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North Alabama Annual Conference 2014

Plant: Grounded in Christ Annual Conference is part family reunion, part political convention, and uniquely United Methodist. In a matter of a few days, clergy and laity from every church in the North Alabama Conference worshipped together, witnessed the commissioning and ordination of 17 new clergy, celebrated the legacy of 21 retiring ministers, collected the…

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FAQ: Why Are We Using “Does Your Church Have a Prayer” in Sunday School?

The study, Does Your Church Have a Prayer? was introduced as a six-week experience which combines Bible study, worship, and prayer designed to provide a foundation for developing a transformational strategic ministry plan for our congregation. However, after describing “what” it is, the article failed to make a case for “why” this particular study now.…

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Adapting to a New Day in the Connections Service

Forest Lake was an innovator among United Methodist Churches in the North Alabama Conference when we first offered a contemporary worship service in the mid-90′s. FLUM’s contemporary worship service was started to reach spiritually disconnected people and provide a relevant worship experience for young families. At one time, the Fellowship Hall was filled with people…

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Inviters and Includers

The master said to the servant, “Go to the highways and back alleys and urge people to come in so that my house will be filled.” Luke 14:23 Have you ever thrown a party and nobody showed up? In Luke 14 Jesus tells a story about a man who planned a feast for his friends…