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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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 October Clergy Birthdays
 Happy birthday (in order of birth day) to Mike Roberts, Karen Evans,
Clay Farrington, Clive Knights, Lester Spencer Jr., Laura Weant, Daniel Randall, Jim Ross,
Jeremy Pridgeon, John Dickinson Jr., Mike Owenby, and Rian Kegerreis!
Pastor Appreciation
If you are looking for ways to express appreciation to these faithful servants,
here is a page with a good suggestion to observe "Pastor Appreciation Month" in October.
Click on the news item for the article.  Scroll down the page for more!

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Nominations for Delegates to General Conference & Jurisdictional Conference
IMPORTANT: In preparation for District Conference, those laity who desire to serve as delegates to the 2016 General and Jurisdictional Conferences are asked to fill out the Laity Profile Form. We will be nominating persons at the District Conference, whose names and profiles will be displayed on the Conference website for viewing prior to the 2015 Annual Conference session and will be printed in the Conference Brochure of Reports. The deadline for the forms (with photograph) to be returned to the District Office is Friday, October 24. For the form please click here:


FREE Folding Machine
Warrington United Methodist Church has an A.B.Dick 52 Folder free to any church that can use it. If interested please call WUMC at 850-455-0306. (Posted 9/15/2014)
FREE 18-Lesson VHS & Guides
on "That the World May Know" by Ray Vander Laan
A member of one our district churches is giving away an 18-lesson set of VHS, one student guide, and one leader's guide on "That the World May Know" by Ray Vander Laan. If you would like to have this please contact the district office at or 850-434-0118. You can find out more about the course here - but please note that this link refers to the 12-DVD version, not 18 VHS.
Join us for the Wesley Fellowship Golf Tournament!!!!
October 10, 2014, at the Scenic Hills Golf Course, Pensacola

This is a fundraiser for the Wesley Foundation at the University of West Florida and Pensacola State College.

Here is the registration flyer as a PNG image for quick viewing.

Here is the flyer as a printable PDF.  (Please allow a few moments for it to open.)

You can register online at

You can make a donation at               

Please show your support and share this message. Thank you!!

 "Aging with Hope and Faith: Celebrating Life"
October 14 (Tuesday), 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at  Niceville United Methodist Church

Keynote speaker will be Missy Buchanan, music provided by Larry and Carol Lord. The cost is $10, which includes lunch. 


Missy is a co-author of My Story, My Song with Robin Roberts, co-anchor of Good Morning America, and Robin's mother, Lucimarian Roberts. As an advocate for older adults, she is also the author of best-selling books, including Living with Purpose in a Worn-Out Body, Talking with God in Old Age, Don't Write My Obituary Just Yet, Aging Faithfully, and Joy Boosters: 120 Ways to Encourage Older Adults.  A native Texan and former creativity educator, Buchanan lives in Rockwall, TX with her husband, Barry. She loves spending time with her three grown children and spouses and her two grandsons.    


Workshops include:

* Dr. Dean Jacks:  "What About Those Supplements"
* Virginia Lindley:  "Humor in the Bible"
* Dr. Tom McKnight:   "Affordable Health Care Act Strategies"
* Carlotta Ritenour:  "Grandparents: Spiritual Mentors"
* Beth Tritschler:  "End of Life Planning-Things You Need to Prepare For"
* Marilyn Turk:  "Connecting the Dots ... Write It Down"
* John Voss:  "How to Live to be 100"   

Please RSVP to Barbara Wilder at or 850-678-4411 (ext. 123) in order to reserve your lunch.  Click here for a flyer.


Address:  Niceville UMC, 214 Partin Drive S, Niceville, FL 32578-2413
Contact: Barbara Wilder at or 850-678-4411 x 123
District Committee Meetings - October 2014:
The Pensacola District Committee on Nominations will meet October 1, noon, at the district office. Please bring the committee worksheet with you and let the district office know if you cannot attend. Lunch will be provided.


