019
By Kara Witherow, Editor Last fall, Hurricane Michael slammed into Southwest Georgia as a Category 3 hurricane after making landfall in the Florida Panhandle as a Category 5.  Michael brought 115 mph winds and downed trees and power lines throughout the region. Homes, churches, and businesses were damaged and destroyed. Cotton, peanut, and pecan crops, which were not yet fully harvested, were decimated. The damage - widespread and far-reaching - is still being felt. The 2019 Atlantic ...

Wesley Foundations, campus ministries offer community, connection

Wesley Foundations, campus ministries offer community, connection

August 05, 2019
By Kara Witherow, Editor Transformational. Inclusive. Loving. A home-away-from home. In a word, life changing. As a sophomore in college, away from home for the first time, Savannah Buice was looking for a community of believers. Invited to a worship service at Valdosta State University’s Wesley Foundation, she went and immediately felt welcomed and at home. “I feel like when you go to college you’re out on your own for the first time, and, for a lot of people, they look to join the first ...

Students Changing Lives

Students Changing Lives

August 04, 2019
By Mallery L. Hale, Epworth By The Sea Students from churches and schools all over the southeastern United States are improving our community through Epworth By The Sea’s “Mission Volunteer” program, serving others and making an impact in Glynn County. Epworth By The Sea partnered with 17 local organizations to deploy more than 950 students and 31 church/school groups during 2019. Projects included building wheelchair ramps, yard and park clean-ups, visiting nursing homes, feeding meals to the...

Bishop Bryan: Listen, Pray, Speak the Gospel Truth about Violence

Bishop Bryan: Listen, Pray, Speak the Gospel Truth about Violence

August 03, 2019
The mass shootings this past week in El Paso, Texas, Dayton, Ohio and Gilroy, California have once again brought us face to face with the horrible violence of which human beings are capable. We are plunged into shock and collective grief. And we wonder. Who did this? What were the motives? Why these places in these particular cities?  What about the mental health of the shooters? These and a host of other questions can only be answered after thorough investigations have occurred. In the ...

Andrew College leads effort to revitalize downtown Cuthbert

Andrew College leads effort to revitalize downtown Cuthbert

July 22, 2019
By Kara Witherow, Editor What’s true of many small, rural communities is also true of Cuthbert, a Southwest Georgia town of about 3,800 people. “There were more things to do here 50 years ago than there are now,” said Mary Jane Salter, a 1968 Andrew College graduate and longtime Randolph County resident. But times are changing in Cuthbert, for the better, thanks in large part to Andrew College’s efforts in the downtown area. The school, a private, liberal arts college related to The United ...

Savannah churches help build houses for homeless veterans

Savannah churches help build houses for homeless veterans

July 22, 2019
By Kara Witherow, Editor On their way to church each Sunday, many members of Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church drive past the homeless camps near Interstate 16 and the Truman Parkway. One day, Nick Hitt, a member of the downtown Savannah church, decided that something needed to be done to help. “There’s no reason we should be driving by veterans sleeping under bridges as we come to church. They served; we need to do something about it,” he said to the congregation. Others agreed, and...

General Conference 2020 petition submission process opens

July 08, 2019
Nashville, Tenn.: Petitions for consideration by the 2020 General Conference may be submitted to the Petitions Secretary now through September 18, 2019. According to church law, "Any organization, clergy member, or lay member of The United Methodist Church may petition the General Conference...". Detailed instructions for submitting a petition are available on the General Conference website at umc.org/gcpetition. Petitions must be typed and may be submitted through the General Conference ...

Q & A with Rev. Steve Patton, Northwest District Superintendent

Q & A with Rev. Steve Patton, Northwest District Superintendent

July 08, 2019
This is the second in a two-part series that will introduce the new District Superintendents ADVOCATE: Tell us a little about yourself. Where did you grow up? Have you always lived in South Georgia? REV. PATTON: I was born and raised in Jesup, Georgia, and graduated from Wayne County High School. When I was in middle school we lived in Philadelphia for two years while my dad completed training as an orthodontist. I spent four years in Atlanta for college and three more in Kentucky for ...

Valdosta First UMC launches The Porch Community Church

Valdosta First UMC launches The Porch Community Church

July 08, 2019
By Kara Witherow, Editor Nearly 17 years ago, Valdosta First UMC began Solomon’s Porch as the church’s contemporary worship service. By 2019, attendance at Solomon’s Porch’s two services averaged more than 410, with growth exceeding 33 percent in the past few years. The congregation had maxed out its worship space, limiting further growth. Knowing something had to be done in order to continue growing, church leaders met to discuss options. They considered several, including moving to a bigger ...

Columbus churches partner to feed homeless

Columbus churches partner to feed homeless

June 24, 2019
By Kara Witherow, Editor Every Tuesday night, folks in Columbus’ Rose Hill neighborhood gather downstairs in the former Rose Hill United Methodist Church for a little bit of food and a whole lot of Jesus. For nearly a decade, volunteers from throughout the community have come together to help feed the city’s homeless. Begun by a former Rose Hill UMC pastor, the ministry is now run by Linda Laye, chaplain of the Fellowship at Rose Hill. Several Columbus-area United Methodist churches are part ...

Q & A with Rev. Paula Lewis, South Central District Superintendent

Q & A with Rev. Paula Lewis, South Central District Superintendent

June 23, 2019
This is the first in a two-part series that will introduce the new District Superintendents ADVOCATE: Tell us a little about yourself. Where did you grow up? Have you always lived in South Georgia? REV. LEWIS: My family moved back here from Mississippi when I was in fourth grade. I lived in the Thomasville area from then until I took my first appointment. When we first moved to Thomasville, we lived in a split-house apartment with my grandfather. I spent a lot of time with him, whether it was ...

