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September 14 EVOLVE event to focus on maximizing hybrid worship experiences for online and in-person audiences


Over the last year the Bishop and Cabinet, New and Renewing Churches, Multicultural Ministries and the Board of Ordained Ministry have sponsored a series of continuing education opportunities called EVOLVE. These online sessions are designed to provide powerful tools, information, and resources to help the clergy and laity of the North Alabama Conference to courageously lead into a future we cannot yet imagine. They feature top-notch leaders presenting through the Zoom platform. The next EVOLVE ...

Clergy Appointments fixed during Annual Conference


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Bishop and Cabinet announce additional appointments


Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett and the Cabinet announce the following appointment changes. These appointments, along with appointments previously announced, will be fixed during the 2021 North Alabama Annual Conference, which will gather online on June 4-5. Unless otherwise noted, all appointments will become effective on July 1.   District Church Appointment     Part-time Appointments       Central District     CE Adamsville / Graysville Paul Weigert   CE Mt. Carmel Michael ...

Bishop and Cabinet announce full-time appointment changes


Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett and the Cabinet announce the following full-time clergy appointment changes to take effect July 1, 2021. District Church Projected Appointment   Central District   CE Aldersgate (Dora) Sammy Hodges CE Bluff Park Associate Ross Furio CE Fultondale Sarah Rochte CE Mt. Zion Wally Armstrong CE Pinson Bill Boggan CE Pleasant Grove Matt Andrews CE Taylor Memorial Keith Beatty   Cheaha District ...

Update: EVOLVE 2021 March 2 all-day seminar "Digital Strategies Masterclass” now being offered for only $5 per person


Special Offer FLASH SALE:  $5 Don't miss out! A special highlight for 2021 is an all-day workshop led by Tony Morgan and team entitled “Digital Strategies Masterclass.” One thing that church leaders have learned the hard way through this pandemic is that we truly can reach people and make disciples of Christ by expanding our digital outreach. Returning by popular demand to the North Alabama Conference, Tony Morgan (author of The Unstuck Church and popular podcast "The Unstuck Church”) is ...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: 2021 Appointment-making Process


Dear Friends, During the COVID-19 pandemic, I have been reminded that healthy daily and weekly rhythms are essential for well-being and productivity. As United Methodists we understand rhythm, not only in our personal lives, but also in our process for appointing clergy to churches. Appointment-making is critical to our vision and mission. The North Alabama Conference’s appointment-making rhythm includes consultation, prayer, cabinet deliberations and transitions. Consultation: District ...

Rev. Thomas G. Hermans-Webster to serve as Assistant Professor of United Methodist Studies at Pacific School of Religion


Pacific School of Religion (PSR) has announced that North Alabama Conference elder Rev. Thomas G. Hermans-Webster will serve as Assistant Professor of United Methodist Studies beginning July 2021. David Vásquez-Levy, President of PSR located in Berkeley, California, stated in the January 4 announcement, “Rev. Hermans-Webster will be a great asset on our faculty and deepen our capacity to fulfill our mission. He brings a passion for the formation of spiritually rooted leaders committed to social ...

Bishop Wallace-Padgett announces Office of Connectional Ministries staff changes to take effect in early 2021


Bishop Wallace-Padgett announces that beginning Jan. 1, 2021, Rev. Dr. Adlene Kufarimai, current Director of Ministry with the Poor and Missions and Advocacy will become Director of Connectional Ministries. Additionally, effective Feb. 1, 2021, Rev. John Fleischauer, current Leadership Development Administrator for Connectional Ministries, will move from a part-time to a full-time role as Associate Director of Connectional Ministries. These moves follow current Director of Connectional ...

Conference pandemic guidelines to continue during Advent


Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications   Dear Friends, As we enter into the holidays, the uncertainty of this global pandemic continues to impact all of our decisions. We are grateful that a vast majority of North Alabama and Alabama-West Florida United Methodist Churches have honored our requests throughout the pandemic to follow protocols we developed in consultation with healthcare professionals for in-person worship services and other gatherings. While our guidelines have ...

EVOLVE continuing education series designed to equip courageous leaders in the new normal


The COVID-19 pandemic means we are living in a new normal and we need new tools to reach people for Christ. In order to help equip North Alabama church leaders for this new normal, Bishop Wallace-Padgett, the Cabinet, Ethnic Ministries, New Church and the Board of Ordained Ministry are sponsoring an online continuing education opportunity designed to provide powerful tools, information and resources to help North Alabama Conference clergy and laity courageously lead into a future we cannot yet ...

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