Bishop Bryan reflects on the Special Meeting of the Council of Bishops
I continue to hear about the great work you - the churches of the South Georgia Conference - are doing in your communities and out in the world. While you are working faithfully in...
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Annual Conference Special Offering to benefit South Georgia, U.S., global health initiatives

Annual Conference Special Offering to benefit South Georgia, U.S., global health initiatives

April 17, 2018
United Methodists are committed to health, wholeness, and offering hope. Local congregations offer feeding ministries to help children receive nourishing food when they aren’t at school, mission teams travel overseas to help dig and install water wells in faraway countries, and United Methodists from around the conference faithfully give to assist clergy when they are faced with special needs. During this year’s Annual Conference session, South Georgia United Methodists have the opportunity to...

Applications being accepted for S3 clergy groups

April 17, 2018
Deadline is July 1 S3 is a program for sustaining excellence in ministry sponsored by the South Georgia Order of Elders and the Board of Ordained Ministry. S3 is a collaborative, small group, action learning experience that will help sustain/promote excellence in ordained ministry. You and your peer group develop and implement a two-year long small group learning experience focused on three areas: Sabbath, Study, and Service. S3 groups are self-selected and self-directed: you choose the members ...

Connectional Table planning for post-General Conference church

April 17, 2018
By Heather Hahn, UMNS No matter what happens at the special General Conference next year, United Methodists will wake the next day and still have work to do. That was a frequent refrain at the April 4-7 meeting of the Connectional Table, a leadership body of 64 lay and clergy members who act as a sort of denomination-wide church council coordinating ministry. The Connectional Table devoted most of its discussions to how it can help the church fulfill its calling during this time of ...

Irwinville UMC quilters share gifts of love with Methodist Home’s children

Irwinville UMC quilters share gifts of love with Methodist Home’s children

April 17, 2018
By Kara Witherow, Editor Every Monday, a group of five women from Irwinville United Methodist Church gather in the church’s fellowship hall to sew, stitch, and make small talk while joyfully sharing God’s love. They’re there to make quilts for the children at the Methodist Home for Children and Youth, something they’ve been doing for more than 12 years. They’ve handmade hundreds of quilts over the years, lovingly crafting each one. The quilts are more than just warm, colorful blankets. They ...

Judicial Council announces special session

April 17, 2018
By Linda Bloom, UMNS The United Methodist Judicial Council has confirmed it will meet May 22-25 to consider one or more petitions related to the special session of General Conference in February 2019. General Conference 2019 will focus solely on one topic — the church’s position on homosexuality. In an April 16 letter, Lui Tran, Judicial Council secretary, told Bishop Cynthia Harvey that the United Methodist Council of Bishops’ request for a special meeting of the denomination’s top court “...

Bishops seek declaratory decision from Judicial Council on Special Session

April 10, 2018
WASHINGTON – The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is asking the Judicial Council for a declaratory decision on what petitions can be submitted to the denomination’s Special Session of General Conference called for February 2019. In an electronic vote that affirmed the request made at their February 2018 meeting in Dallas, the bishops voted to seek a ruling from the highest court in the denomination on the meaning, application and effect of Paragraph 14 in relation to Paragraph ...

Cordele First UMC blesses community, church with unexpected candy donation

Cordele First UMC blesses community, church with unexpected candy donation

April 03, 2018
By Kara Witherow, Editor What would you do with 48,000 pieces of candy? Cordele First United Methodist Church asked themselves that question when a semi-truck carrying 48 cases of candy, unable to deliver the order, donated its entire load to the church a few weeks ago. While several cases were given to the church’s food pantry, the timing turned out to be perfect to turn their small church-wide Easter egg hunt into a community outreach event, and church leaders quickly jumped on the idea. “...

Isle of Hope UMC ministry offers hope, support to those with dementia

Isle of Hope UMC ministry offers hope, support to those with dementia

April 03, 2018
By Kara Witherow, Editor Five years ago, Beth and Chuck Maner’s lives changed when Chuck was diagnosed with Lewy body dementia. In the past two years, his health has declined to a point where he needs round-the-clock care and isn’t able to be alone. It’s been a difficult few years, Beth says – isolating and lonely. Because of the disease, Chuck, an outgoing and friendly man, had little to look forward to and nowhere where he felt normal. And unless she hired a caregiver Beth didn’t have time ...

The United Methodist Church celebrates 50th anniversary of historic merger

April 03, 2018
Congregations across the connection are invited to celebrate the 50th anniversary commemorating the event on April 23, 1968, when leaders of the Evangelical United Brethren Church and The Methodist Church declared the creation of a new denomination, The United Methodist Church. With the words “Lord of the Church, we are united in Thee, in Thy Church and now in The United Methodist Church,” the new denomination was birthed at the constituting General Conference being held that year in Dallas. The...

Annual Conference 2018: Announcements & Reminders

March 23, 2018
2018 Annual Conference Session From the Bishop Dear Lay and Clergy Members of the Annual Conference, Conference and Agency Leaders, We launched “Alive Together in Worship” at the conclusion of the 2017 Annual Conference. When we meet again this June we will have much to celebrate for our churches have been diligently pursuing our goal of increasing average worship attendance by 10%. This year’s annual conference session will include stirring music, inspiring updates on our ministries over the ...

Commission members grateful to serve, complete work on final report

March 23, 2018
Members of the Commission on a Way Forward expressed gratitude at the opportunity to be part of the Commission and they signaled hope for The United Methodist Church as they completed their meeting in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 22. The 32-member Commission has been meeting since January 2017 in various places throughout the global denomination to assist the bishops in their charge from the 2016 General Conference to lead the church forward amid the present impasse related to LGBTQ inclusion ...

After-school program fosters servant leadership in teenage boys

After-school program fosters servant leadership in teenage boys

March 19, 2018
By Kara Witherow, Editor   Andre Greene wants to be a lawyer. And a doctor.   The 13-year-old already has plans to finish high school early and start college before his peers.    His big dreams are being nurtured at the Robert Lamar Anderson Academy of Excellence, an after-school program serving at-risk minority students at Columbus’ Baker Middle School.   Begun in October, the RLA Academy provides an art and music-based curriculum that includes leadership training, fine and performing arts ...