Delegation endorses Rev. Beckum as episcopal nominee

Delegation endorses Rev. Beckum as episcopal nominee

June 14, 2019
The South Georgia Conference delegation to the 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conferences has endorsed the Reverend Robert Beckum as its episcopal nominee (nominee to be elected as a bishop in The United Methodist Church). Rev. Beckum will join nominees from other conferences under consideration for the episcopacy at next summer’s Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference at Lake Junaluska, NC. Rev. Beckum is the senior pastor of St. Luke United Methodist Church in Columbus, appointed there in ...

2019 Annual Conference elects delegates, focuses on being Alive Together

2019 Annual Conference elects delegates, focuses on being Alive Together

June 10, 2019
Detailed recaps of each day’s events, including listings of who was ordained and commissioned, those who retired, and the ministers and spouses who were remembered during the memorial service, as well as the appointment list, photos, and bulletin insert can be found by clicking here.   As the Chattahoochee River flowed outside, the Holy Spirit flowed inside as nearly 1,000 South Georgia United Methodists gathered in Columbus, Ga. for the 2019 South Georgia Annual Conference session.   Held June ...

Alive Moments highlight ways Conference is Alive Together in the World

Alive Moments highlight ways Conference is Alive Together in the World

June 10, 2019
During the 2019 Annual Conference session, attendees heard five “Alive Together in the World” moments from Connectional Ministries. These “Alive Moments” highlighted the various ways South Georgia United Methodists are reaching out throughout the Conference and beyond. During the Monday, June 3 business session, Allison Lindsey, associate director of Connectional Ministries, interviewed Rev. Jay Hanson, Director of Congregational Ministries; Anne Bosarge, multi-campus director of The Chapel ...

Conference passes pension, amended disaffiliation policies

June 10, 2019
Two policies that focus on churches that want to disaffiliate, or leave The South Georgia Conference and The United Methodist Church, were presented and passed during the 2019 South Georgia Annual Conference session.   A Disaffiliation Policy, created and presented by The Foundations For The Future Task Force and reviewed and approved by Leadership Forum, was passed with two amendments. The policy sets out a framework to be followed when at least two-thirds of a congregation vote to leave the ...

Alive Together in the World through mission, ministry & evangelism

June 07, 2019
Churches throughout the conference continue to demonstrate the ways they are Alive Together in the World through mission, ministry, and evangelism.  Evangelistically Fruitful Congregations The mission of the church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ. A significant dimension of the disciple-making process is that of leading people to make a commitment to God through baptism and profession of faith in Jesus Christ.   Reaching new persons with the gospel is at the very heart of every church’s ...

Celebrating Ministry Milestones and Achievements at Annual Conference

Celebrating Ministry Milestones and Achievements at Annual Conference

June 07, 2019
Annual Conference is a special time to celebrate ministry milestones and achievements, from those just entering the ministry to those taking the next step of their journey into retirement. On Monday morning the South Georgia Annual Conference celebrated with those clergy who have served in ministry for 50 years and those who are entering into a retired relationship with the Annual Conference. Clergy recognized for having served 50 years in ministry include: Rev. Mira L. Barrett Rev. Thomas W. ...

Memorial Service 2019: ‘Though you may grieve, God is able’

June 07, 2019
A Memorial Service for those faithful servants who served in the South Georgia Annual Conference was held Monday afternoon, June 3, at 2 p.m. as conference members gathered at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ga. Rev. Cleo Gilchrist, the outgoing pastor at Grace United Methodist Church in Brunswick who retired at this year’s Annual Conference session, reminded those gathered that although they may grieve, God is able. “When grief comes to your home, God’s grace will be sufficient,” ...

Jim Cowart, Bill Hatcher to lead delegation

Jim Cowart, Bill Hatcher to lead delegation

June 06, 2019
During the 2019 annual conference session, held June 2 through June 5, South Georgia United Methodists elected delegates to serve at the 2020 General and Southeastern Jurisdictional Conferences. In all, four clergy and four laity were elected to attend General Conference, the highest legislative body of the denomination, which will meet May 5-15, 2020, in Minneapolis, Minn. In addition, the conference elected another four clergy and four laity to attend the Southeastern Jurisdictional ...

Bishop Bryan sets 2019-2020 pastoral appointments

June 05, 2019
On Wednesday, June 5, Bishop R. Lawson Bryan fixed the 2019-2020 pastoral appointments for the South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church. Click here to download and view a list of appointments by district. 

South Georgia prepares for 2019 Annual Conference session

South Georgia prepares for 2019 Annual Conference session

May 30, 2019
ALL ANNUAL CONFERENCE INFORMATION Nearly 1,000 South Georgia United Methodists will gather June 2-5 at The Columbus Georgia Convention & Trade Center to worship, fellowship, vote for delegates, and discuss the future of the South Georgia Conference. Meeting under the theme, “Alive Together in the World,” the 2019 Annual Conference session will celebrate how South Georgia churches have connected with their communities in creative ways. “We introduced ‘Alive Together in the World’ one year ago ...

S3 applications due soon

May 21, 2019
Applications are now available for clergy wanting to participate in an S3 group. S3 is a collaborative, small group, action-learning experience for clergy that helps sustain and promote excellence in ordained ministry. Participants develop and implement a two year small group learning experience focused on three areas: Sabbath, Study, and Service. S3 groups are self-selected and self-directed: participants choose the members of their group and develop their group’s S3 learning project (with ...

2019-2020 Projected Appointments

May 20, 2019
Bishop R. Lawson Bryan has announced projected appointment changes as of May 19, 2019. The appointments will be set at the South Georgia Annual Conference and will be effective in June. Click here to download the list of projected appointments. 

Application process open for General Conference 2020 marshals and pages

May 20, 2019
United Methodists may now apply online to serve as volunteer marshals or pages during The United Methodist Church’s 2020 General Conference. The denomination’s top legislative assembly will meet May 5-15, 2020, in Minneapolis. Approximately 175 volunteers are needed to serve as marshals and pages during General Conference. Marshals are responsible for assisting visitors and special guests in the visitor and reserved seating galleries, checking credentials to make sure that only authorized ...

