Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Nominations 2020-2024


Dear Friends,

Discover. Develop. Deploy. These three words sum up the mission of the North Alabama Conference. We discover lay and clergy spiritual leaders in a variety of ways and places. We develop spiritual leaders through training, mentoring, cohorts and other means of leadership development. We deploy leaders to serve in our churches, communities and other ministry contexts.

The Conference Nominations Team emphasizes all three aspects of our mission throughout the course of the year. This team consists of the District Superintendents and District Lay Leaders and is chaired by the resident Bishop. Director of Connectional Ministries Linda Holland and Leadership Development Administrator John Fleischauer work diligently to assist in managing the nominating process in a fair and efficient way.

Every four years we have a significant number of transitions off and on the quadrennial teams. This fall the Nominations Team is highlighting the Discovery phase of our mission by identifying spiritual leaders who will serve on leadership teams for the next quadrennium beginning July 1, 2020. In addition to receiving names for this pool from District Operational Teams, we are encouraging clergy and laity of our churches to self-nominate. The names of nominees will go into a leadership pool to be considered for various roles.

Below is an outline of the Nominations Team timeline and process over the next several months. If you sense that God may be calling you to serve on a Conference Team during the coming quadrennium, please help the Nominating Committee with its discovery work by completing a self-nominating form.

  • Self-nominations may be submitted at through October 31, 2019.
  • A description of each conference-level team can be found at
  • There are openings on all conference teams, with opportunities for service for any mix of gifts, skills, abilities and experience.
  • The Nominations Team will review those who have self-nominated, as well as those recommended by districts, current leadership and others within the conference, and will begin contacting those invited to serve in late 2019 and the beginning of January 2020.
  • Those invited to serve will be recommended by the Nominations Team and approved at Annual Conference in 2020. Terms of service will begin July 1, 2020.

As always it is a privilege to serve as your bishop.

Debra Wallace-Padgett
Resident Bishop
North Alabama Conference

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