The Pensacola District of The United Methodist Church
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Here for You - Serving Jesus
Search this site.View the site map.
Visit us on Facebook.
Clergy Birthdays
in the Month of April
Happy birthday to
Kathryn Gatewood, Jeremy Smith,
Byrd Mapoles, Gerald Munday,
Henry Roberts, Dick Wright,
Michael Precht, Philip McVay,
Jimmy Cook, & Donna Coty!
If you'd like to send a card
click here for contact info.
The Pensacola District Message Board
Click on the news item for the article.  Scroll down the page for more!  

Around the Pensacola District  
Sneak Peak at CC 2015:  New Local Church Position, New Charge Conference Form for Pensacola District
At the 2015 Charge Conferences, each Church of the Pensacola District (only) shall elect one person to serve this new position:
  LC-DMBR - District Missions Board Representative
Congratulations, Pensacola District All Stars!
All-Stars is an annual recognition of Pensacola District Churches who meet three requirements in the course of a year:
                1) pay 100% total Connectional Mission Giving,
                2) have more than 50% attendance by membership,
                3) have a net gain in membership.
Congratulations to these Churches that met all three requirements in 2014!
      * Bagdad
      * Baker
      * Christ
      * Crosspoint (Niceville)
      * Jay
      * St. Paul, Gulf Breeze  
"The Church and People with Disabilities" May 2 
8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (Registration is 8-8:30 a.m.) at Gadsden Street United Methodist Church in Pensacola. Led by Debbie Bracewell. For a registration form click here. This study is sponsored by Pensacola District United Methodist Women.  Details about this event are in the February 2015 newsletter of Pensacola District United Methodist Women, available here at their website. 

Rummage Sales - Bake Sales
Rummage Sale fans, you will LOVE this!  THREE big church Rummage/Bake Sales & a Fish Fry on May 2 in Pensacola!
24th Annual SUPER SALE May 2
7 a.m.-1 p.m. at Cokesbury United Methodist Church, 5725 North Ninth Avenue, Pensacola
This event has been described as “a sale so big you need a map to help you find those specials," and maps will be provided.This huge indoor / outdoor bargain (rummage) sale with amazing array will be held at Cokesbury United Methodist Church, across from Pensacola State College in Pensacola. Every room, except the sanctuary, will be full of delightful, practical, interesting stuff. You’ll find plenty of outdoor items in the church yard, too. Proceeds of this sale go to Cokesbury’s mission work overseas and locally. Come on by - you'll be glad you did!  The event page is at  For more about Cokesbury United Methodist Church, visit
Yard and Bake Sale May 2
8 AM - 1:30 PM at St. Mark United Methodist Church, 2203 North 12th Avenue, Pensacola
Treasures abound at this special sale!  Proceeds from the yard sale will go to help a group from the church planning to go to Red Bird Mission in Kentucky in October.  Proceeds from the bake sale will go to fund projects for the M & M's, a women's church group with a heart for shut-ins.  Please call (850) 432-7777 for more information.  For more about St. Mark United Methodist Church, visit
HUGE Rummage Sale, Fish Fry, and Bake Sale May 2
7 a.m.-2 p.m. at Bellview United Methodist Church, 4945 Saufley Field Road, Pensacola
Join us on Saturday, May 2nd at 7:00 AM for a HUGE Rummage Sale, Fish Fry, and Bake Sale at Bellview United Methodist Church! We will be selling all kinds of items, such as clothes, games, and decorations. The Rummage and Bake Sale will be from 7 AM - 2 PM, and the Fish Fry will be from 11 AM - 2 PM. We hope to see you there! For more info contact Stephanie at
Yard Sale, Bake Sale, & BBQ Pork Sandwich Lunches ($5) May 8 & 9
at Allen Memorial United Methodist Church, 206 Pace Parkway, Cantonment, FL.  Bake Sale each day. Bag lunch $5.00 - BBQ pork sandwich, chips and brownie from 11 a.m. to closing each day! For more about Allen Memorial United Methodist Church, visit