South Georgia UMs still assisting in disaster recovery; Conference receives UMCOR grant

South Georgia UMs still assisting in disaster recovery; Conference receives UMCOR grant

May 20, 2019
By Kara Witherow, Editor When Hurricane Michael struck Southwest Georgia last October, it left a path of destruction and devastation that’s still being felt. But thanks to countless volunteers, case managers, organizations, and others, United Methodists in South Georgia are undertaking recovery efforts for those affected. Sherry Buresh is currently serving as a Disaster Recovery Coordinator working specifically in the Southwest District coordinating long term recovery efforts for those ...

Annual Conference to vote on disaffiliation, pension policies

Annual Conference to vote on disaffiliation, pension policies

May 17, 2019
By Kara Witherow, Editor Two policies will be presented and voted upon during the upcoming 2019 South Georgia Annual Conference session, set for June 2-5 in Columbus. The Foundations For The Future Task Force will present a Disaffiliation Policy outlining a framework to be followed if a congregation votes to leave the South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church. The Pension Liability Proposal, which was prepared by the Conference Board of Pensions, will outline a church’s ...

Vineville UMC youth builds picnic tables for Wesley Glen to earn Eagle rank

Vineville UMC youth builds picnic tables for Wesley Glen to earn Eagle rank

May 06, 2019
By Kara Witherow, Editor On warm, sunny days, Wesley Glen’s 40 residents enjoy eating picnic lunches. They’re now able to, thanks to 18-year-old Joshua Asbell, who recently managed the fundraising, design, and production of 10 picnic tables to earn Boy Scouts’ highest rank. Asbell, a senior at Macon’s Howard High School and a member of Vineville United Methodist Church, is the fourth Asbell to earn the Eagle Scout rank. His father, Dr. Jimmy Asbell, older brother Jimmy, and uncle have all ...

Book of Recommendations & Reports for the 2019 Annual Conference Session now available

Book of Recommendations & Reports for the 2019 Annual Conference Session now available

April 30, 2019
Business items for the 2019 Annual Conference session are contained in the Book of Recommendations and Reports (BOR). One of the purposes of the BOR is to encourage delegates to read the recommendations, reports, and resolutions prior to arriving at conference. A good delegate is a prepared delegate. The 2015 Annual Conference session voted that all Annual Conference materials, including the Book of Recommendations and Reports, be made available online on the conference website and through ...

Annual Conference Special Offering to benefit Moscow Theological Seminary in Russia

Annual Conference Special Offering to benefit Moscow Theological Seminary in Russia

April 18, 2019
The story of The United Methodist Church in Russia is 130 years old and includes Hitler’s invasion of Europe, the dissolution of churches, and heart-breaking accounts of the persecution of Methodist clergy in prisons or labor camps. It also includes the story of Moscow Theological Seminary of The United Methodist Church, founded in 1991. With a main campus in Moscow and three regional centers across 11 time zones, Moscow Theological Seminary is the largest United Methodist student body in ...

Brunswick ministry offers hope, healing to sex trafficking victims

Brunswick ministry offers hope, healing to sex trafficking victims

April 16, 2019
By Kara Witherow, Editor Just like a dilapidated former crack house in downtown Brunswick has been transformed into a beautiful, bright spot in the neighborhood, a ministry in Brunswick is working to shed light on the growing and pervasive issue of sex trafficking, bring hope and healing to victims, and transform lives. Faithful Love, a ministry founded by United Methodist Carrie Nellis, helps rescue women from sex trafficking by giving them resources, providing a safe place to rest and ...

Statesboro First UMC member’s art enhances worship

Statesboro First UMC member’s art enhances worship

April 16, 2019
By Kara Witherow, Editor Jewell Dabbs is an artist, but she doesn’t use watercolors or acrylics to create her masterpieces. Her canvases are fabric, and brocades, tassels and beads are her brushstrokes. Dabbs creates banners – beautiful, artistic displays that proclaim the majesty and message of Jesus Christ and his love to all who see them. A member of Statesboro First United Methodist Church, Dabbs is a great supporter of music and worship. For years she has spearheaded the effort to ...

A Holy Week Message from Bishop Bryan: Reflections on Psalm 22

A Holy Week Message from Bishop Bryan: Reflections on Psalm 22

April 12, 2019
Holy Week is a journey to the cross, the center of our faith. Meditating on the crucifix connects us with the wounds of Jesus, “… by his stripes we are healed.” Meditating on the empty cross, the Resurrection Cross, connects us to God’s victory over sin, evil, and death. As we make this journey, please join me in focusing our hearts and minds on Psalm 22. The first verse of Psalm 22 is familiar to us because Jesus prayed it from the cross: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Anyone who ...

General and Jurisdictional Conference delegations will be elected during 2019 Annual Conference Session

April 01, 2019
The South Georgia Conference will elect its delegation to the 2020 General and Jurisdictional Conferences during the 2019 Annual Conference Session in Columbus, Ga., June 2-5. Four (4) clergy and four (4) lay delegates to General Conference will be elected. An additional four (4) clergy and four (4) lay delegates will be chosen to complete the Jurisdictional Conference delegation. Alternates will also be elected. Those who are interested in declaring their interest in serving as delegates are ...

Sheriff’s chaplains serve spiritual needs of law enforcement officers

Sheriff’s chaplains serve spiritual needs of law enforcement officers

April 01, 2019
By Kara Witherow, Editor When he’s not preaching from the pulpit on Sunday mornings, one can often find Rev. Mike Davis at the ballfield, on the firing range, practicing jiu-jitsu, or in a patrol car. As a sheriff’s chaplain and reserve deputy sheriff in Lowndes County, Rev. Davis makes time in his week to check in with deputies, stop in the muster room regularly, and support his brothers and sisters in blue. He’s given blessings and benedictions, assisted at death notifications and conducted ...

