North Alabama Conference's Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century (SCB21) team historically has offered a training event in January each year. This year the SBC21 team announces they are taking a different approach to challenge and equip North Alabama’s African-American Churches. There will be a wide range of training offered throughout 2012 varying from one-day workshops to traveling to sites designated by the national SBC21.
North Alabama SBC21 Convener Pastor Marcus J. Singleton, pastor of St. Paul UMC in downtown Birmingham, explains, “Our aim for the 2012 North Alabama SBC21 is to provide opportunities for our clergy and laity to grow in faith, leadership, visioning, and experience holy conferencing, etc. This year, we are planning to present more options for growth and development.”
The first event planned for the year will be March 17-18. The training is called The Power of Real and will provide churches with tools to enhance their ability to impact their communities, share the Good News and grow their churches.