DCOM Meeting August 18
The District Committee on Ministry will meet at 9 a.m. August 18, 2015, at the Dennison Administration Building of Gadsden Street United Methodist Church, 901 East Gadsden Street, Pensacola, FL. This meeting is for recommendation for provisional status and Certified Candidates (first time and recertification). The Committee gathers at 9 a.m., scheduled interviews begin 9:30 a.m. Scheduling of the District Committee meetings and interviews is done through Rev. Bob Bailey, Chairperson. 
Top 25 Fastest Growing Large United Methodist Churches

Crosspoint (# 20)  and Gulf Breeze (# 18) United Methodist Churches are featured in this year's "Top 25 Fastest Growing Large United Methodist Churches." Both Churches are in the Pensacola District of the Alabama-West Florida Conference. The article and list are at

The Matthew Initiative
Working with The Matthew Initiative, volunteers from Bellview, Gonzalez, and Richards Memorial United Methodist Churches of Pensacola recently trained in Crestview for a new children's program to launch this summer. Photos pictured to the right are courtesy of Kathy Strader. (Posted 4/14/2015)             

Local Church Positions Available
Full-time Senior Administrative Assistant - Shalimar, FL
This position has been filled. Thank you to all who responded!
For more about Shalimar United Methodist Church, visit
Director of Worship Ministries Needed - Gulf Breeze, FL
Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church is seeking a Director of Worship for their campus located at 75 Fairpoint Drive.  The Director of Worship serves as the team leader for all aspects of worship for the Fairpoint campus. This includes leading the contemporary worship band, coordinating all technical support needed for two traditional services and one contemporary service, management of the worship budget, participation in the worship planning meetings, and daily management and oversight of the music activities of the Church, including funerals and weddings, children’s music programs and senior choir. Please submit your resume to  For more information about Gulf Breeze UMC visit (Posted 4/08/2015)

Executive Assistant to the Senior Pastor and Administrative Assistant to Fairpoint Campus Pastor - Gulf Breeze, FL
Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church is looking for an Executive Assistant to the Senior Pastor and Administrative Assistant to the Fairpoint Campus Pastor. This is a 28 hour/week position (Mon-Thurs) that requires secretarial support of the Senior Pastor of GBUMC and the Fairpoint Campus Pastor. This includes maintaining their calendars, scheduling appointments, coordinating meetings, sorting and distributing mail, answering phone, typing as required, attending staff meetings, and occasionally supporting other areas of staff. Please submit your resume to For more information about Gulf Breeze UMC visit 4/08/2015)
Steeple Cleaner Needed - Robertsdale, AL
If you know of anyone who cleans steeples please contact New Hope United Methodist Church (Robertsdale, AL) at 850-206-1949. They would like to have the church steeple cleaned by the 3rd week of August at the latest.  For directions and more about New Hope UMC click here. (Posted 4/6/2015)
Position Available:  Part-time Director of Recreational Ministries - Gulf Breeze, FL
Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church is seeking a Director for the recreation program at their Soundside campus.  This position requires knowledge of recreation program development, scheduling,  good communication skills and budget management.  It is a 25-hour part-time position involving week nights and Saturdays when sports are in session.  If interested please email your resume to Paula Reid at  For more about Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church, visit   
Two Local Church Positions Available - Pace, FL
Choir Director (part-time) and Children's Director
For more information contact First United Methodist Church of Pace at 850-994-5608 or
The church is located at 4540 Chumuckla Highway, Pace, FL 32571. The website is

Bishop Announces New District Superintendent and Conference Staff  Appointments
Article here. Effective July 1, 2015, Dr. Jeremy Pridgeon will be the Assistant to Bishop Leeland and the Director of Ministerial Services and new Pensacola District Superintendent will be Dr. Tim Trent.  
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.  
Pictures and Thanks - "Tea at Two and a Tour"
(See two photos, right) Pensacola United Methodist Community Ministries (PUMCM) invited Pensacola District United Methodist Women to "Tea at Two and a Tour" Tuesday, April 7, 2-3:30 p.m. After the event, Kathy Strader of PUMCM expressed, "Thanks to all the United Methodist Women who attended the 'Tea @ Two and a Tour.' Looking forward to working together." The PUMCM Facebook page is   