Unto the Least of His digs wells, builds clinics, meets needs

Unto the Least of His digs wells, builds clinics, meets needs

April 01, 2019
By Kara Witherow, Editor In the United States, if someone wants a glass of water, all they have to do is walk a few feet to a faucet and turn it on. In much of Africa, people have to walk anywhere from one to five to seven miles or more to an often-contaminated water source. But thanks to the work of Rev. Bobby Gale and his Unto the Least of His ministry, more than 50,000 people are able to drink fresh, clean water. Always concerned with providing basic health and justice solutions, the ...

Annual Conference 2019: Details and Information

Annual Conference 2019: Details and Information

March 29, 2019
2019 Annual Conference Session From the Bishop Dear Lay and Clergy Members of the Annual Conference, Conference and Agency Leaders, We introduced “Alive Together in the World” one year ago at the conclusion of Annual Conference 2018. When we meet again this June we will have much to celebrate as our churches have been connecting with their communities in creative ways. We will be noting the many ways we are Alive Together in the World. A special thanks to those in Columbus who are doing all ...

70 years after first visit, Epworth By The Sea still a sacred place

70 years after first visit, Epworth By The Sea still a sacred place

March 18, 2019
By Kara Witherow, Editor Holy ground. That’s how Wallace Twiggs describes Epworth By The Sea. A teenager in the late 1940s, Twiggs was one of the first youth to visit the future site of South Georgia’s conference and retreat center, which was purchased on Oct. 29, 1949. One Saturday afternoon that fall, Twiggs, then a member of Brunswick First United Methodist Church, and several other youth went with their counselor to what is now Epworth. Stomping through waist-high grass, they chased ...

Bishop announces two Cabinet appointments

Bishop announces two Cabinet appointments

March 18, 2019
Bishop Lawson Bryan has announced the projected appointments of two new District Superintendents to the Cabinet, effective June 2019. Rev. Steve Patton will be appointed to serve as superintendent of the Northwest District and Rev. Paula Lewis will serve as superintendent of the South Central District. Rev. Patton will succeed Dr. Buddy Cooper, who will retire at the 2019 Annual Conference session. Dr. Cooper has served on the South Georgia Cabinet for seven years. Rev. Henry Bass, current ...

Conference gathers to learn about General Conference, future of South Georgia Conference

Conference gathers to learn about General Conference, future of South Georgia Conference

March 18, 2019
By Kara Witherow, Editor Nearly 1,000 South Georgia United Methodists gathered Saturday, March 9 at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton to learn more about the 2019 General Conference session and the future of the South Georgia Conference. The meeting began with worship and prayer and both were woven into the day. Prayer was a focal point and scripture was incorporated throughout the two-hour session. Ben Drennan, Minister of Music and Worship Arts at Cordele First United ...

Prayer Guide leads South Georgia towards Annual Conference

Prayer Guide leads South Georgia towards Annual Conference

March 13, 2019
During the special session of General Conference, Bishop Bryan said, “Prayer is the work of the people.” With that in mind, a prayer book has been created to serve as a guide to prayer in the 12 weeks between now and the June 3-5 Annual Conference session. “We are the people and prayer is our work,” said Rev. Teresa Edwards, who helped write the prayer book, along with Revs. Meg Procopio and Josh Bizzell. Margaret Mathews, a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Warner Robins, provided ...

2019 General Conference passes Traditional Plan

2019 General Conference passes Traditional Plan

March 05, 2019
The special called session of General Conference began with prayer and ended with protest. After three years of preparation, planning, and prayer, the 864 clergy and lay delegates who gathered Feb. 23-26 at The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis, Mo. passed an amended Traditional Plan 438 to 384. The Traditional Plan keeps the church’s current language around sexuality and increases accountability by streamlining the processes to enforce penalties for violations of The Book of Discipline ...

10 ideas for a more meaningful Ash Wednesday

10 ideas for a more meaningful Ash Wednesday

March 04, 2019
A UMC.org feature by Joe Iovino* Ash Wednesday is an important day in the church calendar. It marks the beginning of Lent, a season of preparation for the celebration of Easter. This holy day is not a holiday from work, school, or most other obligations, so if we are not intentional in our observance it is likely to resemble any ordinary Wednesday. To help us find ways to remember the holy in the midst of our routines—something we should strive for every day—we offer some ideas to consider. ...

Disaster Response: State of Emergency declared for three South GA counties

Disaster Response: State of Emergency declared for three South GA counties

March 04, 2019
Areas across the Southeast woke up Monday morning to the devastation caused by severe storms and tornadoes. The Weather Service logged at least three dozen tornado reports Sunday as twisters swept across Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina, but none were as severe as those in Lee County, Ala., where at least 24 persons were killed. "Our hearts hurt, and we grieve with those affected," said Bishop Lawson Bryan. "I have contacted Bishop David Graves, of the Alabama-West Florida ...

General Conference is over, what happens now?

March 04, 2019
A UMC.org feature by Joe Iovino* The commission did their work. A conference was held. Speeches were given. Delegates voted. Decisions were made. Now what? In the days following General Conference 2019, the desire to move ahead is alluring. Those happy with the decisions are ready for implementation. Those grieving the results are tempted to react rashly. At times like these, however, Scripture encourages us to pause, listen and actively wait for the Spirit’s guidance. As the hymn states, ...

2019 appointment-making season begins in the South Georgia Conference

February 18, 2019
It’s appointment-making season in The United Methodist Church, and last week Bishop Bryan and the Appointive Cabinet met for several days to pray, worship, and begin the decision-making process of appointments. The 2019-2020 appointment-making schedule is available here. “Each year as we approach the appointment-making season, I always do it with a sense of freshness, because every year it is fresh and a bit different … but we are all in this together,” said Bishop Bryan in a video. “I want to ...

Following General Conference 2019

Following General Conference 2019

February 18, 2019
WATCH THE LIVE STREAM TRACK LEGISLATION GC AGENDA (reminder: all times listed on this agenda are CST) ADCA (contains all of the legislation submitted for consideration by the delegates.) DCA (the official journal of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church. It serves as the record of those who have been elected to serve as delegate, the legislation submitted, and the decisions made by the General Conference. RECAP FROM SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23 | VIDEO RECAP FROM SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24 | ...