Reynolds Chapel UMC member shares God’s love through bicycle ministry

Reynolds Chapel UMC member shares God’s love through bicycle ministry

March 19, 2018
By Kara Witherow, Editor The joy on a father’s face, a simple promise, and a commitment to God set Jim Anderson on a path toward sobriety and launched a bicycle ministry that is now in its ninth year. When cleaning out their garage one afternoon Anderson and his wife, Debbie, found a bike their grandson had outgrown. Not wanting to sell it, they decided to give it to a child who might not otherwise have a bike. Anderson took it to the Seminole County Division of Family and Children Services ...

Commission on a Way Forward to meet March 19-22 to prepare final report

March 14, 2018
The 32-member Commission on a Way Forward will meet in Los Angeles on March 19-22 to prepare a final report to be submitted to the Council of the Bishops for consideration by the bishops at their April/May meeting. “The Commission is focused on suggesting a way forward that pays attention to our public mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, especially with those who are not yet a part of our churches,” said Bishop Ken Carter, resident bishop of the ...

Learning what works: Shadowing Program sends five Europeans to South Georgia to learn principles of growing congregations

Learning what works: Shadowing Program sends five Europeans to South Georgia to learn principles of growing congregations

March 06, 2018
By Kara Witherow, Editor A group of five United Methodists from Estonia and Finland recently visited two South Georgia United Methodist churches to learn the principles of vital congregations. They visited Harvest Church in Byron and The Chapel Ministries in Brunswick and Effingham County. At each, they spent time with church staff and shadowed pastors to gain experience and insight into what makes an effective, growing church. “The idea was that we could learn from their experiences, to see ...

Northeast District partners with Discipleship Ministries to revitalize churches, make disciples

Northeast District partners with Discipleship Ministries to revitalize churches, make disciples

March 06, 2018
By Kara Witherow, Editor The Northeast District of the South Georgia Conference is about to embark on a two-year program to revitalize churches and make disciples. A partnership between the district and Discipleship Ministries, the new initiative was birthed from a question District Superintendent Rev. Chris Ramsey asked in a meeting nearly a year and a half ago. How can general agencies resource local churches and districts? When he heard the question, Bishop Lawson Bryan responded ...

Ken Howle Elected Executive Director of Lake Junaluska

March 04, 2018
The Lake Junaluska Board of Trustees has unanimously elected Ken Howle as the new executive director of Lake Junaluska. He will assume the role immediately. Howle has worked at Lake Junaluska for the last 14 years as director of advancement and as director of sales and marketing. He is a life-long United Methodist. He serves as a member of the church council at Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Waynesville, N.C. “We are fortunate to be able to build on Ken’s experience with Lake ...

Commission on a Way Forward clarifies values as it presents two sketches to bishops

March 01, 2018
(Dallas) What is the Christ’s way forward for doing mission and ministry in the worldwide United Methodist Church? That is the question bishops pondered during their February meeting in Dallas this week as they received an updated report from the Commission on a Way Forward. In the report given to the Council this week, the Commission shared with the bishops two sketches that carry forward many of the values and principles of the three sketches that were presented to the bishops at their ...

2018 appointment-making season begins in the South Georgia Conference

February 19, 2018
It’s appointment-making season in The United Methodist Church, and this week Bishop Bryan and the Appointive Cabinet are meeting for several days to pray, worship, and begin the decision-making process of appointments. The 2018-2019 appointment-making schedule is available here. “One of the primary ways you can see how alive we are is through the appointment-making process,” said Bishop Bryan in a video explaining South Georgia’s appointment-making process. “In that process, local churches, ...

Church uses Facebook Live to minister

Church uses Facebook Live to minister

February 19, 2018
By Kara Witherow, Editor Ashburn, Ga. residents Sheila and Cliff Gibbs have been in Jacksonville since early November. Cliff Gibbs was at Mayo Clinic for nearly three and a half months before recently moving to a rehabilitation hospital. Even though they’ve been far from home for nearly four months, they haven’t felt too far away because they’ve been connected to their Ashburn First United Methodist Church congregation each Sunday via Facebook Live. They haven’t missed a Sunday morning worship...

New fund helps retired pastors in time of need

February 19, 2018
By Kara Witherow, Editor Unexpected help from a new fund that helps retired pastors in their time of need has made Rev. Guy Mathis’ life a little easier these days. Suffering from coronary artery disease, Rev. Mathis has had open-heart surgery and retired from full-time pastoral duties in 2015. Serving Desoto United Methodist Church part time in retirement, upon his wife’s sudden death in October 2016 he became the primary caregiver for their three adopted grandchildren. So when he was told ...

Pastors, churches respond to Florida massacre

February 19, 2018
By Sam Hodges Feb. 15, 2018 | UMNS The Rev. Vance Rains had expected that his church’s Ash Wednesday evening service would be just like the noon service. But in-between, a mass shooting occurred at nearby Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida. So evening worship at First United Methodist Church of Coral Springs, became a time for grieving, consoling and praying, with Rains improvising a new message. “I talked about Jesus calming the storm and basically said that Jesus ...

Bishop announces appointment of Rev. David Thompson as Coastal District Superintendent

Bishop announces appointment of Rev. David Thompson as Coastal District Superintendent

February 11, 2018
Bishop Lawson Bryan announces the projected appointment of one new District Superintendent to the Cabinet, effective June 2018. Rev. David W. Thompson, currently serving as the senior pastor of Cordele First United Methodist Church, will be appointed to serve as superintendent of the Coastal District. He succeeds Dr. Wayne Moseley, who will retire at the 2018 Annual Conference session. “David is an effective, fruitful pastor who uses his mission-field experience in Latin America to strengthen ...

Conference apportionment giving tops 90 percent for third straight year

February 05, 2018
For the third year year in a row, apportionment giving in the South Georgia Conference was above 90 percent. The total collected for 2017 was $12,104,503.09. Of this, $9,446,709.22 was collected on a $10,474,609 budget. The remainder collected was district apportionments and advance special giving.  Total giving was up $583,935.15 from 2016.  “This generosity is a real testimony to the heart of our congregations,” said Dr. Derek McAleer, Conference Treasurer. “There is so much that is fine and...

