Conferences plan welcoming service for GBGM


A service of celebration and hospitality to officially welcome the General Board of Global Ministries to Georgia is set for Sunday, Jan. 11 at 6 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church in Atlanta.
Bishop James King of the South Georgia Conference will preach the service, which will include communion and will celebrate the opportunity for ministry that is truly global. Also participating in the service will be Bishop Mike Watson of the North Georgia Conference; Thomas Kemper, General Secretary of the General Board of Global Ministries; and representatives from Global Ministries and both conferences.

"We want to take the opportunity to officially welcome the General Board of Global Ministries to Georgia," Bishop King said. "The mission and ministry that Global Ministries provides on behalf of our denomination is tremendous, and we know that regardless of location the good work will continue. This service is simply an outward expression to the General Board and its staff that we are excited they are coming and will help with the transition in any way that we can."
Within two years, the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries will move from its longtime headquarters at the Interchurch Center in New York and move south to Atlanta.
That decision was announced in October.
The Georgia based headquarters will have mission responsibilities in the United States. In a new configuration for the agency, staff will also be assigned to three new regional offices in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
The departure from the offices at 475 Riverside Drive on Nov. 1, 2016, will coincide with the end of the board’s current lease.
The Board of Global Ministries expects to purchase and renovate the large Grace United Methodist Church complex on Ponce de Leon Avenue for its Atlanta headquarters, with the congregation continuing to worship there.
The January worship celebration is being hosted by GBGM and the South Georgia and North Georgia Conferences.