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2017 Louise Branscomb Barrier Breaker award presented to Allison Dearing

7/31/2017

Each year the Conference Commission on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW) recognizes a United Methodist willing to risk and stand up for the rights of women and ethnic minority persons through the presentation of the Louise Branscomb Barrier Breaker Award. During Annual Conference the 2017 award was presented to Allison Dearing, a member of Birmingham First UMC and creator of One Place Metro Alabama Family Justice Center, an organization which provides coordinated services to victims of ...


Tool for Church Health: Relational Evangelism

7/11/2017

“Relational evangelism is not simply about about being nice,” Rev. Bob Alford told the 2017 North Alabama Annual Conference. He then explained that this tool for church health is about looking for opportunities, building relationships and sharing Jesus Christ.  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 ...


2017 Annual Conference Laity Session offers laity action steps for congregations to participate in God's revival

7/6/2017

The 2017 North Alabama Conference emphasis was on Church Health - one of the four North Alabama Conference priorities. Conference Lay Leader Steve Lyles highlighted this priority during Sunday evening’s Laity Session as he invited Rev. Matt Scott, senior pastor of The Gathering Place UMC (Cheaha District), to present to Lay Members. Rev. Scott offered what he labeled a “direct and practical” approach for churches to participate in the revival already happening all around us. He noted, “We all ...


Resources now available to help tell the story of Annual Conference 2017

6/13/2017

The 2017 North Alabama Annual Conference met at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville on June 4-6 under the theme of  "Singing God's Song in Tune and Rhythm. Watch the video below to see highlights of this year's Annual Conference.   The 2016 United Methodist Book of Discipline notes that one of the duties of a lay member of Annual Conference is to report to the local church on actions of the annual conference. Below are resources to help laity and clergy share the story of the 2017 North ...


2017 North Alabama Annual Conference Recap

6/5/2017

Click for Annual Conference Photo Gallery Sunday - June 4 The 2017 North Alabama Annual Conference gathered at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville on the afternoon of Sunday, June 4, for an opening celebration of Pentecost. The Conference began as those gathered sang “And Are We Yet Alive.” After calling the Conference to order, the Conference elected Rev. Dr. Dedric Cowser as Conference Secretary. They also elected assistant secretaries (Rev. Nancy Cole, Karen Long, Rev. Tim Tatum, and Rev. ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: A Prayer for the 2017 Annual Conference

5/30/2017

Dear Friends, Annual Conference season has arrived!   Many thanks to the staff, planning team and other leaders who have invested countless hours in preparing an inspiring annual gathering.  It will be great to worship, learn and do Conference business together. The 2017 emphasis includes: Theme:  “Singing God’s Song in Tune and Rhythm” Focus:  Healthy Congregations Special Mission Offering:  Ministry with the Poor Conference Priority I look forward to seeing you in Huntsville, June 4-6, 2017....


Local church choirs invited to be a part of Annual Conference Mass Choir on June 4

5/9/2017

Greetings! For the third consecutive year, we will have a Mass Choir to lead in worship at the Opening Celebration of the North Alabama Annual Conference. Last year over 175 choir members participated in this powerful worship service. Our 2017 Annual Conference will be held again at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, and I am writing to encourage members of your local church choir to be a part of this exciting worship experience on Sunday, June 4. The service begins at 4 p.m. and will end ...


2017 Annual Conference Special Offering resources available for local congregations

4/27/2017

Each year the North Alabama Annual Conference receives a special mission offering during the Annual Conference meeting.  This year’s offering has been designated for Ministry with the Poor.   Ministry with the Poor is one of the four North Alabama Conference priorities. The Operational Team leading this priority has developed Exploration, an intensive summer internship for people who are discerning a call to Ministry with the Poor. The goal is to develop trained ministers and laity passionate ...


2017 North Alabama Annual Conference to meet June 4-6 in Huntsville

3/15/2017

The 2017 North Alabama Annual Conference will meet June 4-6, 2017, at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville.  The theme will be "Singing God’s Song in Tune and Rhythm." The focus of this year's gathering will be Church Health and Leadership Development.   Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett explains,  “Two goals and a theme have shaped the planning of this Annual Conference. Goal 1: It will be mission-driven. This requires that everything we do and say moves us toward our mission to discover, develop and ...


Deadline for PreConference Reports is Feb. 1, 2017

1/3/2017

North Alabama Conference teams, committees, commissions, and Conference-related organizations are invited to share a report in the Journal vol. 1 (PreConference Book) of the North Alabama Conference describing their ministry over the past year. Groups are asked to highlight how their ministry is working toward the Conference Mission of Discover, Develop and Deploy Spiritual Leaders to make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World. All reports submitted for publication in the...


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Discover, Develop and Deploy Spiritual Leaders to Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World.