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This was a topic of study at a workshop of the Professional Association of United Methodist Church Secretaries (PAUMCS). The PAUMCS workshop applied these basic principles to workplace dynamics. Having an understanding of how individuals interpret expressions of appreciation for their work can prove work team dynamics. The website includes a section about workplace dynamics.
Introduction from the 5 Love Languages website: "Everyone has a 'love language,' a primary way of expressing and interpreting love. Of the countless ways we can show love to one another, five key categories proved to be universal and comprehensive.... What is your primary way of love - words of appreciation? acts of service? receiving gifts? quality time? physical touch? It’s easy to learn your love language at www.5lovelanguages.com. Take a short profile and find out how you and your loved one express and interpret love. You can complete the profile online or print out and complete the pdf version. Right away, you can make a concerted effort to speak each other person's primary language. It might not come naturally, but even the effort will be appreciated. Www.5lovelanguages.com is full of other helpful features: links to other resources, free stuff, events, podcasts, a place for you to share your love story, and more - all designed to encourage you and strengthen your relationships."
Abuse / Harassment / Misconduct / Prevention Policies - See Safe Sanctuaries
Accountable Reimbursement Policies, Q&A (UMC-GCFA website)
Acolyte - See UMC 101 Archive
Acolyte Study Guide (http://shop.umc.org/pages/leader_guides.aspx)
Advance Specials - AWF Conference Brochure, Application
Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference
The URL for the official AWF Annual Conference page each year will be "http://AWFUMC.org/AC" followed by the 4-digit year. For example, the page for 2014 is http://AWFUMC.org/AC2014.
Alabama-West Florida Conference on the Web
Alabama-West Florida Conference Statistician's Report
Statistician's Report for the year ending December 31, 2016
Membership stands at 139,871 down 47 members from the previous year. Worship attendance stands at 62,646 down 1%. Native American and Hispanic attendance increased by 4% and 5%, respectively. Some areas that showed increases were confirmation preparation participants, small groups, VIM (Volunteers in Mission) teams and participants and persons served by community ministries and outreach. Children, youth and adults in Christian Formation increased again this year. There was a 2.86% increase in missional giving, which was at it highest level since 2001.
Statistician's Report for the year ending December 31, 2014
The conference established a $10.9 million budget for mission and ministry for 2016, a 0.4% reduction from 2015. Membership stands at 139,918, down 1% from the previous year. Worship attendance stands at 63,781 down 2%. Some areas that showed increases were small groups, persons served by community ministries and Vacation Bible School participation. Children, youth and adults in Christian Formation increased again this year. There was a 1.6% increase in missional giving, which is the greatest increase since 2005. An estimated 3,269 health kits were collected over the course of the annual conference and 1,460 school kits, plus other supplies, were collected. We welcomed approximately 100 health plan participants to the wellness screenings on Monday and Tuesday.
Statistician's Report for the year ending December 31, 2013
Membership stands at 141,989, down 2% from the previous year. Worship attendance stands at 65,110, down 1%. Church school attendance stands at 25,831, down 3%. Some areas that showed increases were Participants in Christian Formation Groups; 75,789 and up 7% and Vacation Bible School increased by 2%. Persons served by community ministries for day care and or education increased by 40% to 26,819. Persons served by community ministries for outreach, justice and mercy increased by 18% to 461,107.
Statistician's Report for the year ending December 31, 2012, presented at the 2013 Annual Conference
From the report: We began the year with professing membership of 146,078. We received 2,542 professing members, a reverse of the decline over the last three years with an increase of 6% over 2011. We corrected last year’s report by adding 328 members which represents a 30% decrease from 2011.
We continued to win in the transferred in and out categories from other United Methodist members and members from other denominations. We removed by charge conference action more than double the number in 2011 and 85% of the members we received by profession of faith in 2011: 1,416 in 2011 and 2, 148 in 2012. Members withdrawing during 2012 totaled 670 a 35% increase over 2011. We removed 922 members by correcting our last year report which was a 26% increase over 2011. As I mentioned last year, a decrease in this category continues a positive move and increase, not so positive.