Wesley Monumental UMC celebrates 150th anniversary

Wesley Monumental UMC celebrates 150th anniversary

February 05, 2018
By Kara Witherow, Editor In the “Hostess City of the South,” Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church has carved out a niche by being a warm, welcoming, historic, traditional church in the heart of downtown Savannah.  The church, a Neo-Gothic beauty with historic stained glass windows, was dedicated in 1890. Situated on Abercorn Street across from Calhoun Square, it has been a fixture in the city’s Historic District since 1868. On Sunday, Jan. 19 Wesley Monumental UMC celebrated its 150th ...

Youth orchestra bolsters confidence, learning

Youth orchestra bolsters confidence, learning

February 05, 2018
By Kara Witherow, Editor For 10 years Kim Jenkins had prayed that Open Door Community House would begin a music program. In the fall of 2016, that decade-long prayer was answered, but not exactly how Jenkins expected. Jenkins had long prayed for, and expected, that Open Door would have a gospel music program for the children who attend Mathews Promise Academy, the ministry’s after school and all day summer program. After all, the children love music and movement, so it seemed a likely fit.  ...

Beauty from the storm

Beauty from the storm

January 22, 2018
When storms ripped through the Southwest and South Central Districts last January, all members of Albany’s El Faro congregation were impacted by the storms in some way, with several families losing everything, including their homes and vehicles. But in the year since the tornadoes brought such devastation to the community, there is hope. The church, a Hispanic United Methodist congregation, is growing and vital, says Rev. David Diaz, who serves both El Faro and the Bainbridge Hispanic Mission. ...

Building Capacity: Where we are now

Building Capacity: Where we are now

January 22, 2018
By Allison Lindsey, Associate Director of Connectional Ministries Building capacity - described as the process of developing and strengthening the skills, instincts, abilities, processes, and resources needed to survive, adapt, and thrive - has been a key phrase among conference leaders this past year when it comes to disaster response.  Admittedly, disaster response becomes very challenging in that as you move out of a disaster event, the awareness and interest fades over time and the sense ...

Commission on a Way Forward prepares updated report to bishops

January 22, 2018
DALLAS - The Commission on a Way Forward is nearing the completion of its task of making recommendations of possible ways forward for The United Methodist Church regarding the inclusion of LGBTQ persons in this global denomination. The 32-member Commission concluded its three-day meeting in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday after reworking sketches of possible models of the future of the denomination that will be part of the final report to the Council of Bishops in May. Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball, ...

Disaster Response: A year in review

Disaster Response: A year in review

January 22, 2018
2017 was an unprecedented year for disasters. More than 25 million Americans - nearly 8 percent of the U.S. population - were affected by what FEMA has called a historic year. South Georgia wasn’t spared, with deadly tornadoes and straight-line winds hitting the Southwest and South Central Districts; Hurricane Irma striking the coast and continuing through the state; and many residents still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew from the previous year. The Conference also supported ...

Morales serves as UMCOR consultant; helps Puerto Ricans recover

Morales serves as UMCOR consultant; helps Puerto Ricans recover

January 22, 2018
Luis Morales, Disaster Coordinator for the South Georgia Conference, has traveled to his native Puerto Rico four times since Hurricane Maria devastated the island last September.  Serving as a consultant for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) since October, Morales has helped the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico devise a relief strategy and recovery plan. To date, more than 11,000 bags of food and 48,960 bottles water have been distributed, helping more than 27,000 people. Five ...

Relief supplies, cleaning kits help after floods, hurricanes

Relief supplies, cleaning kits help after floods, hurricanes

January 22, 2018
Revs. Alaina and Greg Harrison weren’t sure what to think when they arrived at Wesley United Methodist Church in Macon and saw hundreds of plastic five-gallon buckets stacked on the church’s fellowship hall stage. Eager to start their new appointment, they quickly learned the church was a drop-off location for UMCOR cleaning kits. Assembled kits had begun being dropped off pretty regularly after last January’s winter storms in the Southwest and South Central districts, and they decided to more ...

Clergy Compensation List now available online

January 16, 2018
The 2018 Clergy Compensation List is now available online to view: www.sgaumc.org/clergycompensationlist.

A New Year’s letter from Council President Bishop Bruce Ough

January 08, 2018
2018 New Year’s Greetings To the People Called United Methodists: Grace and peace to you as we embrace the New Year. The joy of Christmas and the gift of Emmanuel – God with us – gives us the confidence to face the future with hope.  This hope is born of our faith in the Living God.  Thus, as we enter the New Year we affirm that God who started a good thing in us will see it to fruition. As United Methodists, we are at a precipitous moment, uncertain about our denomination’s future.  Yet, we...

Clergy Day Apart will focus on fresh approaches to preaching

January 08, 2018
A Clergy Day Apart is set for February 12 at Harvest Church in Byron from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Registration and gathering time will begin at 9:30 a.m. This Day Apart, intended for all clergy in the South Georgia Conference, will offer mental, spiritual, emotional, and vocational renewal through the inspiring leadership of the Rev. Jerry Herships. In the midst of therapeutic laughter clergy will find fresh approaches to preaching so that we can be Alive Together in Worship.  Rev. Jerry ...

Conference’s new partnership with seminary makes theological education accessible

Conference’s new partnership with seminary makes theological education accessible

January 08, 2018
By Kara Witherow, Editor By day, Lance Bazemore fights pests and banishes bugs as an exterminator.  In the evenings the husband and father of two is a student and scholar, taking seminary classes to earn a Master's of Divinity degree. The South Georgia Conference’s new partnership with Asbury Theological Seminary makes it possible for Bazemore to do both: have a full-time job to support his family and pursue theological education as part of God’s call on his life. Launched this past ...

Porterfield Memorial UMC launches year-long prayer initiative to combat crime

Porterfield Memorial UMC launches year-long prayer initiative to combat crime

January 08, 2018
By Kara Witherow, Editor With a sharp uptick in violence and crime in Albany in the past year, one local United Methodist Church is praying for change and sending a message of hope and unity to the community.  There were more than 20 murders in Albany last year, more than double what the southwest Georgia city averaged in previous years. The city and its citizens have experienced a spike in crime, much of it drug related, said Rev. Robert Greene, senior pastor of Albany’s Porterfield Memorial ...

