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A 2010 initiative of the Alabama-West Florida Conference and the Pensacola District, in line with the mission of "making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world." Every church is invited to join in growing in discipleship and disciple making by utilizing Three Simple Rules, Transformed Giving, and The Alpha Course.
Treasures of the Transformed Life by Dr. John Ed Mathison
Three Simple Rules: The Wesleyan Way of Living by Bishop Reuben P. Job
Accountable Reimbursement Policies, Q&A (UMC-GCFA website)
Acolyte - See also UMC 101
The Acts 2 Thrift Store in Pensacola, Florida, is located at 2873 Michigan Avenue. Store hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All proceeds support local missions projects at Pensacola United Methodist Community Ministries (PUMCM), which is located at 2600 West Strong Street, Pensacola, FL. The phone number for PUMCM is (850) 432-6816. (Please leave a message.) They can use volunteers and donations of clothes, small appliances, decorative items, tools, etc.
Advance Specials - AWF Conference Brochure, Application
Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference
Minutes of the Business Session relays information such as lists of ministers according to their status (full elder, provisional, etc. or retired), changes in district lines, number of AWFC ministers by status/gender, list of those certified, list of those in the process of getting certified, corrections of previous Minutes, and more.
Alabama-West Florida Conference on the Web
Alabama-West Florida Conference Database
Alabama-West Florida Conference Statistician's Report
Final words of the report of 2010: "It is again evident that church [sic] with declining membership and worship attendance spend more per capita in almost every category of expense than church [sic] with increasing membership and attendance."
Albums, Photos - Alabama-West Florida Conference Photo Albums New & Old
(Alphausa.org) - What is Alpha? Alpha gives everyone the opportunity to explore the meaning of life in a relaxed, friendly setting. The Alpha course usually meets once a week for 10 weeks, including a one-day or weekend getaway. Find an Alpha Course here. Sessions begin with a meal, followed by a short talk and time to discuss what's been taught. During the discussion, everyone is welcome to contribute their opinions and no question is considered hostile or too simple. Questions might include Is there a God?, Why am I here?, Where did I come from?, and Where am I going? Courses vary in size, from one small group meeting in a home, to hundreds of people in a church. Some courses are held over morning coffee or during a lunch hour. Most are evening courses, typically lasting 2 hours. There is no charge for attending the Alpha course. Some courses might ask for a small contribution to help cover meal and weekend getaway costs.
Annual Conference - See also UMC 101
Apply for Candidacy Program, See also Ministry Process (below)
Request Admission to Begin the Candidacy Program in the Pensacola District
Appointments of Alabama-West Florida Conference Clergy:
AWF Conference clergy appointments are announced on the last day of Annual Conference. If moving please review "The Right Start" page!
Apportionments / Connectional Mission Giving
The 2013 Connection booklet ("Where your dollars go")
Apportionment Formula and Allocations
(2012 Brochure of Reports pages 129-130) -
1 - The CFA [Council on Finance and Administration] will continue to be in conversation about possible adjustments to the apportionments formula and is committed to reviewing the formula on a quadrennial basis. The apportionments shall be developed using a formula based on financial strength of the local churches and membership of the local churches. Financial strength will be weighted 75% and professing membership will be weighted 25% in the formula. Apportionments will be determined by local church decimal applied to the amount of each budget item at the conference level.
2 - The financial strength of a local church in calculating the decimal formula shall be based on all local expenditures (lines 53-62 of the Local Church Report to the Annual Conference). This eliminates all apportionments (including direct billing) and special giving from the formula (Listing: Standing Rules No. 22).4.
3 - The winter/spring meeting of CFA shall be the time for receiving requests from all boards and agencies....
4 - The local church will enter the Local Church Report information using the "UMC GCFA Statistical Input System" located on the Alabama-West Florida Conference web site (www.awfumc.org). Contact the District Superintendent's office for the User Name and Password if they are not known by the church pastor. The pastor and chairperson of the Committee on Finance or the church treasurer shall review the annual local church report as being correct before its final submission. The Fiscal Office will establish a date by which it should be notified if corrections are necessary. If no corrections are identified by that date, the fiscal officer will consider the report accurate. When the new year's apportionments are run in July, there will be only one set of apportionments, which will be the final set. There will not be a "Trial Set" of apportionments.
Articles of Incorporation - Sample from GCFA.org
Background Check Request, Form:
Ordained Ministry Request for Background Check (Go to the link then scroll down.)