There was a slight decrease in reported deaths in membership from 2011: 1,707 in 2011 versus 1,667 in 2012. An increase in this statistic is not what we would expect to see given the aging population in the United Methodist Church. But on the other hand it is good to see We ended 2012 with professing membership of 145,049 a 1% decrease over 2011. There was a net loss of 1,029 members in 2012 versus a 704 net loss in 2011. This is an interesting statistic when you consider that churches corrected last years’ report by reducing professing membership by a net 600 persons. That means that more than 50% of the 2012 membership loss was due to incorrect reporting by the church pastors for the year 2011.
Average attendance at weekly worship services increased slightly from 65,164 in 2011 to 65,781 in 2012, an increase of 1%. You may remember that I mentioned that we learned the one of the measures of vital churches is number of small groups centered on Christian formation. While there was a 5% decrease in weekly attendance in Sunday church school every other category of Christian formation groups showed increases. Also reversing a three year decline, Vacation Bible School attendance increased by 9% from 23.088 to 25,228. There was a 6% increase reported in the number of short term classes for learning for all ages. Decreases were reported in all of the mission team categories except that of the number of persons sent on non-United Methodist Volunteer in Mission trips. There was an 85% increase, from 5,665 in 2011 to 10,604 in 2012. The number of community ministries for daycare and/or education increased by 12% and an increase of 13% in the number of persons served. Similarly, the number of community ministries for outreach, justice and mercy increased by 11% and the number of persons served increased from 302,359 in 2011 to 388,888 in 2012. This represents a 29% increase.
Statistician's Report for the year ending December 31, 2011, presented at the 2012 Annual Conference
From the report: "We began the year with professing membership of 146, 782. We received 2,412 professing members, a decline of only 6% over 2010. We corrected last year’s report by adding 466 members which represents a 57% increase from 2010. We continued to win in the transferred in and out categories from other United Methodist members and members from other denominations. We removed by charge conference action almost half as many members as we received by profession of faith in 2011. 2,469 in 2010 verses 1,416 in 2011.
Members withdrawing during 2011 totaled 1,032 a 15% increase over 2010 versus the 65% increase we saw in 2010 over 2009. We removed 733 members by correcting our last year report which was a 20% decrease over 2010. As I mentioned last year a decrease in this category continues a positive move. There was a 6% increase in reported deaths in membership from 2010. 1,707 in 2011 versus 1,605 in 2010. This statistic is what we would expect to see given the aging population in the United Methodist Church. We ended 2011 with professing membership of 146,078 a less than 1% decrease over 2010. A net loss of 704 members in 2011 versus a 2,021 net loss in 2010.
"Average attendance at weekly worship services declined from 66,633 in 2010 to 65,164 in 2011, a decline of 2%. United Methodist causes totaled 7,586,382 - a 13% increase over 2010. Pastor’s salaries reported less than a 2% decrease in 2011. However church staff salaries and benefits increased by 1%. Program expenses increased by 9% as opposed to a 9% decrease in 2010 while operating expenses increased by 3% as opposed to a 4% increase in 2010. Principle and interest payments decreased by 5% from 19,506,542 in 2010 to 18,598,108 in 2011. Data continues to support that it is again evident that churches with declining membership and worship attendance spend more per capita in almost every category of expense than church with increasing membership and attendance."
Albums, Photos - Alabama-West Florida Conference Photo Albums New & Old
Annual Conference - See UMC 101 Archive
Antioch Project - Information about this topic is at the Alabama-West Florida Conference website here (http://www.awfumc.org/antiochproject).
(AWFC-UMC) - The Antioch Project is an Alabama-West Florida Conference initiative designed to partner with local churches that are currently plateaued, are in decline, or are not sure what should come next. Churches who are invited to participate in the Antioch Project have demonstrated good pastoral leadership, good lay leadership, and potential resources to jump start a new life cycle of ministry fruitfulness.
The Antioch Project is based on Acts 11:19-30. When a new church springs into existence in Antioch, the church in Jerusalem sends Barnabas to investigate. Barnabas goes and celebrates with the church. After spending some time with them, Barnabas knows that Saul is the best person to help the church, so he helps to create a partnership between them. Saul and Barnabas work with the church for a year, and the church receives new direction for its future.
