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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 at Pacific School of Religion (PSR) 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...

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 ...

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 ...

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