Bahamas Methodist Habitat
Visit http://methodisthabitat.org/ or e-mail MethodistHabitat@gmail.com
Bishop's Day Apart
(AWFC News 3/12/12) - Dr. Leonard Sweet challenged those in attendance [at the March 12, 2012, Bishop's Day Apart] to consider what it meant to be in the "followership business" and how to communicate with the '"GIF culture" (Twitter, Google, iPhone, Facebook). Thank you to St. James UMC and Rev. Allen Newton for their wonderful hospitality throughout the day. Photos from the day are at AWFUMC.org here. Video links of the sessions are available on St. James UMC's website.
Bishop - See also UMC 101 Topical Index
Bishops of The United Methodist Church:
Find a Bishop, Bios, Historical Record, Episcopal Library, "In Their Own Words," etc.
Blessings and Curses, Biblical Principle of
"1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: 2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God.... 15 But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee....” - Deuteronomy 28
Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church - See also UMC 101
Book of Discipline 2008 - Free online search-and-read version
Brochure of Reports
The Brochure of Reports shows Fiscal Year end date, minimum salaries, District Report, and a lot more.
Several years' Brochure of Reports are on our Forms page.
Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church
What is The Book of Resolutions?
Call to Action - Vital Congregations Planning Guide
Bethlehem Family Camp at Bonifay, Florida
Blue Lake Camp and Retreat Center at Andalusia, Alabama
Candidacy - Exploration, Forms, Guides:
Request for Admission to Ministry Candidacy Program. The Pensacola District has a form for inquirers who have reached the step in which they wish to request, in writing, admission to the Ministry Candidacy Program. Download here. For Steps in the Candidacy Process for the Deacon, Elder, and Local Pastor continue here >>>
Candles - See also UMC 101
Celebrate Recovery and Other Support Groups - Find Locations in the United States
Celebrate Recovery meets every Friday, 6:15 - 9:00 p.m., at McClain Hall, Summit Campus of Cokesbury UMC.
United Methodist Facebook Page on Celebrate Recovery
Chancel - See also UMC 101
Charge Conference - See also UMC 101
Childcare/Learning Center facilities within United Methodist Churches
Pensacola First UMC - Learning Enrichment Program ... Noah's Ark Learning Center (Pensacola, Florida)
The United Methodist Children's Home in Crestview, Florida, is known as The UMCH Crestview Group Home. It is located at 120 Duggan Avenue, Crestview, FL 32536-4812. The supervisor is Mae Knox. The phone number is (850) 398-5649. Click here for their blog page.
The United Methodist Children's Home for girls in Milton, Florida, is known as The Gulf Coast Group Home. It is located at 3441 Camelot Place, Milton, FL 32583-8427. The supervisor is Abbi DuBose. The phone number is (850) 995-9842. Click here for their blog page.
Children in Crisis - See Children's Shelter / Children's Neighborhood (below)
Children's Shelter / Children's Neighborhood in Fort Walton - See www.childrenincrisisfl.org.
Pensacola District United Methodist Churches pulled together donations to have the Susanna Wesley House emergency children's shelter built as part of the Children in Crisis, Inc., Children's Neighborhood. Click here for a visual tour.
CURRENT NEEDS: Children in Crisis, Inc.'s website has a "Faith Committee" page where churches and individuals of the Faith Community can find what are some current and/or ongoing needs of the Children's Neighborhood. The Children's Neighborhood is located at Fort Walton, Florida. >>> Download here "Ongoing Needs for CIC" as a Microsoft Word document.
Chrislam - a movement to blend Christianity and Islam.
The apostle Paul warned believers to beware of false teachings. Islam denies the death of Christ on the cross (4:157-158), and the Qur’an declares the idea of Christ being deity blasphemy (5:17). This is clearly in opposition to Biblical teachings and Christianity. For Christians, the deity of Christ, His death on the cross, and His victorious resurrection from the dead are all non-negotiable; without these there is no atonement for the sins of the world! (1 John 2:2)
Circles of Transformation initiative of the Alabama-West Florida Conference
Posted 6/14/2011 - AWF Conference Announces Circles of Transformation Initiative
"CIRCLES of Transformation is an exciting new ministry of the Alabama-West Florida Conference. This ministry with the poor is a marriage of a ministry called CIRCLES and a process of loving, learning, and leading developed by Spiritual Leadership, Inc. (SLI) . CIRCLES of Transformation is a faith-based ministry which addresses generational poverty through developing CIRCLES in local communities. Each local CIRCLE consists of families in poverty and allies (typically middle class citizens) who...."
Posted 3/8/2012 - Circles of Transformation Initiative Continues
"As the United Methodist Church worldwide, the General Board of Global Ministries has committed to four areas of service. One is Ministry with the Poor. It is one way that we commit to live out our Christian witness, our ministry in this world. It is who we say we are as United Methodists, as brothers and sisters in Christ, as servants of our Lord. To catch this vision, click on the link below that will take you to the Global Ministries site which describes Ministry with the Poor… not to or for, but with the poor. This video casts the vision of the United Methodist Church in a way that will capture the heart and attention of believers. “In ministry with we are transformed… We transform each other,” the video says. Simply click www.ministrywith.org...."