The Antioch Project is a process that identifies viable congregations that may benefit from a strategic partnership with the church, sends a Barnabas Team to visit with the church and establish recommendations for the future, assigns coaches to the church to fulfill the recommendations of the Barnabas team. More HERE >>
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 2016 Connection booklet ("Where your dollars go")
Apportionment Formula and Allocations - This is on our Connectional Giving (Apportionments) page.
Archives and History, United Methodist
Articles of Incorporation - Sample from GCFA.org
Asbury Foundation - Visit http://www.awf-asburyfoundation.org/
Background Checks - Visit http://www.awfumc.org/awfsafesanctuaries
Bahamas Methodist Habitat
Visit http://methodisthabitat.org/ or e-mail MethodistHabitat@gmail.com
Bishop's Day Apart - Click here for a word search on this topic at awfumc.org
Bishop - See UMC 101 Archive
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
What is the Book of Discipline? See UMC 101 Archive.
Book of Discipline - Free online search-and-read edition
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
Blue Lake Camp and Retreat Center at Andalusia, Alabama
Candidacy - Is God Calling You to Ministry in The United Methodist Church? Visit http://UMCPensacolaDistrict.org/Ministry.
To find many locations within a given area, visit http://grouplocator.crgroups.info/.
To find Celebrate Recovery representatives in your area click here.
Celebrate Recovery United Methodist Facebook Page
Chancel - What is a "chancel"? See UMC 101 Archive
Charge Conference - What is a "charge conference"? See UMC 101 Archive
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.
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.
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. A visual tour is available at the Children in Crisis website.
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)
Circuit Rider magazine/online articles - Visit http://www.ministrymatters.com/circuit_rider/.
Clergy Care and Counseling - Visit http://www.awfumc.org/clergycarecounseling.
Cokesbury Cares Program
The Cokesbury Cares Program is designed to help churches who've had a catastrophic event by offering FREE resources to help the get back on their feet. Application requires signature by the church's district superintendent and can be emailed to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is a brochure, but please note that the address on the brochure has changed. The new address is 2222 Rosa L Parks Blvd., Nashville, TN 37228-0988.
For more information contact our area's Cokesbury Community Resource Consultant:
Cokesbury Community Resource Consultant
Commissioning & Ordination
For information about commissioning and ordination requirements, deadlines, and to download the required forms visit http://www.awfumc.org/commissioningandordination. Look for the PACKETS.
Communications Audit for Local Churches
In August 2015 the AWF Conference Office of Communications published a "Communications Audit" for local churches. We invite you to download this easy-to-read document and use it as a resource to evaluate what tools you are using to share your story. Click here to download.
* Make a concerted effort to update your e-mail database and ask members to notify the church office if there is a change in e-mail address.
* Send e-mail when needed but do not oversend.
* Keep information in the e-mail short and to the point. If you need to include a long article, include the headline and a lead-in paragraph with a link to the full article elsewhere. People usually only read headlines and a few sentences of articles.
* Have e-mail header designs be consistent with what you do in printed communications.
* If you are able, add a visual to your article; include a photo or two.
(* Emphasis added by webmaster.)
Community Ministries - See http://UMCPensacolaDistrict.org/CommunityMinistries.
Compensation for Ministers
New Pastor Compensation Report Form in 2015 - This form was updated April 2015 then again (for 2016 compensation) July 21, 2015.
Be sure that you use the NEW Pastor Compensation Report Form for 2016. Download here. Do not use the old form - it doesn't provide all the information needed. If you have the right form the recommended minimum salary information, mid-page and highlighted in red, will show the effective date of 1/1/2016.
Recommended Minimum Salary for Full-time Clergy for 2016
According to the 2015 Brochure of Reports, page 151, the Commission on Equitable Compensation recommends a minimum salary of $36,500 for all full-time appointed clergy for 2016.