South Georgia’s Week of Prayer begins Jan. 14

South Georgia’s Week of Prayer begins Jan. 14

January 08, 2018
This coming Sunday marks the beginning of South Georgia’s Week of Prayer for The United Methodist Church’s “Praying Our Way Forward” initiative. During the Week Of Prayer, which runs Jan. 14 through Jan. 21, South Georgia United Methodists are being asked to commit to worshipping and praying daily using a guide written by the Conference’s deacons. A breath prayer is provided to help guide each day’s worship.  The “South Georgia Prays” daily prayer guide may be found online here. Prayers will ...

2018 Annual Conference session schedule released

December 18, 2017
Plans are coming together for the 2018 South Georgia Annual Conference session, set for June 3 through June 5 at the Jekyll Island Convention Center on Jekyll Island. Gathering under the theme of “Alive Together in Worship,” the annual conference session will celebrate the ways South Georgia churches have made efforts and gains over the past year in worship vitality. Towards the end of the conference session, Bishop Bryan will introduce next year’s emphasis.  The annual conference will also be...

Conference leaders meet to discuss future of church, work of Commission

December 18, 2017
Watch Bishop Bryan and Rev. Jorge Acevedo discuss what it means to be a missional church in a time of uncertainty in our denomination. Various clergy groups and lay leaders met with Bishop Lawson Bryan and Rev. Jorge Acevedo December 5 and Dec. 6 at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island to talk about the work of the Commission on a Way Forward and what the journey ahead looks like for The United Methodist Church.  Rev. Acevedo, pastor of Grace Church in the Florida Conference and a member of...

Hilton UMC’s monthly lunches feed community, renew congregation’s purpose

Hilton UMC’s monthly lunches feed community, renew congregation’s purpose

December 18, 2017
By Kara Witherow, Editor Hilton United Methodist Church, just three miles from the Alabama border, is a rural country church deep in Early County. A small congregation organized in the 1860s, the church regularly has eight people worshiping on Sunday mornings. Earlier this year, the congregation discussed ways to reach out into the community and serve their neighbors. They decided to do what United Methodists do so well - host a covered dish meal and feed others. What started as a small ...

South Georgians give generously to The Methodist Home to help ensure children have a merry Christmas

South Georgians give generously to The Methodist Home to help ensure children have a merry Christmas

December 18, 2017
By Kara Witherow, Editor Jeanie Hoffman is an avid crocheter and has kept busy in her 12 years of retirement by making prayer shawls, hats, and blankets.  When a local thrift store generously donated her a large supply of yarn, Hoffman considered what to create. She knew of The Methodist Home for Children and Youth and the ministry it provides to children and families across South Georgia, and decided to make hats for the 140 children served by The Home. “Something told me The Children’s ...

United Methodists around the world celebrate Christmas

December 18, 2017
Click here to watch how United Methodists around the world celebrate Christmas  We are grateful to the following churches and photographers for contributing their photos to our Christmas Around the World Slideshow: UMC Africa Churches: Emmanuel United Methodist Church Port-Bouët (Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire), United Methodist Cathedral Magami (Jalingo, Nigeria), First United Methodist Church of Monrovia (Liberia) Photographers: Isaac Broune (Côte d’Ivoire), Ande Emmanuel (Nigeria), Julu Swen ...

Cordele church’s crops help grow congregation

Cordele church’s crops help grow congregation

December 04, 2017
By Kara Witherow Midway United Methodist Church is in the heart of Cordele, the self-proclaimed Watermelon Capital of the World. With deep agricultural roots, it makes sense that the church’s congregation, pastored by a former farmer, would begin a food and gleaning ministry in the acre-and-a-half field that sits next to the church. What they didn’t necessarily expect, however, was how the small church would blossom right alongside the crops. What started as a pumpkin patch several years ago...

Delegate counts for 2020 General Conference announced

December 04, 2017
The Secretary of the General Conference announced today the number of delegates assigned to each annual conference for the 2020 General Conference has been calculated, and certificates of election are on the way to bishops and annual conference secretaries. The computation involves applying a statistical formula contained in The Book of Discipline 2016, which is based on the number of clergy and professing lay members of each annual conference. Since the Book of Discipline caps the maximum ...

New Conference Center less than $500,000 from being fully funded

December 04, 2017
After being revised and “right-sized,” South Georgia’s new Conference Center is $492,000 from being fully funded. That’s a $700,000 savings from the original construction estimate. “Anytime you can save $700,000 and still fulfill a vision, it’s a good thing!” said Bishop Lawson Bryan. The cost savings are a result of a collaborative partnership with Wesleyan College, which recently built Pierce Chapel and the Corn Center, and their willingness to allow the Conference use of those conference ...

South Georgia UM students receive more than $26,000 in scholarships from GBHEM

December 04, 2017
Eighteen South Georgia United Methodist students have received scholarships totalling $26,550 from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM).  The students received the funds through the Rev. Dr. Karen Layman Gift of Hope Scholarship, the United Methodist General Scholarship, the Ethnic Scholarship, the E. Craig Brandenburg Scholarship, the Miriam Hoffman Scholarship, the HANA Scholarship, and the UM Allocation. Each scholarship recipient was awarded amounts ranging from $500 ...

United Methodists called to pray; South Georgia’s week of prayer Jan. 14-21, 2018

December 04, 2017
Conference deacons write prayer and worship guide As The United Methodist Church grapples with issues related to human sexuality and the future of the denomination, United Methodists are being called to pray intentionally and fervently.  The denomination-wide “Praying Our Way Forward” initiative launched New Year’s Day 2017 with 75 weeks of focused prayer for The United Methodist Church. Each annual conference will take one week to pray for the mission of The United Methodist Church to make ...

Banks follows in mother's footsteps as United Methodist Women president

Banks follows in mother's footsteps as United Methodist Women president

November 20, 2017
Carol Banks has followed in her mother’s footsteps in more ways than one. The newly elected United Methodist Women president is carrying on the legacy of service her mother instilled in her from a young age as Banks saw her mother, former United Methodist Women president Eugenia Yawn, attend Woman’s Society of Christian Service (WSCS) meetings and actively serve in missions and ministry. A strong influence in her daughter’s life and faith, Yawn served as the South Georgia United Methodist ...

Bishop Bryan names who will serve on two task forces

November 20, 2017
Bishop R. Lawson Bryan today announced the names of South Georgia clergy and laity who will serve on two task forces approved during the 2017 Annual Conference session: a task force on Coordinated Action on Behalf of Undocumented Neighbors and a task force on multiculturalism. The first, a task force on Coordinated Action on Behalf of Undocumented Neighbors, will look at developing a strategy to educate clergy and laity about the history of immigration and human and civil rights concerning ...