The Pensacola District Board of Trustees will meet October 7, 11:30 a.m. at the district office. Please let the district office know if you cannot attend. Lunch will be provided.
The Pensacola District CORE Team (Rev. Laura Weant, Chairperson) will meet at noon October 21, 2014, at the Pensacola District Office, 901 East Gadsden Street, Pensacola. Lunch will be provided. District office phones will be silenced during the meeting.
The Pensacola District Board of Missions will meet October 28, noon, at the district office. Lunch will be provided. Please let us know if you cannot attend.
Gadsden Street UMC Offers Tai Chi for Senior Citizens
Gadsden Street United Methodist Church offers Tai Chi for Senior Citizens Mondays 2-3 p.m. and Wednesdays 4-5 p.m. This program is suitable for any level of fitness and expertise.  It helps with balance, coordination, and falls prevention.  $5 donations are encouraged to support the instructor. Dinner is available Wednesdays at 5:30 for $6;call church office by Tuesday noon, 850-433-0014. Location for the exercise sessions is the gathering space, Gadsden Street United Methodist Church, 901 East Gadsden Street, Pensacola, FL 32501. The church website is
January 7, 2015 through April 15, 2015 
Christianity and Islam: Information & Understanding
This is a 13-week study course at Gadsden Street United Methodist Church, 901 East Gadsden Street, Pensacola, Florida.  (See flyer, right.)
Join us Wednesday evenings 6:15-7:15 p.m. or Thursday mornings 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at the Dennison Administration Building second floor conference room.  The cost is $8 (to cover materials only). Please contact the church office  at 850-433-0014 to make your reservation. Space is limited.

Christianity and Islam by Ronn Kerr is a unique new study for a unique time. Each session covers a major area of the world's two largest religions, comparing and contrasting them in a way that brings greater understanding of each. Written for Christian adults and older youth that have little knowledge of Islam other than what they have seen in the news, this study aims at providing a general understanding of the differences and similarities between these two great religions.

Topics of discussion include the following:
* The World’s Two Largest Religions
* Jesus and Muhammad, the Early Years.
* Jesus and Muhammad, the Ministry Years
* Jesus and Muhammad, the Conflicts
* Apostles and Caliphs
* Schism and Denominations
* The Bible and the Quran
* Pillars of Faith
* Religious Leadership and Worship
* Primary Theological Beliefs
* Culture and the Role of Women
* Violence and Warfare
* The Future of Christian and Islam  
Lay Servant Ministries Information  
Please post this Letter Explaining Changes to Lay Servant Ministry at your church where all can see and read it.

Update on Flood Recovery Efforts

from Lynn Dobry (Posted 8/26/2014)


The Florida Recovery Team from the AWF UMC has begun our work to bring hope, healing, and restoration to the flood survivors from April’s storm.  Our offices are housed at Gulf Breeze UMC and we are working across 4 counties, including Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton.  We have 2 UMCOR trained case managers, a construction manager, and a volunteer coordinator on board.  We are standing alongside the long term recovery groups in each county and are currently working hard to find what kind of unmet needs there still are here in the panhandle.


Of course we cannot begin to do this mighty job alone and are working to build partnerships within each community.  The needs are great, and I am hoping the Lord might raise up some good ole Methodist support for the work ahead of us.  Some of the things needed at this point include:

  • In Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, we need churches who might be willing to periodically house volunteer teams during their stay to do construction on the Gulf Coast.
  • In Defuniak Springs, there is an immediate unmet need for food and clothing.
  • In each community we are always willing to bring in volunteer construction teams should any of your district churches have adult groups to send.
  • Finally, any financial support is greatly appreciated, as the cost of construction materials is very high.

Please let me know how I can be of assistance to you.


Lynn Dobry, Executive Coordinator

Florida Recovery Team

Alabama-West Florida Conference  

United Methodist Church

Office: 850-932-6895

75 Fairpoint Drive, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561
Latest Flood Recovery Effort
The Alabama-West Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church is setting up a Florida Recovery Team office in Gulf Breeze, Florida. 
If you have questions or need assistance here's whom to contact:
Lynn Dobry, Executive Coordinator
Gulf Breeze UMC, 75 Fairpoint Drive, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561
The Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church is organizing a disaster recovery team. Volunteers from all over the country will come in and help flood victims in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. "What we're doing right now is starting a basic case management. Trying to find out where the unmet needs are and how they might qualify for more assistance from community funds," said Executive Coordinator Lynn Dobry.

They are still in the beginning stages. Volunteers will be here for 12 to 18 months, and will come in groups, rotating every couple of weeks. Other recovery teams will be arriving in the coming weeks as well. The first wave of volunteers will be arriving sometime next week.

