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The Intentional Growth Center

at Lake Junaluska

An agency of the SEJ UMC

"Increasing Pastoral and Congregational Effectiveness in Order to Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World"

Founded in 1977, the Intentional Growth Center (IGC) is a nonprofit organization that serves as a continuing education and renewal center for both clergy and laity. Located in The Atkins House, IGC designs and offers courses and growth experiences at picturesque Lake Junaluska in the mountains of Western North Carolina, and in other locations throughout the country. Approximately 50 seminars and workshops are offered each year and more than 2,500 participants benefit from sessions dealing with Bible studies, ministry skills, spiritual retreats, personal growth, and spiritual/ life coaching.

The Atkins House is the historic second home of Bishop James Atkins, the first Superintendent of Lake Junaluska Assembly. Located at 959 North Lakeshore Drive, this three story house retains the charm of the early 1900’s while being in the heart of the Assembly’s missional activity. Along with housing the offices of IGC, the Atkins House also provides bed and breakfast facilities and a meeting room for individuals, families, or small groups.

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IGC is able to provide continuing education and spiritual enrichment to clergy and laity thanks to support from generous donors. If you would like to help IGC continue to provide these services, please click the link below.

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Intentional Growth Center Staff

Leslie Butters, Acting Executive Director, ext. 720

Amy Ney, Road Scholar Program Coordinator, ext. 384

Bailey Butters, Marketing and Communications Director, ext. 385

Don Neal, Interim Ministry Coordinator, 256-738-3978

Bobbie Ammons, Atkins House Hostess, 828-361-4572

Find out more...

Confirmation Retreat Weekends

Experiencing the World of the Bible

Transitional/Intentional Interim Ministry Seminars

Road Scholar


Contact Us!

959 North Lakeshore Drive, Lake Junaluska, NC 28745

Mail to: PO Box 546, Lake Junaluska, NC 28745

Phone Toll Free: 1-800-482-1442

Local: 828-454-6720

Fax: 828-452-4225