Healthy Congregations offers tools to assist local churches

6/27/2017

The 2017 North Alabama Conference emphasis was on Church Health - one of the four Conference priorities. Throughout the day on Monday of Annual Conference, Executive Director of Healthy Congregations Rev. Bob Alford was joined by local church leaders to highlight different tools available to help congregations grow healthier.

In his opening presentation, Rev. Alford introduces the upcoming presentations noting they will highlight tools available to assist local congregations, as well as, share stories of how these tools are working in local settings. He noted, “Programs do not make a church a church. They are only conduits to connect with people.”

The tools introduced during the 2017 Annual Conference included the following:

  • the L3 (loving, learning, leading) model of leadership for local congregations
  • Relational Evangelism
  • the Antioch Project which helps align vision, mission and accountability in context toward church health and growth 
  • MissionInsite - an online system to help learn about a congregation’s local community, its needs and ministry opportunities 
  • Area Teams - clergy peer groups that help pastors connect with each other for support
  • Abide - L3 process especially for small membership churches 
  • Fresh Expressions, a way to move outside the walls of the church to reach those who do not know Jesus Christ

Each week this summer, we will post the presentation about one of these tools for church health on the Conference website. For more information about any of these resources contact the Healthy Congregations office at 205-226-7948 or email laura.belding@umcna.org or balford@umcna.org.

Watch the Healthy Congregations opening presentation below.


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