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Office of Ordained Ministry staff dedicated to discovering, developing and deploying clergy spiritual leaders


The North Alabama Conference Board of Ordained Ministry lives out the Conference mission to discover, develop and deploy spiritual leaders to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world through its work of credentialing, training, and providing life-long learning opportunities for clergy in the North Alabama Conference. The work of the Board is supported by dedicated staff members in the Office of Ordained Ministry. Over the last couple of years the faces in the office ...

GBHEM Introduces a New Scholarship to Address Economic Challenges Facing Pastoral Leaders


The Office of Loans and Scholarships at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) today announced the creation of a new scholarship that launches January 3, 2017, for students enrolled in United Methodist seminaries. The Excellence in Clergy Leadership Scholarship was created to help entering United Methodist clergy avoid excessive educational loan debt, minimize financial stress and build financial acumen. Wespath Benefits and Investments (formerly the General Board of Pension ...

GBHEM releases 2016 Candidacy Guidebook, Answering the Call


The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry released a new Candidacy Guidebook, Answering the Call: Candidacy Guidebook on April 12. Designed for group candidacy mentoring, this resource provides a more robust discussion of United Methodist beliefs, and defines the sharp distinction between the discernment the application processes. It includes a guide to assist mentors as they lead discussions and prepare mentor reports. The guidebook features two new chapters, Health and Wholeness, and ...

North Alabama Conference Pastors' Prayer Summit to be Jan. 25-27, 2016


The North Alabama Conference Pastors' Prayer Summit will take place at Camp Sumatanga beginning Monday, January 25, at 10 a.m., and ends on Wednesday, January 27, at 3 p.m. The North Alabama United Methodist Prayer Summit gathering is open to all pastors and staff in the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church. The Prayer Summit is a time for the conference to gather in prayer for spiritual renewal and awakening in The United Methodist Church. Out of the realization that no one ...

Gathering of the Orders scheduled for Oct. 18-20


Each Fall, North Alabama Conference clergy meet at Camp Sumatanga for the Gathering of the Orders and Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members. This yearly event offers pastors time to reconnect, worship, reflect and celebrate with their peers. The theme of this year's gathering is "Entering the Full Joy of Ministry." Bishop Paul Leeland of the Alabama-West Florida Conference, who will speak at the event, believes in spiritual leadership that is grounded in the presence of God. His ...

Holy Conversation Dialogue Group offers update


In response to the divisiveness within our denomination on human sexuality issues, our Bishop offered “holy conversations” at our last two Gathering of the Orders that sought to be respectful, trust-building, and …..holy. There was a recommendation from those gathered at those conversations to have an ongoing small dialogue group that would covenant to read varying perspectives, study, pray and listen to one another. Participants were gathered from various viewpoints and experiences who were ...

Perkins School of Theology Certification of Spiritual Direction Program coming to Sumatanga in October


I’m forever grateful for the many and varied spiritual leaders who have accompanied me thus far in my life. Having trusted guides to help me delve more deeply into my relationship with God, in all seasons of my life, has been and continues to be transforming to my faith. It led me to ordained ministry in the United Methodist Church and most recently, it has given me the courage to respond to the call to pursue Certification in Spiritual Direction at Perkins School of Theology at SMU in Dallas, ...

Gathering of the Orders and Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members will be Oct. 20-22, 2014.


The Annual Gathering of the Orders and Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members will be at Sumatanga Camp and Conference Center on Oct. 20-22, 2014. This event is for North Alabama elders, deacons, associate members, and local pastors.   The featured resource person is Dr. Robert Mulholland, former professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is the author of several books, including Shaped by the Word (Upper Room) and the landmark spiritual formation book Invitation to...

Emory receives grant to explore changes in theological education


Emory University's Candler School of Theology has received a $460,000 grant from Lilly Endowment to lead a study of the purposes of theological education in a time of significant change. "Theological Education Between the Times: Consultations on the Meanings and Purposes of Theological Education" will convene diverse groups of theological educators to reflect on the nature of theological education. Ted A. Smith, associate professor of preaching and ethics at Candler, will direct the project. "...

Information for Local Churches regarding compliance requirements of Alabama's Immigration Law

by: Danette Clifton


As North Alabama approaches it’s 2014 Annual Conference gathering and clergy and local churches prepare for new appointments, Conference Chancellor Terry McElheny offers a summary of legal requirements and links to necessary forms to assist local congregations in meeting their compliance requirements of Alabama’s Immigration Law. Summary Effective April 1, 2012, all employers – including churches – are required to register with the Federal E-Verify program and to confirm the employment status of...

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