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
Cross and Flame - What is the history and significance of the United Methodist cross and flame? See UMC 101 Archive
Deaconess - What is a deaconess or home missioner? See UMC 101 Archive
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 - Search results at the Alabama-West Florida Conference website
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
The Alabama-West Florida Conference Director of Mission and Advocacy is Susan Hunt, who can be reached at email@example.com. The Pensacola District Disability Concerns Advocate is Berta Hurston, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Excellent resources on this subject may be found at http://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/disabilities.
Disability Ministries Committee of The United Methodist Church, e-mail email@example.com
Project Empower - A Coalition to Empower those with Disabilities and the Community at Large (Pensacola, FL)
Disaster Response Assistance - See COKESBURY CARES PROGRAM on this page or on the Pensacola District's Disaster Response page.
District Directory - To request the Pensacola District Directory please e-mail us.
Pensacola District Superintendents - Bios and Archives of Weekly Messages:
Dr. Timothy R. Trent (July 2015-Current) (http://UMCPensacolaDistrict.org/TimTrent)
Dr. Jeremy K. Pridgeon (July 2010-June 2015) (http://UMCPensacolaDistrict.org/JeremyPridgeon)
Doxology - See UMC 101 Archive.
Easter / Resurrection Sunday - How is the date of Easter/Resurrection Sunday determined? - See UMC 101 Archive.
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.
Emergency Guide for Churches
AWF Trustees Release Church Emergency Resource
From article posted in the AWF Conference NewsCONNECTION August 4, 2015: "Over the past several months, the AWF Trustees have been discussing and developing a resource for local churches to use as they consider emergency preparedness in their congregation. The need for such preparedness has come to the forefront with the tragic events in Charleston, SC, and Chattanooga, TN. Emergency Guidelines for Churches can be found by clicking here. It is not a policy, it is simply a resource to spark a conversation in your church on emergency preparedness. The hope is that the Board of Trustees of each local church in our annual conference will consider how best to prepare for accidents, fires, natural disasters, and criminal behavior that may affect your local church."
Epiphany - What is "Epiphany"? See UMC 101 Archive.
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 page
Sample Employee Performance Review form, courtesy of Trinity UMC-Opelika
See also "Expectations of Pastoral Leadership" (below)
Expectations of Pastoral Leadership - A Reference for Pastors and Staff-Parish Relations Committees (PDF, revised 9/2013)
If the above link expires, do a search at awfumc.org.
Ezra Report / Year-end Statistical Report submitted online each January
Financial and Other Assistance for Needy in the Community - visit http://united-way.org/partner-agencies/
Financial Assistance to attend Asbury Theological Seminary - visit http://www.awf-asburyfoundation.org/.
Flourishing in Ministry - a Well-being at Work project
Foundation, Asbury - Visit http://www.awf-asburyfoundation.org/.
Foundation, United Methodist:
Fountain of Love
Please Consider Ways to Support the Fountain of Love Offering
March 22, 2015
(Dr. Jeremy Pridgeon) - Like so many of you, at least once each week I receive correspondence from an organization seeking support for a ministry. And while these entities are involved in worthwhile initiatives, often they are not part of our United Methodist connection. I say this to simply remind us that we are part of a great Church that is making a significant impact in so many areas around the world. And I write to you this week to highlight my own experience with one of the institutions that is most deserving of our support.
During my years as a local church pastor, the congregations I have served have been faithful supporters of the "Fountain of Love" Offering that benefits the Methodist Homes for the Aged. While I have visited church members who were residents of our homes in various parts of the annual conference, this ministry has become very personal as my own grandmother, my Nana, is now a resident at the Mathison Retirement Center in Panama City. Nana's health is declining, she is experiencing dementia and battling congestive heart failure. It has progressed more rapidly than we could have anticipated. But our family could not be more appreciative and grateful for the caring staff at Mathison that has seen to her needs and has been a help to our family in this transition for her and for all of us who love her.
I write this to you this week because you may have a mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, a brother, sister, friend, or church member that is at a place in their life's journey where they need additional care to ensure their safety and well-being. Our Methodist Homes for the Aged are excellent places to minister to God's older children who are in the later years of life. At the same time, our Methodist Homes need your support, as well as the support of your congregation. This week, I will be sending to your churches the information you need for your congregation to take part in the "Fountain of Love" Offering and I do hope you will receive this offering to help our homes continue to fulfill their mission throughout the state of Alabama and Northwest Florida. Additionally, I will be sending you the "Minister's Tool Kit" with information that will be of benefit to you as pastor as you work with church members and families who are making decisions about the care needs they have going forward.
