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Ministry With The Poor Team offers Young Adult Summer Missional Internships

2/7/2018

As we engage in doing ministry with the poor here in the North Alabama Annual Conference, we seek to discover, develop, and deploy young adult spiritual leaders who feel called to serve in under resourced communities. The 2017 Exploration Internship was a great start for this journey.  A wonderful group of young adult interns worked with Birmingham-area ministries and shared a community house for ten weeks. The shared stories, laughter, challenges and glory sightings have made a difference in ...


Exploration Interns serve in Ministry With The Poor and make a difference in the lives of many

11/29/2017

Ministry with the Poor is one of the four North Alabama Conference priorities. Earlier this year the Ministry with the Poor Operational Team developed Exploration, an intensive summer internship for people who are discerning a call to Ministry with the Poor. Thanks to North Alabama Conference Ministry with the Poor Team and the support of the North Alabama Annual Conference as a whole the 2017 summer Exploration Internships were a success! A wonderful group of young adult interns worked with ...


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

9/22/2017

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 ...


Church of the Reconciler invites you to help them raise money with everyday purchases

6/20/2017

Since the mid-1990’s, Church of the Reconciler has been doing vital work with the homeless community in Birmingham. Homeless people are finding housing, addicted people are finding recovery, hungry people have a daily meal and sick people have access to medical treatment. The church's ministry has only been possible because of so many partner churches and individuals throughout the North Alabama Conference. Now, there is a really quick and easy way that you can help raise funds that won’t cost...


Is God calling you to Ministry with the Poor?

1/4/2017

Is God Calling you to Ministry with the Poor? Then the North Alabama Annual Conference has a place for you! During the summer of 2017, the Conference Ministry with the Poor Operational Team will offer a summer-long intensive internship called Exploration. This opportunity is designed for individuals discerning a call to Ministry with the Poor either as lay people or clergy. Exploration begins on May 30 and ends on August 6, 2017. Participants will be expected to be present for the duration of ...


Bazillion Book Celebration scheduled for November 6

10/24/2016

The Bazillion Book Drive, an initiative of the Ministry with the Poor Team, has provided books to children in every District of the North Alabama Conference. Book parties, warehouse giveaways and other events have been utilized to distribute books all over North Alabama.   The Bazillion Book Drive continues to gain momentum as relationships are established between local churches and organizations dedicated to childhood literacy. The South Central District is planning a huge celebration of the ...


Goodsell UMC and Powell Chapel UMC provide books and school supplies to local students

8/16/2016

This year’s North Alabama Annual Conference mission project was the Bazillion Book Drive — an initiative to collect and distribute books to under-resourced children. The long-term aim of the project is for North Alabama congregations to build relationships and be in continuous ministry with children and families in their community. Two churches in the Southeast District, led by pastor Dr. Randy B. Kelley, recently reached out to their communities in the spirit of the Bazillion Book Drive. ...


Northwest District Operational Team to offer final Bazillion Book Drive giveaway on August 6

8/3/2016

Going, going, GONE! Literally tons of free, new educational books are available FREE on Saturday, August 6 for any churches or individuals who can pick them up at our warehouse in Rogersville, Alabama between 9 a.m. - noon. You can take a box, a carload, or a truckload, depending on your needs. After Saturday, there will not be any books available, as they will be shipped to another agency. This is a wonderful way that we can ensure that the goals of our North Alabama Conference Bazillion Book ...


Northwest District schedules third Bazillion Book giveaway

7/28/2016

The Northwest District opened the doors of a borrowed warehouse in Rogersville on June 25 for their first Bazillion Book Drive Big Event. Five tractor trailer loads of children's reading and learning materials were donated to the Bazillion Book Drive, and the Northwest District Operational Team immediately began to plan distribution. "Seventeen organizations, representing thousands of foster children, outreach efforts, tutoring ministries, United Way agencies, the American Baseball Foundation, ...


Network of connections helps Canterbury UMC deliver books

5/26/2016

When the Ministry with the Poor Operational Team was in the visioning process for the Bazillion Book Drive, they hoped that connections would be made and new ministries started or strengthened through new contacts. Little did they know that existing contacts would play just as big a part in its success. "A member of Canterbury has been tutoring with the STAIR program at Avondale United Methodist Church," writes Rachel Estes, Canterbury's Director of Missions and Outreach. "Intrigued with access...


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