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Churches of all sizes are starting new faith communities


Congregations – of all sizes – throughout the North Alabama Conference are reaching out to their community by starting new faith communities. Below are four good news reports from the Office of New Church Development. Executive Director of New Church Development Dr. Richard Hunter notes, “These are good examples that any church, any size can take on.”   Bethany UMC Bethany UMC in the Southeast District has started a new community of faith on Sunday nights. It is held at a local substance abuse ...

The Church at Stone River celebrates launch


On July 14, 2017,  The Decatur Daily featured an article on one of North Alabama’s newest congregations, The Church at Stone River. The new community of faith in southwest Decatur was launched July 2, 2017. Earlier this year two congregations, Ninth Street UMC and St. Luke UMC,  voted to close and form a new congregation under a new name. Read The Decatur Daily story about this new congregation at

Conference celebrates new communities of faith


New Church Development has been a long-time priority of the North Alabama Conference. Executive Director of New Church Development Dr. Richard Hunter noted, “The Office of New Church Development has the joy of leading our Conference’s effort to start and grow new communities of faith all around us.” He further explained that his team defines a new community of faith as “a church starting a new worship service or satellite ministry.” He reported that in 2017 North Alabama Conference congregations...

Conference celebrates the start of new faith communities in 2017


One of the North Alabama Conference ministry priorities is “New Faith Communities, Worship Services, and Ministries to reach new persons.” Executive Director of New Church Development Rev. Dr. Richard Hunter shares an update on how the Conference is living out this priority noting, “This is a lot to celebrate!” Since January, New Church Development has helped begin the following new starts: Lester Memorial UMC in Oneonta (Mountain Lakes District) has started a restaurant church.   One Direction...

Two opportunities for MissionInsite training coming in early February


MissionInsite is a powerful tool available to North Alabama Conference congregations. It provides church and community demographics and analytics to help leaders better understand their congregants and community at large.   New Church Development is providing a training in early February for congregation leaders to learn how to use MissionInsite and how this tool can benefit the local church. The trainings will be led by Chuck Salter, the President of MissionInsite. Even those who have been to a...

Racial Reconciliation and Faith: A Model for Small Groups


This article first appeared on It is reposted here with permission. (Click here to see original post.) By Christian Cheairs God is doing something huge that is transforming the way Americans look at church. It is impacting our schools, our jobs and our families. A growing movement of Christians is expressing a desire to pursue dialogue around racial reconciliation through the model of small groups. Discussing race with faith has resonated deeply with me as a church planter. The...

Latino Leadership Training equips 24 North Alabama leaders


(photo from Rev. Hur Morales' Instagram post) This past weekend 24 Latino laity and clergy from four North Alabama Conference churches were joined by 18 Latinos from churches in the North Georgia Conference for a Latino Leadership Training held at Trinity UMC in Huntsville.  The training was conducted by the International Leadership Institute in Carrolton, Georgia. This institute is led by a United Methodist elder couple Drs. Wes and Joy Griffin. This ministry equips leaders around the world ...

Equality UMC starts first Celebrate Recovery ministry in Coosa County


Celebrate Recovery, a program which provides peer group support to individuals in overcoming hurts, hang-ups and habits will begin at Equality United Methodist Church April 19. This ministry has proven highly successful in several churches in the North Alabama Conference, and this will be the first such program offered in Coosa County. “Celebrate Recovery is a ministry of reaching out to some of God’s broken children and journeying with them toward healing and wholeness,” said Dr. Gene ...

Team Connections event for churches to learn how to begin and sustain a Celebrate Recovery chapter will be April 30


A half-day Team Connections on how to begin and sustain a Celebrate Recovery (CR) chapter will be offered on Saturday, April 30 from 1:30-5 p.m. at Christ Harbor UMC in Northport. The Connection is encouraged for local church leaders, at the congregational or district levels, interested in the Celebrate Recovery Ministry. The leader will be Neal Fuller Jr., with additional teaching from Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett. Fuller has started 12 CR chapters over the past 18 months in various size ...

CrossRoads UMC youth seek to live in beauty, faith, holy love, and renewal


In June 2015, Rev. Jason Greene was appointed to lead a church planting team in Trinity, Alabama. They are located halfway between Decatur and Moulton and are just inside of Lawrence County. So they chose the name CrossRoads Community Church.  This church will fill a niche in this growing area where there is not a strong United Methodist presence. The new congregation's focus is on seeing the Kingdom of God made known in the community by reaching people not currently in church in the East ...

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