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Apply Now for Grants from Young Clergy Initiative


Applications for Young Clergy Initiative grants to develop innovative projects of all sizes that could attract young people to ordained ministry in The United Methodist Church can be submitted beginning Nov. 1 through “There are places in our denomination where imaginative ideas are percolating and good, effective work is being done around young people’s discernment of a vocation in ordained leadership. The goal of the grant process is to support that work and ...

Conference launches email addresses for clergy to help strengthen the connection


Working in cooperation with the North Alabama Conference Board of Ordained Ministry (BOOM), the Conference Information Technology department is now providing an email address for each North Alabama Conference clergy person. This action has long been discussed and dreamed about by the extended cabinet and the leadership of BOOM. This year it has become a reality. Each North Alabama clergy person now has a professional email address using their name and the domain These new email ...

Bishop Wallace-Padgett visits with Licensing School


On Tuesday evening, February 19, 2013, Bishop Debra-Wallace Padgett officiated at a Service of Word and Table at Gadsden First UMC.  The service was designed especially for the 2013 North Alabama Conference Licensing School students.  Several other persons from across the Mountain Lakes District were in attendance.  After worship Bishop Wallace-Padgett stayed and had a conversation with the fourteen students.  Rev. Steve Baccus, Director of Licensing School says, “A special ‘Thank You’ goes to ...

Judicial Council upholds security of appointment


ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. (UMNS) — The top court of The United Methodist Church has upheld church rules that ensure security of appointment for elders and associate clergy members, striking down legislation passed by the denomination’s lawmaking assembly last spring. The church’s General Conference, meeting in Tampa, Fla., had approved on May 1 a much-debated piece of legislation that would have deleted language in the church’s Book of Discipline ensuring security of appointment. The legislation ...

North Alabama elder one of twenty outstanding Young Pastors selected for the Lewis Fellows Program


The Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary has selected 20 outstanding young clergy to participate in the 2012-2013 Lewis Fellows program.  This year's class includes a clergy member of the North Alabama Conference. Every year the Lewis Fellows program brings together outstanding young clergy persons (generally those under the age of 35) for intensive leadership development activities and sustained peer interaction. To date, more than 150 young clergy from more than ...

New wrinkle in appointment security


Supporters of guaranteed appointments for United Methodist clergy have a new reason for hope. The Rev. L. Fitzgerald "Gere" Reist II, secretary of the General Conference, informed the Council of Bishops late June 11 that the language in the 2012 Book of Discipline “does not eliminate the security of appointment for elders.” But, other denominational leaders question Reist’s interpretation of what the 2012 General Conference, the denomination’s top lawmaking body, accomplished when it met ...

Clergy meet for annual Gathering of the Orders


Clergy throughout the North Alabama Conference journeyed to Camp Sumatanga this week for the annual Gathering of the Orders. Elders, deacons and local pastors meet each year to catch up with old friends and exchange ideas about ministry. The focus of this year’s meeting was “Fresh Water from Ancient Wells: Exploring the Depths Wesley Drew From.” Using ancient teachings of spiritual guides all the way back to the desert fathers, speakers linked them to issues relevant to today's church, using ...

New rule for UM seminaries: More clergy, more funds


United Methodist schools of theology that educate more students for ordained ministry in the denomination will get more church funding in 2012 under a new formula for distributing money from the Ministerial Education Fund. The Directors of The United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry had approved the changes last fall, but tweaked the formula at the spring 2011 meeting to include money for full-time United Methodist faculty and senior administrators at the seminaries. That change ...

Cabinet explains clergy appointment process


This week the Appointive Cabinet of the North Alabama Conference is in session. The main focus of their meeting will be determining clergy appointments for North Alabama Conference congregations. However, the process of determining clergy appointments stretches beyond Cabinet Meetings. In the video below District Superintendent of the Northeast District Rev. Dale Cohen and Associate District Superintendent of the Northeast District Rev. Sherill Clontz, explain the multifaceted process of how ...

Bishop receives grant for sabbatical, encourages pastors to take time for study and spiritual growth


The Sabbath Leave Program, based at the Center for Pastoral Excellence at Samford University and funded by the Lilly Endowment, has just awarded Bishop Willimon funds to assist him in a two month sabbatical this summer. Bishops are granted three months Renewal Leave every four years. Bishop Willimon plans to use his leave for study, writing, rest and recreation. “The Sabbath Leave Program is a great resource for our clergy. I am honored to be selected for this grant. Unfortunately, even though ...

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