GSU Wesley Foundation student serves Statesboro children, families

GSU Wesley Foundation student serves Statesboro children, families

February 18, 2019
By Kara Witherow, Editor Listen to God. Do what he says. That’s what Georgia Southern University senior Konner Smith did two years ago when she and her roommate bought a few bags of food and drove around Statesboro until they ended up at Butler Homes. They saw a friendly looking apartment – one with frog stickers on the door – and knocked. Since then, a beautiful friendship has blossomed and a ministry has been born. Smith and the woman who opened the door, Grace, have become great friends. ...

Local ministry builds wheelchair ramps for those in need

Local ministry builds wheelchair ramps for those in need

February 18, 2019
By Kara Witherow, Editor Thanks to help from a local ministry, Agnes Futch can now enjoy sunshine, birds, and fresh air again. In January, Fitzgerald’s Imagine Ministries built Futch a new wheelchair ramp. Her old one was dangerous, too steep, and caused her to careen out of control and break her ankle in three places. “I’m so grateful,” said Futch, who had polio twice and relies on her wheelchair to get around. “I’m not scared to go down or come up anymore. It opens up entire worlds, and I ...

Delegation prepares for General Conference, requests prayers

Delegation prepares for General Conference, requests prayers

February 14, 2019
The South Georgia Conference’s delegation to the 2019 Special Session of General Conference has been meeting and preparing for the Feb. 23-26 meeting for more than a year. As they pack and plan to leave for St. Louis next week, they ask that South Georgia United Methodists join them in prayer. “It’s been a real wonderful experience to serve as a leader of this delegation,” said Bill Hatcher, a member of Statesboro First United Methodist Church. “You can be very proud and know that this ...

Apportionment, mission giving are ways Conference is Alive Together in the World

Apportionment, mission giving are ways Conference is Alive Together in the World

February 04, 2019
By Kara Witherow, Editor The numbers are in, and South Georgia’s United Methodist churches paid 89.5 percent of their apportionment giving for 2018. Given the devastation many in the conference experienced from Hurricane Michael and the tenor of the times, conference leaders are pleased. “To have people come through like this, especially considering what’s going on in their personal lives, is astounding,” said Dr. Derek McAleer, Director of Administrative Services. “The Southwest District ...

Bishop Bryan: I am thankful for the ministry of the laity in South Georgia

February 04, 2019
I recently had the opportunity to meet with the Conference Board of Laity for a very well organized and meaningful meeting led by our Conference Lay Leader, Gloria Morgan. Along with Gloria, the Board consists of our six district lay leaders – Robert Anderson (NW), Jeff Barker (CO), Jeff Hanson (NC), J Knapp (SW), Jimmy Outlaw (SC), and John Ray (NE) – the presidents of United Methodist Women and United Methodist Men – Carol Banks and Donald Rhodes – Rev. Henry Bass, Cabinet representative, and ...

Congregations meeting to discuss Way Forward report, General Conference

February 04, 2019
By Kara Witherow, Edior Although the start of the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference is more than two weeks away, South Georgia pastors and laity have been meeting to discuss the Way Forward report, its three legislative plans, and possible outcomes of the General Conference session. At Mulberry Street United Methodist Church in Macon, senior pastor Dr. Matt Woodbery in January began a weekly series with his congregation to discuss the 2019 General Conference session and the Way ...

Respite ministries are fresh expressions, vital outreach ministries

Respite ministries are fresh expressions, vital outreach ministries

February 04, 2019
By Kara Witherow, Editor What ministry are you building for the future? Are you laying bricks or are you building a church? Those are the questions Daphne Johnston posed to Winter Conference attendees as she passionately led a presentation of respite care ministries, focusing on Montgomery (Ala.) First United Methodist Church’s Respite Ministry, which she has led since its 2012 inception. “What ministry do you have to give people purpose?” she asked the crowd as she explained that at Respite ...

FaithWorks' Open Doors program provides jobs, homes, hope

FaithWorks' Open Doors program provides jobs, homes, hope

January 21, 2019
By Kara Witherow, Editor Shawn Smith has had a home of his own for a little more than a year, and his pride comes through in his voice. As he steps down off a ladder, removes his work gloves, and wipes the plaster dust off his face, he looks around at the job he’s done. There’s still a lot of work left to do – sanding floors, scraping the popcorn ceiling, replacing windows, repairing plaster, and more – but it’ll get done. Smith and two other men, Thomas and Buddy, are helping renovate a ...

Madi’s Story: Prayer shawl ministry

Madi’s Story: Prayer shawl ministry

January 20, 2019
By Madison Lee, member of Woodbine UMC Madison Lee is a member of Woodbine United Methodist Church. This is her story about her love of the Lord and a special project she accomplished. With help, she has taken more than 100 prayer shawls to Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla. Wolfson Children’s Hospital has recognized her for this project. Have you ever stopped to think about a gift you got as a little kid or something someone gave you that was dear to your heart? I am not ...

Task force prepares for possible outcomes of General Conference

Task force prepares for possible outcomes of General Conference

January 15, 2019
The special session of General Conference will be held in less than six weeks, and while things are still undecided and uncertain, South Georgia is making plans for the future of the Conference. For nearly two months, 16 lay and clergy members of the South Georgia Conference have been meeting to discern ways the conference might respond to the decisions that may be made at General Conference.  “While we will take seriously the work of the General Conference, we also know that we have a say in ...

Cleanup, recovery still happening in southwest Georgia

Cleanup, recovery still happening in southwest Georgia

January 07, 2019
A few weeks ago, Allison Lindsey, associate director of connectional ministries, was among a team of conference leaders who traveled to southwest Georgia to assess the ongoing Hurricane Michael recovery efforts and welcome North Georgia bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson and a North Georgia Conference work team plus a South Georgia Conference work team, to the area. “There’s so much that has been done, but there’s still so much left to do,” she said in a disaster response video update. “The work doesn’...

