News From the Cabinet
Conference names Linda Holland as Coordinator of Connectional Ministries and Communication
The North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church has named Linda Holland as Coordinator of Connectional Ministries and Communication. Acting as a liaison for the Bishop and the Cabinet, she will steer the communication efforts and staff of the conference as well as oversee the areas and personnel involved in Ethnic Ministries; Children; Youth; Missions and Advocacy; and Natural Church Development. Mrs. Holland is also Development Director for Promise Homes, Inc., a North Alabama...
Cabinet announces first round of clergy appointments
North Alabama Conference Cabinet Secretary Rev. Sherill Clontz announces that Bishop Willimon and the Cabinet have made the following clergy appointments during round one of the appointment making process this year.
These appointments, and additional appointments yet to be made, will take effect in June 2011.
Cabinet explains clergy appointment process
This week the Appointive Cabinet of the North Alabama Conference is in session. The main focus of their meeting will be determining clergy appointments for North Alabama Conference congregations. However, the process of determining clergy appointments stretches beyond Cabinet Meetings.
In the video below District Superintendent of the Northeast District Rev. Dale Cohen and Associate District Superintendent of the Northeast District Rev. Sherill Clontz, explain the multifaceted process of how...
Cabinet announces additional clergy appointments
North Alabama Conference Cabinet Secretary Rev. Dale Cohen announces an additional list of clergy appointments Bishop Willimon and the Cabinet have made. Other Clergy appointments were announced on March 22, 2010. All clergy appointments will become effective in June 2010.
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Cabinet shares A Reflection on the Process of Making Appointments
One of the primary responsibilities of the Bishop and the Appointive Cabinet (the District Superintendents, Director of Connectional Ministries and Director of Congregational Development) is to make pastoral assignments to provide the most effective leadership for the church. Although most pastoral transitions occur in June each year, pastoral transitions can occur throughout the year.
Whenever appointments are under consideration, the Cabinet tries to follow a standard operating procedure for...
Bishop Announces Cabinet Changes
Bishop William Willimon announced a new member of the Cabinet this week. Dr. William Brunson, pastor of Trussville First UMC will join the Cabinet as the District Superintendent for the Southwest District of the UMC in June.
“Kip Laxon has had a great year as District Superintendent of one of our strong districts. Now Kip’s gifts will be utilized to lead of one of our finest congregations,” says Bishop Willimon.
Four years ago Bishop Willimon appointed Dr. Brunson to...
Cabinet Announces Initial Clergy Appointments
North Alabama Conference Cabinet Secretary Rev. Dale Cohen announces the initial list of clergy appointments Bishop Willimon and the Cabinet have made. These and additional appointments will become effective in June 2010.
Bishop announces changes in the Cabinet for the coming year
Bishop Will Willimon announces changes in the Cabinet for the coming year. These changes are a part of The North Alabama Conference continuing to organize itself around its ministry priorities to work toward growth of the Kingdom of God and increased fruitfulness.
Rev. Dale Cohen will become the District Superintendent of the Northeast District in June and transition out of his role as Director of Connectional Ministries. He will specifically work with the Northeast District leadership in...
Bishop adds to extended Cabinet and Connectional Ministries staffing update
Bishop William H. Willimon announced that he is adding Rev. Lori Carden to the Extended Cabinet. Rev. Carden is the Connectional Ministries Coordinator for Natural Church Development (NCD) and also serves as a consultant to Rev. Bill Gandy in the Mountain Lakes District.
Willimon says, “Recognizing the way that NCD is changing the way we work, the way we evaluate the performance of pastors, and the way we invigorate churches, I wanted Lori working even more closely with the Cabinet. She...
Sumatanga Executive Director to return to local church in June
Rev. Bob Murray has served as Executive Director of Sumatanga Camp and Conference Center for two years. This week he has announced that he will resign that position to return to local church pastoral ministry.
Rev. Murray says:
For nearly 60 years Camp Sumatanga has been a place where many of our spiritual experiences have taken place. I have been aware of the presence of God on this Holy Ground throughout my faith journey. For the past two years I have been blessed to serve Sumatanga as...
