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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 ...

Conference to offer second MetaCamp


How can churches launch new congregations that are reaching new people for Christ and helping them grow in discipleship? How can these new people become disciples who make disciples? One item for the toolbox is MetaCamp. MetaCamp team leader Curtis Sergeant served as a missionary in China and saw great success through reproducing house churches that became known as "Church Planting Movements."  Although he is not United Methodist, Sergeant acknowledges the deep roots such movements have in the ...

The Gathering Place launches third campus


by Adam Black Director of Production & Marketing The Gathering Place Church The Gathering Place (Cheaha District) has recently expanded with the addition of their third campus located in Odenville, Alabama. The new campus is meeting in the cafeteria of St. Clair County High School each Sunday. A team of more than one hundred people setup and create a welcoming and exciting atmosphere each and every week. Those in attendance are welcomed with a fresh and inviting lobby experience including ...

New Church Update: The Table


A new church plant, the Table, led by Rev. John Ryberg launched on June 14, 2015. In a few short weeks 58 adults and 14 children have begun to worship and serve on mission together.   The Table has already partnered with the International Leadership Institute (ILI) to help with a church plant in the Middle East.  On July 25, 2015,  the people of the Table joined with the James Clemens High School Band supporters to assist in a “crop drop” with Society of St. Andrew, which is a gleaning ministry ...

One Direction Community: House Churches doing church “new” (which means returning to the “old”)


Rev. Gary Liederbach was appointed to start a new church in the Northeast District in 2012. This new church has developed to become a network of house churches in the Madison area known as One Direction Community.   One Direction Community (ODC) realizes that Christian discipleship is not about imitating religion and church structures. Instead, it is about imitating a person — Jesus Christ.  They also believe that if you start with church you do not always end up with community.  However, when ...

Studio, a new spiritual community for spiritual, but not religious people, is striving to be deliberately different


By Lisa Wolfe Nearly 80% of people do not attend church on Sunday morning; many consider themselves spiritual, but not religious (SBNR). Some simply do not like traditional church worship services; others may have been hurt (in some form) by a church in the past. And, today, there are many things competing for peoples’ time on Sunday mornings. Studio, a new spiritual community in Huntsville (Northeast District), is striving to be deliberately different. Rather than Sunday morning, they meet ...

The Gathering Place holds annual CityWide Mission Day


On June 22, The Gathering Place Church participated in its annual CityWide mission event. This year's event sent out 127 church members to various projects around the community. The projects consisted of deep cleaning for the elderly and widows, landscaping for the disabled, four wheelchair ramps for families with disabilities, and light to heavy home repairs for many with needs. Shane Knapp, missions coordinator for The Gathering Place Church, was the point person for all projects and volunteer...

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