My husband Lee and I recently enjoyed the movie Woodlawn. Based on a true story set in Birmingham during the 1970s, it is full of memorable moments. One of my favorite scenes is a worship service in the church star athlete Tony Nathan attends. During the sermon the pastor asks Tony to stand. After affirming Tony for using his football gifts for God, he challenges each one in the congregation to do the same with their gifts.
Though set 40 years ago, this scene promotes the current North Alabama Conference mission statement. Our mission is to "discover, develop and deploy spiritual leaders to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world." As we do this successfully, more and more of us will use our gifts for God.
As we approach the 2016 Annual Conference, the Nominations Team is highlighting the Discovery phase of our mission by identifying spiritual leaders who will serve effectively on leadership teams for the next quadrennium. The names of these persons will go into a leadership pool to be considered for various roles. In addition to receiving names for this pool from District Operational Teams, we are encouraging clergy and laity of our churches to self-nominate. For more information on self-nominating, please click this link.
Yes, Tony Nathan’s pastor was spot-on in challenging each member of his congregation to use their gifts for God. If you sense that God may be calling you to serve on a Conference Team during the coming quadrennium, please help the Nominations Team with its discovery work by completing a self-nominating form.
As always, it is a privilege to serve as your bishop.
North Alabama Conference
Vision: Spiritual Leaders Empowering Life-Giving Congregations to Transform the World
Mission: To discover, develop and deploy spiritual leaders to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.