For more information and to view the WEAR-TV news segment, visit
(Posted 8/21/2014)
Women's Conference October 24-25, 2014
The event page is hereCokesbury United Methodist Church (Pensacola, FL) will host a Women's Conference "What Not To Wear - Fashions by the Master Designer" Friday and Saturday, October 24 - 25, 2014.  Featured speaker will be Rev. Janie McBeth, Daybreak Connection Ministries. The cost is $30 for early-bird registration August 31 - October 12.  After October 12 the cost is $35.   You may register online beginning September 1 at  For more information contact Julie Terrell 850-478-9489.
August 2014 Newsletter of Pensacola District UMW
For Pensacola District United Methodist Women's latest newsletter please click on the graphic (right) or visit their website,
Candidacy Document:  Items to Be Completed by December 1, 2014
Is God calling you to licensed / ordained ministry?  Whether you are pursuing licensed or ordained ministry, the first step is to become a Certified Candidate. The process to become a Certified Candidate will help you and the Church discern how God is calling you. This document (click here) outlines for you items that need to be completed no later than December 1st, prior to the January 2015 Candidacy Retreat.  For more information about the January 2015 Group Candidacy Retreat click here:


Position Available:  Nursery Attendant
Pine Forest United Methodist Church needs a nursery attendant. Interested applicants should contact John McBride, Church Administrator, at (850) 944-0170 for an application or for more information. Pine Forest UMC is located at 2800 Wilde Lake Blvd., Pensacola, FL 32526.

6-8 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Sundays, and other special events as scheduled

Background check and must have or obtain CPR/First Aid Certification
  • Care for children ages 0-4 during scheduled church services and special events
  • Insure a safe environment
  • Greet parents and children
  • Listen to concerns of both parents and children
  • Supervise and don't allow children to leave the nursery alone or with anyone other than parent
  • Keep nursery clean
  • Keep linens and diapers clean
  • Maintain discipline
Position Available:  Nursery Worker
Christ United Methodist Church in Milton, Florida, needs a nursery worker. If interested please call 850-623-8820 (Posted 9/8/2014)

Thank You for Your Support!
Thank you to the following Pensacola District Churches who have already paid 100% of their District Administration Fund apportionment for 2014:  Allen Memorial, Bagdad, Baker, Century, Christ, Chumuckla Community, Clear Springs, Crestview First, Ensley, Gulf Breeze, Jay, Lathram Chapel, Mae Edwards, Mary Esther, McDavid, New Hope, Pensacola First, Pineview, Shalimar (108.33%), St. Mark-Pensacola (100.11%), St. Paul-Gulf Breeze, Warrington, and Wesley Memorial!!  Thank you to Clear Springs and New Hope, who have paid 100% of all their AWF Conference apportionments for 2014!!
Acts 2 Thrift Store
Click here for the flyer, from Pensacola United Methodist Community Ministries.
Cokesbury Cares Program
Our new contact person for the Cokesbury Cares program (disaster recovery for churches) is Paula Lunn.  She can be reached at or 615-749-6639. 
Quarterly District Event:  Moveable Feast
Please share this information with other members of your congregation. 


Saturday, November 8, 2014 - The November 8th event has been POSTPONED

9 a.m.-noon at Trinity United Methodist Church, Fort Walton



Contact for information:

Dr. Mary Ann Gantt, Pastor for Christian Education 



Administrative Announcements
"Is There a Charge Conference Form for Certified Lay Ministers?"
Some have been asking if there is a charge conference form for Certified Lay Ministers.  Here's an update....  The Alabama-West Florida Conference heard your inquiries, and their website now has a Certified Lay Minister page! The URL is
Candidacy Document:  Items to Be Completed by December 1, 2014
Is God calling you to licensed / ordained ministry?  Whether you are pursuing licensed or ordained ministry, the first step is to become a Certified Candidate. The process to become a Certified Candidate will help you and the Church discern how God is calling you. This document (click here) outlines for you items that need to be completed no later than December 1st, prior to the January 2015 Candidacy Retreat.  For more information about the January 2015 Group Candidacy Retreat click here:
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.
New Worship Service Times? New Church E-mail Address or Website?
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 visits churches, and your Church Locator Page will need to show the correct information. This is a reminder, also, to please keep the information correct on what your church's e-mail address and website are. Thank you!
Imagine No Malaria
If you still have Imagine No Malaria funds to donate, you can send your check to the AWFC Fiscal Office, 4719 Woodmere Boulevard, Montgomery, AL 36106. Please make the check payable to the Alabama-West Florida Conference and mark "Imagine No Malaria" on the check memo line.
A Reminder to Local Church Finance Persons to Make Provision for Annual Audit
Each year, the Report of the Committee on Finance to the annual charge conference includes the question, "Have the financial records of the church and all its organizations been audited for the prior fiscal year?" Although the annual audit report does not need to be included with the other charge conference forms, it is required by the Discipline to be completed after the end of the year. Guidelines for handling of an accountability of funds can be found in the 2013-2016 United Methodist Church Financial Records Handbook and in Guidelines For Leading Your Congregation: FINANCE, available at, and The Local Church Audit Guide, available at www.gcfa.orgClick here for the Fund Balance Report 2013-2016.  
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   
AWFC Partners with Redbird
(AWFC article here) - The Alabama-West Florida Conference is embarking on an ambitious and unique partnership with the 23 churches and outreach centers of the Red Bird Missionary Conference in southeast Kentucky. This partnership will not take the shape of traditional mission work in which churches take work teams once or twice a year for a week to visit the people of Red Bird Missionary Conference and build buildings or repair homes. Instead, this will be about building mutual relationships. The goal is to work side by side to learn best how to be in ministry to our respective communities, encouraging each other, sharing resources and growing in Christ together.
October 20-23, 2014, a team from our conference will go to southeast Kentucky to meet with the leaders of the Red Bird Conference to listen to each other and begin to shape the details of this partnership - the details that will honor to the gifts we have to offer to each other and will explore how God is calling us to be in mission to our communities and to the world.  If there are leaders in your church - clergy or lay - who would like to participate in this formational trip, or even if you cannot attend but still want to participate, contact Susan Hunt at 334-356-8014 or
Click here for more details about the partnership.
U.M. Children's Home Publishes "Pew Partners" Online
The United Methodist Children's Home has published its spring and summer newsletters for local AWF congregations to use as needed. These one-page informational pieces make great bulletin inserts and are easy to print. Please consider using these in your upcoming local church communicates to educate your congregations about the wonderful and life-changing work the UMCH does each and every day. Click here to download.
Blue Lake Board of Trustees Announces New Director

The Blue Lake Camp Board of Trustees are pleased to announce Steve Lewandowski as its new executive director following the recent retirement of Ms. Phyllis Murray. Steve grew up in Tulsa, OK, where he was heavily involved in his youth group at the First United Methodist Church. It was at summer camp that Steve dedicated his life to the service of Christ. He graduated from Tulsa Edison High School and received both his BS and MS degrees from Oklahoma State University in Administration and Management of Recreation. He brings a great deal of experience in program development, fund raising and public speaking. Click here for full release.

Connectional Giving Report August 31, 2014 from the AWF Conference
Paid Per District through August 31, 2014:
63% - Marianna-Panama City District ($693,182.51)
62% - Montgomery-Prattville District ($884,917.61)
57% - Montgomery-Opelika District ($1,263,169.47) 
56% - Dothan District ($807,216.70)
55% - Demopolis District ($264,359.52)
50% - Baypines District ($620,401.59) 
48% - Pensacola District ($1,318,997.43)
47% - Mobile District ($618,858.53)  
Imagine No Malaria Update from Susan Hunt September 8
Click here for the article.  Visit to see detailed progress reports of all churches throughout our conference. Each district set their goals for participation, and many churches have done marvelous work in reaching those goals.  Click here and here to see how work through Imagine No Malaria is also fighting the Ebola outbreak.  Click here to see how work through Imagine No Malaria is also starting new faith communities and churches throughout the continent of Africa. 
"Is There a Charge Conference Form for Certified Lay Ministers?"
Some have been asking if there is a charge conference form for Certified Lay Ministers.  Here's an update....  The Alabama-West Florida Conference heard your inquiries, and their website now has a Certified Lay Minister page! The URL is
The United Methodist Church Responds to the Ebola Crisis
(UMCom) - With the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa declared an international health emergency, The United Methodist Church is responding with relief as well as communications support. Church hospitals and health workers are providing care, and annual conferences are working with interfaith partners and government to save lives.

