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Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: An Invitation for all North Alabama Conference Elders, Deacons, Licensed Local Pastors and Associate Members


Dear Friends, Ten years ago Bishop Robert Schnase released Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, a book that has had a significant impact upon the United Methodist Church. Congregations across the nation have grown healthier as a result of leaning into the five principles Bishop Schnase identified, including: 1) radical hospitality 2) passionate worship 3) intentional faith development, 4) risk-taking mission service and 5) extravagant generosity. A decade later, at the 2017 Gathering of the...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Developing Spiritual Leaders: A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land


Dear Friends, The year was 2000 and Bishop Robert C. Morgan was the Kentucky Conference bishop. My husband Lee and I were among the participants on the pilgrimage Bishop Morgan led to the Holy Land that year. I’ll always remember Bishop Morgan negotiating with the driver and guide to add to the itinerary “off the beaten pathway” sites. He was an amazing student of the land and Bible who taught us much in those ten days. It was the journey of a lifetime that forever changed how I teach, preach ...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Responding to Disasters


Dear Friends, Heart-breaking devastation has been recently caused by weather-related events such as Hurricane Harvey in Texas, the mudslides in Sierra Leonne, fires in the Western US, earthquakes in Mexico and now Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean, Florida and other parts of the Southeastern US. The destruction has left a lot of persons across the world in need of compassion and assistance. The North Alabama Conference stands ready to help our neighbors, near and far. Many thanks to our Disaster ...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Charlottesville


Dear Friends, As I have read and heard reports about the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, my heart has been filled with grief. I grieve: for those who were killed; for those who were injured physically; for those who feel hurt and unsafe as a result of the incident; that racism continues to be a prevalent reality in our country. Grief often brings me to my knees in prayer. So I have also prayed. I pray for a day when: racism no longer exists; injustice of every kind is a distant ...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Update on Commission on a Way Forward


Dear Friends, We completed our fourth Commission on a Way Forward meeting in Chicago this past week. Our specific recommendations for the Council of Bishops consideration for the 2019 General Conference are still being formed and thus are not yet ready for release. Though we have ground to cover before finalizing a proposal(s), I am encouraged by the progress the Commission is making. See for a summary of last week’s ...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Spiritual Direction Certification Process offered in North Alabama


Dear Friends, This past Sunday, 13 persons completed North Alabama's first Spiritual Direction Certification Process sponsored by Perkins School of Theology in partnership with the Conference's Board of Ordained Ministry. The coursework took place over a two year period at Sumatanga Camp and Conference Center. (Find more information at As a result of these two years of classes, coursework and mentoring, participants not only grew ...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Reflections on Annual Conference 2017


Dear Friends, We sang God’s Song in Tune and Rhythm at the 2017 North Alabama Annual Conference. It was truly a wonderful experience. Highlights included: extraordinary hospitality offered by host Superintendent Rev. Tom Parrish, the Northeast District volunteers and the Von Braun Center; great sermons and teaching sessions by Bishop Robert Schnase and Bishop James R. King, Jr.; an offering of more than $40,000 designated for our Ministry with the Poor Initiative; several presentations that ...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Pentecost 2017


Dear Friends, Recently my family had an 85th birthday celebration for my Dad. It included affirmation letters, pictures, gifts and of course – cake. We had fun celebrating the day Dad was born! The actual moment of a child’s birth is of great importance. But in reality the development and maturing that follows is what sets the tone for the rest of that child’s life. Today, June 4, 2017, we are celebrating Pentecost Sunday, the birth day of the church. Though we do not have pictures or videos of ...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: A Prayer for the 2017 Annual Conference


Dear Friends, Annual Conference season has arrived!   Many thanks to the staff, planning team and other leaders who have invested countless hours in preparing an inspiring annual gathering.  It will be great to worship, learn and do Conference business together. The 2017 emphasis includes: Theme:  “Singing God’s Song in Tune and Rhythm” Focus:  Healthy Congregations Special Mission Offering:  Ministry with the Poor Conference Priority I look forward to seeing you in Huntsville, June 4-6, 2017....

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Update on recent Judicial Council Decision 1341


Dear Friends, The Judicial Council in the United Methodist Church interprets specific questions related to particular situations.  During their April 25-28, 2017, meeting in New Jersey the Judicial Council ruled on several items, including a petition from the South Central Jurisdiction requesting a declaratory decision on the Western Jurisdiction’s episcopal election, consecration and assignment of Karen Oliveto. The Judicial Council stated that “it is not lawful for the college of bishops of ...

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