Delegates pray, prepare for special called General Conference session

Delegates pray, prepare for special called General Conference session

January 07, 2019
Eight people will represent the South Georgia Conference at a special called session of General Conference, which will be held Feb. 23-26 in St. Louis. The South Georgia delegation, elected during the 2015 Annual Conference session, will join other elected delegates to act on a report from the Council of Bishops based on the recommendations of the Commission on a Way Forward. The 32-member Commission was appointed to examine paragraphs in The Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and ...

Tod Bolsinger to headline Epworth’s Winter Conference, Jan. 29 – Feb. 1

January 07, 2019
Dr. Tod Bolsinger, author of “Canoeing the Mountains, Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory,” will headline this year’s Winter Conference at Epworth By The Sea, Jan. 29 – Feb. 1, 2019. Bishops Sue Haupert-Johnson (North Georgia), Ken Carter (Florida), James Swanson (Mississippi), and Lawson Bryan (South Georgia) will lead the gathering and Dr. Bolsinger, who also serves as Vice President for Vocation and Formation and Assistant Professor of Practical Theology at Fuller Theological ...

2018 Conference Journal ready for orders and download

2018 Conference Journal ready for orders and download

December 17, 2018
Journal includes conference business, directories, reports, appointments, and statistical tables The 2018 Journal of the South Georgia Annual Conference is now available for purchase. As has been our process in recent years, those wishing to purchase a Conference Journal will order their copy(ies) online directly from the printer. The cost of the Journal is $20 each plus tax and shipping. Click here to order your copy of the 2018 Journal of the South Georgia Annual Conference.*  The Journal ...

Brunswick church is a hub for learning, teaching, training

Brunswick church is a hub for learning, teaching, training

December 17, 2018
By Kara Witherow, Editor You don’t usually think of a church as being a hive of activity on a Saturday morning, but The Chapel was alive Saturday, Dec. 1, with about 75 people on the Brunswick campus for various trainings and ministries. More than 20 laity, with each of the Conference’s six districts represented, were attending the fifth of 11 Certified Lay Ministry Training classes, all of which are being held at The Chapel. Five students, part of the South Georgia Conference’s partnership ...

United Methodists Release State of the Church Report 2018

December 17, 2018
(UMCom) A new report from The United Methodist Church on the state of the church says that 50 years after the creation of the denomination through the merger of The Evangelical United Brethren Church and The Methodist Church, the church’s ministries around the world are thriving. “This 2018 State of the Church report is a story of our mission. As this report will show, we are seeing growth and innovation across our worldwide connection,” states the report. Worldwide, there was a 12 percent ...

Conference’s Spanish Walk to Emmaus retreat celebrates 10 years, impacts lives in South Georgia and beyond

Conference’s Spanish Walk to Emmaus retreat celebrates 10 years, impacts lives in South Georgia and beyond

December 04, 2018
By Kara Witherow, Editor South Georgia’s La Caminata a Emaús – the Walk to Emmaus – recently celebrated its 10th anniversary as a Spanish spiritual retreat. What began as a project of the Conference’s Hispanic Ministries’ office a decade ago has grown and developed into a model that others attend and emulate, said Rev. Daniel Medina, Associate Director of Connectional Ministries for Hispanic Ministries and pastor of Nueva Vida UMC in Macon and Warner Robins First UMC. In the past 10 years, ...

Denman Evangelism Awards presented

December 03, 2018
Three South Georgia United Methodists have been awarded United Methodism’s highest honor, the Harry Denman Evangelism Award. Given through the Conference Witness Team, the Denman Awards recognize outstanding work in the field of evangelism.  Tammy and Matthew Reynolds, members of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Columbus, are this year’s laity Denman Award recipients. The couple teaches St. Paul UMC’s sixth-grade confirmation Sunday school class and attends many retreats with the children....

MATT HEARN: Living Proof of Faith

MATT HEARN: Living Proof of Faith

December 03, 2018
Reprinted with permission from Pooler Magazine Story by Kelly Harley, photo by Stephanie Gibson at SweetArt Photography What if you were told you had two or three years to live? Would you be scared, angry or would you be at peace? At 45 years old, Gateway Church senior pastor, Matt Hearn, knows what it feels like to hear those words. This summer he learned that he has a 10 percent chance of surviving the next two to three years. If you have the pleasure of meeting him personally, you’ll ...

Plowden serves on denomination’s top court

December 03, 2018
By Kara Witherow, Editor It’s been an unprecedented year for the Judicial Council and South Georgia Chancellor Warren Plowden. Plowden, who is serving as first lay alternate to the Judicial Council, recently returned from Zurich, Switzerland, where the denomination’s top court, meeting Oct. 22-26, reviewed possible plans for the future direction of The United Methodist Church and on Oct. 26 released Decision 1366, which was unanimous. In its decision, the Judicial Council found several issues...

Consider end-of-the-year giving to the new Conference Center

November 19, 2018
Over the years I have found that the month of December is a time of incredible generosity. As we celebrate God’s gift of Jesus, our church members find fulfillment in giving of themselves and their resources. One special opportunity is “end-of-the-year giving.” This occurs when our members determine that they want to make a special gift before Dec. 31. These gifts may be stocks, bonds, property, and/or cash. A gift to the new Conference Center of the South Georgia Conference would be a great ...

Parish nurse serves storm-damaged community

Parish nurse serves storm-damaged community

November 19, 2018
By Kara Witherow, Editor Debbie Weaver has never seen disaster like the kind Hurricane Michael wrought on the residents of her rural community. A parish nurse at Reynolds Chapel United Methodist Church, she’s used to blood pressure checks, teaching CPR, explaining medications, and the like. But Hurricane Michael, which nearly destroyed Donalsonville, also changed Weaver’s ministry and how she serves her patients. With more than 700 homes in the community, Weaver can’t visit each resident ...

