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 Martha Kate Hall at [email protected].

Peer Learning Group Funding

From Martha Kate Hall, associate coordinator for congregational life:

CBF/GA understands the importance and significance of peer learning groups, and we are excited to partner with ministers as they participate in this ministry.  Peer learning groups within the state of Georgia may now apply for grants through CBF/GA for up to $500. This funding is offered in addition to grants given through CBF/National. Grants may be requested using our new online form FOUND HERE.

Requests must be submitted no later than October 26, 2018.

Upon approval, CBF/GA will send a check to the requested church for the approved amount.  Please note that grants are awarded based on budgetary availability. Please also know that Jody Long and Martha Kate Hall are always available to connect with peer learning groups.

If you have any further questions, contact Martha Kate 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]