I would encourage you to reach out to Chris Tomlin, CEO of Methodist Homes, and his fine staff. I know they stand ready to serve you and assist with any needs you may have as it relates to care for the aged. I am thankful for this ministry of our church and am personally seeing the critical need it meets as our family journeys with my grandmother during this part of her life. Please consider ways you can engage your congregation in support of their great work taking place in both the North Alabama and Alabama-West Florida Conferences.
Information and downloads are at the GCFA.org Forms page (Revised Feb. 2014: FUND BALANCE REPORT in PDF / MS Word / Excel)
Information is also at http://www.awfumc.org/fundbalancereport20132016annualaudit.
General Conference - What is "General Conference"? See UMC 101 Archive or do a search at AWFCUMC.org
Glossary of United Methodist Terms - http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/glossary
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
Harassment / Abuse / Misconduct / Prevention Policies - See Safe Sanctuaries
Help the Needy - Resources
Please visit http://umcpensacoladistrict.org/CommunityMinistries.
See also the website of the EscaRosa Coalition for the Homeless, which provides a "Street Survival Guide" booklet of resources for how to help the needy. Look for the link at their website or download the 2015 copy here.
Hispanic/Latino Ministries - National Plan, Grants
Historian / Local Church History / Local Church Historian
For information on how to write your Church's history, visit http://www.gcah.org/resources/How-to-Write-a-Local-Church-History.
"Guidelines for Managing Records" - http://www.awfumc.org/guidelinesformanagingrecordsoftheannualconferenceandlocalchurch
See also: http://www.gcah.org/resources/How-to-Write-a-Local-Church-History (If this links expires, search at the General Commission on Archives and History website.)
(General Commission on Archives and History of The United Methodist Church) - By action of the 2012 General Conference, there are currently forty-six Heritage Landmarks of The United Methodist Church. Five new Heritage Landmarks were designated by the 2012 General Conference with three outside the United States. These are in the Philippines, Zimbabwe, and Liberia. The Book of Discipline defines a Heritage Landmark as "a building, location, or structure specifically related to significant events, developments, or personalities in the overall history of The United Methodist Church or its antecedents." The Heritage Landmarks of United Methodism remind us of those people and events that have shaped our history. They are tangible reminders of our heritage and their preservation helps keep our denominational legacy alive. For further information about the forty-six Heritage Landmarks or to learn how a place becomes so designated, please contact the General Secretary, General Commission on Archives and History, P.O. Box 127, Madison, NJ 07940 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Material in this guide may be copied by local churches, Heritage Landmarks, and other agencies of The United Methodist Church without further approval.
Hurricane Center - Facebook
Hymnary.org: A Comprehensive Index of Hymns and Hymnals. Find tune/melody, text....
Imagine No Malaria campaign, Pensacola District - Visit http://UMCpensacoladistrict.org/ImagineNoMalaria
Imposition of Ashes - See UMC 101 Archive.
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 email@example.com 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. It was prophecied that through Israel, through the line of David, the Savior of the world would come. This was fulfilled in Jesus Christ, our One and only Savior. Israel's existence as a nation, in itself, fulfills powerful prophecies. God said that He would prove His existence by Jews' return to their land and Israel becoming once again a powerful nation. After having been dispersed and not in existence as a nation for thousands of years, Israel came back together as a people and became a nation May 1948. No other nation in the world has ever done this but Israel. How is this possible? Only by the one true God. 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. Satan is against the Gospel, against the nation Israel that God has used to bring us the Gospel and Savior, and against Israel's being a reminder of God's promises and fulfillment of those promises throughout history.
Denial of biblical accounts marginalizes God's people, their history, and their personal relationship with Yahweh God.