UMCOR school kits, church volunteers help students’ return to school

UMCOR school kits, church volunteers help students’ return to school

November 19, 2018
By Kara Witherow, Editor Children returning to Seminole County’s schools Monday, Nov. 5 received a surprise when they sat at their desks. Not only were their schools – damaged by Hurricane Michael – repaired, but on each desk sat a bag full of needed school supplies. Early that morning, before school began, a team of volunteers from Friendship United Methodist Church descended on the schools. In a flurry of activity, they unpacked four pallets of boxes, hustled from room to room, placed one ...

Updated Conference history book chronicles accomplishments of South Georgia UMC churches

November 19, 2018
By Kara Witherow, Editor In its 152-year history, the South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church has accomplished some amazing things, said Anne Packard, curator of the Moore Methodist Museum and conference archivist. In an effort to document what God has done in and through South Georgia United Methodists, Packard, along with historians from each local South Georgia church, has compiled and published an updated history of the conference, “History of the South Georgia Conference ...

Advance Daily Christian Advocate electronic version available now

November 05, 2018
The Advance Edition of the Daily Christian Advocate (ADCA), the official journal of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church, is set to be available in a bound and printed format by November 26, with a PDF of the 2019 ADCA accessible online now. The Book of Discipline requires that the ADCA be available to delegates at least 90 days before the opening day of General Conference. For the 2019 Special Session, which officially opens February 24th in St. Louis, that date is November 26....

Alive Together in Storm Recovery

Alive Together in Storm Recovery

November 05, 2018
In the month since Hurricane Michael ripped through Southwest Georgia as a category 3 hurricane, the South Georgia Conference has experienced so many ways in which we are Alive Together in the World. Allison Lindsey, associate Director of Connectional Ministries, and Luis Morales, Disaster Response Coordinator, have been coordinating response efforts across South Georgia. “I am thankful for Allison and Luis, for their tireless service, and for their dedication to our annual conference and our ...

Magnolia Manor resident finds joy in sewing, serving

Magnolia Manor resident finds joy in sewing, serving

November 05, 2018
By Kara Witherow, Editor Charlotte Petty loves to sew. The Magnolia Manor of St. Simons Island resident has been sewing and creating “all her life” and finds joy and fulfilment in crafting handmade items and helping others. She sees value in everything, never throwing away a scrap of yarn or piece of fabric. “My motto is ‘Waste not, want not,’ so if I see a use for something, I do it,” she said. Another of her guiding principles is “See a need, meet a need.” While perhaps unspoken, that ...

UMW gather in Warner Robins for annual meeting

UMW gather in Warner Robins for annual meeting

November 05, 2018
By Kara Witherow, Editor A hundred or so United Methodist Women gathered in Trinity United Methodist Church’s sanctuary Oct. 20 to join with their sisters and hear an encouraging word about being women of service, faith, and persistence. “We are treading on holy ground,” South Georgia United Methodist Women president Carol Banks, who had just recently returned from a UMW Unbuntu Journey to Peru, said to the women gathered in Warner Robins. Meeting under the theme, “Sacred Spaces of Service,” ...

Students to tour campus ministries, colleges during 2019 Campus Crawl

Students to tour campus ministries, colleges during 2019 Campus Crawl

November 04, 2018
By Kara Witherow, Editor Emma Chloe Arnold has had her sights set on college since middle school. The 16-year-old, a junior at Seminole County High School in Donalsonville, toured more than a dozen college campuses last February as part of Campus Crawl, a bus tour designed to introduce ninth through twelfth grade students to Georgia’s United Methodist campus ministries, colleges, and, universities. Sponsored and organized by the Georgia UMCommission on Higher Education and Collegiate ...

Arca de Fuego worships in new home

Arca de Fuego worships in new home

October 15, 2018
By Kara Witherow, Editor Sunday, Aug. 26 was a day of celebration for Arca de Fuego, the Hispanic congregation of Americus First United Methodist Church, as they opened the doors of their new facility. About 270 members of the Hispanic congregation gathered in the downtown Americus location and sang songs, worshiped, and thanked God for their new home. While the congregation is 15 years old, Sunday, Aug. 26 was their first service in the Clarence Jorden Center on Habitat for Humanity’s campus...

Delegation hosts first listening post session

Delegation hosts first listening post session

October 15, 2018
By Kara Witherow, Editor More than 30 people gathered at The Chapel in Brunswick Thursday, Oct. 11 as the South Georgia Conference’s General Conference delegation hosted its first of three listening post sessions. An opportunity for South Georgia clergy and laity to share their thoughts and take part in the Way Forward conversation, the listening post was hosted by Rev. Jay Hanson, a member of the delegation and lead pastor of The Chapel Ministries in Brunswick. Rev. Hanson did not make a ...

Neighbors help neighbors after Hurricane Michael slams Southwest Georgia

Neighbors help neighbors after Hurricane Michael slams Southwest Georgia

October 15, 2018
CLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL DISASTER RESPONSE RELATED NEWS By Kara Witherow, Editor The Southwest District bore the brunt of Hurricane Michael’s wrath in Georgia as the storm slammed into the area last Wednesday afternoon and evening as a Category 3 hurricane. Michael brought 115 mph winds and downed trees and power lines throughout the region. Homes, churches, and businesses were damaged and destroyed. Cotton, peanut, and pecan crops, which were not yet fully harvested, were decimated. But ...

Grant helps Colquitt UMC become handicap accessible

Grant helps Colquitt UMC become handicap accessible

October 01, 2018
By Kara Witherow, Editor Misty Hayes is a fiercely independent woman, a busy volunteer who spends time serving at Colquitt United Methodist Church’s food bank, helping with the church’s children and youth ministries, and participating in Colquitt’s Swamp Gravy folk-life play. Nothing stops Hayes, says Colquitt UMC pastor Rev Scott Stanfill, except the church’s door. Hayes, who uses a wheelchair, was born with a progressive muscle disease that is a type of muscular dystrophy. The church’s door...