A Note from Your District Administrative Assistant:
A Challenge to Pensacola District Churches
The Missional Offering for this year's AWF Annual Conference is Imagine No Malaria.
Please note the chart below and compare the Pensacola District's level with what the other districts have done so far.
While other districts are soaring in the 90's and 100+%, our district's level is 39.20%.
We can do SO much better!
Will your congregation accept the challenge to help the district
meet or exceed our Imagine No Malaria goal
and give your offering at the 2015 Annual Conference?
To Make a Donation That Will Credit the Pensacola District and Your Church:
(1) Please make payment payable to the AWF Conference.
(2) Clearly mark your check "for Imagine No Malaria - Pensacola District."
(3) Be sure that the name of your church is somewhere on the check.
In a big, dramatic GRAND FINISH please bring your check
to the 2015 AWF Annual Conference as participation in this year's Missional Offering.
Thank you for your support!
(In the chart below, "Conference undesignated" refers to offerings that did not specify a church or district.)
The image below has been updated to show the latest report.

Administrative Announcements
Sneak Peak at CC 2015:  New Local Church Position, New Charge Conference Form for Pensacola District
At the 2015 Charge Conferences, each Church of the Pensacola District (only) shall elect one person to serve this new position:
  LC-DMBR - District Missions Board Representative
Download & Share Brochure of Reports Revision 4/21/15 to Include 2 Missing Nominee Profiles
Please share the Brochure of Reports pdf download with your delegates for Annual Conference. The link is available at the bottom right of the home page or DOWNLOAD HERE
Please note that, although the Pensacola District Office and nominees met all requirements and were well within the deadline for submitting the forms, the Brochure of Reports omitted two of the Pensacola District's three Laity Nominee Profiles approved by district conference: Duane Keck's and Beverly Maddox's. Our third nominee, Gene Floore, was included in the Brochure.  Peggy Lou Akerman and Brenda Alford were pictured as Pensacola District nominees, but actually Brenda is from the Marianna-Panama City District and Peggy was self-nominated. An errata of the profiles will be inserted into the Brochure of Reports as well as announcement made at Annual Conference. 
Please place these Pensacola District events on your church calendar:
Important Dates Regarding Candidacy / Licensing / New Clergy Appointments:
Licensing School April 27-May 4, 2015
The Right Start Workshop May 21, 2015
All clergy receiving new pastoral appointments for 2015-16 are required to attend "The Right Start," an event that has been specifically designed to aid clergy as they complete ministry in their current setting and prepare to begin service in a new congregation. The Right Start is scheduled for Thursday, May 21, 2015, at Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church (Montgomery, AL).  For more information click here for the event page or contact the Department of Ministerial Services at (334) 356-8014, toll-free (888) 873-3127, or, or visit the AWF Conference website,
The Beginning Pastors' Workshop July 17-18, 2015
All pastors taking their first appointment in the Alabama-West Florida Conference are required to attend "The Beginning Pastors’ Workshop." This event will be held July 17-18, 2015, at Spring Hill College (Mobile, AL). Registration will open in the spring of 2015. For information about the event for 2015 visit or contact the Department of Ministerial Services at (334) 356-8014 or toll-free (888) 873-3127 or visit the AWF Conference website,
The AWF Conference Group Candidacy Retreat July 17-18, 2015
The Alabama-West Florida Conference Board of Ordained Ministry will hold a Group Candidacy Retreat July 17-18, 2015, at Camp Beckwith in Fairhope, AL.  Click here for details. For more information please contact Erika Glawson at the AWF Conference Office of Ministerial Services at or 334-356-8014 or toll-free number 888-873-3127. To attend the Candidacy Retreat candidates must complete these items before June 1, 2015.
Meeting of the Pensacola District Committee on Ministry August 18, 2015
This meeting is for recommendation for provisional status and Certified Candidates (first time and recertification). The Committee gathers at 9 a.m., scheduled interviews begin 9:30 a.m. Scheduling of the District Committee meetings and interviews is done through Rev. Bob Bailey, Chairperson.  This meeting will be held at the Dennison Administration Building of Gadsden Street United Methodist Church, 901 East Gadsden Street, Pensacola, FL.    
Moving Dates and Guidelines
Here are important dates for 2015-2016 clergy appointments:
June 21, 2015 - Last Sunday of current appointment
June 23, 2015 - Moving day
June 28, 2015 - Transition Sunday
July 1, 2015 - Effective date for 2015-2016 appointments
July 5, 2015 - First Sunday with new congregation
Current appointment is responsible for June pay.  Receiving congregation is responsible for July pay and for first $3,000 of documented moving expenses. See Standing Rules in Journal for details.  For more information about Moving Dates and Guidelines visit
For information about commissioning and ordination, packet deadlines, etc. visit
Important information for newly-appointed clergy is at
Recommended Minimum Salary
According to the 2014 Brochure of Reports, page 117, the recommended minimum salary for 2015 for all full-time appointed clergy is $35,000.