Re-Thinking the Role of Connectional Ministries’ Staff
In a continuing effort to lead growth in the North Alabama Conference, Dale Cohen, Director of Connectional Ministries, announced today that the staff of Connectional Ministries is being deployed in exciting new ways. “Dale and our exceptional connectional ministries staff are revolutionizing the way our churches are supported and encouraged. This reorganization is one of the most exciting things I have seen at the Conference level in my entire ministry,” said Bishop Willimon.
Cabinet Announces Mid-Year Moves
The following appointments were announced today by Cabinet Secretary, Dale Cohen. These appointments include the realignment of a charge as well as the filling of some churches where retirements or other vacancies are taking place prior to June 2010. The first Sunday in their new appointment for most of these pastors will be January 10, 2010.
“We on the Cabinet are working to be more responsive to churches and pastors and to do our appointive work in a more supple and timely...
Bishop Willimon announces a new District Superintendent for new churches
Bishop Willimon has announced his intention to make the Rev. Tommy Gray, currently serving as the District Superintendent of the Cheaha District and who in June will become the new Director of Congregational Development, a Superintendent for new church starts and their pastors.
“Our legendary new church developer Dick Freeman has always said that we needed to improve our structures for supervision of new church starts,” said Bishop Willimon. "This work is risky and...
Bishop Willimon announces new developments in the North Alabama Conference
The North Alabama Conference continues to change and innovate in order to accomplish our Conference Priorities. Bishop Willimon has announced that the Reverend Tommy Gray will move from his post as Superintendent of Cheaha District and become the new Director of Congregational Development, a new Cabinet level position that will continue and expand the work of the Office of Congregational Development. Dick Freeman is to retire later this year after 15 years of service to the North...
Bishop and Cabinet Announce clergy appointments
Bishop William H. Willimon and the North Alabama Conference Cabinet announce the following clergy appointments.
Cabinet Secretary Dale Cohen reports,"The following are appointments that have been confirmed by the Cabinet with additional appointments to be released later.”
Clergy appointments will be fixed at Annual Conference 2009. Clergy will move to their new place of ministry on June 10, 2009.
Weekly Benchmark information now available through Conference Dashboard
Each week North Alabama Conference congregations provide a Weekly Benchmark Report noting benchmark statistics about their congregation including worship attendance, members added to the roll, members removed from the roll, professions of faith celebrated and baptisms celebrated that week.
Now congregations can access an exciting new tool which shows this weekly ministry information in graphical form. The Conference Dashboard is now accessible through the North Alabama Conference...
North Alabama sees changing patterns of Clergy Appointments
“We have tried to be clear that our great purpose, as Bishop and Cabinet, is to find and to place the very best clergy leadership in every congregation in North Alabama,” said Ron Shultz, District Superintendent of the Central District.
“We have a relatively small number of African-American clergy in our Conference,” said Tom Bell, District Superintendent of the Northeast District, “but much opportunity for ethnic ministry. I’m excited that this year...
Bishop announces Birmingham First UMC senior pastor appointment
Bishop William Willimon and District Superintendent Ron Schultz, of the Central District of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church have announced the appointment of the Reverend Keith Thompson, Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Birmingham-Southern College as the new pastor of Birmingham First United Methodist Church. He succeeds Dr. John Rutland who has served the congregation for the past five years. Dr. Rutland is to be appointed to...
Cabinet shares process of how clergy appointments are made
As the North Alabama Conference Cabinet approaches their series of meetings focusing on clergy appointments, Bishop Will Willimon and Central District Superintendent Rev. Ron Schultz paused for brief video-taped conversation about the approach the North Alabama Conference Cabinet is now taking in making clergy appointments.
Bishop Willimon explains, “North Alabama Conference is revolutionizing how clergy are appointed to our churches.”
He adds, “The purpose of this...
Cabinet Changes Announced
The face of the North Alabama Conference Cabinet will be changing this spring, with a series of appointments announced by Bishop Willimon.
“We have been making some dramatic changes in the role of the District Superintendent,” said Bishop Willimon. “Our Cabinet has transformed the way we appoint and deploy pastors, making some wonderful innovations in the appointive process. We have also equipped our Superintendents to be coaches and mentors to our pastors...