Circuit Rider magazine - archived and latest online articles
Clergy Care and Counseling - From the Ministerial Services section at AWFUMC.org:
The Board of Ordained Ministry of the Alabama-West Florida Conference is committed to providing financial assistance to clergy members and their families for professional counseling and therapy. These funds are intended to assist persons with issues related to their personal growth and well-being. To find out more about what financial resources are provided, please review the clergy care brochure. The application for financial assistance is also available for the counselor/therapist to complete on behalf of the clergy person or family member. Confidentiality is maintained throughout this process. (Posted 4/24/2013)
PUMCM is located at 2600 West Strong Street, Pensacola, Florida, (850) 432-6816. Their thrift store is located at 2873 Michigan Avenue in Pensacola. Acts 2 Thrift Store is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They can use volunteers and donations of clothes, small appliances, decorative items, tools, etc. More information may be posted on the Pensacola District Message Board. All proceeds support local missions projects at PUMCM.
According to the 2012 Brochure of Reports, page 117, the recommended minimum salary for 2013 for all full-time appointed clergy is $32,500. "This single category includes full connection, provisional, and associate AWF Conference members under appointment as well as licensed and appointed full-time local pastors."
Recommended Minimum Base Compensation for Ministers for 2012 was as follows:
Resources for building, improving, and strengthening ministry are available at http://www.churchleadership.com. Here are sample "50 Ways to --" pdfs from ChurchLeadership.com:
Are You at Risk of Copyright Infringement? Click here for Christian Copyright Licensing International
Pastoral Care, Counseling, and Training, Inc. (PCCT) of Dothan, AL, has closed.
If you need to find a counselor please contact the Alabama-West Florida Conference Office of Ministerial Services.
Office of Ministerial Services
Rev. Hiram Johnson, LCSW, a Deacon in full connection in the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church, has relocated his Pensacola, Florida, pastoral counseling office. Hiram is a certified Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and was listed in our PCCT referral network of counselors. The address is now as follows: Rev. Hiram Johnson, LCSW, 1720 W. Fairfield Drive Suite 303, Pensacola, FL 32501. Phone 850-466-2719, fax 850-466-2804. (Updated 11/2011)
Cross and Flame - See also UMC 101
Deceased Ministers & Spouses (Scroll to the bottom of the page.)
Dickens, Dr. Ross
Download here the PowerPoint presentation "Faith and Money" that Dr. Ross Dickens used at the 9/13/12 District Day Apart.
Direct Billing of United Methodist clergy benefits
Do you have questions about your statement? The Benefit Development Group is handling billing for the Alabama-West Florida Conference. Here's how to contact them.... Their address is Benefit Development Group, 729 Dallas Avenue (PO Box 190), Selma, AL 36702. Their toll-free phone number is 800-752-2569 and their fax number is 800-760-1402.
Direct Billing Page of the Alabama-West Florida Conference
Health Insurance Page of the Alabama-West Florida Conference
Pastor Pension and Benefits Page of the Alabama-West Florida Conference
Pension Page of the Alabama-West Florida Conference
District Directory - To request the Pensacola District Directory please e-mail us.
District Superintendent Jeremy Pridgeon
Doxology - See also UMC 101
Easter / Resurrection Sunday - See also UMC 101
Are you thinking about providing an Electronic giving program? Would providing your church members the option of paying their weekly (or semi-monthly) pledge electronically be too complicated or expensive for your church? Check out the link above for information about an easily established and affordable service available for any size congregation.
EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless - http://ecoh.org/
For their "Street Survival Guide" booklet look for the tab at their website.
You can download the 2012 copy here.
Annual Pastor and SPR Online Report - See our Online Reports / Log-in page
Sample Staff Evals, Appraisal - See our Forms & Documents page
Ezra Report / Year-end Statistical Report submitted online each January - See our Online Reports / Log-in page.
Foundation, United Methodist:
Fountain of Love
2012 Announcement about Fountain of Love Offering Materials:
FREE Fountain of Love Offering materials are available. Order here. Have you ordered your Fountain of Love Offering materials? The Fountain of Love Offering benefits the residents of our Methodist Homes. Gifts of the Alabama-West Florida Conference churches benefit the residents of Wesley Gardens (Montgomery), Wesley Manor (Dothan), Mathison Retirement Center (Panama City), and Wesley Haven Villa (Pensacola). The Fountain of Love Offering provides immediate financial assistance to residents who have exhausted their own resources. Without this program, needy residents of Methodist Homes would have to leave the place that they call “home.” However, because of the support of the Alabama-West Florida Conference and its churches, no resident has ever been asked to leave a Methodist Home because of an inability to pay.
