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2021 QuadW Missional Internship: “Know Thy Neighbor”


How much does it cost to do laundry at a laundromat? As a Conference, we are engaging in doing ministry with the poor, those communities of need. We acknowledge and understand God’s call for us to be the light and the salt of the world (Matthew 5:13-16). Our light shines when we take a wholistic approach to be in ministry with God’s people, body, mind and soul.  When we tend to the needs of the whole person, it is much easier to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the ...

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


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, ...

UMVIM Mission Pastor/Staff Cohort kick-off event to be April 29


United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) is seeking to create on-going community, training and communication for local church pastors and staff who oversee mission and outreach ministries. On Thursday, April 29, 2021, from 10 to 11 a.m., there will be kick-off event via Zoom for this new Mission Pastor/Staff Cohort. During the kick-off event, a short presentation and training will be followed by break-out groups, assigned by geographical location. The hope is that these groups would ...

Read the latest newsletter from North Alabama's GBGM Missionary Rev. Rhett Thompson


Rev. Rhett Thompson is a Board of Global Ministries United Methodist missionary assigned to the Republic of Panama, serving as pastor of an Evangelical Methodist Church in Panama City. A native of Florence, Alabama, Rev. Thompson grew up in Canterbury United Methodist Church, Birmingham, Alabama. Below is his latest newsletter describing his work over the last year. For more information about Rhett, his ministry and how you and your congregation can support his work click here.   La Pandemia in ...

Meet North Alabama’s GBGM missionary John Elmore


John H. Elmore is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church assigned to the Methodist Church of Chile as mission volunteer coordinator. A native of Richmond Virginia, he is a member of Forest Lake United Methodist Church in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He is supported by approximately 65 Covenant Churches including Bluff Park UMC (Central District). Recently, Bluff Park UMC’s Missions Program Coordinator Susan Reynolds-Porter interviewed John for an article ...

New book celebrates and offers reflections on 200 years of Methodist global missions


Two years ago, Global Ministries began the celebration of the 200th anniversary of organized mission in what is now The United Methodist Church. Now a new book, Methodist Mission at 200: Serving Faithfully Amid the Tensions, edited by former general secretary Thomas Kemper and director of mission theology Dr. David W. Scott, commemorates this bicentennial and invites reflection on mission past and consideration of present and mission future. The book tells the story of the church’s global ...

Society of St. Andrew offers free Lenten resources to congregations


This Lenten Season, lead your family of faith into a period of self-examination and spiritual growth using the 2021 Lenten Devotional Booklet produced by the Society of St. Andrew.  This year’s theme of "Walk Humbly" calls readers to practice self-examination, confession and repentance of their own sins. Micah was a prophet who spoke out for the poor and downtrodden. He protected them and shared God’s words with them. In light of high unemployment, increased hunger, and worldwide racial division...

End of year Give Love initiative begins November 1


A new campaign initiative – Give Love, Joy, Hope, Peace—invites United Methodists to join in giving love, joy, hope, and peace through an end of year campaign to support mission and disaster response. Between November 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020, the campaign will showcase stories of transformational work and how financial gifts through The Advance (the United Methodist program for voluntary, second-mile giving) have had a positive impact on people’s lives. Church leaders and laity can visit Res...

Upper Sand Mountain Parish, Society of St. Andrew partner to feed the hungry


Earlier this summer, two Advance Special agencies of the North Alabama Conference came together to distribute more than 20,000 pounds of fresh sweet potatoes in communities across several counties. Society of St. Andrew, an organization which works with farmers to glean produce, and Upper Sand Mountain Parish (USMP), which ministers to those living in poverty in Jackson and DeKalb Counties, spent about four hours with dozens of volunteers to organize the event in an effort to get the fresh ...

2021 Mission Grant application deadline is October 2


The North Alabama Conference Mission budget provides grant funds for new mission projects and continuing projects with connections to the United Methodist Church. The grant is available every other year. New and emerging ministries as well as existing ministries specifically engaged in missions managed by mission agencies, local United Methodist Churches, Cooperative Parishes, Advance Specials and other affiliated mission programs are invited to apply for funding.    The North Alabama Conference...

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