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5% Challenge: Aliceville UMC is increasing worship attendance through faithfulness

June 06 2006
Aliceville UMC is increasing worship attendance through faithfulnessby David F. Parker, pastor Aliceville First UMC Honestly, I was surprised when ...

Conference celebrates barrier breakers with Louise Branscomb Award

June 03 2006
The Advocacy for Social Justice Team hosted a special breakfast on Saturday morning, June 3. During the meal the nominees and recipient for the Louise...

Earthquake in Indonesia: UMCOR's Response

May 30 2006
New York, May 30, 2006-The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is working with partner agencies to provide immediate relief and assistance ...

Birmingham-Southern College awards Bishop Willimon honorary degree

May 28 2006
This past weekend, Birmingham-Southern College awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree to Bishop William H. Willimon.  Bishop Willimon was cited...

Conference recognizes Outstanding Evangelists with Denman Evangelism Awards

May 26 2006
For the last 26 years United Methodist Annual Conferences have recognized outstanding ministries of reaching others for Christ by annually presenting ...

Bishop Willimon Publishes New Book on Preaching

May 24 2006
This week Abingdon Press has published Bishop Willimon's newest book, Conversations with Barth on Preaching.  The book is a scholarly study of ...

North Alabama churches recognized for feeding the hungry

May 23 2006
Six United Methodist church congregations in the North Alabama Conference have been recognized by the Society of St. Andrew for their support of its ...

5% Challenge: Guntersville First says "Do it Again, God!"

May 17 2006
Do it Again God!By Rev. Robin Scott, Pastor Here at Guntersville First we have had almost a 300% increase (212-609) in worship attendance since 1987. ...

Conference Treasurer announces "100% churches" for 2005

May 15 2006
Conference Treasurer Scott Selman has announced that 435 North Alabama Conference congregations remitted 100% of their Conference budget asking in ...

Dean Named at Emory's Candler School of Theology

May 12 2006
Jan Love has been named dean of Emory University's Candler School of Theology. Love, who is currently chief executive of the Women's Division of the ...

5% Challenge: Harrington Heights UMC reaching For a New Day

May 07 2006
Reaching For a New Day! by Bridget E. Dowdy, Pastor Perhaps it was the living sermon on the Great Commission that stretched those who responded to ...

5% Challenge: Riverchase UMC experiences growth in many areas of ministry

May 07 2006
Riverchase United Methodist Church in the Birmingham-East District is quickly approaching the 5% growth mark in worship attendance during the last ...

North Alabama Conference Hispanic Congregation vandalized

May 05 2006
Earlier this week an English-as-Second-Language (ESL) class arrived for their regular lesson at La Casa del Pueblo de Dios, a United Methodist ...

5% Challenge: Gardendale- Mt. Vernon grows by reaching out to different people with a common message

May 01 2006
by Dr. Rudy Guess, Senior Pastor Gardendale-Mt. Vernon's worship attendance has averaged better than a 5% increase per year since 1999.  In 2004 the ...

Bishop and Cabinet announce full-time appointment changes

May 01 2006
Bishop William H. Willimon and the North Alabama Conference cabinet announce the appointment changes for full-time clergy and full-time local pastors ...

Bishop names Rev. Don Neal as the new Executive Director of Superannuate Homes and Ordained Ministry

April 28 2006
Bishop William H. Willimon has announced that Rev. Don Neal will become the Executive Director of Superannuate Homes and Ordained Ministry in June. ...

Conference announces new Assistant Director of Congregational Development

April 27 2006
North Alabama Conference Director of Connectional Ministries Rev. Dale Cohen announced that the Congregational Development Search Team has selected ...

5% Challenge: Jones Chapel UMC celebrates God's miracle of worship growth

April 25 2006
by Pastor Mark Mayo Jones Chapel UMC has gone from 12 to 80 in a three year period. I see a church body that has left the mainstream denominational ...

New Districts and New District Superintendent assignments announced

April 20 2006
  Rough map of the new 8 districtsBishop William H. Willimon has announced his cabinet appointments for the 2006-07 year.  This term will be an ...

5% Challenge Celebration: Tuscumbia 1st UMC exceeds 5% worship attendance increase goal

April 18 2006
by Mike Pope, Senior Pastor "As long as there is one person in Tuscumbia that is lost we are not big enough." That statement helps convey the truth...

5% Challenge Celebration: Making a Difference in Moody

April 13 2006
By Rev. Tim Bailey We at Moody United Methodist Church are seeing wonderful results from the “Make a Difference Campaign.” Our average worship ...

Sumatanga's McKinney-Atkins Conference Center suffers small fire

April 10 2006
Sumatanga Camp and Retreat Center Executive Director Anne Horton reports that this morning, April 10, there was a small fire on the second floor of ...

North Alabama Woman Among Newly Commissioned Deaconesses and Home Missioners

April 07 2006
Stamford, CT, April 5, 2006—The United Methodist Church commissioned 13 new deaconesses and two home missioners on April 4 at the semi-annual meeting ...

Artwork by internationally recognized local artist being displaying at United Methodist Center

April 05 2006
On the afternoon of April 5, 2006, a piece of art featuring a cross created by Lonnie Bradley Holley, Sr., an internationally recognized artist who ...

United Methodist Mission Agency Issues Call for New Missionaries

April 05 2006
Stamford, CT, April 3, 2006—The United Methodist Church needs at least 20 new international missionaries over two years. A recruitment effort—“The ...

Article by Bishop Willimon in The Christian Century 04.04.2006 - Arsonists at play

April 04 2006
Arsonists at play by William H. Willimon THE REIGN of terror against rural Alabama churches appears to be over. Three college men – all honor ...

5% Challenge Celebration: The Story

April 03 2006
Fairview United Methodist Church is a rural congregation in the Gadsden District who discovered a few years ago that one-fourth of the congregation ...

Arrington named SEJ African-American Ministries Director

March 28 2006
Lake Junaluska, N.C.: The Southeastern Jurisdiction is pleased to announce the appointment of Reverend Doctor Carl L. Arrington to the SEJ Ministry ...

United Methodists Pushing Power of Prayer in TV Commercial

March 27 2006
New Ad Campaign Kicks Off March 29 NASHVILLE – A brand new television campaign by The United Methodist Church encourages people to “believe again” in ...

Commentary: Finding humanity in our 'brave new world'

March 22 2006
Editor's note: G. David Pollick is president of Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Ala. Two students of the United Methodist-related school ...
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