United Methodist Church (U.S.). North Georgia Conference

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The Georgia Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church (M.E.C.) was organized at the church's General Conference of 1830. The members met for the first time in Macon, Georgia, in 1831. Within a few years the church began to struggle with the issue of slavery. Unable to reach an agreement, the church divided in 1844 and the slave-holding states formed the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (M.E.C.,S.).

In 1866 the Georgia Conference of the M.E.C.,S. was divided into the North Georgia and South Georgia Conferences. After much debate the conference voted for a dividing line that ran generally east and west and slightly north of Macon. The division put nearly two-thirds of the state in the South Georgia Conference and approximately two-thirds of the members in the North Georgia Conference. At the time of its creation the North Georgia Conference consisted of a total of roughly 540 churches with a combined lay membership of 38,000 and 390 clergy. It included the districts of Augusta, Athens, Atlanta, Elberton, Dahlonega, Griffin, La Grange, Milledgeville, and Rome.

The North Georgia Conference grew rapidly. In 1939 the MECS united with the MEC and the Methodist Protestant Church to form the Methodist Church. At this time the Conference consisted of ten districts, 289 charges, 377 clergy, 156,000 members, and churches and parsonages valued at $8,232,995. The Methodist Church merged with the Evangelical United Brethren Church in 1968 to become the United Methodist Church. In 1996 the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church consisted of twelve districts with a total lay membership of 286,515 and 877 clergy.

The experience of African Americans within the Methodist Church was one of segregation. They were organized into conferences separate from those of white members. In 1864 the General Conference of the MEC authorized the creation of Mission Conferences to serve people of color. Five mission conferences were formed between 1866 and 1868, including the Georgia Mission Conference in 1867. By 1868 these conferences had been granted the same status as the regional annual conferences. The Savannah Conference was formed in 1876, with the Atlanta Conference added in 1896. By 1895 these conferences had become almost exclusively African American in membership, numbering nineteen by 1925. At the time of unification in 1939, all the segregated conferences within the Methodist Church were organized into the Central Jurisdictional Conference, a racial, rather than geographical conference. This conference existed simultaneously with the five regional jurisdictional conferences. The Savannah and Atlanta Conferences united in 1952 to create the Georgia Conference. In 1964 the General Conference of the Methodist Church passed a plan to integrate the Central Jurisdictional Conference into the five regional jurisdictions. These merged from 1964 to 1973, with the Georgia Conference uniting with the North Georgia Conference in 1971 and the South Georgia Conference in 1972.

The North Georgia Conference supports a wide variety of services and institutions. The Wesleyan Christian Advocate is a weekly newspaper supported by the North and South Georgia Conferences. The United Methodist Children's Home, located in Decatur, was established in 1871. The conference supports several institutions of higher learning: Emory University, originally established at Oxford in 1836; La Grange College, which began as a female academy in 1831; Reinhardt College, formerly a junior college founded in 1883; and Young Harris College, a junior college, opened in 1882. The church supports Wesley Foundations at nine other colleges and universities in the North Georgia area. In addition to these institutions the North Georgia Conference has developed Camp Glisson, a summer camp and year-round retreat facility in Dahlonega, and Simpson Conference and Retreat Center in Norcross. United Methodist retirement centers include Wesley Woods Retirement Center in Atlanta and Wesley Village in Blairsville.

From the description of Agency history record. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 145405899

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referencedIn Jarrell, Charles Crawford, 1874-1961. Charles Crawford Jarrell papers, 1826-1961. Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
referencedIn Tate, John Bibb. John Bibb Tate memoir, 1921-1983. Pitts Theology Library, Candler School of Theology
referencedIn Faulkner, Daphne C., 1930-. Daphne C. Faulkner papers, 1974-1981; 1986; 1995. Georgia State University
referencedIn Tilly, Dorothy Rogers, 1883-1970. Dorothy Rogers Tilly papers, 1868-1970. Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
referencedIn Knox, James Lloyd, 1929-. James Lloyd Knox papers, 1985-1999. Flugschriften des Fruhen 16 Jahrhunderts
referencedIn Camp Glisson (Dahlonega, Ga.). Camp Glisson (Dahlonega, Ga.) records, 1937-1976. Pitts Theology Library, Candler School of Theology
referencedIn Wesley Memorial Enterprises. Wesley Memorial Enterprises, 1895-1914 Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
referencedIn Dempsey, Elam Franklin, b. 1878. Elam Franklin Dempsey papers, 1855-1952. Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
referencedIn Richardson, Jennifer J. Jennifer J. Richardson collection on Camp Glisson, 1946-1997. Pitts Theology Library, Candler School of Theology
creatorOf United Methodist Church (U.S.) North Georgia Conference. United Methodist Church (U.S.) North Georgia Conference administrative files, 1707-1989. Flugschriften des Fruhen 16 Jahrhunderts
referencedIn Taylorsville Methodist Church (Taylorsville, Ga.). Taylorsville Methodist Church (Taylorsville, Ga.) church register, 1906-1969. Flugschriften des Fruhen 16 Jahrhunderts
referencedIn Harris, Pierce. Pierce Harris papers, 1908-1969. Flugschriften des Fruhen 16 Jahrhunderts
referencedIn McDavid, Joel Duncan. Joel Duncan McDavid papers, 1980-1984. Flugschriften des Fruhen 16 Jahrhunderts
creatorOf Oakland City United Methodist Church (Atlanta, Ga.). Oakland City United Methodist Church (Atlanta, Ga.) records, 1910-1973. Pitts Theology Library, Candler School of Theology
referencedIn Wilson family. Wilson family scrapbook 1895-1972. Flugschriften des Fruhen 16 Jahrhunderts
creatorOf United Methodist Church (U.S.) North Georgia Conference. United Methodist Church (U.S.) North Georgia Conference local church histories, 1788-2002. Flugschriften des Fruhen 16 Jahrhunderts
referencedIn United Methodist Church (U.S.). North Georgia Conference. Board of Education. Records. Pitts Theology Library, Candler School of Theology
creatorOf United Methodist Church (U.S.). North Georgia Conference. United Methodist Church (U.S.) North Georgia Conference board and agency records, 1830-1983. Flugschriften des Fruhen 16 Jahrhunderts
creatorOf United Methodist Church (U.S.) North Georgia Conference. Office of the Bishop. United Methodist Church (U.S.) North Georgia Conference, Office of the Bishop administrative files, 1953-1996. Flugschriften des Fruhen 16 Jahrhunderts
referencedIn Smith, John Owen, 1902-. John Owen Smith papers, 1921-1996. Flugschriften des Fruhen 16 Jahrhunderts
creatorOf United Methodist Church (U.S.) North Georgia Conference. United Methodist Church (U.S.) North Georgia Conference district records, 1869-2000. Flugschriften des Fruhen 16 Jahrhunderts
referencedIn Red Oak Methodist Church (Williamson, Ga.). Red Oak Methodist Church (Williamson, Ga.) records, 1823-1895. Pitts Theology Library, Candler School of Theology
creatorOf United Methodist Church (U.S.) North Georgia Conference. Agency history record. Flugschriften des Fruhen 16 Jahrhunderts
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