North GA Conference
Comprised of 930 churches, more than 1,500 clergy members, and more than 360,000 lay members, The North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church seeks to develop Christian leaders, inspire young people, provide opportunities to serve those in need and fulfill the mission of the denomination, “To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” Currently, it is the largest United Methodist Conference in the United States.
Structure and Leadership
The North Georgia Conference is a regional body of United Methodist Church. It includes 12 smaller geographical divisions called “districts.” The North Georgia Conference is overseen by Bishop B. Michael Watson. The Conference is headquartered in Peachtree Corners at The Lodge at Simpsonwood. Every year, historically in June, laity and clergy of the North Georgia Conference gather for business and worship at an event called the North Georgia Annual Conference.
In the state there are two United Methodist theological schools (Candler School of Theology and Gammon Theological Seminary) and nine United Methodist-related colleges and universities (Andrew College, Clark Atlanta University, Emory University, LaGrange College, Oxford College, Paine College, Reinhardt University, Wesleyan College and Young Harris College).
The North Georgia Conference has three camp and retreat facilities including Glisson Camp and Retreat Center in Dahlonega, The Lodge and Simpsonwood in Norcross, and Collinswood, a universally accessible retreat center on Lake Oconee. Related agencies include Action Ministries, Murphy-Harpst Children’s Centers, the United Methodist Children’s Home, North Georgia Conference Housing and Homeless Council, Wesley Woods Senior Living and others.
About the Denomination
The United Methodist Church is an 11-million-strong global church that opens hearts, opens doors and opens minds through active engagement with our world. John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today. Find more about The United Methodist Church at www.umc.org.