2021 North Alabama Annual Conference to be virtual meeting; PreConference Reports and Information due March 1


Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the in-person North Alabama Annual Conference scheduled for June 6-8, 2021, will be adapted to once again be a shorter, virtual meeting with satellite venues for those without reliable internet capabilities in their area.

Just as in 2020, Conference leadership is committed to applying the Do No Harm recommendations (www.umcna.org/donoharm) to this year’s Annual Conference meeting. Although vaccines provide some hope for the end of the pandemic, the Bishop, Cabinet and Annual Conference Planning Team do not think it will be possible to safely hold a large, in-person gathering of 1,500 people in early June. Leaders also are hopeful that the Governor’s proclamation for extraordinary measures and relief during this public health emergency will be extended. This would allow Alabama non-profit organizations to hold virtual meetings through the summer making the online format possible again this year.

The current schedule for the 2021 Annual Conference is as follows:

  • Friday, June 4 — virtual Clergy Executive Session
  • Saturday, June 5 — virtual Plenary Business Session
  • The Annual Conference Planning Team is coordinating the schedule so that the Ordination Service and Memorial Service will also occur on June 5.

More specific details will be available in the next few months.

The deadline for North Alabama Annual Conference Reports and Information is March 1

Conference Secretary Dr. Dedric Cowser has extended the PreConference Report deadline until March 1.

North Alabama teams, committees, commissions, and Conference-related organizations are invited to share a report in the Journal vol. 1 (PreConference Book) of the North Alabama Conference describing their ministry over the past year. Groups are asked to highlight how their ministry is working toward the Conference Mission of Discover, Develop and Deploy Spiritual Leaders to make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World.

All reports submitted for publication in the Journal vol. 1 (PreConference Book) should be in a Microsoft Word or Google Document submitted by email no later than Monday, March. 1, 2021, to the following email address:


Include "Pre-Conference Report" in the subject line.

Any report that requires action by the Annual Conference not received by this year’s March 1 deadline may be considered for distribution during the 2021 Annual Conference at the discretion of the Director of Connectional Ministries and/or the Conference Secretary. If approved, that report will be assigned a letter.

In light of the 2021 North Alabama Annual Conference's virtual format, the Committee on Procedures and Petitions, in conjunction with the Cabinet and the Annual Conference Executive Planning Team, has decided to postpone any petitions or resolutions until the North Alabama Annual Conference meets in an in-person setting so they may be presented with the Annual Conference’s traditional method of debate and discussion. This is in keeping with the decision made in regard to the 2020 virtual Annual Conference.

Guidelines for Content

Submitting a report to the North Alabama Annual Conference allows North Alabama United Methodist congregations to connect with your team or organization’s ministry. It also allows the Conference to record highlights and critical information about your ministry for generations to come through the historical record of the Conference Journal.

To work toward the goals of higher readership for reports and to be better stewards of paper and printing funds, here are a few guidelines for printed reports.

  1. Keep the content of your report focused and concise.

  2. Proofread and edit your report to be approximately 500 words (1 page) in length.

  3. Clearly state how your team or organization is working toward the North Alabama Conference Mission of Discover, Develop and Deploy Spiritual Leaders to make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World. Make this the focus of your report.

  4. The theme for Annual Conference 2021 is "Disciples Building Disciples." You are encouraged to also highlight ways your team is working toward the Annual Conference vision, mission and ministry priorities.

  5. Clearly identify any action your team requests from the North Alabama Annual Conference.

  6. Include ministry celebrations and stories from the past year, as well as, specific goals for future ministry.

  7. Do not include logos, photos or elaborate formatting in your report. If your report requires visual content please contact Journal Editor Lyn Cosby for guidelines. (lcosby@umcna.org or 205-226-7972)

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