Around the Conference   
AWF Appointive Cabinet Progress
April 17, 2015
Bishop Paul L. Leeland and the Appointive Cabinet express gratitude for those who have been praying for their work as they assign pastors to new appointments.
The Cabinet has completed their work on the 2015-2016 appointments. Only clergy and Staff/Pastor-Parish Relations Committees, where new appointments have been made, will begin receiving notifications from their District Superintendents beginning Monday, April 20, 2015, at 8:00am.
Please be respectful of every congregation and pastor receiving a change in appointment and do not share your new appointment information via phone call, text, or any social media until after your new SPR committee chairperson has contacted you.
We continue to invite all to pray for our congregations and pastors who will be experiencing changes in appointments of pastoral leadership.  
Special Meals at Annual Conference
If you need to sign up for a special breakfast or lunch during conference, please contact your group directly.  Listed below are the groups:
Asbury Foundation Breakfast
Jen Hoppenjan
Asbury Club Lunch
Lisa Ausley
Candler Club Lunch
Steve Reneau
Christian Educators Fellowship
Paula Roane
Wesley Heirs
Ed Sells
Ruth Ann Powers
Deacons Breakfast
Emily Kincaid
Birmingham Southern
Jennifer Lancaster
Duke Club Meal
Gillian Walters
Spiritual Formation
Kathy Norberg
Educational Opportunities Joe Bullington
Bishop Announces New Superintendent and Conference Staff Positions
March 15, 2015 (Article here)
(Montgomery, AL) – Bishop Paul L. Leeland is pleased to announce two new district superintendents to the Alabama-West Florida Conference appointive cabinet. Rev. June Jernigan and Dr. Tim Trent will begin their new appointments as superintendents starting July 1, 2015.
Rev. June Jernigan will serve as District Superintendent for the Baypines District and currently serves as the Assistant to the Bishop and Director of Ministerial Services. Before serving in the conference office, she served as senior pastor of Millbrook FUMC and executive pastor of Gulf Breeze UMC. Jernigan was ordained an elder in the AWF Conference in 2004. She is a graduate of Samford University and received her seminary degree from Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. She completed a Clinical Pastoral Education Residency at Methodist Medical Center and a Pastoral Counseling Residency at the Pastoral Counseling and Education Center, both in Dallas, TX, and is a certified coach with Passion in Partnership ministry. June has one adult child, Jonathan.
Dr. Tim Trent will serve as the District Superintendent for the Pensacola District and currently serves as senior pastor of Andalusia FUMC. His previous appointments include Whitfield Memorial UMC in Montgomery, AL, Associate Director of the Conference Council on Ministries, Heritage UMC in Enterprise, AL, Atmore FUMC, Ferry Pass UMC, Gonzalez UMC, Dothan FUMC, Skipperville UMC, Midland City UMC and Post Oak UMC. He is a graduate of Troy State University and received his seminary degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Dr. Trent and his wife, Linda, have three children and five grandchildren.
Dr. Jeremy Pridgeon, current Pensacola District Superintendent and Dean of the Cabinet, will be appointed as Assistant to the Bishop and Director of Ministerial Services. He has been in his current appointment since 2010 and previously served Wetumpka FUMC, Montgomery FUMC and the Seale/Alexandria charge. He and his wife, Abigail, have two children, Alexis and Addison.
Dr. Cory Smith, current Baypines District Superintendent, will be appointed as the Director of Connectional Ministries, following the retirement of Rev. Neil McDavid. Smith has served as the Baypines District Superintendent since 2011 and previously served Woodland UMC in Montgomery, AL, and Epworth UMC in Phenix City, AL. He is married to the former Alicia Sellars and together they have one daughter, Sarah.
Bishop Leeland stated, “It is an honor to welcome June and Tim to the appointive cabinet. Both have shown tremendous leadership in our conference and will be outstanding assets to our ministry team. We give thanks for the ministry of Rev. Neil McDavid and his 48 years of service to this conference. I know you will join me in extending your thanks to him for his dedication to this calling. I am excited to welcome Jeremy and Cory to the conference staff and look forward to their continued fruitful and effective leadership for the conference.”
Andalusia FUMC will receive a new appointment in the coming weeks. For more information about the Alabama-West Florida Conference, please visit   
UMM Spring Advance April 25
Put on your calendar the United Methodist Men Spring Advance. It will be April 25, 2015, at Blue Lake. The event page is here. The registration deadline is April 13. 
About the guest speaker:  David Murrow founded Church for Men in 2005. Murrow is not a pastor, professor or theologian. He’s just a guy in the pews who noticed a disturbing trend: churches are losing their men and boys. So he wrote a book titled Why Men Hate Going to Church, which became an instant Christian bestseller, with more than 100,000 copies in print. His efforts have spawned articles in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Chicago Tribune, to name a few.  Murrow has a degree in Anthropology from Baylor University. He’s married with three children and three grandsons. For more information please contact Frank Moore, President, Conference UMM,
Church Security Seminar at Fairhope May 5
Fairhope United Methodist Church will be hosting a 4-5 hour Church Security Insights seminar in their Christian Life Center on Saturday, May 5, at 8 a.m. sharp. This is a FREE seminar with a love offering taken at the door to defray seminar expenses. To make reservations please call Fairhope UMC at 251-928-1148; give the name of your church and number of people attending. Fairhope UMC is located at 155 South Section Street, Fairhope, AL 36532.

