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North Alabama Conference will commission first class of "Residents in Ministry" on June 24


Annual Conference 2007 continues on Sunday, June 24 at 4:30 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church in Huntsville as members of the North Alabama Conference will gather for the Commissioning Service.  During this service, the Annual Conference will commission new probationary members. This class of newly commissioned clergy will be North Alabama’s first class of “Residents in Ministry” (see related story) During this service all North Alabama Conference clergy will process in robes and red ...

Board of Ordained Ministry establishes Residency in Ministry program and names full-time director


On June 24, the North Alabama Annual Conference will commission new probationary deacons and elders. However, beginning with this class of new clergy, they will not be called "probationers". Instead they will be known as "Residents in Ministry" and the three year period leading to their ordination will be an intentional journey the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry hopes will help them become stronger clergy leaders. "Our effort is to make sure clergy entering into relationship with the ...

Families of Memorialized Clergy to receive clergy grave marker


Several years ago a donation was given from a clergy family to the Conference Commission on Archives and History to initiate the distribution of United Methodist bronze clergy grave markers purchased from Cokesbury to families of deceased clergy whose death occurred during the current conference year. These small medallion type markers depict a circuit rider on horseback, have the words, "United Methodist Clergy" and are made to be affixed to an existing grave marker to identify the deceased as ...

Bishop Willimon announces initiation of Network of Retired Pastors


We in the North Alabama Conference have the largest number of retired pastors and spouses that we have had in our entire history as a church. This past year I appointed more retired pastors to service in our churches than any year before. Our Superannuate Homes ministry is unique throughout United Methodism. Our Conference currently has over one hundred-thirty-one homes for retired pastors and spouses. This remarkable program shows our commitment to care for these who have cared for Christ's ...

Bishop and Cabinet Announce new Clergy Renewal Leave program


"Our clergy are placed under new stresses and given new challenges, particularly as we work toward the renewal of our congregations."  That's how Bishop William H. Willimon presented a new plan for Clergy Renewal Leaves for North Alabama Conference pastors. "As we move toward longer pastorates, we must provide ways for our clergy to get the renewal they need to serve Christ over the long haul.  That's why the Cabinet and I have been working on a program of Renewal Leaves.  One of our colleagues,...

Ministry Commission Recommendations, Survey Now Online


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (GBHEM/FYI) – A draft report by the Study of Ministry Commission for the 2008 General Conference proposes eight important recommendations about the ordering of ministry, including the creation of three classifications of ordained elders and separation of ordination from full conference membership. The report, which is framed in the historic form of Methodist conferences as “minutes of several conversations,” is available at, along with an online survey to collect ...

Clergy reminded their role is to "Grow MORE Disciples" during Bishop's Convocation


Almost 300 North Alabama Conference clergy gathered together at Sumatanga on October 9-10 for the Annual Bishop's Convocation on Ministry. This year's retreat focused on passion and the practical aspects of growing MORE disciples of Jesus Christ. The retreat featured times of powerful worship, times of prayer and opportunities for fellowship. Dr. Steve Ayers, Sr. Pastor of Hillvue Community Church in Bowling Green, Kentucky, was the featured speaker. In his straightforward and entertaining ...

Bishop names Rev. Don Neal as the new Executive Director of Superannuate Homes and Ordained Ministry


Bishop William H. Willimon has announced that Rev. Don Neal will become the Executive Director of Superannuate Homes and Ordained Ministry in June. Rev. Neal is currently serving as the District Superintendent of the Albertville District.   Rev. Neal comes to the position with years of experience serving with both the Board of Superannuate Homes and the Board of Ordained Ministry. He has served for six years as the Cabinet Representative to the Board of Superannuate Homes. He has served for 16 ...

Church marks 50th anniversary of full clergy rights for women


A UMNS Feature by Vicki Brown* On May 4, 1956, in Minneapolis, the General Conference of the Methodist Church approved full clergy rights for women. Half a century later, the fruits of that action are the nearly 12,000 United Methodist clergywomen who serve the church at every level, from bishops to local pastors. A yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary includes worship services, books celebrating the lives of pioneering clergywomen and writings of other clergywomen, special ...

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