South Georgia team serves at Sager Brown, helps with UMCOR’s disaster response efforts

South Georgia team serves at Sager Brown, helps with UMCOR’s disaster response efforts

October 01, 2018
By Kara Witherow, Editor Last month, nine South Georgia United Methodists traveled to Baldwin, La. to work in the United Methodist Committee on Relief’s (UMCOR) Sager Brown supply depot. There they got an up-close look at how the agency responds before and after disasters. The trip, sponsored by the Conference Outreach team, was organized by Allison Lindsey, associate director of Connectional Ministries and led by Susan Hughes, a member of Central United Methodist Church in Fitzgerald. Hughes ...

UM connection, technology join families, transcend time zones

UM connection, technology join families, transcend time zones

October 01, 2018
By Kara Witherow, Editor It’s not often that Russian is spoken with a Southern accent, but on Sunday, Sept. 16, members of Svetlana Thompson’s family in central Russia heard “приветственная семья – Welcome, family of Lana,” in a distinctly South Georgia drawl. From half a world away, they watched via livestream as Rev. Ted Goshorn, pastor of Eastman United Methodist Church, welcomed congregants to worship and led the congregation through the liturgy from The United Methodist Hymnal. Svetlana ...

Conference invests in pastors, local churches through On Boarding

Conference invests in pastors, local churches through On Boarding

September 17, 2018
By Kara Witherow, Editor Transition is tough, whether it’s getting a new appointment and moving to a new town and church or receiving a new pastor. Getting a jump start to help further the process can be an invaluable tool for all involved. The South Georgia Conference has embraced On Boarding, a corporate technique for getting a fast start in executive leadership through early, candid dialogue, assisted by an outside consultant. A corporate strategy that’s been adapted for ministry settings ...

Responding to Florence: how to help

Responding to Florence: how to help

September 17, 2018
As Florence continues to drench the Carolinas, dumping record amounts of rain on the region that has and will continue to lead to devastating flooding, South Georgia United Methodists ask, “How can we help?” The tropical depression, which was downgraded from a Category 1 hurricane after it made landfall in Wrightsville Beach, N.C. Friday, has swamped communities in North Carolina and South Carolina, damaged thousands of homes and businesses, and left hundreds of thousands without power. At ...

Wesleyan College announces inauguration date of 25th president, Dr. Vivia Fowler

Wesleyan College announces inauguration date of 25th president, Dr. Vivia Fowler

September 17, 2018
The inauguration of Wesleyan College’s 25th president Dr. Vivia Lawton Fowler will be held Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, at 11 a.m. in the Porter Family Memorial Auditorium, 4760 Forsyth Road, Macon. Following a nationwide search, Fowler assumed her position as president on July 1, 2017, after having served the College for a decade as provost and vice president for academic affairs. Fowler earned her Ph.D. in psychological and philosophical foundations of education at the University of South Carolina...

Conference to offer Certified Lay Minister Training

September 04, 2018
Laity have long been an integral part of Methodist ministry. Lay leaders, lay speakers, and lay missioners have served the church almost since its inception. Certified Lay Ministers (CLMs) typically provide ministry in part-time or volunteer roles in a variety of formats including conducting public worship, caring for the congregation, assisting in program leadership, developing new and existing faith communities, preaching the Word, leading small groups, and establishing community outreach ...

Delegation to host listening sessions

September 04, 2018
South Georgia’s General Conference delegation will host three listening post sessions to provide South Georgia clergy and laity the opportunity to share their thoughts and take part in the Way Forward conversation. Three listening sessions will be held, and several delegation members will be present at each meeting. Thursday, October 11             The Chapel, Brunswick          10 a.m. – noon Wednesday, October 17         Centenary UMC, Macon        10 a.m. – noon Thursday, October 25        ...

Letter calls for hope, kindness, unity

September 04, 2018
By Kara Witherow, Editor In a season when The United Methodist Church is fraught with discord, distrust, and dissension, more than 250 South Georgia clergy and laity have signed an online petition to demonstrate their commitment to unity. The “Hope Through Unity” open letter was published last month and has gained attention around the Conference and the connection. The writers hope to build a coalition of people on both sides of the human sexuality debate who support unity. “Our hope is ...

Three appointments announced, effective Oct. 1

September 02, 2018
Bishop Lawson Bryan has announced appointments for three local church positions effective October 1. Dr. Tony Caldwell, currently serving as pastor of Montezuma United Methodist Church, will be appointed to Hinesville First United Methodist Church. Rev. Jonathan Beckum, currently serving at Ellaville United Methodist Church and Corinth United Methodist Church, has been appointed to Montezuma UMC. Haynes Martin, a certified candidate currently serving as assistant pastor at Martha Bowman United ...

Charge Conference Forms now available

August 21, 2018
Charge Conference Forms are now available online. Click here to access forms. If you have questions, please contact your district office. 

Financial Literacy Academy gives clergy tools, teaching needed for financial literacy

Financial Literacy Academy gives clergy tools, teaching needed for financial literacy

August 20, 2018
By Kara Witherow, Editor Fresh out of seminary or License to Preach school most pastors enter into vocational ministry feeling pretty well prepared to preach, teach Bible studies, lead theological discussions, and make disciples. But too often they receive their first or second appointment and are thrust into a situation for which they feel completely unprepared – a finance committee meeting. There are no financial classes taught at seminary, and precious few hours are spent on preparing ...

Telfair County churches unite to provide biblical education

Telfair County churches unite to provide biblical education

August 20, 2018
By Kara Witherow, Editor This semester, nearly 75 of Telfair County’s public-school students are receiving biblical, Christ-centered education during the school day. They’re not just learning about the Bible as an influential piece of literature or about Christianity in the context of a world religion class, but instead they’re learning about creation-based science, apologetics, and stewardship. This is thanks to a new partnership between several Telfair County churches that led to the ...

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