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Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Council of Bishops recommendation


Dear Friends, I write this blog at the conclusion of the Spring Council of Bishops meeting in Chicago. Many of you have been in prayer about this particular meeting in which the Council of Bishops determined the Way Forward recommendation that we will send forth to the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference. Our 5½ day meeting included daily worship, much prayer and significant time in executive session with honest and caring conversation. We determined to send the 2019 General ...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Council of Bishops Meeting


Dear Friends, Greetings from Chicago where I am meeting with my colleague United Methodist bishops from around the globe. We have come together from all corners of Africa, the Philippines, Europe and the United States. The task before the Council of Bishops during this meeting is a significant one that will impact the 2019 Special Session of General Conference. This week we will receive and act upon the report of the Commission on a Way Forward, a group of 32 persons and three moderators who ...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Easter Joy


From Disbelief to Joy Luke 24:36b-48 The disciples can hardly believe it. Two days earlier all of their hopes and dreams of life in Jesus were buried with him in the tomb. Yet, can it be? Can this man standing before them be the Resurrected Jesus? Is it really him? As the reality of his resurrection sets in, their disbelief slowly dissipates and is replaced with joy. The resurrection miracle has happened. Jesus Christ their Lord is alive! That, my friends, is Easter joy at its best. It is ...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: March 11, 2018 is UMCOR Sunday


Dear Friends, Humanity from all walks of life and regions of the world often rally together when crisis strikes. The North Alabama Conference has been firsthand beneficiaries of such generosity as recently as the 2011 Alabama storms and tornadoes. We have an annual opportunity to give to others who have experienced crisis through United Methodist Committee On Relief offerings that occur each Spring as well as when a national or international disaster occurs. Churches are encouraged to receive an...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Vision, Mission and Appointment-Making


Dear Friends, Our vision in the North Alabama Conference is spiritual leaders empowering life-giving congregations to transform the world. Our mission is to discover, develop and deploy spiritual leaders to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. This vision and mission is front and center in everything that the North Alabama Conference operational team and appointive cabinet do, including appointment-making. The appointment-making cycle is a year-round process. ...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Bishops’ Day of Prayer on March 10, 2018


Dear Friends, I believe that prayer makes a difference. This is why I ask a team of persons to pray regularly for specific prayer concerns and joys that I send them. It is why I am a part of the Council of Bishops Praying Our Way Forward team. It is why the longer I live the more time I spend in prayer. So you can understand the reason I am excited about the March 10, 2018, North Alabama Conference Bishops’ Day of Prayer at Clearbranch United Methodist Church, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. I encourage each ...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Fountain of Love


Dear Friends, Jesus was sensitive to the needs of those on the margins of life, including the elderly, the poor and the orphaned. I count it a joy to participate in God’s work through supporting various missions and ministries that reach out to people in these life situations. We are incredibly thankful for all ministries serving the senior adults in our communities. One such ministry is the Fountain of Love Fund at Fair Haven and the other Methodist Homes in Alabama and Northwest Florida. Fair ...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Advent Devotional: Hope in the Plan


The story is told of a man strolling by a sandlot ballpark one afternoon. “What’s the score?” he called to a boy in the dugout. "We’re down - Eighteen to nothing." "Wow!" said the spectator, "I'll bet you're discouraged." "Why should I be discouraged?" asked the little boy. "We haven't even gotten up to bat yet!" Source Unknown. I love this little guy’s hope in the face of great adversity. Sometimes we have that kind of hope. But on other occasions financial difficulties overwhelm us, a ...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Update on District Commission on a Way Forward Gatherings


Dear Friends, I am appreciative of the many North Alabamians who participated in this Fall’s updates on the Commission on a Way Forward. Approximately 1200 persons engaged in the eight District gatherings held across the Conference. The insights and feedback we received at these meetings have been compiled and summarized by the Conference Connectional Ministries and Communication offices. In addition, the summary and the raw data have been passed along to the Commission on a Way Forward. The ...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: “Lord, Teach Us to Pray:  Prayerful Living in a Broken World”


Dear Friends, It is mind-boggling to be able to communicate with the God of the Universe as frequently as we desire. Yet, prayer provides us this avenue. Communication with God is only the beginning of what happens when we pray, too. Time spent in prayer changes us in profound and life-changing ways. No wonder the first disciples said, “Lord, teach us to pray.” Though they had been raised in the Jewish faith and thus knew how to pray, as they observed Jesus’ prayer life they realized that they ...

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