Description: I Peter 5:8 says, "Be self controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." Even in our churches, as we worship our Lord and share the love of Christ, we are vulnerable to the evil around us that could violate our sanctuaries. Today our churches are seen as soft targets for disruption and violence for whatever reason, be it domestic, religous, ethnic, social, political, drug related, etc. Learn how to recognize and avoid these potential dangers that could threaten our sanctuaries.
The Alabama-West Florida Conference NewsCONNECTION February 16, 2015
Click here to view. Included in this edition:
Launch of The Antioch Project
The Antioch Project, under the leadership of Rev. Dan Pezet, was launched on Saturday, January 31, 2015, at Frazer Memorial UMC....  The Antioch Project is a new initiative from the Office of Congregational Vitality designed to partner with local churches that have potential to grow in several areas of ministry. 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 comprised of a group of churches each year that have been recommended by the cabinet as meeting specific criteria, and then are prayerfully selected and invited by the Bishop to participate. For congregations that sign the Antioch Project covenant, a 2-3 year process is launched. Click here to learn more about the Antioch Project or click here to see the photo gallery.
AWFC Board of Advocacy Seeks Input
(Charlotte Van Erman) - How accessible is your church for people with disabilities and special needs? There are many ways that your church can say “you are welcome here,” and that is not just limited to reducing the physical barriers on a church campus. The Disability Concerns division of the Conference Board of Advocacy is very interested in learning how accessible our churches are. This information will help us determine what additional steps we need to take to provide additional resources and tools in order to help churches become more accessible and inclusive. We understand that many churches do not have the financial resources to make major upgrades to their facilities – including my own church, New Life UMC in Mobile. However, we can begin to take steps to help some churches in making needed changes. Click here to complete a brief survey in English, click here to complete the survey in Spanish

