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Renfro Trust bricks-and-mortar grants available to small, rural United Methodist congregations


The Renfro Trust Fund awards annual bricks-and-mortar grants to small rural United Methodist congregations in the Southeastern Jurisdiction. Churches in unusual or challenging situations for which insufficient funds are available from other local sources are eligible for the grants. Grants, with the maximum amount of $5,000, are considered for projects involving new or existing church buildings. Repairs required to maintain the structural integrity or soundness of the church building may be ...

Office of Connectional Ministries announces updated Safe Sanctuaries Policy


The North Alabama Annual Conference adopted an updated Conference Safe Sanctuaries policy during the 2021 Annual Conference session on June 5. The updated policy makes a number of changes to clarify response and reporting procedures, to bring the language of the policy in line with best legal practices and to provide clarity around issues such as when and how churches should provide update training to staff and volunteers. “We are excited about these updates and believe that they will help equip...

Discipleship Ministries offering grants to strengthen leadership training, small groups, worship, stewardship and spiritual formation in ethnic local United Methodist churches


Grants up to $10,000 will be available this fall from Discipleship Ministries to strengthen leadership training, small groups, worship, stewardship and spiritual formation in ethnic local United Methodist churches. The application deadline for Racial Ethnic Local Church Concerns (RELCC) grants is September 1. “Discipleship Ministries is grateful to be able to serve The United Methodist Church by offering support to ethnic local churches and other entities that develop disciples and promote ...

Upper Sand Mountain Parish and Robertson Chapel UMC partner with Project Search


In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lord connected the leaders of Project Search of DeKalb County and Pastor Woody Woodin, the Executive Director of the Upper Sand Mountain Parish. Project Search is a transition to work program for out-of-school youth/young adults with disabilities. The goal for each “intern” upon completion of Project Search is competitive integrated employment in the local community. Project Search had been evicted from their host agency, DeKalb Regional Medical Center ...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Annual Conference Summary 2021


Dear Friends, When elected as a bishop in 2012, the possibility did not occur to me of a 2020 and 2021 global pandemic that would result in virtual Annual Conference sessions. Yet, that is exactly what happened! Though the length of time, amount of debate and sidebar conversations are different in a virtual than an in-person Annual Conference, a lot was accomplished!  Some highlights from the 2021 virtual North Alabama Conference are listed below. Many thanks to Bishop Michael Watson, Dr. Bill ...

North Alabama Annual Conference 2021 Recap


The 2021 North Alabama Conference gathered online June 4-5 under the theme “Disciples Building Disciples.” Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett presided over her ninth Annual Conference in North Alabama. On Friday evening, June 4, clergy gathered for the Clergy Executive Session and Laity gathered for the Laity Session. The laity session focused on the Annual Conference theme and featured members of the Adult Discipleship Team offering information on discipleship and spiritual formation resources ...

Annual Conference 2021: Pictures from Opening Worship


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Annual Conference 2021: Special Offering


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Clergy Appointments fixed during Annual Conference


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Bishop and Cabinet announce additional appointments


Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett and the Cabinet announce the following appointment changes. These appointments, along with appointments previously announced, will be fixed during the 2021 North Alabama Annual Conference, which will gather online on June 4-5. Unless otherwise noted, all appointments will become effective on July 1.   District Church Appointment     Part-time Appointments       Central District     CE Adamsville / Graysville Paul Weigert   CE Mt. Carmel Michael ...

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