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Bishop announces new efforts to grow healthy new faith communities and vital existing churches


Over the years, the North Alabama Conference has worked to renew and equip existing congregations as well as plant new congregations.  While the goals are often the same, the process and strategy to achieve those goals are often different. To that end, Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett has announced the creation of two distinct ministry areas: Church Revitalization and Transformation to be led by Rev. Nancy Cole and New Church Development to be led by Matt Jones. Bishop Wallace-Padgett says, “...

The Capstone UMC celebrates official launch


On Sunday, September 9, 2012, The Capstone UMC, one of North Alabama’s newest congregations, will celebrate its Launch Sunday. However, the celebration has already started as The Capstone’s launch team hosted a “Grand Opening” party on Wednesday, Sept. 5.2012, at Midtown Village mall in Tuscaloosa. The two hour Launch Celebration was an open-to-the-public party held on the grassy area of the outdoor shopping mall. The evening featured snow cones, games, inflatables for children, giveaways, and...

New Church in Tuscaloosa focuses on resurrection amidst tragedy


Through research and prayer, the North Alabama Conference New Church Team and Cabinet discerned the need for a new United Methodist congregation in Tuscaloosa. As they were beginning to organize for the endeavor in the spring of 2011, the April 27 tornadoes hit.  Following the tornadoes and all their destruction, it became apparent that the new church would need to address both the growing population as well as the rebuilding and restoration efforts of the community. In June 2011, Rev. Wade ...

New Director for the Center for Congregational Development named by Bishop Willimon


In the last decade, the North Alabama Conference has led the United Methodist connection in beginning new communities of faith.   That work has taken a great leap forward with the naming of a new Director of the Center for Congregational Development. Bishop William H. Willimon and the Cabinet have appointed Rev. Matt Jones to serve as the Director of the Center for Congregational Development, beginning April 1, 2012.  Matt has already been working as a consultant with the New Church Team ...

New Vision UMC to hold grand opening of The Matrix Center on Feb. 3, 2012


The Matrix Center of New Vision United Methodist Church in Florence is more than a student center. It is designed to be a launching point for young people, bringing about a change in their lives and their community. The grand opening of The Matrix Center is set for Feb. 3, 2012. The Matrix Center developed as a way of addressing the best way to disciple young people today. Although, many people in youth ministry use youth talks as a primary teaching strategy, research has been shown that ...

Congregational Development offers reduced rate tickets for Catalyst Conference in Atlanta


On October 6 – 7, 2011, approximately 13,000 young leaders will gather in Atlanta to experience the Catalyst Conference. The two day event, (proceeded by one day of learning Labs) targeted toward “next generation” leaders, offers a time of creative learning, energetic worship and inspiration from dynamic speakers. The North Alabama Conference Center for Congregational Development has once again secured a block of tickets at a reduced rate for those North Alabama United Methodists who wish to ...

WE Community Gardens to hold fundraiser at Café Dupont on March 19


Three years ago, Community Church without Walls and Urban Ministry partnered together to turn an overgrown vacant lot in West End into a community garden. Rev. R.G. Lyons, pastor of the Community Church Without Walls, says, “As church members from CCWW began clearing the lot, we could not have imagined the transformative impact the garden would have on our entire community in three years. It has become a place that brings people together across racial, generational, and economic differences. It ...

New Church plant The Gathering Place prepares for Launch Sunday on Jan. 16, 2011


The Gathering Place, a United Methodist church plant in the Moody area, is preparing to launch its public ministry later this month. In June 2010, Rev. Matt Scott was appointed to start a new congregation in the Moody area. He immediately began to meet people and form a “Launch Team” – a group of people whose role would be to simply assist in any means needed to launch what would soon become The Gathering Place Church. The launch team began to meet on a biweekly basis for prayer, Bible Study, ...

ONEeighty Church, a satellite ministry of ClearBranch UMC, to celebrate one year of ministry on Nov. 21


“It’s never too late to make a one-eighty,” is an accepted motto of the ONEeighty Church in Springville. Since taking up vacant space next to Burton’s Grocery Store in June 2009, ONEeighty, a satellite ministry of ClearBranch United Methodist Church, has become a campus with a purpose of being a place where people can “turn their lives around.” As stated on the church website, “We believe God allows one-eighty turns, so we wanted to provide a place that encourages people to make that turn. ...

CrossWinds UMC celebrates grand opening and invites people to real faith


Crosswinds UMC in Harvest, (Northeast District) held their grand opening kick off celebration for their new building on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010. The day included two worship services and a Tailgate Party with food, inflatables, footballs and fellowship. There were 387 people in attendance to celebrate the special day in the life of this new community of faith. During worship, CrossWinds pastors Rev. Michael and Rev. Suzanne Katschke explained that it was a special day, but also noted the high ...

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