Measuring What Matters:  A Commentary about Metrics and Mission
(Bishop Ken Carter/Lewis Center) - "There is currently a lively conversation underway in the mainline church about numbers and metrics. This conversation is often dominated by two extreme and less-than-helpful perspectives. One seeks to quantify everything. In its most pronounced expression, this is the ascendency of the M.B.A. into every other professional guild, including ministry. The second perspective is an overreaction to the first. It insists that metrics should be ignored in favor of higher values — persons, or communities, or contexts." Full commentary here.
Moving Dates and Guidelines
Here are important dates for 2015-2016 clergy appointments:
June 21, 2015 - Last Sunday of current appointment
June 23, 2015 - Moving day
June 28, 2015 - Transition Sunday
July 1, 2015 - Effective date for 2015-2016 appointments
July 5, 2015 - First Sunday with new congregation
Current appointment is responsible for June pay.  Receiving congregation is responsible for July pay and for first $3,000 of documented moving expenses. See Standing Rules in Journal for details.
For more information about Moving Dates and Guidelines visit 

The AWF Conference Group Candidacy Retreat July 2015
The Alabama-West Florida Conference Board of Ordained Ministry will hold a Group Candidacy Retreat July 17-18, 2015, at Camp Beckwith in Fairhope, AL.  Click here for details. For more information please contact Erika Glawson at the AWF Conference Office of Ministerial Services at or 334-356-8014 or toll-free number 888-873-3127.
Alabama-West Florida Conference News CONNECTION February 2, 2015
Here are some articles in this issue (view here) :
Clergy Delegation Interest Form Now Online

The 2016 Clergy General and Jurisdictional Delegation Interest Form is now live on the conference Website under Quick Links. All clergy eligible to be elected in the Alabama-West Florida Conference may complete this form if you are interested in serving as a delegate. The Clergy Delegation Interest List, also under Quick Links, will automatically populate onto the conference Website in alphabetical order of last name. Clergy can be elected without completing the form. The information you share will be public and people from outside our conference may contact you.

Annual Conference Deadlines

There are several upcoming deadlines related to standing rules, including proposed changes to Standing Rules; resolutions and petitions; and submissions for the 2015 Journal. Click here for more information. Also, please consider nominating someone for our annual awards presented at annual conference. Click here for more information about the awards.

Perkins Offers Certification in Spiritual Direction Program in Alabama

(SMU) – Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, will offer its Certification in Spiritual Direction Program in the North Alabama Conference UMC beginning October 2015. To complete the two-year certification program, participants attend classes Friday evenings through Sunday mornings, three times a year in March, July, and October. Click here for more

Hinton Rural Life Center Announces Summer Job Opportunities

Hinton Center runs a 12-week Summer Missions Outreach Program in our rural Appalachian community. Teams arrive from all over to spend a week helping with some home repairs and projects. Our summer staff helps run the program and lead our volunteers. If you are interested in working with Hinton Center during the Summer of 2015, please view the different positions available and send a cover letter and resume to Click here for more.

United Methodist 101 Training 

United Methodism 101 is designed for new church members and anyone else wanting to know more about our history, structure, beliefs, ministries and challenges. You may be surprised at all there is to discover about our denomination. The course includes four web-based lessons, each with many interactive features. Lessons take about 30 minutes to complete. Click here for a course preview. Click here to register.

