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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 ...

Dismantling Racism


Dear Friends, We, the North Alabama Conference Leadership Team, are dedicated to leading clergy and churches in addressing racism in ongoing and meaningful ways. We know that this begins with first recognizing our own racial biases and attitudes. We have committed to journey together over the next year as we increase our awareness, build interracial relationships and develop a lifelong commitment to racial justice. We invite you to join us on this journey. In partnership with the Ethnic ...

New appointment year begins July 1


Today, July 1, 2020, marks the beginning of the new North Alabama Conference appointment year for 2020-2021. Historically called "Moving Day" in North Alabama, it is the day clergy begin their new appointments and congregations begin their ministries with new pastors. The following people are moving to new appointments. Please remember these clergy and supply preachers and the congregations receiving them in your prayers during this time of transition.   Appointment District Charge ...

Conference virtual Pentecost Sunday Worship Service now available


Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett and the Conference Leadership Team have posted a virtual Pentecost Sunday Worship Service as a resource for North Alabama Conference churches and individuals. The virtual service is made up of short video segments. Worshippers are invited to follow the order of worship and play each video as they progress through the service. The hope is because the videos are shorter than an entire worship service, watching each segment separately will be less taxing on a worshiper'...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Bishop and Cabinet recommend phased-in approach to re-opening our church buildings as described in Do No Harm guidelines


Dear Friends, A question that many people are asking is, “When will our church buildings be reopened?” The answer will vary from church to church, based not on a specific date, but on local data. Our North Alabama Conference District Superintendents recently hosted 32 virtual town hall meetings attended by 860 of our clergy and lay leaders. Discussion centered around Do No Harm: Recommendations for Reopening our Church Buildings ( and a video featuring Dr. Neil Lamb, ...

Bishop and Cabinet announces additional appointment changes


Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett and the Cabinet announce the following appointment changes to take effect this summer. District Charge Moving Clergy   Central District   CE Boldo John Harrison CE Bethlehem (Hueytown) Roy Williams CE Pleasant Grove (Colony) Horace Blount CE Vestavia Hills - Coordinator Discipleship Engagement Kelley Bottcher CE Vestavia Hills - Director of Stewardship Development John Sweeny         Cheaha District   CH Haven Frank Swinney CH Bethlehem ...

Guidelines for counting Online Worship Attendance on the Weekly Benchmark Report now available


With the sudden introduction of online worship to churches of all sizes in the North Alabama Conference, the Cabinet has been asked to provide some guidelines for counting online attendance. They are aware that some churches, who have tech people skilled in reading analytics, may already have guidelines that they use. Other churches may have church membership attendance software that allows for online registration of attendance. However, many churches are struggling to determine how to count ...

Bishop & Cabinet Request continuation of suspension of in-person worship until at least June 1 and preparations for reopening our church buildings


Dear friends, The first several months of 2020 have been difficult as the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in sickness, death, unemployment and economic challenges of epic proportions in our state, nation and world. The Cabinet’s and my hearts are heavy for all those who have been adversely affected by the coronavirus. Through it all, I am thankful for the creative and sacrificial ways in which our clergy and laity continue to be the church. In addition to pivoting from in-person to online worship...

Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Suspension of in-person gatherings continues until at least May 18 and Postponement of 2020 Annual Conference


Bishop and Cabinet request North Alabama Conference United Methodist Churches continue the suspension of in-person worship services and gatherings until at least May 18 and possibly later. Postponement of 2020 North Alabama Annual Conference until August 16-17. Dear Friends, I am so grateful for the amazing ways in which clergy and laity of the North Alabama Conference are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of our United Methodist Churches have adjusted to the “sheltering-at-home” ...

Bishop and Cabinet announces full-time appointment changes


Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett and the Cabinet announce the following full-time appointment changes to take effect this summer. District Charge Moving Clergy   Central District   CE Crumly Chapel / New Beginnings Associate Kiki W. Terry CE Cullman First Lyle Holland CE Earnest / Pine Grove Nedra Deerman CE Long Memorial / Williams Chapel Lee Witherington CE New Beginnings John Baldwin CE Palmerdale Tyler Cantrell CE Pinson / ...

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