The Deadline to apply for report / presentation time is March 1.
Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett has called us to a Mission Driven Annual Conference.
Your presentation should focus on our Conference vision and mission; present on how your team is partnering with God to work toward our Conference Ministry Action Plan; celebrate how you are witnessing God at work in our Conference; and challenge, encourage and empower individuals attending Annual Conference to return to their local congregation as spiritual leaders focused on making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Tell part of your ministry story through a written PreConference Report
North Alabama Conference teams, committees, commissions, and Conference-related organizations are invited to share a report in the Journal of the North Alabama Conference each year. The Journal is an important communication vehicle not only to get information before the members the Annual Conference, but also to record highlights of your ministry for generations to come. All written reports should be submitted no later than February 1 each year.
Make your presentation a Glory Sighting.
Share how God is working in your ministry area! Share a story celebrating how God is transforming the world through individuals and local congregations.
Tell stories. Use humor. Be engaging.
Help people understand (and care about) the points you wish to make through specific examples, plain language and story. Give real practical examples to challenge and inspire others.
Help develop and deploy spiritual leaders for ministry in their community.
Offer tools and resources from your team to support the ministry of individuals and congregations after they leave Annual Conference.
Choose the best medium (and supporting AV materials) for your presentation.
Presentations at Annual Conference take many forms. Some groups depend on one person to serve as a group spokesperson and give a live presentation from the stage. Others tap a group of representatives who carefully choreograph a live presentation featuring different voices. Still others capture stories of ministry on video to best show the ministry context and feature transformation where it is happening. As you prepare your presentation, consider the medium that will best convey the message your group wishes to share with the Annual Conference.
No pats on the back.
Some reports historically recognize and celebrate individuals and milestones in ministry. These are often the highlights of Annual Conference each year! However, most reports given from the stage are not an effective time to congratulate individuals, pat someone on the back or give a long list of team achievements. Those are best communicated through a written report in the Journal! Presentations from the stage are an opportunity to be a witness, share information to help local churches in their disciple-making ministry and give God the glory.
People are praying for you!
Your name and the name of your ministry team will be given to the Annual Conference Prayer Team prior to Annual Conference. This team of dedicated individuals prays year round for people and ministries in the North Alabama Conference. Between now and Annual Conference this team will pray daily for you and your presentation at Annual Conference.
Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in your preparation and then stay on script.
You will be assigned a coach to help you organize and perfect your presentation. This coach will be an asset as you prepare to make the best use of your time on stage. He or she will work with you as you script, refine and rehearse your presentation. When your time on stage at Annual Conference arrives, stick with the script you have prepared being confident in that Spirit guided preparation.
You should schedule time to work with your coach to practice your presentation. Additionally, take other opportunities to practice your presentation aloud and seek feedback from trusted friends and colleagues.
Be mindful of time.
Your presentation is important to this Annual Conference session. Please remember that there are other presentations that are also important. Be mindful of your allotted time. During Conference there will be stage managers and visuals on the monitors to help you stay true to your allotted time.
Eat a good breakfast the day of your presentation.
The morning of your presentation at Annual Conference you are asked to attend a breakfast with Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett and other presenters at 7 a.m. The breakfast will be held in a conference room at the Embassy Suites adjoining the Von Braun Center. During this brief time the group will pray together and receive instructions for the day. Please RSVP for this breakfast by emailing Linda Holland at firstname.lastname@example.org.