United Methodists Eligible for Rental Car Discounts with Avis
The General Council on Finance and Administration for The United Methodist Church recently announced an arrangement with Avis Car Rental that can provide discounted rental rates. The program will benefit United Methodists throughout the connection. This arrangement includes Avis, Budget, and Zipcar services. The program is available to both clergy and laity and may be used for business and personal purposes. To take advantage of the discount, complete a brief online application which is available by visiting and using Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD#) A360800 or visiting and using Budget Corporate Discount (BCD#) D744200. More here
5-day Academy for Spiritual Formation May 4-9
A program of Upper Room Ministries, the 5-day Academy provides an opportunity for clergy and laity to deepen their relationship with God through a daily rhythm of prayer, worship, learning and reflection. Each day includes teachings by gifted spiritual leaders, periods of silence, morning and evening prayer, Eucharist, covenant groups and community time. Time for rest and recreation are also part of each day. The focus of this year's retreat is Psalms for Life: Praying Alone and Praying Together. Click here for more.
Continuing Education Chair
Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Lentz is now overseeing continuing education credit.  If your local church offers an event  and wants CEUs awarded, please reach out to Dr. Lentz. (Posted 10/30/2014)
Do You Have Students Attending UWF or PSC?
The Wesley Foundation would like to contact students from your church if they are attending The University of West Florida or Pensacola State College.  If you have students currently attending, or heading that way in the fall, they would love to have their contact information so that they may welcome and invite them to be a part of our Wesley Foundation family.  Please e-mail this information to
Recommended Minimum Base Compensation for Ministers:
According to the 2014 Brochure of Reports, page 117, the recommended minimum salary for 2015 for all full-time appointed clergy is $35,000.
Safe Sanctuaries
The AWF Conference Safe Sanctuaries contact person is Frank Dunnewind.  You can reach Frank toll-free at (888) 873-3127.  The Pensacola District contact person is Rev. Paula Roane , who can be reached at 850-862-4169 (Trinity United Methodist Church, Fort Walton Beach). 

Around the Web
Includes the topics "Concluding Ministry in One Setting" and "Beginning Ministry in a New Setting."
From the Lewis Center:  "8 Reasons People Aren't Listening to Announcements"Rich Birch

(Rich Burch) - This weekend, all across the country, leaders are going to get up in front of their churches and talk about upcoming events and opportunities to connect with the community. They want to move people to action, but in reality a large portion of those in the room will simply tune out for that part of the service and then tune back in when something more interesting comes along. You know it’s true … because you’ve done it!

We blame the people for not engaging in the mission. Sort of like a shepherd blaming the sheep for not going to the right pasture. We need to understand why people stop listening and then shift our behavior to help them connect with those we seek to serve. Here are eight reasons people aren’t listening to announcements.  CONTINUE article here. >>    

Online Course - How to Build a WordPress Website, Connect to Audience & "Branding"
Includes 8 Weeks Free WordPress Hosting
Cost:  $89.99
Registration Period: March 19, 2015, and onward
In this course you will begin building a WordPress site, navigate WordPress, create posts and pages in WordPress, develop menus and proper page structure, develop a preliminary plan with a purpose and goals for establishing a web ministry, and access resources, training and support through United Methodist Communications and its web and internet technology sites, forums and events.  By the end of this course you will be able to explain the importance of a church website, identify your website’s target audience, craft the goal of your website and your overall message, explain the importance of a consistent brand, develop content for a church website, and develop and design content in a WordPress website.
You will have access to the online course for one year starting from the day you register. A course moderator will assist you with questions within the course. You will receive 8 weeks of free WordPress hosting. If you wish to continue after the 8 weeks a fee will be charged depending on what level you choose.  Click here for plans and pricing.             
Free Vacation Bible School Materials from the Society of St. Andrew
Click here for details.  Feed the Hungry with Society of St. Andrew this Summer, and Support SoSA through Your VBS Mission Offerings. Each VBS program is a stand-alone, all-in-one hunger-action themed Vacation Bible School. Materials are included to plan for 2-3 hours daily for up to 5 days.
Each program contains VBS planning helps, backdrops, scenery, and mascot ideas, Bible study & preparation materials for teachers, daily Bible story & memory verse, storytelling, arts & crafts, music, recreation, and snacks.  Missions component contains 5 full-color mission photos & stories, mission offering info & instructions, 10 optional mission activities, and reproducibles (Society of St. Andrew flyer and Society of St. Andrew picture story).  Order ONE COPY for your congregation. Resources may be photocopied.  Order ONE COIN BOX for each participating family.  Cost: FREE
5 Things Small Churches Can Uniquely Offer
(Rev. Ben Gosden) - "Church leadership has long held a bent toward the 'bigger is better'....  Instead of trying to mimmick [sic] what the large churches in your area are doing (only to come up short of their quality because you don’t have the money or resources to duplicate it), here are 5 things I believe small churches can uniquely offer the world right where they are...."   More here.
Free E-Newsletter from the Lewis Center
Leading Ideas is a weekly online newsletter of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Seminary in Washington, DC. Each week subscribers receive information, resources, and strategies to help advance God’s mission in ministry. To check it out and subscribe go to
12 Ways to Stay Connected with College Students
United Methodist Communications has an article on this topic at  Tips include things you can do before the students leave, while they are at college, and when they come home.         
Beginning on Jan. 1, 2015, the IRS standard mileage rates for the use of a car, van, pickup or panel truck will be as follows:
  • 57.5 cents per mile for business miles driven, up from 56 cents in 2014
  • 23 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, down half a cent from 2014 
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations
Five Ways to Support Your Pastor's Family
(Ministry Matters) - It’s no secret that the life of a pastor’s family is filled with unique challenges. There are few roles that mix work and family life as closely as pastoral ministry, which creates for clergy families a constant battle to maintain healthy boundaries. The pressure from the church and the surrounding community will inevitably take a toll on families unless adequate support is provided. For the complete article, posted November 3, 2014, please click here  

