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Church court clarifies voting eligibility


When United Methodists start electing clergy delegates this spring to the denomination’s top legislative meeting, several new groups will be eligible to vote for those representatives. The new categories of electors for the 2012 General Conference were clarified by the denomination’s Judicial Council in a special called session Feb. 12. The nine-member council serves as the church’s “supreme court.” The new categories — related to elections conducted by the denomination’s annual (regional) ...

Northwest District’s Oscar Butler Scholarship Fund helps student-pastors with educational costs


The Northwest District’s Oscar Butler Scholarship Fund has been providing financial support for student pastors in the Florence area for more than 50 years. Many young pastors leave seminary with a large debt because of the cost of theological education. This debt puts a financial burden on the pastors and her or his family as they enter the ministry. The Florence District Laity Club recognized this issue many years ago and began to help young pastors with their educational costs. Over the ...

Cabinet announces mid-year clergy appointment changes


North Alabama Conference Cabinet Secretary Rev. Sherill Clontz announces that Bishop Willimon and the Cabinet have made the following clergy appointments. Taylorville (Southwest District) - Matt Smith New Life (Northeast District) - Mike Robinson Lanett First (Southeast District) - Russell Williams Five Points Circuit (Southeast District) - Baxter Chism Springhill (Northeast District) - Clauzell Williams Clay (Cheaha District) - Mark Clifton New Oregon (Mountain Lakes District) - Jeff Davis ...

GBHEM Board Approves MEF Distribution Change, Plan for Africa Theological Education


By Vicki Brown* A plan for distributing $2 million to support theological education in Africa and a new formula for allocating church dollars to the 13 United Methodist theological schools were approved by board members of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry during their fall meeting. The Board, meeting in Nashville Oct. 7-9, also approved a $40.4 million budget for 2011, and heard of the retirement of General Secretary Jerome King Del Pino, effective Oct. 15, 2010. John ...

Memphis Theological Seminary announces the establishment of the Rev. Matthew Miller Endowment


This fall a group of students, alumni and faculty of Memphis Theological Seminary started an endowment in memory of Rev. Matt Miller. Matt was a North Alabama Conference pastor who died in a boating accident in January 2010 at the age of 25. At the time of his death, Matt was a student of Memphis Theological Seminary (MTS) and pastor of Propst Memorial UMC in Millport, Ala. He was expected to graduate from the seminary in the spring of 2010. At the 2010 North Alabama Conference Matt was given ...

GBHEM Announces Online Consortium with 13 UM Theological Schools


The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church is pleased to introduce an Online Continuing Education Consortium in collaboration with the 13 United Methodist Theological Schools. United Methodist theological schools are offering 11 online continuing education classes for clergy and laity beginning fall semester of 2010. The vision of the consortium is to provide theologically sound, financially affordable, and easily accessible continuing education programs to...

Study shows young clergy increasing


UMNS Report By Heather Hahn* Nathan Phillips grew up United Methodist, but it was as a participant in campus ministry at Mississippi State University that he first discerned a calling to enter ordained ministry. “It gave me opportunities to grow not only in relationship to God but also in opportunities to serve,” he said. “It gave me space to hear him calling, ‘This is what I created you for.’ … My own relationship with him taught me that the greatest help I can give is to share Jesus Christ ...

Program helps ministers settle into new assignments


The following article is re-posted with permission of The Anniston Star. by Laura Tutor Special to The Anniston Star Jul 31, 2010 In his first month as senior pastor at Anniston's First United Methodist Church, the Rev. Bill Brown has learned a few things they don't cover in seminary. The second time around at a church is more intimidating than the first. The congregation might not recognize the unofficial "honeymoon" period that United Methodist churches observe during the annual pastor ...

2010 Clergywomen's Dinner celebrates women in ministry


The 2010 Annual Conference Clergywomen's Dinner was held this year at Faith United Methodist Church on Thursday, June 3, hosted by Rev. Amelia Sims. Eighteen women in ministry in our Conference met to fellowship and enjoy a meal together. During the meal, all the women had an opportunity to share at least one happening in their lives that they were celebrating from this past year. Following the dinner, several women continued to dialogue about how to continue networking and supporting one ...

Video conversation helps churches better understand clergy benefits


The United Methodist Church has three mandatory benefits programs for its clergy in the United States – health insurance, pension and disability. One program which often causes confusion among local churches is clergy pension. So recently, Bishop Will Willimon and North Alabama Conference Treasurer Scott Selman sat down to discuss this topic. A video of this conversation is below. One thing that makes this an important issue for local churches today is that beginning in 2007 clergy pension was ...

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