Peer Learning Groups

I wanted to thank you all and the others in state leadership for your work in encouraging the churches in our regions to connect. As a result of the state meeting this past spring, the Children’s Ministers in the NE region have been meeting monthly and our time together is invaluable. You may not have known what your work inspired so I wanted to share this with you. I hope 2017 is a great year for you and in the life of CBF/GA.
–Kara Wheeler

CBF/GA understands the importance and significance of the opportunity for ministers to meet with their peers. For this reason, CBF/GA offers grants each year to Peer Learning Groups meeting in the state of Georgia. The self-guided groups meet monthly to address some of the top issues that ministers face, including:

  • Burnout
  • Career development
  • Church growth and size transitions
  • Loneliness
  • Preaching (staying fresh)
  • Resource options
  • Self-care
  • Staff relationships

All groups are regional and may or may not be defined by a common ministry position. If you would like to locate a Peer Learning Group in your area or start a peer group, please contact Frank Broome at [email protected].

Peer Learning Group Funding

From Martha Kate Hall, associate coordinator for congregational life:

As your peer learning group begins to plan for the upcoming year, CBF/GA would like to offer your group the opportunity to apply for funding in addition to grants given through CBF/Global. We are partnering with CBF/Global to assist your groups in meeting your goals for the 2016-2017 season.

Peer learning groups within the state of Georgia may now apply for grants through CBF/GA for up to $500. We ask that your group request a specific amount, noting the intended use of the funds. Along with this, we ask that your group submit the following as a part of your request:

  • Your request for funding sent to CBF/Global, which includes a membership list, focus statement, and goals for the upcoming year
  • A statement regarding your current connectivity with CBF/GA and/or CBF/Global

CBF/GA understands the importance and significance of peer learning groups, and we are excited to partner with you as you participate in this ministry. Frank Broome and I are always available to connect with your groups, and we would be happy to buy your group lunch after one of your meetings!  If you have any further questions, contact me at [email protected].

PLG Regional Director for GA

Laura Stephens-Reed

256-653-4808
[email protected]

Conveners of Peer Learning Groups

Jessica Asbell

First Baptist Church, Roswell
Baptist Women in Ministry
770-587-6890
[email protected]

Becky Caswell-Speight

Smoke Rise Baptist Church, Stone Mountain, GA
678-533-0546
[email protected]

Clayton Davis

Andrew P. Stewart Center
404-522-0942
[email protected]

Frank Granger

First Baptist Church, Athens
706-548-1359
[email protected]

Karen Harwell

Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA
404-266-8111

Jim King

Parkway Baptist Church, Duluth
770-476-4441
[email protected]

Julie W. Long

First Baptist Church of Christ, Macon
478-742-6845
[email protected]

Ron McClung

Pastor, Haddock Baptist Church
478-932-5470
[email protected]

Brandon Pendry

First Baptist Church, Athens, GA
706-548-1359
[email protected]

Matt Sapp

Heritage Baptist Church, Canton, GA
770-479-9415
[email protected]

Eric Spivey

First Baptist Church of Cornelia, GA
706-778-4412
[email protected]

John Uldrick

First Baptist Church, Rome
706-291-6850
[email protected]