(From UMCmarket) - The online shopping of the United Methodist church members during the holiday season would generate $48 million dollars in donations.  Today, that money goes to someone else.  By spending one minute signing up to UMCmarket, those dollars would come to our churches.  Join us and lets not miss out on this amazing opportunity.  We need this message to be brought down all the way to the pastors and congregation.  Please forward the following information about UMCmarket to as many of your church connections as you can.  

1.  Here is our  "Pastor's Letter" that explains the UMCmarket program.
2.  Forward our "How to Get Started" letter.  It can found here.  
3.  Forward our promotional video or about us video for churches to use during service announcements.  
*During the next few months, 4 million Methodist members will shop online and spend an average of $400. This means that we have the potential to raise $48 million dollars for the United Methodist Church in the next few months alone.
New Donation Program
The General Council on Finance and Administration of The United Methodist Church is pleased to present UMCmarket, a tremendously rewarding opportunity to earn money for the Kingdom of God. UMCmarket makes it possible for United Methodist churches to receive donations from retailers every time someone within their congregation makes an online purchase. The best thing is that they don’t need to change anything from how they shop today. This allows us to do together what we cannot do alone!

How it Works
Every store at UMCmarket is happy to pay a percentage of the purchased amount as a donation to the church. There are no additional charges for either the ministry or the shopper. The members shop through UMCmarket and stores send the contributions within a variable time frame of 30-90 days. Once a ministry reaches $100 in total donations, a check is mailed out.

Signing Up is Free
Most churches are already listed in UMCmarket's ministry section. Each church can update and customize their information and church members can easily sign up for free by entering their email address and getting connected to their ministry. Shopping and donating couldn't be easier!
We live in a global village, and the world is our parish. When we give generously, our gifts do wonderful, life-changing things in the name of Jesus Christ.
Resources for Clergy and Congregations
Resources for building, improving, and strengthening ministry are available at Here are sample "50 Ways to --" pdfs from   
If You Happen to Find Any Broken Web Links....
At we try to keep the Web links updated, but if you come across one that gives you a message like "page no longer exists" or "file not found," try going to the source's home page (first part of the link URL) and doing a word search on the topic at the site. As resources improve and update their websites, this sometimes breaks links we've shared with you on our site. It's all good, all a part of progress! The information may still be there, but just might take a little personal digging on your part to find where it was moved - or please contact the district office. We'll be glad to help!  - Mary, Pensacola District Administrative Assistant   
Is Your Church's Listing at Up to Date?
Did you know that each United Methodist local church has its own page at in the international Find-a-Church directory? Click here to find and update your church's Find-A-Church page.
United Methodist Men - News & Chartering
Click here for UMM news and information about annual chartering re-certification.    
New Worship Service Times?
Pastors/Secretaries, if your church's worship and Sunday School times have changed, please log-in and update the Local Church information. Your District Superintendent is visiting churches, and your Church Locator Page will need to show the correct information.  Thank you!  
Follow / News Links:

 Copyright © Pensacola District. All rights reserved.
Contact Webmaster Mary Hernandez,