Candidacy Document:  Items to Be Completed by December 1, 2014
Is God calling you to licensed / ordained ministry?  Whether you are pursuing licensed or ordained ministry, the first step is to become a Certified Candidate. The process to become a Certified Candidate will help you and the Church discern how God is calling you. This document (click here) outlines for you items that need to be completed no later than December 1st, prior to the January 2015 Group Candidacy Retreat.  For more information about the January 2015 Candidacy Retreat click here:
Personal Papers Preserved by the AWFC Methodist Archives Center
The Alabama-West Florida Conference Archives Center preserves the personal papers of its clergy. When a person dies, they receive information from the conference secretary and district superintendents. They also solicit personal papers from family members.  Below is a list of the kinds of records that provide documentation of a person's life. If a family wishes to keep the original copies, they gladly accept photocopies. Each person's papers are preserved for posterity in his/her folder in the reference files in the Archives Center vault.
Awards Geneological forms
Biographical sketches Memoirs and obituaries
Certificates of birth, marriage, and death Music compositions
Clippings from newspapers Sermons, lectures
Correspondence about events and issues Writings (articles, books, poems, stories, historical sketches, etc.
Diplomas and educational documents Date books and diaries
For more information contact Sharon Tucker, Archivist, at (334) 833-4413 or       
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
Visit for Each District's Progress for Imagine No Malaria.
Has your Church participated?
Alabama-West Florida Conference Index:
MEF Scholarship Allocation Policy
(Shared by the AWFC Office of Ministerial Services) - The Ministerial Education Fund scholarship allocation policy effective March 1, 2013, is as follows:  Seminary Scholarships - $2000 per semester for full time student (9 hours is considered full time), prorated at $222 per hour for less than full time.  Course of Study Scholarships - full tuition paid for COS coursework (does not include registration fee paid by student), $100 for books per year. Click here for the scholarship application page at  Click here for more about the Ministerial Education Fund. 
Free Appraisal of Church Insurance Coverage
(AWFC Board of Trustees 9/7/2012) - "We all know it is important to have comprehensive insurance that covers all the needs of the local church....  Contact Bill Bullock (251-621-2041, about insurance coverage. He is able to provide an appraisal of church property from United Methodist Insurance (UMI) without a sales pitch to the church. He does this at no charge. Local churches are then able to compare UMI coverage and cost to their current insurance provider. This comparison will provide churches an opportunity to look at insurance coverage and make sure their coverage meets the standards required by the Annual Conference.
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.
According to the 2013 Brochure of Reports, page 124, the recommended minimum salary for 2014 for all full-time appointed clergy is $33,800.
... is Frank DunnewindYou can reach Frank toll-free at (888) 873-3127.  Update:  Pensacola District, you can contact Rev. Paula Roane at 850-862-4169 (Trinity United Methodist Church, Fort Walton Beach).  Download Safe Sanctuaries Workshop Presentation/Hand-outs 2013 (70-page pdf)

Around the Web
Society of St. Andrew Advent Devotions
This Advent, nourish your spirit as you help Society of St. Andrew share healthy food with our hungry neighbors. Order a Starter Kit today to examine the booklet and resources before ordering. In addition to the devotional booklet, the Starter Kit includes a detailed program introduction, a bulletin insert, weekly announcements, a resource order form, and a litany for dedication of Advent gifts in worship on Epiphany Sunday. All resources may be ordered in quantity, free of charge, either through the form on this page, by phone, fax, or email. Many congregations choose to order coin banks as well to distribute along with the Advent booklets. For more information visit
According to Google statistics, some visitors to our website are still using Windows XP. Please read the following security advisory. Thank you! - Mary H., Webmaster 
(Adapted, from PC World Feb. 28, 2014) - After a legendary dozen year run, Microsoft stopped providing security patches for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. Without Microsoft’s protection, all those WinXP PCs have targets painted on their hard drives. No, they didn't die that day. They continued running like normal, BUT they are rotting inside, becoming increasingly full of security holes.  Likewise, if you use Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, it’s time to let go. Even the most recent version of Internet Explorer for Windows XP is already several generations old and no longer receives security patches. Microsoft warns, "Our research shows that the effectiveness of anti-malware solutions on out-of-support operating systems is limited."   Here is the entire article. >>
Interpreter Magazine
It's that time of year again to renew local church subscriptions to Interpreter magazine! Visit
iKids Webinars (6-part Series) Start Thursday, September 25, 2014
Join Craig Kennet Miller in a six-part series on iKids: Parenting in the Digital Age.
Each hour session will focus on how our digital culture is influencing the live of iKids and their families.

The sessions are based on iKids: Parenting in the Digital Age and Six Values for the Digital Age Group Study.