To order the FREE Fountain of Love Offering materials for your church online, go to www.methodisthomes.org and complete the form. For more information about the Fountain of Love and Methodist Homes, visit our website or call (205) 951-2442.
One family member writes, “Thanks so much to all you folks who arranged for Mother to receive assistance from your Foundation, ‘Fountain of Love.’ You truly minister in Christ’s name. We were at the limit of our resources, but had been taking our cares to God. He answered through you all. You are a blessing to us and to our Mother.”
Another writes, “I received your ‘Life Changing’ letter with a sign of relief, total joy, and so much appreciation… My mother, a lifelong Methodist, will also be forever grateful.”
The Fountain of Love now gives more than $500,000 annually to residents in need. A large part of this program’s success is because of the churches that faithfully participate in the annual Fountain of Love Offering, welcome at any time of the year. Thank you for making the Fountain of Love Offering a priority in your church.
2011 Announcement about Fountain of Love Offering Materials:
The Fountain of Love in the Alabama-West Florida Conference has given almost $1 million in financial aid to the elderly in its care in the past 5 years. A large part of this program's success is because of the partnership of churches who faithfully participate in the annual Fountain of Love offering, many times around Valentine's Day, but can also be any time of the year. To order your FREE offering materials (any time of the year), e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.methodisthomes.org, call (800) 852-2093, or fax to (205) 956-5001.
2010 Announcement about Fountain of Love Offering Materials:
Dear Friends of the Alabama-West Florida Conference,
One of the perks of being the Dothan District Superintendent is the honor and privilege of being on the Board of the Methodist Homes, which operates retirement homes and nursing homes in our Conference. In the last two years I have come to see more than ever what a great ministry we have to God's older children.
Can you believe that in over forty years no resident of one of our Methodist Homes has ever been forced to leave because of an inability to pay for their room and board? This outstanding achievement is due to the generosity of our Methodist people in giving to the Fountain of Love fund. I am asking you to help us continue this support, for the need is greater than ever.
Our annual need for the four homes in the Alabama-West Florida Conference is $283,946, which breaks down to $92,512 at Wesley Manor; $109,689 at Wesley Gardens; $34,345 at Mathison Center; and $47,400 at Wesley Haven Villa. Please encourage your church to pay its small apportionment to the Fountain of Love, and please plan to have a special offering for the Fountain of Love on any Sunday this year. Our people are always generous when they know about a real need. Share this need, and our members will respond.
Grace and Peace,
Rev. J. Walker Epps
Dothan District Superintendent
To assist with your church's Fountain of Love offering, FREE bulletin inserts and envelopes can be ordered by e-mailing email@example.com or calling (800) 852-2093.
God - PeacewithGod.Jesus.net/ (from the website of the We Care Program of Atmore, AL)
(AWFUMC.org) - Golden Cross is a program which seeks to assist United Methodists of the Alabama-West Florida Conference who need financial aid for medical expenses. We receive many requests for aid each year. Golden Cross receives no funds from apportioned items. Its only source of income is from the people of the local churches within our conference. Each local church is encouraged to receive a special offering for the Golden Cross. The observance of this annual day is the 1st Sunday in May, but this is not required on this particular Sunday. Any Special Offering on any Sunday is always appreciated. The funds for Alabama-West Florida Conference should be remitted to Conference Treasurer, 100 Interstate Park Dr., Suite 106, Montgomery, AL 36109. Click here for the information sheet. Click here for the application. Contact Julie Terrell for more information at 850-478-9489.
GoodNewsMag.org - See links under "Resources" (bottom of page) at UMC.org
Help the Needy
See above: EscaRosa Coalition for the Homeless. You can download their "Street Survival Guide" booklet for how to help the needy.
Hispanic/Latino Ministries - National Plan, Grants
Hurricane Center - Facebook
Hymnary.org: A Comprehensive Index of Hymns and Hymnals. Find tune/melody, text....
Incorporation Renewal and Status - Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations
InfoServ - The United Methodist Information Service:
InfoServ is the official information service of The United Methodist Church. Located in Nashville, Tennessee, InfoServ is here to respond to not only your questions, but point you in the right direction to locate people and necessary resources. Customers are able to submit questions via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or ask questions via chat at http://infoserv.umc.org.
