News And Blogs By Topic


Message from Conference UMVIM Coordinator


Brothers and Sisters in Christ! With various disasters in our country and around the world, and with ongoing missions that many congregations support with finances and teams, I wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of the importance of registering your team with the UMVIM (United Methodist Volunteers in Mission) office and the importance of purchasing insurance for your team members for the duration of the trip. This summer I had the privilege of serving on a team that spent a week in ...

Local farmer plants crop for gleaning


A few years ago at a meeting of the Alabama Farmers Federation meeting, Joe Mims approached a booth out of curiosity. What, he wondered, was the Society of St. Andrew (SOSA)? He liked what he heard and on the spot he decided to help. The next season, he planted a patch of okra and invited SOSA to send volunteers to pick fresh okra every week. He has planted that patch of okra every year since—and he's still planting that patch in his retirement years. "I liked what they were doing. I thought I...

Children's of Alabama announces October fundraising campaign to support hospital's Pastoral Care ministry


Children’s of Alabama is a world-class, not for profit, pediatric medical center in the heart of Birmingham. For many years, the hospital relied on the faith leaders in the community to provide pastoral care for patients and families. In the late 1980s, Children’s hired its first staff chaplain. Today, the Pastoral Care Department’s 12 chaplains, led by Director of Pastoral Care Rev. Herb Robertson, a United Methodist clergy member of the North Alabama Conference, provide 24/7 coverage. Pastoral...

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...

Page 1 of 10 1 2 3 4 5 ... 10 next
Discover, Develop and Deploy Spiritual Leaders to Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World.