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2019 Denman Evangelism Award Nominations deadline is March 20


The Harry Denman Evangelism award was begun by The Foundation for Evangelism in 1981 as a way to honor United Methodist clergy, laity and youth in each Annual Conference who exhibit unusual and outstanding efforts for their work in Christian evangelism. The award is named for the late Dr. Harry Denman, a Birmingham native and distinguished lay evangelist, who founded the Foundation on Evangelism in 1949. For more information on Harry Denman please view the information on our conference website, ...

Self-nomination deadline for 2020 delegation to General Conference and Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference extended to March 8


The deadline for self-nominations from clergy and laity seeking to be elected delegates to the 2020 General Conference and Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference has been extended to March 8, 2019. This extension allows individuals more time for personal discernment following the Special Session of General Conference meeting Feb. 23-26, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri.  During the 2019 North Alabama Annual Conference which will meet June 2-4, 2019, in Huntsville, members will elect clergy and lay ...

Canterbury UMC to host Payday Lending roundtable forum on Feb. 19, 2019


The 2014 North Alabama Annual Conference adopted a resolution calling on the Alabama State Legislature to "pass appropriate legislation to curb the activities of predatory lenders." The resolution noted “protection of the poor and disadvantaged is a central principle of Christianity” and “the Bible forbids usury in dozens of passages.” (To read the resolution, see the 2014 North Alabama Conference Journal Vol. I / PreConference Book p 92.) In 2003, Alabama Legislature passed legislation which ...

Winfield First UMC member works to make local park more accessible


Photo from Its-Time-to-Change-Something Facebook page.   Recently, a young member of Winfield First UMC was featured in an ABC 33/40 news story for her efforts to raise money to add an adult-sized changing table to a local park bathroom to help it be fully handicap accessible. Wren Williamson is taking on this community project for Girl Scouts. She has a goal of raising $2,700 by the end of February and is already halfway there. The park bathroom is schedule to be renovated this spring. Wren's ...

Rev. Walter Cash to retire as Director of Alabama Course of Study School after 24 years of service


“I am where I am in ministry because of persons who have taken an interest in me – helping me and mentoring me and providing a way for me to be the best pastor I can be,” Rev. Walter Cash reflects. “Because so many have helped me, I have always had a desire to mentor others and help them become all they can be.” Equipping, educating and helping local pastors be the best they can be in ministry is close to Cash’s heart. He helped start the Alabama Course of Study School in the mid-1990s and has ...

A Video Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett regarding the 2019 Special Session of General Conference


Dear Friends, The purpose of the following video blog is to answer some questions about the ins and outs of our upcoming Special Session of General Conference. Introduction What is General Conference? Who votes at the 2019 Special Session? What will be determined at the 2019 Special Session of General Conference? When will any changes go into effect? Dates to Remember As always, it is a privilege to serve as your bishop. Blessings, Debra Wallace-Padgett Resident Bishop North Alabama ...

Ethnic Ministries 2019 Grant Cohort Application deadline extended to April 1


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...

2019 Special Session of General Conference Information


The Council of Bishops have called a Special Session of the General Conference on Feb. 23-26, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri. Click here for more information. 

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: General Conference 2019


Dear Friends, Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As January marches on, the eyes of many United Methodists turn to the upcoming February 23-26 Special Called General Conference. This gathering will potentially shape our United Methodist Church’s approach to ordination criteria and same gender weddings for the foreseeable future and also define what unity means in our 21st century global church. Three plans are included in the Commission on a Way Forward report that...

Deadline for Petitions and Resolutions to Annual Conference extended to March 8


North Alabama Annual Conference Secretary Dr. Dedric Cowser and Convenor of the North Alabama Committee on Procedures and Petitions Rev. Sherill Clontz announce that the deadline to submit petitions and resolutions to be considered by the North Alabama Annual Conference has been extended to March 8, 2019. The annual deadline for petitions and resolutions to the North Alabama Conference is February 1. However, the Special Session of General Conference will meet on Feb. 23-26, 2019, in St. Louis, ...

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