Bishops receive interim Way Forward report, elect new officers

November 20, 2017
The Council of Bishops (COB) met at Lake Junaluska in North Carolina last week to receive an interim report from the Commission on a Way Forward, elect new officers, and prepare for the 2019 Special Session of General Conference, among other things. From the president’s address to giving feedback on the interim report of the Commission, the bishops stressed the importance of the mission of God, the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the love of Jesus Christ in The United Methodist Church. Here ...

Churches focus on safety; South Georgia hosts Church Security Workshop

November 20, 2017
Like many South Georgia congregations, Bonaire United Methodist Church is fortunate to count among its members several law enforcement officers and federal agents. Vigilant and sensitive to their surroundings even during worship services, they keep an eye out for dangers most don’t notice. Still mindful of the need to gird up the Bonaire UMC campus and keep the congregation safe, senior pastor Dr. Scott Hagan attended a church security workshop last April and learned valuable tips that he and ...

South Georgia congregations, individuals give more than $500,000 to storm recovery

November 20, 2017
South Georgia has seen its share of natural disasters during the past two years: devastating tornadoes and straight-line winds and Hurricanes Matthew and Irma. But even amid their own losses and damage, faithful and generous South Georgia United Methodists have dug deep, giving hundreds of thousands of dollars to others in need. In 2017 alone, more than $500,000 has been given by South Georgia United Methodist congregations and individuals to the conference’s Hurricane Harvey Relief fund and ...

South Georgia's week for Praying Our Way Forward movement is January 14-21

November 20, 2017
South Georgia Conference Week of Prayer: January 14-21, 2018 umcprays.org The denomination-wide 'Praying Our Way Forward' initiative launched on New Year’s Day 2017 with 75 weeks of focused prayer for The United Methodist Church. Each annual conference will take one week to have intentional prayer for the mission of The United Methodist Church to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world and for the work of the Commission on a Way Forward. The effort began in the North...

St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation announces fall grants

November 20, 2017
The Board of Directors of the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation, Inc. has approved grants for the Fall 2017 Grant Cycle. Grants totaling $794,018 will be made to 14 organizations the week of December 4, 2017. The following is a brief description of each recipient and the purpose of the grant. Organizations serving Southeast Georgia: Skylark (formerly Care Net Pregnancy Center of Coastal Georgia) (www.helloskylark.com)  A $31,768 grant to Skylark to provide funding to upgrade medical...

Academy for Spiritual Formation coming to Epworth

November 06, 2017
Prayer, worship, learning, and reflection are the hallmarks of the five-day Academy for Spiritual Formation, a retreat experience for clergy and laity that is scheduled April 29 through May 4, 2018, at Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island. A time for intentional spiritual growth in a disciplined community of prayer, study, worship, and fellowship, the Academy for Spiritual Growth, a program of Upper Room Ministries, provides an opportunity for clergy and laity to deepen their relationship ...

Andrew College receives gift of bicycles for student transportation from Brunswick First UMC

November 06, 2017
Shown with some of the refurbished bicycles are students Madison Whitehead, Franklin, GA; Frederik Ackander, Västerås, Sweden; and Destiny Reed, Dawson, GA Thanks to a generous donation, students at Andrew College in Cuthbert are now enjoying riding bicycles as they move from campus to downtown classes or shopping. The refurbished bicycles were donated to the college by the Bicycle Ministry program of the First United Methodist Church of Brunswick. More than a dozen bicycles were delivered to ...

Columbus pastor, wife launch marriage and family podcast

Columbus pastor, wife launch marriage and family podcast

November 06, 2017
Marriage, family, faith, fun. Those who know Shannon and Rev. Jimmy McIlrath know they’re passionate about those four topics. And now they’re the basis of a lively and engaging weekly podcast – Figuring Our Four – where the McIlraths share four ideas about a specific topic. During a recent episode, Balance, they shared ways to find balance with time, money, faith, and fun. “Make fun a priority,” Shannon McIlrath said, whether it’s a day at the lake or a weekend getaway. “Put it on the ...

Jack Ewing to retire as Executive Director of Lake Junaluska

November 06, 2017
Lake Junaluska Executive Director Jack Ewing announced today that he will retire on December 31, 2017. Over the past seven years Ewing has led Lake Junaluska following four guiding principles: clarity of mission, focus on place, support of staff and development of a sustainable business model.   “Jack brought a vision to Lake Junaluska, and over the last seven years he has helped us live into that vision,” said Mike Warren, chairman of the Lake Junaluska Board of Trustees. “Lake Junaluska has ...

United Methodist Women gather for 45th annual meeting

November 06, 2017
Past United Methodist Women gathered at the annual meeting. Pictured, left to right, are Mary Exley, Sara Bankhead, Margaret Creech, Eugenia Yawn, Gloria Morgan, and Charlene Black. After plans for a 2016 annual meeting were thwarted by Hurricane Matthew, the South Georgia United Methodist Women gathered Saturday, Oct. 21 for their 45th annual meeting. “What a wonderful day God has made for us to gather,” South Georgia United Methodist Women president Mary Exley said to the women and handful ...

Commission on a Way Forward working on interim report to bishops

November 01, 2017
The Commission on a Way Forward, which is working to find unity for The United Methodist Church regarding human sexuality, began its sixth meeting on October 30, 2017, with a devotion that challenged the members to be as one in the body of Christ and to see each person as a reflection of God. The Rev. Dr. Tom Salsgiver, of the Susquehanna Annual Conference in the U.S., sharing on Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12, told his fellow Commission members: “I must be the reflection of the one who created ...

2017 Conference Journal ready for orders and download

2017 Conference Journal ready for orders and download

October 16, 2017
Journal includes conference business, directories, reports, appointments, and statistical tables The 2017 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 2017 Journal of the South Georgia Annual Conference.*  The ...

Annual Conference shortened by one day; hotel room blocks now open

October 16, 2017
At a recent meeting, the Annual Conference Program Committee decided to shorten the length of the 2018 Annual Conference session by one day. It is now set for June 3-5, 2018, at the Jekyll Island Convention Center on Jekyll Island. “After last year, some delegates expressed concern over the cost of hotel rooms and meals on the island,” said Dr. Jay Harris, Conference secretary. “We listened and have therefore modified our schedule so that delegates may choose to head home on Tuesday if they ...