See also: Jewish Timeline - 6,000 Years of Jewish History. Graphic and interactive one-page summary of Jewish history and heritage. Every entry on the timeline is a hot-spot that links to further reading. This combines many fields on a single timeline such as demography, literature, Jewish and world events, traditions, historical figures and more.
How to Follow Jesus (This is excellent)
PeacewithGod.Jesus.net (from the website of the We Care Prison Program of Atmore, AL)
Journal of the Alabama-West Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church
You can download several years' AWFC Journal at our Forms & Documents page.
Judicial Council - See UMC 101 Archive.
Jurisdiction - See UMC 101 Archive.
Leadership Ministries - See John Ed Mathison Leadership Ministries (above)
Lent - See UMC 101 Archive.
Library Online - Christian Classics Ethereal Library
Lifewatch.org - See links under "Resources" (bottom of page) at UMC.org
Liturgical Colors - What do liturgical colors represent? - See UMC 101 Archive.
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 - Visit http://UMCPensacolaDistrict.org/OnlineReports
Mathison, John Ed - See John Ed Mathison Leadership Ministries (above)
Click here for explanation of membership terms as used in the Ezra statistical report system for 2014. (This refers to the 2012 Book of Discipline. When the Book of Discipline is revised, look for an updated version of this info sheet in the Ezra statistical report system.)
Mental Illness - How the Church Can Help People with Mental Illness
Minimum Recommended Salary for Ministers - See Compensation (above)
Ministry of Churches
"An Appreciative Inquiry Parable" (Sample: "Ninth UMC is like lots of congregations in that they ask themselves the wrong questions. Rather than, “What don’t we have or what are we not doing well?” a more productive question would be: “What do we do well and how can we do more of it?”)
Ministry Candidacy Process: See also Mentors/Mentoring
Request Admission to Begin the Ministry Candidacy Program - Form & Documents Needed by Pensacola District
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: United Methodist News Service
Noah's Ark Ministry at Panama City, Florida
Online Reports - Visit http://UMCPensacolaDistrict.org/OnlineReports
Ordination & Commissioning
For information about commissioning and ordination requirements, deadlines, and to download the required forms visit http://www.awfumc.org/commissioningandordination. Look for the PACKETS.
Parsonage Standards and Checklist
Information on this topic is at the Alabama-West Florida Conference website at http://www.awfumc.org/parsonagestandards.
The Book of Discipline states, “Housing provisions shall comply with Annual Conference housing policy and parsonage standards.” In order to establish a housing policy and housing standard the Annual Conference recommends three options available for the local church. The Annual Conference does not put one option above the other. The options are co-equal, depending upon the local situation. The Charge Conference shall review the recommendations of the Pastor-Parish Relations Committee regarding provision of adequate housing for the pastor(s) of a local Charge in consultation with the District Superintendent, the Charge shall choose one of these three options. Click here to view Parsonage Standards.
The chairperson of the committee on pastor-parish relations, the chairperson of the board of trustees, and the pastor shall make an annual review of the church-owned parsonage to assure proper maintenance. Click here to view a parsonage checklist.
Passwords - See our Online Reports page
Pastoral Care, Counseling, and Training
For information about Clergy Care Counseling or a list of counselors within the Alabama-West Florida Conference, please contact the AWF Conference Office of Ministerial Services. Their Clergy Care Counseling brochure is here or look for more/updates on the Ministerial Services tab at http://awfumc.org.
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.
Pensacola United Methodist Community Ministries (PUMCM), is located at 2600 West Strong Street, Pensacola, FL.
The website is http://pumcm.org/.
The United Methodist Board of Pension and Health Benefits (Evanston, IL, Office) is now "Wespath"
Policies, Procedures / sample personnel policies manual - See Safe Sanctuaries on this page and/or the Pensacola District's Forms & Docs page
Poverty / Response to Poverty - See "Circles of Transformation" (above)
Profile Form - Lay Nominees for General Conference and Jurisdictional Conference
Recommended Minimum Salary for Ministers - See above: Minimum Salary for Ministers.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call toll free (888) 346-3862. These materials are made available through congregations’ generous support of the World Service Fund apportionment.
