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In Formation

There’s a season for everything and a time for every matter under the heavens. Ecclesiastes 3:1, CEB — My life and my calendar have agreed to disagree about when the year begins. August is embedded in the rhythm of my life as the first month of the year despite the calendar’s protest. The brief, loosely…

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What Did We Learn From The READINESS 360 Survey?

READINESS 360 is a tool designed to help prepare congregations to reach new people in new ways, by assessing the missional readiness of the church. After studying Biblical, historical, and present day rapidly growing Christian movements, the creators of READINESS 360 identified four characteristics present in every movement. Spiritual Intensity. All of the great church…

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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…