Asbury Memorial UMC weaves scripture, sermon, Broadway songs into services

Asbury Memorial UMC weaves scripture, sermon, Broadway songs into services

October 16, 2017
By Kara Witherow, Editor Colorful carousel horses, balloons, and men in masks are more often associated with Broadway stages instead of church chancels, but on Sunday, Oct. 8 worshipers at Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church were treated to a vibrant and powerful musical display during a special worship service. It’s become an October tradition for the Savannah church to incorporate well-known Broadway numbers into its services. Liturgy, scripture, and a sermon are woven among harmonies ...

Church, school partnership helps give students hope, skills, confidence

October 16, 2017
By Kara Witherow, Editor It’s sometimes challenging for young adults with disabilities to find meaningful work and live independently after graduating high school, but a unique partnership between a Richmond Hill church and school is helping give students the life skills and confidence they need to tackle adult life. For the past two years, Richmond Hill United Methodist Church has partnered with Richmond Hill High School’s special education class to help students increase their capabilities ...

Morales to be UMCOR liaison in Puerto Rico

October 13, 2017
  Luis Morales, South Georgia Conference Disaster Coordinator Luis Morales, Disaster Coordinator for the South Georgia Conference, is traveling to Puerto Rico today, Friday, Oct. 13, as a consultant for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). He is representing UMCOR and meeting with Bishop Hector Ortiz, bishop of the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico, to assess how The United Methodist Church and UMCOR can best support and help Puerto Ricans in the wake of Hurricane Maria. “This is ...

Building Community; UMW to meet Oct. 21

Building Community; UMW to meet Oct. 21

October 02, 2017
United Methodist Women Annual Meeting 2017 Written and submitted by United Methodist Women United Methodist Women in South Georgia has been “Building Community” all year long. It’s is nothing new for this organization because it is what and who we are – a community. The conference Annual Meeting being held at Statesboro First United Methodist Church Oct. 21 will highlight this theme and will accent the job our Bishop give us at Annual Conference, “being alive in Christ.” “Statesboro First is...

SACSCOC approves Reinhardt University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing

October 02, 2017
Reinhardt University is proud to announce that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges has approved the University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing. “It is gratifying to see several years of work come to full fruition with approval from SACSCOC,” said Provost Mark Roberts. “Regional accreditation is a mark of quality, and Reinhardt is pleased to add the BSN to its academic offerings.” Reinhardt University announced its new program in early 2017 and received a ...

UMCom internship helps South Georgia student learn, grow, share

October 02, 2017
Taylor Bush is pictured with her UMCom co-workers in their Nashville, Tenn. office. Pictured in the front row, left to right, are: Kathy Noble, editor of Interpreter Magazine; Fran Coode Walsh, Director, Member Communication; Taylor Bush; Chris Fenoglio, Manager, Web Content. Pictured in the back row left to right, are: Joe Iovino, Manager, Member Content Development, and Tony Cook, Freelance Video Editor. Photo courtesy of Fran Walsh, UMCom By Kara Witherow, Editor This summer, more than 400...

We pray for victims of the Las Vegas shooting

We pray for victims of the Las Vegas shooting

October 02, 2017
Our hearts go out to the victims of last night’s shooting at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas. Early reports indicate that at least 50 people have died and hundreds more are injured. The police are at work to learn all they can about the shooter and his background. Right now there is so much we want to know, yet we want real information and not misinformation. What we do know for certain is that we must pray: for the hundreds of wounded victims, that their injuries would heal and that they will ...

Bishop Bryan reflects on one year in South Georgia, looks ahead to future

September 18, 2017
Stay Calm, Stay Connected, and Stay the Course ADVOCATE: It’s hard to believe more than a year has passed since you were appointed and installed to the South Georgia Conference! How has being a bishop differed from being a local church pastor? BISHOP BRYAN: Some of the differences would include expanding my parish area from a local community to an annual conference covering 61 percent of the state of Georgia. Another difference would be the shift in focus from one local church to working with ...

Church presence brings help, hope to those affected by Hurricane Irma

September 18, 2017
Rev. Andy Lamon, campus pastor of The Chapel Effingham, and several members of the congregation helped clean a Tybee Island home that was flooded by Hurricane Irma. By Kara Witherow, Editor Tricia Lewis carried sodden pillows to a growing pile of debris Friday afternoon, days after Hurricane Irma flooded her home with 18 inches of water. “It’s just stuff,” said Lewis, whose house on Lewis Street on Tybee Island was also flooded just 11 months ago during Hurricane Matthew. “We’re a lot better...

Churches outside Florida feel effects of Irma

September 18, 2017
By Linda Bloom Sept. 12, 2017 | UMNS While United Methodists across Florida began to take stock as Hurricane Irma left the state, church members in Georgia and South Carolina were dealing with flash flooding, downed trees and power outages as the storm headed north. Reports also began to emerge from Hispanic-Latino churches in the Caribbean, where Irma began its path of destruction on Sept. 5 in the Leeward Islands. The hurricane killed 36 people in the Caribbean before making landfall on the ...

Congregations and communities come together to serve during, after hurricane

Congregations and communities come together to serve during, after hurricane

September 18, 2017
By Kara Witherow, Editor Hurricane Irma, which was downgraded to Tropical Storm Irma before it struck South Georgia Monday, Sept. 11, downed power lines, felled trees, flooded neighborhoods, and taxed local utilities throughout the region. One week after the storm, hundreds are still without power and full restoration will take months, officials say. United Methodists across Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina are still assessing the damage and cleaning up after the deadly storm that left at...

Methodist Home houses evacuees, shares Christ’s love

September 18, 2017
By Brittany Grier, Marketing Coordinator, The Methodist Home The Methodist Home was blessed with the opportunity to serve others during Hurricane Irma. It was truly an incredible week of service! Roughly 120 kids and staff from The Florida United Methodist Children’s Home, along with seven dogs, arrived at The Methodist Home in Macon on Thursday, September 7 as they evacuated from Enterprise, Fla. ahead of Hurricane Irma. The following day Bishop Lawson Bryan, along with his wife, Sherrill, ...