Israel / Israel and Prophecy
Why are so many people and nations of the world against Israel? Israel is the one nation specifically chosen by God to prove His existence, through whom the Savior of the world would and did come, and by whom the world would be and is blessed. There are many prophecies concerning Israel, recorded in God's Word thousands of years ago - and God said that in the fulfillment of these shall the world know that He and He alone is God.
It was prophecied that through Israel, through the line of David, the Savior of the world would come. This was fulfilled through Jesus Christ, our One and only Savior. Satan is against the Gospel and Satan is against the nation Israel that God used to bring us the Gospel and Savior. Israel's existence is a constant reminder to the world of Judeo-Christian heritage, of God's working through and promises to mankind for thousands of years.
God said that He would prove His existence by Jews' return to their land and Israel becoming once again a powerful nation (which occurred in May 1948) after being dispersed and not in existence as a nation for thousands of years. What other nation has ever done this, to be dispersed across the world and then thousands of years later come back together as a nation? Only Israel. How is this possible? Only by the one true God. Israel's existence as a nation, in itself, fulfills powerful prophecies that God said He would use to prove His own existence.
Jesus - PeacewithGod.Jesus.net (from the website of the We Care Prison Program of Atmore, AL)
Here are samples of Dr. Mathison's blog:
Posted August 22nd, 2012 by John Ed Mathison
"A funeral home in South Carolina is placing a Starbucks coffee store in its lobby. The baristas will be wearing Starbucks uniforms and they will offer cappuccinos and lattes to mourners. The funeral home owner is Chris Robinson. He says he hopes that the new idea of serving Starbucks coffee will help customers relax and 'get their minds off of what’s going on.' A group of people who read about this were asked to give this unique funeral home café a name. There were some very clever suggestions – 'Time to Meet Your Mocha' – 'Still Above Grounds Café' – 'Latte for Your Own Funeral.' We need to 'get our minds on what’s going on.' Death is inevitable. It will happen to each of us...." [Full blog here]
Posted August 15th, 2012 by John Ed Mathison
"With the Olympics concluding, a friend asked me, 'What did you learn from the Olympics?' That got me to thinking. Let me share a few lessons I learned...." "How many of us are that disciplined about our Christian witness? How much time do we spend in prayer and Bible study? How focused are we on carrying out the commands of Christ?...." "The margin of victory might be extremely small – am I willing to go for the extra effort?...." "In life the real value of things is not external, but what it stands for and signifies to people and to God...." "The best way to win in life is not to try to get more medals but to lose our self in serving Christ. That is the big lesson.." [Full blog here]
"Michael Hawthorne is from Somerdale, New Jersey, and drives an eighteen wheeler. He travels across the country. He delivers cargo. He also delivers more than cargo. During his driving experience, he has delivered three babies! That is what I call real multi-tasking! His mother is a midwife and taught him something about delivering babies...." "When is the last time you helped lead a person to Jesus Christ? When did you help perform a 'birth'? That is really what believers are here for...." [Full blog here]
Posted August 1st, 2012 by John Ed Mathison
"How many rules do we need to function as a society? Are we overdoing it with rules?...." "Jesus gave two basic rules to live by – love God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:36-40)...." "God’s way with His two rules is a whole lot better than our system. I have a hunch His tax rules would be simple and clear – He wouldn’t worry about putting cream cheese on a bagel – and He would certainly advocate giving to the needy, even if you do accidently [sic] drop some of the money [and get fined for littering]! Relationships replace rules. A relationship with God and our brothers and sisters rules out the need for most other rules!" [Full blog here]
Johnson, Rev. Hiram
Rev. Hiram Johnson, LCSW, a Deacon in full connection in the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church, has relocated his Pensacola, Florida, pastoral counseling office. Hiram is a certified Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and is listed in our PCCT referral network of counselors. The address is Rev. Hiram Johnson, LCSW, 1720 W. Fairfield Drive Suite 303, Pensacola, FL 32501. Phone 850-466-2719, fax 850-466-2804. (Updated 11/2011)
Journal of the Alabama-West Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church
You can download several years' AWFC Journal at our Forms & Documents page.
The Journey - United Methodist "Church Start" in Crestview, Florida
The pastor is Rev. Sean Peters.
Judicial Council - See also UMC 101
Jurisdiction - See also UMC 101
What is a jurisdiction?
Lay Servant Ministry / Lay Speaking Ministry (See also our Lay Speaking page.)
Association - The Association of Conference Directors of Lay Speaking Ministries (ACDLSM) was established in 2000 to promote Lay Speaking Ministries in the United Methodist Church and to work with the General Board of Discipleship to develop new courses for leadership development and spiritual enrichment for Lay Speakers.