Rethink Church (formerly "Igniting Ministry")
The United Methodist Church is and has been vocal and active in its campaign for safe spaces for the vulnerable. For information about Safe Sanctuaries, including guidelines, resources, and tools to help reduce risk, please visit www.umcdiscipleship.org/leadership-resources/safe-sanctuaries.
Safe Sanctuaries page at the Alabama-West Florida Conference website (contact info, background checks, policies, procedures, etc.)
What is Safe Sanctuaries?
In 1996, General Conference delegates passed a resolution requiring all conferences to adopt policies to safeguard children and youth. Through the program, churches train and certify persons as safe workers with children and youth in United Methodist ministries.
Safe Sanctuaries policies include such things as screening and checking references for paid employees and volunteers; preventing abuse, recognizing signs of abuse and reporting incidents of abuse; making sure insurance coverage is adequate; and developing building usage policies.
The Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference adopts this policy and its accompanying procedures to demonstrate our absolute and unwavering commitment to the physical safety and spiritual growth of all our children, youth, senior citizens, and at-risk adults.
*Portions published from the United Methodist New Service.
Salary for Ministers /Minimum Recommended Salary / Report Form - See Compensation (above)
Asbury Foundation - "Over 40 years ago a small group of clergy and lay persons recognized the need to financial support students from the West Florida-Alabama Conference to attend Asbury Theological Seminary. Support was given on a year-by-year basis to support the needs of the students while at he same time trying to raise money to establish an endowed fund. In 1999 the Alabama-West Florida Asbury Foundation became a 501(c)(3) legal non-profit corporation. The endowed fund which is currently in excess of $1.8 million, continues to seek ways to grow as does the need of our students. In 2014 over $95,000 in financial aid was given to more than 17 deserving young men and women from the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church attending Asbury Theological Seminary." For MORE visit http://www.awf-asburyfoundation.org/.
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. For more information visit http://www.gbhem.org/loans-and-scholarships/scholarships.
A list of scholarships is available on the GBHEM.org website, http://www.gbhem.org/loans-and-scholarships/scholarships/list-scholarships.
Stegall Seminary Scholarships - The Alabama-West Florida Conference encourages any student from the AWF Conference entering seminary to apply for scholarships from the Stegall Seminary Scholarship Foundation. Scholarships are available for full-time seminary students taking courses on campus. Visit http://stegallscholarship.com/ or find them on Facebook at facebook.com/stegallscholarship.
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, that 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.
Staff Performance Reviews - See "Evaluations" on this page
Statistical Report - See http://UMCPensacolaDistrict.org/OnlineReports
"Street Survival Guide" - a booklet of resources on how to help the needy.
This is an excellent directory of organizations and services within Santa Rosa and Escambia Counties (FL) that assist individuals and families that need help. It is a product of the EscaRosa Coalition for the Homeless and may be copied, printed, and distributed as widely as possible to assist any homeless or other person in need. EscaRosa asks only that it be distributed with credits and free of charge. The materials presented in the guide are for informational purposes only and do not represent endorsements of any agency or service. Look for the tab at their website or download the 2015 copy here.
Study Guides - Free study guides from United Methodist Communications
Tax Exemption Status
Articles of Incorporation for the AWF Conference United Methodist Churches
In case the link expires, search for topic "Request for Inclusion in The United Methodist Church Group Tax Exemption Ruling" at GCFA.org
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 - The United Methodist Church General Council on Finance and Administration
File W-2 and W-3 electronically at the official Social Security Administration website, Business Services Online
Tax Packet - Answers frequently-asked tax questions relating to church/clergy tax topics such as W-2, W-3, form 941, charitable contributions, business expenses and reimbursements, housing allowance, audit guidelines, and more. Disclaimer from GCFA.org: "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
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
United Methodist Board of Pension and Health Benefits - Office in Evanston, Illinois
United Methodist Church:
United Methodist History - See "Archives and History" (above)
United Methodist Men
University Senate - See UMC 101 Archive
Upper Room - See UMC 101 Archive
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"
Pine Forest - "Discover Forgiveness ~ Explore Faith ~ Find Hope ~ Grow"
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
White Christmas Offering for the United Methodist Children's Home - Visit http://UMCH.net.
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