Andrew College receives final approval for cancer registry management certificate program

September 05, 2017
Andrew College passed the final hurdle in the process of creating an online Cancer Registry Management program. On Thursday, Aug. 17, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS) approved the program and have included it in the scope of the current Andrew College accreditation profile. Dr. Richard McCallum, interim academic dean for Andrew College said, “We are pleased and delighted to receive SACS approval. This new certificate program will respond to an ...

Churches paint, hide rocks to share hope, faith

September 05, 2017
Lena Sumner, a fifth-grade student in Christy Yates' Park Avenue UMC Sunday school class, paints a scripture verse on a rock. By Kara Witherow, Editor A little acrylic paint and a few rocks are helping spread hope and love across South Georgia communities. From Bainbridge to Brunswick, individuals and groups are painting rocks and brightening people’s days, one rock at a time. At Park Avenue United Methodist Church, Christy Yates’ fifth-grade Sunday school class is learning about the Bible ...

COB President appeals for prayers and disaster relief support

September 05, 2017
United Methodist Council of Bishops FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, September 1, 2017 WASHINGTON – Council of Bishops President Bishop Bruce R. Ough is urging all United Methodists to pray and offer support to the victims of the flooding in the Gulf Coast and the mudslides in Sierra Leone. In his letter, Bishop Ough said the heart-rending images from the floods in Texas and the mudslides in Sierra Leone should move all Christians into helping fellow brothers and sisters in the disaster areas. “...

North Georgia UM churches partnering in new ways with new campus ministries

September 05, 2017
By Sybil Davidson As college students begin a new school year, United Methodist churches are partnering in new ways with the Georgia UMCommission to launch and champion new campus ministries. Three notable new ministries are in the works thanks to our United Methodist connection: Georgia Gwinnett Wesley, West Georgia Wesley, and Augusta Wesley.   Georgia Gwinnett Wesley Most people don't think of Lawrenceville as a "college town," but when Lawrenceville First UMC went through a ...

St. Simons UMC father helps organize $6,500 student debt payoff

September 05, 2017
By Kara Witherow, Editor A note sent home in his son’s folder before the end of school last May spurred one St. Simons Island man into action to organize a community effort to pay off the lunch debt at every school in Glynn County. The note reminded parents to pay their children’s cafeteria debts. Instead of reading it and immediately tossing the note in the trash, Dan Meyers, a member of St. Simons United Methodist Church, wondered what he could do to help those who couldn’t afford to pay ...

September 1 marks one year anniversary for Bishop Bryan in South Georgia

September 01, 2017
We want to wish Bishop Lawson Bryan a happy One Year Anniversary! September 1 marks one year he has served as the episcopal leader in the South Georgia Conference. Recently, Bishop Bryan and Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson, episcopal leader of the North Georgia Conference, sat down to reflect on their first year of ministry here in Georgia. We are so thankful for their spiritual leadership and guidance and can’t wait to see what this next year holds! Click here to watch video.  

After violence, death in Charlottesville, United Methodists pray for peace, healing, unity

August 21, 2017
Centenary Church's service attracted a diverse crowd and more than 30 clergy, including Episcopalian pastors, a Catholic priest, Methodist pastors, and Baptist ministers. Photo courtesy of Centenary Church. By Kara Witherow, Editor “Lord, what can I do?” That’s the question Rev. Precious Hawkins asked as she watched violence erupt in Charlottesville, Va. last weekend. “What can we do? It kept coming back to ‘pray,’” said Rev. Hawkins, pastor of Speedwell United Methodist Church in Savannah....

Larry and Myrna Roberts named Chief Junaluska recipients

Larry and Myrna Roberts named Chief Junaluska recipients

August 21, 2017
Rev. Larry Roberts accepts the Chief Junaluska Award on behalf of himself and his wife, Myrna, who passed away earlier in 2017. Rev. Larry Roberts and his wife, Myrna (posthumously), were named the 2017 Chief Junaluska recipients during Lake Junaluska Associates Weekend held on Aug. 5. “Larry and Myrna have given unselfishly to Lake Junaluska through labors of love, time, and gifts, and have been Life Members of the Lake Junaluska Associates for 14 years,” said Rev. Jimmy Pennell, the 2016 ...

Q & A with Dr. Matt Woodbery, Director of Connectional Ministries

Q & A with Dr. Matt Woodbery, Director of Connectional Ministries

August 21, 2017
“The rich blessings we have experienced inspire us and require us to serve others.” Upon his retirement from the United States Army, Dr. Jerry Maddox (Matt) Woodbery, Jr. was appointed by Bishop Lawson Bryan to serve as Director of Connectional Ministries. His appointment began Aug. 1. A member in Full Connection and an Ordained Elder of the South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church, Dr. Woodbery began his ordained ministry in 1985 as the associate minister at Americus First ...

The Methodist Home achieves Sanctuary Institute certification

August 21, 2017
By Kara Witherow, Editor After an “amazing” three-year journey, the Methodist Home for Children and Youth has become the first organization in Georgia to be certified by The Sanctuary Institute. An agency that serves families and children in crisis, the Methodist Home wants to be a place of restoration and of sanctuary. When they learned of the Sanctuary Model of care, Methodist Home leaders decided to implement the program throughout the agency. “When we began our Sanctuary journey, we ...

SEJ College of Bishops grieves the violence in Charlottesville

August 18, 2017
Witness and Invitation from the Southeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, August 17, 2017   "The things, good Lord, that we pray for, give us grace to labor for." - Thomas More, UMH, 408 Serving with you in the Southeastern Jurisdiction, we grieve the violence in Charlottesville. We renew our baptismal covenant to trust and serve Christ, to resist evil, and to honor all in the human family. We share with you our resolve to name, resist and dismantle racism in ...

Bishop Bryan: Moving beyond hatred and violence to build Casa de Vida y Paz

Bishop Bryan: Moving beyond hatred and violence to build Casa de Vida y Paz

August 12, 2017
I received the news of the violence that erupted this weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, as I was attending the Southwest District United Methodist Men’s Rally. As followers of the Prince of Peace, who himself died at the hands of violent people, we United Methodists raise our voices in protest over this latest demonstration of inhumanity to one another. We pray for those on all sides of this conflict to come to the awareness that such actions are a denial of the values that bind us together ...

