The 2017 North Alabama Annual Conference will meet June 4-6, 2017, at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville. The theme will be "Singing God’s Song in Tune and Rhythm." The focus of this year's gathering will be Church Health and Leadership Development.
Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett explains, “Two goals and a theme have shaped the planning of this Annual Conference. Goal 1: It will be mission-driven. This requires that everything we do and say moves us toward our mission to discover, develop and deploy spiritual leaders to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Goal 2: It will be a 48-hour period of worshipping God, fellowshipping with others and doing the business of the Annual Conference. Theme: We will focus on healthy congregations and 'Singing God’s Song in Tune and Rhythm.' We envision participants returning home on the evening of June 6 knowing that we have accomplished the work of the Annual Conference in the presence of God and God’s people.”
Guest Teachers during this year’s event will be Bishop James R. King Jr. and Bishop Robert Schnase.
Bishop King is a native of Ashland, Alabama. He was elected to the episcopacy by the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference on July 12, 2000, and assigned to the Louisville Area where he served until 2008, when he was assigned to the South Georgia Area. He retired in 2016.
Bishop Schnase serves as bishop of the Rio Texas Conference. Prior to that assignment, he served as the bishop of the Missouri Conference from 2004-2016. He is the author of the bestselling books Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations, Five Practices of Fruitful Living, Practicing Extravagant Generosity, and Seven Levers: Missional Strategies for Conferences. His latest book, Just Say Yes: Unleashing People for Ministry, will be the resource used for a pre-Annual Conference Teaching Seminar with Bishop Schnase at Trinity UMC in Huntsville on Saturday, June 3. The seminar, sponsored by the Healthy Congregations Operational Team, will focus on ways to unleash passionate church leaders for starting new ministries.
Online Reservations are now open. Participants should make reservations in order to purchase meal tickets, register a child or grandchild for Kids’ Camp or childcare, purchase Annual Conference T-shirts and request special accommodations for disabilities. The reservation deadline Go to www.umcna.org/ac17reservations.
Several hotels are offering special rates during Annual Conference 2017. They are now taking reservations from Annual Conference participants. Reservation Cut-off Date for hotels listed below: May 15, 2017. For more information go to www.umcna.org/ac17hotels.
Find more information and updates about the 2017 North Alabama Annual Conference at www.umcna.org/ac2017.