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Conference announces new provider of demographic information for local congregations


North Alabama Conference Director of Congregational Development Dr. Tommy Gray announces that MissionInsite is the new provider of demographic information for the North Alabama Conference. “We are moving from Percept to MissionInsite as our provider of demographic information,” Rev. Gray explains. “MissionInsite has more tools to help local congregations not only learn the demographics of their community, but to see and plan ministry opportunities within their community.” The MissionInsite ...

GENESIS in Guntersville: Three Years and Going Strong


On Sunday August 30 First United Methodist Church of Guntersville celebrated the three year anniversary of it’s off campus ministry known as GENESIS. In 2006 under the vision and leadership of Rev. Robin B. Scott the congregation of First United Methodist took a leap of faith and began a new ministry that had as its focus reaching the least, the last, and the lost. Designed to offer a hand up rather than a hand out, GENESIS focused on hard core problems and needs that could only be helped by ...

Turning Point Celebrates First Easter


Written by Berry Faust, Pastor, Turning Point   Turning Point is now a year old.  We had our first service April 13, 2008. A lot has happened in a year. We are a group of believers with a vision and desire to make a difference, a turning point for believers who became disenfranchised with the normal Church Culture, a haven for non believers, and a place to test the waters of the Christian faith. We started our first Sunday in a rented church building with no idea what God would do. He sent 69 ...

Brandon New Vision congregation reaches the community for Christ through love and service


In August 2007, Brandon New Vision church held its first worship service in a small conference room in the Brandon Ministry Center.  A little more than a year late, the new church start continues to grow and minister to those in need.  Pastored by Rev. Greg Reynolds, the New Vision congregation has been able to start Sunday School classes for both children and adults, tutoring classes for children in the community on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and other community action programs. The ...

Three conference churches "Pay It Forward"


Remember the movie Pay It Forward? A young boy writes an essay about doing good deeds, and suggests that instead of paying a person back for it, you should pay it forward by doing something good for someone else. That's exactly what happened recently between three churches in the North Alabama Conference. Back in April 2008, when Blountsville UMC was planning for its 190th anniversary, Rev. Bart Bowlin and the church's leaders decided that receiving a special offering for a new church start ...

CrossWinds UMC uses July events to meet, greet, and reach out to the community


CrossWinds United Methodist Church, a new church start in the Harvest/Monrovia area of the Northeast District, recently held a month-long series of summer mission events entitled “Terrific Tuesdays.” CrossWinds Church officially launched on Easter Sunday and just entered their fourth month of weekly worship services. Every Tuesday night in July, the  congregation invited the community to a series of events designed to meet, greet, and reach out to the community. CrossWinds Connection Groups took...

Emanuel Christian Church UMC celebrates dedication service


One of North Alabama's new communities of faith, Emanuel Church, held its dedication service on July 12, 2008, to celebrate its move to the former Sheffield Highland UMC building.  "The leadership of the Northwest District Superintendent Mike Stonbraker has permitted us to use this wonderful place for the Spanish ministry," Pastor Mirna Bourn says. "We give thanks to GOD for His faithfulness and his many blessings." Emanuel Church began at the Brandon Ministry Center under the leadership of ...

CrossWinds UMC officially launches public ministry


CrossWinds United Methodist Church officially launched its public ministry Easter weekend with a community event and worship service. CrossWinds is a new church start in the Northeast District led by the Reverends Michael and Suzanne Katschke. On Saturday,March 22, 2008, CrossWinds hosted a community-wide Easter ‘Eggstravaganza’.  More than 500 people attended the community event, which included clowns, inflatables, food, and of course, an egg hunt.  Guests registered to win an HD television to ...

Academy for Congregational Development Graduates its Thirteenth Class


On Saturday, March 8, 2008, the Academy for Congregational Development celebrated the commissioning and sending service of its 13th class.  The Academy for Congregational Development prepares individuals, both lay and clergy, for ministry in the Postmodern Age. The Academy seeks to encourage the discovery and development of individual Spiritual Gifts, and to renew joy in the ministry God has given. Ministry in the Post-modern Age is experience-based and relational. Academy presenters are ...

Liberty Crossings UMC celebrates consecration of new facility


On Sunday, February 10, Liberty Crossings United Methodist Church, one of North Alabama’s new congregations, celebrated a service of Consecration for its first permanent building.  The congregation, led by Rev. Keith Elder, began worshipping in the new space in early December.   Bishop William H. Willimon preached during the Consecration Service.  South Central District Superintendent Dr. T. Michael Morgan and the North Alabama Conference Center for Congregational Development Dick Freeman also ...

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