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Get to know North Alabama Conference Connectional Ministries


What is Connectional Ministries? The Office of Connectional Ministries seeks to be a resource center for our conference-wide ministries in our local churches, districts, organizations and ministries as they work to fulfill God’s mission. As a conference, we are connected in doing mission and ministry as called by God in making disciples of Jesus Christ. We fulfill this mission in the North Alabama Conference through discovering, developing, and deploying spiritual leaders who will partner with ...

Office of Connectional Ministries hosting a book and curriculum giveaway featuring more than 1,000 items


Thanks to a very generous donation, the North Alabama Conference Office of Connectional Ministries will soon host a book and curriculum giveaway featuring more than 1,000 items. "Our office recently received more than 1,200 items thanks to an incredible donor who wanted these gifts to be used by our churches and their members," noted Director of Connectional Ministries Linda Holland. "When the conference priority of Church Health was moved to Connectional Ministries, we wondered how best to go ...

Fresh Expressions of Church workshop will be October 19 in Huntsville


There will be a Fresh Expressions of Church workshop on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at DesignLab in Huntsville.  The event is designed for pastors, church staff and laity who want to take the church to those not following Christ or those outside existing churches. This is also a great event for persons considering future vocations in ministry and those sensing a call to lead a new work to reach new people for Jesus! The cost is $20 per person and lunch is included. (Price ...

Tool for Church Health: Fresh Expressions


“Fresh Expressions is one way to move out of the walls of the church and into our neighborhoods to incarnate the gospel of Jesus Christ for them,” Rev. Sherill Clontz explained as she introduced another Tool for Church Health to the 2017 North Alabama Conference. She noted, “In the past we could just move into the neighborhood and put up a sign, and if the preaching was good and the programs were good people would just come to us. ... Times have changed.” Fresh Expressions is a movement that ...

Tool for Church Health: Abide


“We listened to the needs of the community in order to find out place of service,” Rev. Dorothy Ann Webster explained to the 2017 North Alabama Annual Conference as she introduced Abide as a Tool for Church Health. Sharing the story of Lineville First UMC in the Southeast District, which began the Abide process in 2014, she explained, “Abide is L3 (Loving Learning and Leading) for the small membership church. Through the Abide ministry, a small membership church develops a leadership team that ...

Tool for Church Health: Area Teams


“The main thing L3 groups do — they are a means of grace for experiencing our connection as United Methodist ministers,” Rev. Dr. Bill Morgan said as he presented Area Teams for Clergy as another Tool for Church Health. During the presentation he shared how the South Central District had initiated a pilot of four L3 (Loving, Learning, Leading) groups which involved 28 pastors. These groups, called Area Teams, of four to ten pastors met together at least once a month using the loving, learning, ...

Tool for Church Health: MissionInsite


Referring to Luke chapter 10, Rev. Brian Erickson addressed the 2017 North Alabama Conference saying, “If we are going to love our neighbor as ourselves every church must know who their neighbor is.”  He then introduced a tool for church health called MissionInsite that can help congregations get to know their communities better. is a resource free to North Alabama congregations that provides an accurate picture of the people in your community, as well as, who your neighbor ...

Tool for Church Health: The Antioch Project


The 11th chapter of the book of Acts tells the story of Barnabas visiting the church at Antioch. Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus. The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord. News of this reached the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and ...

Tool for Church Health: Relational Evangelism


“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 ...

Tool for Church Health: L3 Model (Loving, Learning, Leading)


Loving. Learning. Leading. Over the last several years, these three building blocks helped the leadership of Clearbranch UMC (Central District) establish a deeper, covenantal relationship that allowed them to take an honest assessment of their congregation and their community; clarify core values; develop a mission statement and a vision statement; and prepare the congregation for future growth. During the 2017 North Alabama Annual Conference Rev. Vaughn Stafford, senior pastor of Clearbranch ...

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