Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Nominations 2023

August 30, 2023

Dear Friends,

The United Methodist Church typically measures time in 4-year segments called quadrenniums. The current quadrennium draws to a close in December 2024 and a new one launches on January 1, 2025. In preparation for this transition from one quadrennium to the next, the Conference Nominating Committee will bring nominations for many of our leadership positions and teams to the June 2024 Annual Conference.

The beginning of a quadrennium is always an occasion to reset committees, strategies and direction. Due to all that has happened in recent years regarding COVID-19 and disaffiliations, the beginning of the 2025-28 quadrennium will also be an opportunity for us to reset our commitment to the power of the connection.

I have been envisioning tangible ways of doing this. For instance,

  • What if in addition to serving in their church or extension ministry context, every clergyperson is involved in a district or conference leadership role?
  • What if at least one layperson in every church serves in a district or conference-related role?
  • What if each conference and district ministry team is active and effective?
  • What if through ministry in the districts, conference and around the world, the North Alabama Conference becomes known for not only talking about but also showing how we are stronger together?

I invite you to assist the Nominating Committee in doing our best work of connecting clergy and laity to district and conference ministries by:

Those who self-nominate can indicate specific areas of interest and will be considered for any Conference teams for which they are eligible. Note that self-nominations are kept on file for up to four years, so people who self-nominated for regular vacancies in 2023 and 2024 will be considered for the 2025-2028 quadrennium as well. Self-nominations are accepted on an ongoing basis but are requested by November 1, 2023, for the next quadrennium.

The 2025-28 quadrennium will be an opportunity for us to reset our commitment to the power of the connection. Will you participate in our reset by praying, self-nominating, encouraging others to self-nominate and/or sharing additional ideas with leadership?

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

Debra Wallace-Padgett
Resident Bishop
Holston and North Alabama Conferences

Discover, Develop and Deploy Spiritual Leaders to Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World.