Definition (AWFC.org) - A lay speaker (local church or certified) is a professing member of a local United Methodist church or charge who is ready and desirous to serve the Church and who is well informed on and committed to the Scriptures and the doctrine, heritage, organization, and life of The United Methodist Church and who has received specific training to develop skills in witnessing to the Christian Faith through spoken communication, church and community leadership, and care-giving ministries. An applicant must be active in the support of the local church or charge. (Paragraph 266 of the Discipline of the United Methodist Church). Click here for upcoming events.
There are two "levels" of lay speaking: (AWFC.org)
Leadership Ministries - See John Ed Mathison Leadership Ministries
Lent - See also UMC 101
Library Online - Christian Classics Ethereal Library
Lifewatch.org - See links under "Resources" (bottom of page) at UMC.org
Loans for Local Churches
See also the United Methodist Development Fund page at UMCmission.org/Board of Global Ministries.
The Alabama-West Florida United Methodist Development Fund, Inc. was established in 1984 as the official Conference loan and deposit portfolio. Deposit accounts are available to United Methodist churches, organizations and church members. Accounts earn a variable rate of interest that is paid quarterly. Account holders have the option to receive a check or have the interest reinvested. Deposit accounts have no maturity date; therefore, account balances may be withdrawn by written request at any time. To find out the current deposit interest rate or for local church or individual application forms continue here. >>>
Local Pastors - Handbook on Local Pastors and Associate members.doc
Log into Online Reports - See our "Log-in Here" page
Mathison, John Ed - See John Ed Mathison Leadership Ministries (Above)
Mentors for Children
The United Methodist Children's Home is offering an opportunity for loving adults to become mentors to residents in our group home located in Crestview. Mae Knox, the group home supervisor, is seeking caring persons to spend time with the adolescents boys and girls living in the home. As a mentor you would visit with the resident and take him or her on outings, particularly on weekends. Other activities might include attend school activities such as sporting events and help them celebrate holidays, birthdays and special occasions. If God is calling you to this ministry and for more information, please contact Miss Mae at 850/398-5649. The Crestview Group Home is located at 120 Duggan Avenue, Crestview, FL 32536. See also the United Methodist Children's Home website, http://umch.net.
Minimum Ministers' Salary for 2013 - See below: Recommended Minimum Salary for Ministries for 2013.
Ministry Candidacy Process: See also Mentors/Mentoring
Request Admission to Begin the Ministry Candidacy Program - Form & Documents Needed by Pensacola District
Missions Moments for Children
Need a fun, free, and rewarding idea for children's ministry? Please click here for information about ZOE Ministry and to view their free "Missions Moments" hand-outs and videos. ZOE Ministry is an Advance of the GBGM of The United Methodist Church.
"ZOE Ministry is one of a few ministries truly making a difference in the lives of the poor." - Bishop Earl Bledsoe, North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church
Missions - What forms are required? http://umvim.org/resources/forms/
Music, Christian - Listen to Beyond the Ashes online
To inquire about grants for ministries in the AL-West FL Conference contact the AWF Conference.
From the "About" page at the Native American Communication Office: "The Native American Communications Office (NACO) of United Methodist Communications seeks to help Native American congregations and individuals identify and use resources which will help them in their ministry and personal enrichment. Such resources are available from the denomination and other sources. The office helps non-Native congregations and individuals understand and appreciate the history, cultures and special concerns of Native American people. Through this kind of assistance, it is hoped that Native Americans -- the smallest ethnic minority in the denomination -- would become a meaningful part of the larger, primarily Anglo denomination. It is the belief of the office that Native Americans have much to contribute to the larger denomination and society....."
Resources / Contacts - On the Native American Communication Office home page is a list of official United Methodist organizations and contact persons that work directly with Native people.
New Church Start, Crestview, Florida - "The Journey"
News Service, United Methodist - Archived by Month:
Noah's Ark Ministry at Panama City, Florida
Online Reports - See our "Log-in Here" page.
Parsonage Standards (posted 7/22/11 by AWF Conference)
Passwords - See our "Log-in Here" page
Pastoral Care, Counseling, and Training Center (PCCT) - Sorry, PCCT is now dissolved.
Payroll Tax Payment Online - EFTPS
The Electronic Federal Tax Payment System® tax payment service is provided free by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. After you've enrolled and received your credentials, you can pay any tax due to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) using this system.
PUMCM is located at 2600 West Strong Street, Pensacola, FL. The phone number is (850) 432-6816. Their thrift store is located at 2873 Michigan Avenue in Pensacola. Acts 2 Thrift Store is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They can use volunteers and donations of clothes, small appliances, decorative items, tools, etc. All proceeds support local missions projects at PUMCM.
