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Director of Connectional Ministries announces staffing changes

10/3/2007

Dale Cohen, Director of the Office of Connectional Ministries of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church, announced today that Robert Mercer has been named Conference Youth Coordinator and Connectional Ministries Consultant.  He will begin serving in this new position on Nov. 14, 2007. Robert comes to this position after serving as Associate Pastor at St. Mark UMC in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.  Robert has served as a Youth Minister and brings a vast amount of knowledge and ...


Jordan Crossing holds first "public" worship service and open house for multicultural center

9/16/2007

On Sunday, Sept. 9, one of North Alabama’s new congregations Jordan Crossing celebrated its first “public” worship service.  Led by Lead Pastor Rev. Cheryl Blankenship more than 50 people gathered for an upbeat and hopeful service. During the service Rev. Blankenship shared the core values for Jordan Crossing which are Active Discipleship, Intentional Diversity and Radical Hospitality. She also shared the underlying vision of the new church explaining that Huntsville has many great churches and ...


Conference celebrates generous support for its priority of establishing new communities of faith

9/12/2007

One of the North Alabama Conference four ministry priorities is to establish new communities of faith.  Through the leadership of Bishop Willimon, the Cabinet and the Center for Congregational Development the North Alabama Conference now leads all other United Methodist Annual Conferences in new church starts. This year many United Methodists have stepped forward to play an active role in helping the Conference work toward achieving this priority by responding to the Bishop’s and Cabinet’s ...


The Innerchange UMC celebrates baptism of 22 new disciples of Jesus Christ

8/15/2007

On Sunday, August 12, the congregation of The Innerchange UMC, one of North Alabama’s new communities of faith, gathered at Tannehill State Park to celebrate the baptisms of 22 new disciples of Jesus Christ. The morning began as the congregation gathered under and around a pavilion for a time of worship through song and prayer. Rev. Mike Skelton then read through the scripture story of Jesus’ Baptism explaining, “this is why we are here today.” He then shared a message telling those gathered ...


New CrossWinds Church celebrates land and looks ahead to launch of public ministry

7/20/2007

One of the North Alabama Conference priorities is establishing new communities of faith.  Northeast District Superintendent Rev. Tom Bell shares that one of the newest communities of faith, which was just launched at Annual Conference 2007, has a lot to celebrate. The Crosswinds Church now not only have 25 families who have committed to be part of the community’s core group, but last week the district was able to help this new community of faith acquire land.   The CrossWinds Church is being ...


Asbury UMC reclaims "churches starting churches" tradition to support New Heights congregation

5/30/2007

One of the priorities of the North Alabama Conference is establishing new communities of faith.  As the Conference seeks to live out this priority, it is finding new ways to help new communities of faith form and grow. One way is what Director of the Center for Congregational Development Dr. Dick Freeman calls the Mother-Daughter model.  This is when an established, strong and healthy congregation intentionally supports and helps launch a new community of faith. That new community may one day ...


5% Challenge: Guntersville First says "Do it Again, God!"

5/17/2006

Do it Again God!By Rev. Robin Scott, Pastor Here at Guntersville First we have had almost a 300% increase (212-609) in worship attendance since 1987. This represents 18 consecutive years that the worship attendance was greater than the year before. This church has been reaching people for Christ when many other churches of all denominations have struggled to do so. Without pride or boastfulness we report this fact for we are humbled by God's grace, blessings, and abundance. We simply want to ...


Conference announces new Assistant Director of Congregational Development

4/27/2006

North Alabama Conference Director of Connectional Ministries Rev. Dale Cohen announced that the Congregational Development Search Team has selected Thomas Muhomba as the new Assistant Director of Congregational Development following a nation-wide search. Rev. Muhomba, a native of Zimbabwe, is an ordained United Methodist minister. He was ordained an elder in the in the United Methodist Church in 1988 when he was 24 years old. Since then he has served in pastoral ministry with the United ...


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