5 ways congregations can serve schools

August 07, 2017
Photo courtesy of Rev. Kirk Hagan, pastor of Wrightsville First UMC By Kara Witherow, Editor School starts this week or has already started for many in South Georgia, and with the inevitable flurry of back-to-school activity comes the question: how can we serve our schools and students? Each act of service usually has a need associated with it, but at the heart of every action or program should be sharing hope and God’s love. Here are a few practical ways to step outside the walls of the ...

Annual Conference location update

August 07, 2017
In an effort to garner bids for future locations of the South Georgia Annual Conference Session, a subgroup of the Annual Conference Program Committee has developed an RFP (request for proposal). Prior to the 2017 Annual Conference Session, the RFP was sent to 12 different Convention and Visitor’s Bureaus in South Georgia cities which might have facilities and motels to accommodate our conference's needs. Cities include: Albany, Columbus, Dublin, Golden Isles, Macon, Perry, Savannah, Statesboro,...

Serving is a rewarding experience for Leesburg UMC couple

August 07, 2017
Linda and Jimmy Bence, members of Leesburg UMC, served at UMCOR's Sagar Brown depot By Kara Witherow, Editor Linda and Jimmy Bence have seen firsthand how the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) serves communities in times of need, alleviates human suffering, and advances hope and healing. The couple, members of Leesburg United Methodist Church, saw how the agency responded in the aftermath of the Flood of 1994. “We like what they do,” Jimmy Bence said. “UMCOR has really meant a lot...

Prepare for disasters now, respond when storms hit

July 24, 2017
In January 2017, devastating storms tore through the small community of Adel, causing death, destruction, and nearly insurmountable loss. The storms claimed seven lives in the town and damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes. In the aftermath of the disaster, Adel United Methodist Church, which was spared major damage and loss of life, offered relief to families in a nearby mobile home community by helping pay for funeral expenses. The church also set up a fund to receive donations to minister ...

Remodeled Lake Junaluska gazebo made possible by South Georgia family

July 24, 2017
Lake Junaluska has remodeled a gazebo along the Francis Asbury Trail, thanks to a generous gift from the family of Larry Roberts, a former  South Georgia minister, in memory of his wife, Myrna Roberts. For many years the Francis Asbury Trail Gazebo has been a much beloved meditation location along the Lake Junaluska Walking Trail. In recent years the gazebo has fallen into disrepair and improvements were needed. The family of Myrna Roberts saw this need and decided to honor Mrs. Roberts, who ...

Rev. Reese to serve as Northwest District liaison during Dr. Cooper’s recovery

July 24, 2017
As Dr. Buddy Cooper, superintendent of the Northwest District, recovers from quintuple bypass surgery, Bishop R. Lawson Bryan and the South Georgia Cabinet are grateful to Rev. Dick Reese for stepping in to serve as the Northwest District’s liaison to the Cabinet. He will also serve as a liaison between the district office and the Northwest District churches. Rev. Reese, who retired in 2010 after serving 54 years in the South Georgia Conference, brings supervisory experience to this new role, ...

Bishop Bryan presents Vital Signs Assessment Tool to Conference

July 10, 2017
The “Alive Together in Worship” theme was woven throughout the 2017 Annual Conference session as Dr. Lovett Weems, Distinguished Professor of Christian Leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary, taught three sessions based on his book, “Overflow: Increase Worship Attendance and Bear More Fruit.” Each of the sessions was geared toward helping the conference achieve its goal of increasing average worship attendance by 10 percent. To accompany the teaching moments and help congregations and ...

Father and son serve downtown Brunswick church

Father and son serve downtown Brunswick church

July 10, 2017
By Kara Witherow, Editor In the late 1800s, Mary and Charles Shepard were faithful members of Brunswick First United Methodist Church. Their daughter Lillian married George Bright Culpepper, a Methodist minister. Today, more than 100 years later, the Shepard’s great-great grandson, Dr. Wright Culpepper, and great-great-great grandson, Rev. Bill Culpepper, are following in their footsteps, serving and worshiping in the same downtown Brunswick church. Dr. Culpepper, an ordained elder, was ...

UMC School of Congregational Development to be held in Atlanta

July 10, 2017
You're invited to “Join Us at The Lord’s Table,” and this year the table is close to home! The UMC School of Congregational Development will be held here in Georgia Aug. 17-20 at Peachtree Road UMC in Atlanta. This is the premier event in The United Methodist Church for equipping clergy and laity to lead vital, dynamic, life-changing congregations. Sponsored by Discipleship Ministries, Global Ministries, and Path 1, this year’s event is being hosted by the North Georgia Conference, Candler ...

Andrew College receives final approval to offer four-year business degree

June 26, 2017
Andrew College received word on Thursday, June 15 from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS) that approval was given for the college to offer a baccalaureate degree in business, effective fall 2017. The approval by SACS was the final hurdle in the process of creating the program. The program is now included in the scope of the current Andrew College accreditation. Emphasizing the breadth of business systems and processes, with a special eye toward small ...

Columbus congregation gives car to teen

June 26, 2017
Epworth UMC youth minister Adam McNeil, Audrey, and Epworth UMC pastor Rev. Crosby stand in front of Audrey's new 2013 Ford Focus By Kara Witherow, Editor Epworth United Methodist Church in Columbus is a small church making a big impact. When church members learned that the transmission in 16-year-old Audrey’s* 2002 Jeep Liberty had blown and her family couldn’t afford to have it fixed they jumped in and offered to pay for the repairs. When it was determined that the repairs would cost more ...

No age limit on ministry

June 26, 2017
By Kara Witherow, Editor Dr. John McGowan loves people and loves to preach. The nonagenarian, who turns 92 in November, officially retired in 1990 after 40 years of service in the South Georgia Conference, but he’s been preaching and pastoring ever since. He’s served at least 14 interim appointments in the past 27 years, and says he’ll serve again if called upon. “I love to preach! Whenever someone would call me and ask me to preach I would go,” Dr. McGowan said. “I have enjoyed doing it in ...

Pathways leadership training event is THIS WEEKEND!

June 26, 2017
Download the Pathways brochure here Register online here Churches looking for new ideas, networking opportunities and practical, quality training for their pastors, parishioners, staff and leaders need look no further than this year’s Pathways leadership training event. Scheduled for Saturday, August 26 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Warner Robins, the training event will offer participants more than 30 workshops to choose from, each designed to help congregations become healthier and...

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