2011 Report of Pensacola United Methodist Community Ministries
(2012 Brochure of Reports, pages 207-208) - Now in its 5th year of operation, Pensacola United Methodist Community Ministries (PUMCM) is one of the most diverse community outreach ministries on the Gulf Coast. We are a 501-c(3) faith-based community outreach meeting the physical, psychological, and spiritual needs for the homeless and poor in our area. Last year we saw 34,146 client visits at our agency through a host of services we provide on our campus.
Spiritual services include pastoral counseling and worship services at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. each Sunday. We also have an Hispanic Ministry with a worship service at 11 a.m. each Sunday.
Pension - United Methodist Board of Pension and Health Benefits - Evanston, IL, Office
Dr. Tom Long Podcast of Clergy Day Apart 2011 with Dr. Tom Long
Click here for videos, here for photos of the March 5, 2012, Bishop's Day Apart. Dr. Leonard Sweet challenged those in attendance to consider what it means to be in the "followership business" and how to communicate with the "TGIF culture" (Twitter, Google, iPhone, Facebook).
Timothy Tennent, President of Asbury Theological Seminary and Professor of World Christianity
Policies, Procedures / sample personnel policies manual - See our "Forms & Docs" page
Poverty / Response to Poverty - See "Circles of Transformation" (above)
Profiles - Church and Community - United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries
Property Issues (from GCFA.org)
Recommended Minimum Salary for 2013 for Ministers
According to the 2012 Brochure of Reports, page 117: All Full-time Appointed Clergy: $32,500.
"This single category includes full connection, provisional, and associate AWF Conference members under appointment as well as licensed and appointed full-time local pastors."
Remittance Form (2010 version)
Resolutions of The United Methodist Church - See Book of Resolutions (above)
What does it really mean to be a United Methodist? You will find the answer to this question and more in the free resources posted at UMC.org's "Shared Ministries - World Service Fund - Resources" page. Here are some of the downloads they share:
These free resources are available to you and are shipped via UPS at no charge. Order online at www.umcgiving.org/store, e-mail email@example.com, or call toll free (888) 346-3862. These materials are made available through congregations’ generous support of the World Service Fund apportionment.
Rethink Church (used to be called "Igniting Ministry")
Salaries, Minimum Recommended Salaries - See Compensation (above)
GBGHEM Georgia Harkness Scholarships for Women- The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry along with the AWF Conference encourages female students in our annual conference to submit applications for the Georgia Harkness Scholarship Program. Scholarship recipients will receive a $5,000 award that can be applied to tuition, fees, and room and board. Applications are received online between January 4th and March 1st. Additional information can be viewed here.
Stegall Seminary Scholarships - (AWFC News) - We encourage any student from the AWF Conference entering seminary this fall to apply for scholarships from the Stegall Seminary Scholarship Foundation. Scholarships are available for full-time seminary students taking courses on campus. Find the application here or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, find them on Facebook at facebook.com/stegallscholarship
A Sinner's Prayer
Lord Jesus, I come before you, just as I am. I am sorry for my sins. I repent of my sins. Please forgive me. I give you my entire self, Lord Jesus, now and forever. I invite you into my life, Jesus. I accept you as my Lord, God, and Savior. Lord Jesus, cover me with your precious blood and fill me with your Holy Spirit. I love you, Lord Jesus. I praise you, Jesus. I thank you, Jesus. I shall follow you every day of my life. Amen.
God knows who you are, He loves you, and He wants you to know and love Him. How do you do that?
You must first admit that, like everyone else, you are a sinner. Being sinners means that we are imperfect and do wrong; we fall short of God’s perfect standard. It also means we are separated from Him and deserve His judgment.
But He loves us! God sent His own Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins. He died for your sins. He was punished so you don’t have to be. Not only that; death did not defeat Him. After three days, Jesus rose from the dead, alive again!
Trusting in Jesus’ sacrifice for you is the only way to find forgiveness from God and to begin a relationship with Him. We urge you to take this step of faith today. To do that, simply talk to God – this is called praying – and tell Him you believe in His Son. We suggest a prayer like this: “Lord Jesus Christ, I am sorry for the things I have done wrong in my life. I ask your forgiveness and now turn from everything which I know is wrong. Thank you for dying on the cross for me to set me free from my sins. Please come into my life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and be with me forever. Thank you Lord Jesus, Amen.” - http://PeacewithGod.Jesus.net (from the website of the We Care Program of Atmore, AL)
What are special Sundays?
Six times throughout the year United Methodist congregations celebrate church-wide Special Sundays with offerings. United Methodists contribute to a variety of educational, community development, health and social welfare programs, many of which are administrated fully or in part through the General Board of Global Ministries. General Conference created six unique Special Sundays to help congregations work with communities, rebuild shattered lives, strengthen self-sufficiency, encourage partnerships, nurture Native American ministries, model peace and justice, provide scholarships and loans for United Methodist students, and much more. Special Sundays include Human Relations Day, One Great Hour of Sharing, Native American Ministries Sunday, Peace with Justice Sunday, World Communion Sunday, and United Methodist Student Day.
