The North Georgia Conference Center for Congregational Excellence Launches Summer and Fall Events


The North Georgia Conference’s Center for Congregational Excellence seeks to equip United Methodist pastors and laity with experiential learning to further strengthen you as congregational leaders. Here are just some of the offerings coming up this summer and fall:

Upcoming Events

New Church Developer Cohort for leaders interested in starting new faith communities. Contact Rev. Richard Hunter (

Fresh Expressions Vision Days and Dinner Church Trainings

Mission Insite Training is a people mapping and demographics database.

Early Response Team (ERT) Training for those interested in taking part in the United Methodist Church’s on the ground response immediately following natural disaster.

Fall Youth and Children’s Retreats hosted at Glisson Camp and Retreat Center, Dahlonega, Ga.

  • Create! Retreat, September 17-19, 2021, provides 3rd–5th graders and their leaders an opportunity to experience Christian discipleship and adventure. Ideal to relaunch Kids Ministry programs at your local church and to give late elementary school students their first retreat experience: one that models safety, programmatic excellence, and the power of the United Methodist connection.
  • Fall Confirmation Retreat, October 1-3, 2021, for any youth, 6th12th grade, currently enrolled in a Confirmation experience in their local church. This retreat focuses specifically on building unity with the newly formed Confirmation Class and teaching the group the importance of telling and sharing their own faith story. Students and adults will share their faith journey with their groups and experience group-building activities led by camp staff.
  • ROOTED Fall Retreat, October 8-10 / 15-17, 2021, offers an opportunity for middle school and high school youth to experience the Gospel and our connectional church together in a camp setting with activities, a live worship band, dynamic speakers, group time, and powerful worship. Learn more and register here.


The "Leading Edge Learning" (LEL) Series includes monthly in-person gatherings with leading edge authors and innovators for Christian congregational health and vitality. Also available through digital recordings.

July 2021: Tod Bolsinger 

In his book, "Canoeing the Mountains (2015)," Tod Bolsinger convinced us that pioneering a new future for our church will require adaptive leadership skills and mindsets. In the crucible of the COVID-19 pandemic, he released, "Leadership For A Time of Pandemic and Tempered Resilience," and laid out the kinds of trials that forge adaptive leaders and congregations into truly resilient ones. Join us for a time of learning and conversation around essentials for post-pandemic congregational leadership.

Event Details

  • Meet & Greet: 6 p.m. on Friday, July 30 at St. Paul Summitt Street UMC, Gainesville, Ga.
  • LEL: Tempered Resilience: An Adaptive Leadership Summit: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 31 at Cliftondale UMC, College Park, Ga.
  • Register here.

August 2021: Rev. Elizabeth Hagan

Difficult conversations are … well, difficult. As the church, we’re in a position to lean INTO those conversations, not away from them. Through Brave Church, we'll discuss ...

  • Navigating difficult topics like mental illness, domestic violence, racism, and sexuality
  • Asking thought-provoking questions and initiating disarming conversations
  • Moving beyond "agreeing to disagree"
  • Launching a 6-week small group with the included Brave Church Group Guide

Event Details

  • Meet & Greet: 6 p.m. on Friday, August 27, (location to be determined), Marietta, Ga.
  • LEL: Brave Church: Tackling Tough Topics Together: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, August 28, (location to be determined), Marietta, Ga.

September 2021: Rev. Dr. Mark DeYmaz

The Rev. Dr. Mark DeYmaz is the founding pastor of the Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas. In this multi-ethnic and economically diverse church, significant percentages of Black and White Americans, together with men and women from more than 30 nations, walk, work, and worship God together as one. A recognized leader in the emerging Multi-ethnic Church Movement, his first book, "Building a Healthy Multi-ethnic Church," provides the biblical mandate for the multi-ethnic church and outlines seven core commitments required to bring it about. For churches to not only survive but thrive in the future, leaders must also learn to leverage assets, bless the community, empower entrepreneurs, and create multiple streams of income to fund their mission effectively. In his latest book, "The Coming Revolution in Church Economics," DeYmaz offers the Why and the How.

Event Details

  • Meet & Greet: 6 p.m. on Friday, September 24 at Point First Mallalieu UMC, East Point, Ga.
  • LEL: Building Healthy Multi-Ethnic and Entrepreneurial Congregations: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 25 at The Nett Church Berkmar Campus, Lilburn, Ga.

October 2021: Rev. Robert King

In his first book, "Hearts On Fire: Your Roadmap to an Exciting Love-Filled Life," the Rev. Robert King guides you through a roadmap leading toward an exciting life and love. The roadmap challenges key personal thoughts and attitudes that routinely keep us separated from living life to its fullest in our relationships and actions. By connecting anew to the love and power of Jesus, you are encouraged to seize the opportunity to develop a new focus, renewed energy, enduring passion, and sustained purpose. King currently serves as the lead pastor of Golden UMC in Douglasville, Ga.

Event Details

  • Meet & Greet: To be announced
  • LEL: Hearts on Fire: To be announced