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MissionInsite Training for beginner and advanced users to be April 2

2/26/2020

The Office of New Church Development is hosting a MissionInsite training on April 2, 2020, at the DesignLab in Huntsville. There will be two separate sessions so those who are new to MissionInsite and those who are “old pros” can both learn more about this important ministry tool. This training will be taught by Chuck Salter, President of MissionInsite. MissionInsite provides access to demographic information. It moves beyond static reports to a powerful “discovery tool” for exploration and “out...


In New Places with New Faces: Oxford First UMC

8/2/2019

The 2019 North Alabama Annual Conference theme was “Singing God’s Song in New Places with New Faces.” The Conference priority focus was New Faith Communities. Throughout Annual Conference the Conference New Church Team asked Conference members and visitors a series of questions and then answered each question through a story about a North Alabama congregation reaching new people in new ways. The final presentation posed the question “Is my church being faithful with a gift we have been given?” ...


In New Places with New Faces: Saint Junia UMC

7/26/2019

The 2019 North Alabama Annual Conference theme was “Singing God’s Song in New Places with New Faces.” The Conference priority focus was New Faith Communities. Throughout Annual Conference the Conference New Church Team asked Conference members and visitors a series of questions and then answered each question through a story about a North Alabama congregation reaching new people in new ways. The third presentation posed the question “Can this be done without God?” The team then shared the story ...


In New Places with New Faces: Houston Memorial UMC

7/19/2019

The 2019 North Alabama Annual Conference theme was “Singing God’s Song in New Places with New Faces.”  The Conference priority focus was New Faith Communities. Throughout Annual Conference the Conference New Church Team asked Conference members and visitors a series of questions and then answered each question through a story about a North Alabama congregation reaching new people in new ways.  The second presentation posed the question “Is your church waiting on God, or is God waiting on your ...


In New Places with New Faces: Hope UMC in Albertville

7/12/2019

The 2019 North Alabama Annual Conference theme was “Singing God’s Song in New Places with New Faces.”  The Conference priority focus was New Faith Communities. Throughout Annual Conference the Conference New Church Team asked Conference members and visitors a series of questions and then answered each question through a story about a North Alabama congregation reaching new people in new ways.  The first presentation posed the question was “What would your church do for the kingdom of God if ...


New Beginnings UMC charters and celebrates 6 years of ministry

3/27/2019

In 2013, a new church was birthed in the North Birmingham area by the name of New Beginnings UMC. New Beginnings is the result of a merger that took place between three historic congregations, Douglasville UMC, Mt. Pleasant UMC, and Wright’s Chapel UMC. Although these congregations had tremendous success in growth throughout their years of ministry, in recent years, they had experienced a decline in membership and financial resources. Hopeful that merging would provide a greater chance for both ...


Rogersville UMC's new vision gives birth to a fresh expression of ministry

7/2/2018

Rogersville United Methodist Church is making changes and starting new ministries this summer to help make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. This past year the church organized the “Dream Team,” a group open to any member of the congregation to set their sights on a vision for the church. The team has brainstormed on many topics including a new vision statement. Many hours of conversation, debates, ideas and actions have led to the new vision statement: “Changing the...


Two North Alabama Church Planters are Asbury Church Planting Fellows for 2018-19

5/2/2018

Two North Alabama Conference new church pastors are a part of Asbury Theological Seminary’s Church Planting Fellows Program for 2018-19. Rev. Christian Cheairs, who is is launching Viewpoint Church out of Trinity UMC in Homewood (South Central District), and Rev. Chris Stallings, founding pastor of reFresh Church in Priceville (Northwest District), are a part of a cohort of 12 participants from all across the eastern United States, as well as two from Jamaica and Singapore. The Fellows Program ...


The Church at Stone River charters and celebrates continuing growth

3/21/2018

On Christmas Eve 2017, the new United Methodist church in Decatur, The Church at Stone River, welcomed almost 600 worshippers during two candlelight services.  In July 2017, a new church in Decatur, The Church at Stone River, was formed as members from two closing churches, St. Luke UMC and Ninth Street UMC, came together with a seed team of members from Austinville UMC and two new pastors.  Less than a year later, the average worship attendance for this new congregation is 356 worshippers ...


Fresh Expressions Vision Day to be Feb. 15, 2018 in Birmingham

1/19/2018

Congregational Development will host a Vision Day on Feb. 15, 2018, at Riverchase UMC.  The cost is $30 per person.  Vision Days are a great way to discover more about what it means to be involved in starting fresh expressions of church. During the day you will discover what it means to be the Church in new and creative ways, hear from Fresh Expressions practitioners and discern what this could mean for your community. There will be active discussion as well as an opportunity to build networks ...


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