In January 2023, Bishop David Graves, episcopal leader of the South Georgia Annual Conference, announced a new priority for the conference: church planting and revitalization.
“God has opened up new windows of opportunity to plant and revitalize churches,” said Bishop Graves. “With a renewed sense of commitment, I believe God is calling the South Georgia Conference to new and abundant life.”
During the 2023 Annual Conference session, South Georgia United Methodists will have the opportunity to support this renewed initiative to plant and revitalize congregations all across the South Georgia Conference through a special offering.
Offerings will help with three objectives: planting new United Methodist Churches in areas where there are not UMC churches, strengthening churches nearest to those areas, and inviting and equipping all the churches of the South Georgia Conference to experience revival and renewal in Jesus Christ.
“The time is here for churches in South Georgia to do new things to reach new people in new ways,” said Mrs. Anne Bosarge, Director of Leadership Strategies and Local Church Resources. “We want to move from maintaining what is to thriving in our mission to making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
“I have already met so many people, both clergy and laity, who are ready to start and be part of the new things God is doing. We already have new things in the works, and I can’t wait to be a part of more of what God is already doing here in South Georgia.”
Bishop Graves, conference staff, and the Committee on Congregational Development are committed to this area of priority and are excited to see where God leads.
“As we move forward, I want you to know my commitment is focusing on the people and churches of the great South Georgia Conference and moving forward in this next season of ministry together,” said Bishop Graves. “God is at work in great ways, and I look forward to how we, together as the South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church, can change our corner of the world.”
For more information about the special offering and a bulletin insert to use in your local church, visit www.sgaumc.org/specialoffering. Congregations are encouraged to send and present their offering during Annual Conference’s June 4 opening worship service.
You can also give online by clicking here.
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