These webinars are offered at no cost by Discipleship Ministries of the United Methodist Church and will be recorded and archived for later viewing.
To sign up click under the registration link that is under each webinar listed here.
iKids Webinar 1 – "When Everyday is Disneyland" is Thursday, September 25th, 10 am Central.  
Bishop:  "Beware of Costs of Sexuality Debate"
(UMNS) -The United Methodist Church’s intensifying debate around human sexuality has substantial financial implications in the global church, a bishop warned the denomination’s finance agency. Those costs could include a drop in church giving and the division of property. “The question is: Is there a middle ground that will allow most of the traditionalists to stay and yet satisfy most of the progressives?” said Great Plains Area Bishop Scott Jones. Since spring, Jones has collected some of the proposals on the matter that could be heading to the 2016 General Conference. Click here for full story.
Emergency Assistance for Displaced Iraquis
(UMCOR) - Since mid-summer, the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS), also referred to as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), has created havoc in Iraq, targeting ethnic and religious minorities for apparent extinction.The United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries is both providing assistance to those who have fled and advocating for the human rights of those under attack. To date, its United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has provided $262,300 in emergency assistance to communities displaced and pushed north by IS. You can help. Please pray for peace in Iraq. Your gift to UMCOR International Disaster Response, Advance #982450, supports UMCOR's emergency response efforts in Iraq and elsewhere around the world. 
2014 Clergy Trends Shows Trend Toward Older Clergy Continues
(The Lewis Center) -  The number of older clergy continues to grow according to the Clergy Age Trends in the United Methodist Church report released today by the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary. The annual report is prepared with assistance from the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits of the United Methodist Church.
The number of active elders continues to decline as the number of local pastors grows. Elders between ages 55 and 72 comprise 55 percent of all active elders, the highest percentage in history. The median age of elders increased to 56 in 2014, the highest in history. The median age was 50 in 2000 and 45 in 1973. The average age remains at 53, an historic high, though unchanged for five years. The mode age (the single age most represented) remains at 61, also a high. The percentage of elders aged 35 to 54 continues to shrink, from 65 percent of all active elders in 2000 to 39 percent in 2014. The number of young elders hit an historic low in 2005 and has increased by almost 100 (or about 12 percent) since then. The number of young local pastors and deacons, while much lower than elders, has increased at a higher rate since 2005. Today those under-35 make up about six percent of elders, nine percent of deacons, and eight percent of local pastors. The gender makeup of young elders is becoming more balanced. Thirty-nine percent of under-35 elders are female. Over three-quarters of young deacons are women. The gender makeup is almost just the opposite for local pastors, three-quarters of whom are men. For many years the highest concentrations of young clergy elders have been in the Southeastern and South Central Jurisdictions. That trend continues in 2014, but the North Central Jurisdiction made the greatest gains in young elders in the past year. FULL article 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! 

September Promotion
We hope you will sign up, try us out, and share with the churches that you shepherd and support. As a special promotion, UMCmarket will donate an extra $5 to each church for a new member who signs up and makes their first purchase in September! Just make sure to use promotion code SEPTEMBER when signing up!  We hope you will share this email and help spread the word about this rewarding program that is already helping over 3,200 ministries fulfill the mission. 
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.
Worship from the Eyes of a Child
(Navarre, FL) - Making worship more family friendly starts with a child's perspective, Linda Ranson Jacobs suggests. She offers tips on how to help youngsters get excited about worship in this excerpt from her book Attract Families to Your Church and Keep Them Coming Back (Abingdon Press, 2014). Click here for the article at the website of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership.  Her book is noted in today's UMNS Daily Digest at

Linda Ranson Jacobs lives in Navarre, FL and is a popular church consultant, author, trainer, program developer, and a family expert who regularly writes and speaks to church leaders throughout the United States. Linda is the developer of HLP4 (Healthy, Loving, Partnerships for Our Kids,, a website for single parents and those working with single parents, the creator of DC4K, (DivorceCare for Kids), and a contributing developer of the H.E.R.O.E.S. CARE Project, (Homefront Enabling Relationships, Opportunities, and Empowerment through Support). 
Resources for Clergy and Congregations
Resources for building, improving, and strengthening ministry are available at Here are sample "50 Ways to --" pdfs from   

Disciple Fast Track 

Dear Colleague in Ministry,

As many of you know, Disciple Bible Study has been a life-changing study taken by millions worldwide. It is now in a dynamic new format that allows participants to encounter the Bible in less time.

