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Updated Safe Sanctuaries Train-the-Trainer program now available

8/26/2021

The Office of Connectional Ministries is excited to announce the availability of an updated Safe Sanctuaries (child protection) Train-the-Trainer program based on the recently revised Conference Safe Sanctuaries policy. The updated Train-the-Trainer program is being made available in a new, entirely online format. “We are excited about the updated Train-the-Trainer format that, we believe, will make training more accessible and useful to those who wish to be certified as Safe Sanctuaries ...


Office of Connectional Ministries announces updated Safe Sanctuaries Policy

6/18/2021

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...


Office of Connectional Ministries announces Partner Event Program

5/20/2021

For many years, North Alabama Conference staff have directly planned and produced a range of programs and training events. These events — such as Contagious, Youth Leader Training, Encounter, Exit 456 and more — have played a vital role in fulfilling the Conference’s mission of discovering, developing and deploying spiritual leaders of all ages. In recent years, however, some of the most successful events have not been those planned by the Conference, but rather by local churches and groups with...


Tell Connectional Ministries the resources your congregation needs!

5/6/2021

The North Alabama Conference Office of Connectional Ministries needs your help! Our mission is to help connect churches and leaders throughout North Alabama that will help them be as effective as possible in their ministries. For all of us, the past year has revealed areas where we want to sharpen our skills and find new ways to enhance our ministries. Connectional Ministries wants to help you find the resources to make that possible. To help gauge what resources are most needed and will be most...


Safe Sanctuaries online training now available

4/8/2021

On March 21, 2021, the North Alabama Conference hosted a virtual Conference-wide Safe Sanctuaries training. This training, which was attended by nearly 800 participants, fulfilled the Safe Sanctuaries training requirements for many churches in the Conference, particularly smaller congregations without the need for complex policies and procedures. "We are thrilled by the incredible number of participants in the virtual training," says Rev. John Fleischauer, Associate Director of Connectional ...


Get to know North Alabama Connectional Ministries: Support Our Missionaries in the Time of COVID

3/25/2021

The past year has been a difficult year for our United Methodist missionaries to visit churches and share stories of their ministries. They have been on the frontlines across the globe serving in about 350 plus global ministries in more than 60 countries during this time of a global pandemic. Our missionaries have stayed faithful to their call. Missionaries serve in different communities and capacities outside their communities of origin. Some serve as doctors, nurses, pastors, church planters, ...


Get to know North Alabama Conference Connectional Ministries: Safe Sanctuaries

3/18/2021

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” - Matthew 19:14 (NIV)   As United Methodists, we believe that part of our Christian witness is to ensure that the most vulnerable among us are protected and able to experience God’s grace in a safe, supportive, loving environment. While this responsibility is made clear throughout scripture, and particularly in Jesus’ own ministry, as a denomination it was codified in ...


Get to know North Alabama Conference Connectional Ministries

3/11/2021

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 ...


Conference-wide Safe Sanctuaries training to be March 21

3/5/2021

The North Alabama Conference will hold a virtual Conference-wide Safe Sanctuaries training on Sunday, March 21, 2021, from 2 to 3 p.m. Safe Sanctuaries is the North Alabama Conference's program for developing policies for and conducting training in the protection of children, youth and vulnerable adults in our congregations. All churches are required to have a Safe Sanctuaries policy in place. Part of the March 21 training will address how Safe Sanctuaries relates to churches that do not have ...


Bishop Wallace-Padgett announces Office of Connectional Ministries staff changes to take effect in early 2021

12/14/2020

Bishop Wallace-Padgett announces that beginning Jan. 1, 2021, Rev. Dr. Adlene Kufarimai, current Director of Ministry with the Poor and Missions and Advocacy will become Director of Connectional Ministries. Additionally, effective Feb. 1, 2021, Rev. John Fleischauer, current Leadership Development Administrator for Connectional Ministries, will move from a part-time to a full-time role as Associate Director of Connectional Ministries. These moves follow current Director of Connectional ...


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