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Second clergy Flourish cohort managed to “flourish” despite pandemic

4/19/2021

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the second clergy FLOURISH cohort managed to “flourish.” This year’s group was able to meet in person monthly (thanks to the hospitality and large open space at Cahaba Heights United Methodist Church) from October 2020 through March 2021. The group was limited to six clergy this year due to COVID-19 and was facilitated by Rev. Dr. Hughey Reynolds, Senior Pastor of Decatur First UMC, and Rev. Sheri Ferguson, Board of Ordained Ministry‘s Ministry Health ...


Glaize Named New Director of Alabama Course of Study

5/31/2019

Rev. Alecia C. Glaize has been named the new director for the Alabama Course of Study Extension School (ALCOS). This school is part of a network of regional, extension, and satellite schools designed to provide vital education to part-time local pastors of The United Methodist Church in the North Alabama and Alabama-West Florida Conferences.   After a thorough search, Glaize emerged as the leading candidate and will assume this role on July 1, 2019. She follows Rev. Walter Cash, who retired ...


Alabama Course of Study Extension School Announces a Position Opening for Director of the Alabama Course of Study Extension School

3/14/2019

The Alabama Course of Study Extension School (ALCOS) is part of a network of regional, extension, and satellite schools designed to provide vital education to part-time local pastors of The United Methodist Church in the North Alabama and Alabama-West Florida conferences. Defined by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM), the Course of Study is a 20-course curriculum that covers the study of Bible, Theology and Church History, Congregational Formation, and Clergy Formation. ...


Rev. Walter Cash to retire as Director of Alabama Course of Study School after 24 years of service

2/5/2019

“I am where I am in ministry because of persons who have taken an interest in me – helping me and mentoring me and providing a way for me to be the best pastor I can be,” Rev. Walter Cash reflects. “Because so many have helped me, I have always had a desire to mentor others and help them become all they can be.” Equipping, educating and helping local pastors be the best they can be in ministry is close to Cash’s heart. He helped start the Alabama Course of Study School in the mid-1990s and has ...


Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: An invitation to North Alabama Conference elders, deacons, licensed local pastors & associate members

9/18/2018

Dear Friends, Each year I look forward to the North Alabama Conference Gathering of the Orders and Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members. The 2018 Gathering will begin Sunday afternoon, October 21, and conclude by noon on Tuesday, October 23.  The Gathering and Annual Conference are the two times each year all North Alabama United Methodist clergy assemble for fellowship, worship, teaching and resources. I especially anticipate being together at this year’s Gathering in light of all ...


GBHEM Scholarships help seminary students avoid debt and feel church’s commitment

9/8/2018

Divinity students who receive Excellence in Clergy Leadership Scholarships from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) not only avoid accumulating thousands of dollars in debt, but also gain confidence in their ability to complete seminary and in the United Methodist Church’s commitment to their ministry. During the 2017-2018 academic year, 199 Master of Divinity students received $1,632.500 from the scholarship program, with individual award amounts ranging from $2,500 to ...


Board of Ordained Ministry to offer “That Will Preach!” workshop on September 13

8/21/2018

On Thursday, September 13, 2018, the North Alabama Conference Board of Ordained Ministry is offering an event that will strengthen the toolbox of veteran preachers and new pastors alike. “That Will Preach!” begins at 9:30 a.m. at Clearbranch UMC.  The $15 registration fee includes lunch.   The event features Rev. Jerry Herships. Jerry’s story is a familiar one. Former bartender/stand-up comic and mall Santa hears God’s call to leave the bright lights of show biz and dedicate his life to doing ...


Pre-Retirement Seminar for Clergy and Spouses to be October 19

9/28/2017

A Pre-Retirement Seminar for Clergy and Spouses will be held Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, at Trinity UMC in Birmingham (1400 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, AL 35209). The event is sponsored by the Boards of Pensions, Ordained Ministry and Superannuate Homes. The purpose of the seminar is to provide ministers and spouses with information as they plan for the years of retirement from the itinerant ministry. Resources will be presented by The General Board of Pension and Health Benefits, Social Security, ...


Gathering of the Orders and Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members to be Oct. 22-24, 2017

9/13/2017

Registration Now Open - Click here to register. The Annual Gathering of the Orders and Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members is held each fall at Sumatanga Camp and Conference Center. This event is for North Alabama elders, deacons, associate members, and local pastors. This year's gathering will feature Bishop Robert Schnase. The theme is "Re-thinking the Five Practices: Changing Assumptions about Church and Culture." Registration is now open. The Early Registration deadline is ...


Clergy Health pilot group sponsored by Board of Ordained Ministry helps clergy achieve significant positive changes

6/21/2017

There are significant challenges for clergy today. Among many, these challenges include technology and accessibility; time; authority and expectations; changing shape of lay involvement; boundary issues; finances; mobility and uprootedness; postmodernism; and dissonance between vision and reality. (Epperly, B. A Center in the Cyclone: 21st Century Clergy Self-Care, 2014) In an effort to support and undergird gains made by our clergy in areas of emotional, spiritual and physical health (Center ...


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