Please take 2 minutes and watch this video about Disciple Fast Track. We are inviting a limited number of church leaders (300) to participate in the final year of testing. We hope you will consider this new opportunity. Please click here (or copy and paste this URL into your browser) to view this presentation:


Thank you for watching. For more information about becoming one of our 300 leaders, please visit Please feel free to forward this email.

God's blessing on your ministry,
Bishop Richard Wilke

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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   
Pastoral Transitions in the Age of Social Media
Should pastors "friend" on Facebook? Should they "unfriend" when they leave a church?
(Alban, article by Adam Walker Cleveland) - "I still remember sitting in classroom discussions in seminary, talking about how pastors really shouldn’t become friends with parishioners. We talked about the power and boundary issues, and about how it just made things too difficult when you were called to another church; what happened to those friendships? Could you still stay in touch? What could you talk about? ....  So, what happens when you leave a church? ....  Do you just unfriend everyone on Facebook? Unfollow everyone on Twitter?"  Full article here.
Pensacola District Hosts SEJ Bishops
The Pensacola District, along with Bishop Paul L. Leeland, hosted the Southeastern Jurisdiction College of Bishops in Pensacola, FL, in January 2014. Their focus was to build alignment for effective clergy and fruitful congregations throughout the Church. The Pensacola District, under the leadership of Dr. Jeremy K. Pridgeon, raised 100% of the funds to host this group and their spouses. In addition to regularly scheduled meetings for the Bishops, the spouses enjoyed visiting the Naval Aviation Museum and Historic Pensacola Village, as well as enjoying several local eateries. Thanks be to God for the leadership and commitment this groups brings to our connection.  [You can view this 1/13/2014 AWFC article online here.]
Church Vitality: Professions of Faith Rise
(UMNS) - Here is some encouraging news to start the year. For the first time in 11 years, United Methodist annual (regional) conferences in the United States reported an increase in total professions of faith in 2012. Preliminary figures for professions of faith show a gain from 123,986 in 2011 to 124,635 in 2012 - less than 1 percent, but still an upward trajectory. Many of the leaders at this fall's Council of Bishops meeting in Lake Junaluska, N.C., applauded the news as a welcome development after decades of declining U.S. membership and worship attendance. Full article is here.
Clergy Pension Changes January 1, 2014
(AWFC Pension & Benefits Office) - Currently, clergy under episcopal appointment to local churches and conferences receive benefits in the Clergy Retirement Security Plan (CRSP). Effective January 1, 2014, only full-time or clergy with episcopal appointment at 75% are eligible for coverage in CRSP. Clergy serving at 50% and less are no longer eligible for continued participation in CRSP.
Each church is encouraged to become a sponsor of the United Methodist Personal Investment Plan (UMPIP) so that clergy members are able to make personal contributions into their account. While it is not required for the church to make a contribution into UMPIP for the clergy person to participate, the church may choose to make a contribution into the clergy member's account. For the clergy person to participate, the church must complete the UMPIP adoption agreement. For an adoption agreement please contact BeLinda Carnegie ( at the Conference Pension and Benefits office.
Beginning January 1, 2014, full-time and 75% clergy will be required to contribute at least 1% of their plan compensation to UMPIP to benefit from the 1% contribution to their CRSP Defined Benefit Account. (Posted 12/2/2013)
The November 25, 2013, AWFC article about this is here.
What to Include in Writing Congregational Policies
The General Board of Discipleship offers direction on what to include in writing congregational policies on sexual abuse / harassment / misconduct / prevention. The page to visit is  
Share If You "Like"
What would happen if we all shared the Gospel through Facebook? I mean, on a personal level, through these myriad branched connections, tell the world what Jesus has done for us?  How long would it take the words of thousands of witnesses on Facebook to reach all ends of the earth about our Savior?
Free Video Resources from the Lewis Center
The Lewis Center for Church Leadership has prepared an 8-minuted video titled "Why Giving Matters and Clues for Improving It." Feel free to use this video to encourage the spiritual gift of giving in your congregation. You may view and download it at  Last fall’s video on “Why Worship Attendance Matters and Clues for Improving It” is still available at  If you'd like to receive the Lewis Center’s free biweekly online newsletter, Leading Ideas, you can subscribe at   UPDATE:  New Video August 2014:  "Why Community Engagement Matters"
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!  
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