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Discipleship Ministries offers new spiritual gifts online tool and other resources

2/19/2020

Christian believers can discover their spiritual gifts and how to use them with a new online tool and other resources available from Discipleship Ministries. The resources include The Spiritual Gifts Assessment Inventory tool, which can help people learn how to use their God-given spiritual attributes to become intentional disciple-makers. “Everybody knows our mission is to make disciples for Jesus Christ, but some people may not understand that does not just happen coincidentally. It happens ...


Pre-General Conference Information Sessions and District Fireside Sessions planned

2/15/2020

Every North Alabama clergyperson and designated lay member to the 2020 North Alabama Annual Conference is expected to participate in a Pre-General Conference Information Session or a District Fireside Session to learn more about legislation coming before the 2020 General Conference which will meet in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in May. Pre-General Conference Information Sessions Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett, the Conference Leadership Team and the North Alabama General Conference Delegation will lead...


North Alabama United Methodist Foundation announces participation in United Methodist Dollars for Scholars program

2/11/2020

The North Alabama United Methodist Foundation has partnered with the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF) to offer the United Methodist Dollars for Scholars program. The United Methodist Dollars for Scholars is a scholarship program that involves matching support from a student’s home United Methodist Church; UMHEF; a participating United Methodist-related college, university, seminary or theological school; and a participating United Methodist annual conference foundation. This ...


Spring Silent Retreat registration now open

2/10/2020

Maybe you're new or newly-returned to organized worship and you're ready to discern God's call on your life. Perhaps you're a regular church-goer who yearns to go deeper. You're thirsty for a sign or nudge from God about your next steps. Or maybe you're weary of the divisiveness of today's world and you long to shut out the clanging cymbals that seem to surround you. If you yearn for time and space to just be in the presence of God, you will certainly benefit from attending the Silent Retreat...


Spring Historical Society meeting to feature Bishop and Conference Lay Leader

2/6/2020

The North Alabama Conference Historical Society will convene at Trinity United Methodist Church on Saturday, March 14, 2020. The church is located at 1400 Oxmoor Road in Homewood. At the meeting, Bishop Deborah Wallace-Padgett will give an overview of her 8 years as the Episcopal leader of our conference. Additionally, Conference Lay Leader Steve Lyles, will present his thoughts on Conference, District. and Local Church Lay Leaders; giving consideration to Conference Lay Leaders of past years. ...


Bishop Wallace-Padgett announces a called special session of the North Alabama Conference if needed

2/5/2020

Pursuant to Paragraph 369.6 of The Book of Discipline, Bishop Wallace-Padgett has announced that she has called a special session of the North Alabama Conference if needed for Saturday, August 15, 2020, at Asbury UMC in Birmingham. A copy of the call is below. The call: “The purpose of the special session of the annual conference will be to address such matters as may affect the future of the North Alabama Conference, its local churches, clergypersons, employees and church members, following the...


SEJ UMVIM seeks summer interns

2/4/2020

The Southeastern Jurisdiction office of United Methodist Volunteers in Mission office offers an internship program each summer for young adults in the area. The eight-week program begins with students spending a week in the Birmingham office. Following this short stint of training, the next weeks are spent in hands-on mission work—three weeks at an approved domestic project and three weeks at an approved international project—and closes with a final week of debriefing back in the Birmingham ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Information Sessions about the protocol and other legislation

2/3/2020

Dear Friends, Many questions are being asked across the UMC about the protocol that became public on January 3, 2020. Some of the questions are unanswerable until the actual protocol legislation becomes public in the near future. However, enough information was stated in the protocol to give people a sense of what could be ahead if a legislative version of it passes at the May 2020 General Conference. Some people are embracing the protocol concept with enthusiasm. Others are disappointed with ...


Cheaha District workshop offers opportunity to recenter

1/30/2020

"When angry, count to ten before you speak. If very angry, a hundred," said Thomas Jefferson. It's good advice. "Take a deep breath and count to ten," was the guidance my mother gave to me as a child whenever I became angry. I can't say I received her guidance very well in the heat of my angry moments. In fact I resisted almost all guidance whenever I lost my temper, often with hurtful consequences. I don't know how many raging mad episodes I caused, before I weighed the alternatives and ...


Ethnic Ministries 2020 Grant Cohort Now Open - Application deadline March 1

1/16/2020

The North Alabama Conference Ethnic Ministries Team is looking to identify, fund, and strengthen Ethnic churches who are seeking to develop and to deliver transformational resources for the church and community. Local churches and ministries often have passion and great ideas, but not enough resources (funding, support, and skillset) to accomplish their missions. Ethnic Ministries of the North Alabama Conference would like to be that support to your congregation. The Ethnic Ministries Team is ...


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