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North Alabama's Adam Burns among recipients for this year's Emerging Ministry Grants for Innovative Deacons


by Rev. Victoria Rebeck, director of deacon ministry support, certification programs, and provisional membership development for the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. Since deacons lead the church’s ministry to the world–and most especially to people who are usually overlooked or disdained–we are challenged to find new ways to minister alongside them. The old assumption that “if you build it, they will come” to a worship service or church building has long been ...

UMC Bishops Call Special Session of General Conference for 2019


The Council of Bishops (COB) has called a Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church (UMC) to be held February 23-26, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. In announcing the call, COB President Bishop Bruce R. Ough said the Special Session will be held in accordance with Division Two - Section II - Article II of The Constitution of The United Methodist Church as recorded in Paragraph 14 of The Book of Discipline (2016). The purpose of the 2019 Special Session of the ...

United Methodist Church mourns with Coptic Church


The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is grieving with the Coptic Orthodox Church over the recent terrorist bombings that targeted Coptic churches in Egypt, killing at least 47 people as members celebrated Palm Sunday. The Coptic Church is the largest Christian Church in Northeast Africa and the Middle East. In a letter sent to His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the Holy See of St. Mark, UMC bishops expressed sincere sympathy with the Christian ...

UMCOR Sunday (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing) is March 26, 2017


The Pastor and Leaders Kit with all new resources resources to help you promote UMCOR Sunday (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing) on March 26, 2017 is available at​. It includes social media resources, a downloadable poster and a bulletin insert you can print out and insert in your church bulletin the week prior to this special Sunday. About UMCOR Sunday (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing)  - from

North Alabama’s Rev. Stephanie Arnold serving on General Board of Church and Society’s 2017-2020 Board of Directors


Rev. Stephanie Arnold, Associate Pastor of Birmingham First UMC, has been elected to serve as a director for the General Board of Church and Society for the 2017-2020 quadrennium.   As a member of the board of directors, Rev. Arnold will be helping to shepherd the work of the social justice and public policy agency of the United Methodist Church over the next four years. An organizational meeting for the incoming board of directors was held in September of 2016.   The General Board of Church and...

Generation Transformation event to offer information on young adult mission opportunities


On Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, high school students, college students and young adults up to the age of 30 are invited to learn about short-term and long-term, local and global mission opportunities through the United Methodist Church. The event will be at the UNA Wesley Foundation located at 715 Willingham Road, Florence, Alabama 35630. The initiative of the General Board of Global Ministries for young adults to engage in mission throughout the United Methodist connection is called Generation ...

North Alabama Conference to "Pray Our Way Forward" January 15-21


Joining Annual Conferences worldwide in pursuit of God's guidance, the North Alabama Conference will participate in "Praying Our Way Forward" the week of January 15-21, 2017. This initiative of the Council of Bishops invites Annual Conferences to spend the week praying for a way forward. During this time all Conferences are asked to pray for the United Methodist Church’s effectiveness in our mission of disciple-making and for the work of the Commission on a Way Forward. As a response to ...

Survey Seeks Input for New United Methodist Hymnal


United Methodists are being asked to name their favorite and least favorite hymns as part of the initial research conducted by Discipleship Ministries and a diverse committee to revise The United Methodist Hymnal after almost three decades. The first of several online surveys is underway to support the development of the new hymnal, which will be a hybrid print/electronic resource for use in multiple contexts. “We are a singing church, and this survey will help us launch an important new hymnal ...

Cokesbury launches Christmas campaign to help the refugee crisis


Donating Portion of Sales this December Today our world is witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record with an unprecedented 65.3 million people around the world being forced from their homes, 10 million stateless people denied a nationality and access to basic rights, and nearly 34,000 people forcibly displaced daily due to conflict or persecution in their homeland. In response to this need for help, online Christian retailer is taking strides to offer hope to those in...

UMC #GivingTuesday will be November 29


As a passionate disciple of Jesus Christ, your participation is vital to living out God’s mission through The United Methodist Church. Every day you are giving light, giving love, and giving to a world in need through your prayers, presence, gifts, and service. November 29, you are invited to come together with thousands of United Methodists to support the work of Advance projects and missionaries on UMC #GivingTuesday. The Advance remains committed to sustaining a strong foundation that allows ...

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