"Street Survival Guide" - a booklet of resources on how to help the needy
For Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties, Florida:
For the guide provided by the EscaRosa Coalition for the Homeless, look for the tab at ECOH.org or download here.
For Okaloosa and Walton Counties, Florida:
At www.united.way.org scroll to the bottom of the page for First Call for Help Resource Guide.
Tax Exemption Status
Articles of Incorporation for the AWF Conference United Methodist Churches
How do you apply for tax exemption? How do you stay exempt? Visit the official I.R.S. website, http://irs.gov.
"IRS Website Created Especially for 501(c)(3) Organizations": http://www.stayexempt.irs.gov/
Taxes - Information for Churches and Ministers (See also Tax Exemption Status, above.)
Free I.R.S. Webinars for Churches, Tax-exempt Organizations are archived at www.irsvideos.gov/Webinars
GCFA.org (United Methodist Church General Council on Finance and Administration)
File W-2 and W-3 electronically (at official Social Security Administration website)
Tax Packet - Answers frequently-asked tax questions relating to church/clergy tax topics such as W-2s, W-3s, form 941, charitable contributions, business expenses and reimbursements, housing allowance, audit guidelines, and more.
"This Tax Packet contains general information on tax issues of interest to United Methodist clergy, local churches, annual conferences, and others. While we have made every effort to ensure the information in this Tax Packet is current and accurate, it is not intended to serve as legal advise. Readers should seek assistance from a tax professional for questions regarding their specific circumstances." - General Council on Finance and Administration
Thrift Store, United Methodist
The Acts 2 Thrift Store in Pensacola, Florida, is located 2873 Michigan Avenue. Store hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They can use volunteers and donations of clothes, small appliances, decorative items, tools, etc. All proceeds support local missions projects at Pensacola United Methodist Community Ministries (PUMCM), which is located at 2600 West Strong Street, Pensacola, FL. The phone number for PUMCM is (850) 432-6816.
UMAction - See links under "Resources" (bottom of page) at UMC.org
Update: UMAction changed their website to TheIRD.org, the Institute on Religion and Democracy
UMC 101 Index of Archived Topics - Learn the basics about The United Methodist Church
United Methodist Board of Pension and Health Benefits - Office in Evanston, Illinois
United Methodist Church:
United Methodist Communications:
United Methodist Men
University Senate - See also UMC 101
Upper Room - See also UMC 101
Videos - See PODCASTS
Volunteers - Rotation, Expiration Date - Blog by Dr. Paul Nixon >>>
Weather - http://www.facebook.com/US.NOAA.NationalHurricaneCenter.gov
Website Slogans of Pensacola District United Methodist Churches (posted in 2011):
Bagdad: "A Caring, Compassionate Church"
Cokesbury: "Bringing Christ to People and People to Christ"
Crestview First: "Welcome Home"
Destin: "Your Life, Our Passion"
Ferry Pass, Pensacola: "Seek. Save. Serve. Spread."
Gadsden Street: "Embrace, Encourage, Empower"
Gonzalez: "Reach Up • Reach In • Reach Out"
Gulf Breeze: "Hospitality. Hope. Healing."
Lillian: "Reaching Out with God's Love"
Myrtle Grove: "Every Member a Good Neighbor"
Niceville First: "Connecting People to Christ"
Pensacola District United Methodist Church: "Here for You - Serving Jesus"
Perdido Bay - "Sharing the Love of Jesus"
Shalimar: "Reach, Teach, Send"
St. Andrew, Pensacola: "Winning Souls for Christ for Forty-Seven Years"
St. Mark, Crestview: "Seeking to Keep God First, We Nurture Believers and Reach Out to Others"
St. Mark, Pensacola: "Changed Lives Change Lives!"
UMC Pensacola District Office: "Here for You - Serving Jesus"
Woodbine: "Reach... Grow... Live - All for Jesus!"
Wesley Foundation at University of West Florida and Pensacola State College
The director is Rev. Stuart Worth
ZOE Ministry & "Missions Moments" for Children
Need a fun, free, and rewarding idea for children's ministry? Please click here for information about ZOE Ministry and to view their free "Missions Moments" hand-outs and videos. ZOE Ministry is an Advance of the GBGM of The United Methodist Church.
"ZOE Ministry is one of a few ministries truly making a difference in the lives of the poor." - Bishop Earl Bledsoe, North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church
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