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Happy August birthday to Edison Burleson, Rick Branch, Alan Cassady, Lennie Howard, Amy Sheffield,
Jimmy Allen, John Edwards, John Webb, Gerald Shelton, Jerry Hollis, and Al Ragghianti!
Pray for Brothers and Sisters in Christ
Please pray for the hundreds of thousands of Christians across the world being persecuted and killed for their faith.
Many are having to run, hide, and go underground. These are our brothers and sisters in Christ. They need our prayers.
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Please post this Letter Explaining Changes to Lay Servant Ministry at your church where all can see and read it. 

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)
Grief Support Group Begins September 2 at Bagdad UMC
Saying Our Goodbyes - A Grief Support Group
6 p.m. Tuesdays for 6 weeks (1.5 hours per session)
beginning September 2, 2014,
at Bagdad United Methodist Church

This support group is freely open to all who have encountered loss and grief in their lives. The program will be led by Rev. LuAnn Young, BCC, the Manager of Pastoral Care at Sacred Heart Hospital.Course members will receive from and also share with support to others who have encountered bereavement. This course is provided free of charge to all who enroll. It is being held at Bagdad United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 4540 Forsyth Street, Bagdad, FL. For information or an application to join the group, please contact the church office at 850-626-1948 or
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:
Two Free Clergy Robes!  <<----------- Free while available!
Two free clergy robes!   If interested please call Pine Forest United Methodist Church at 850-944-0170. One is a John Wesley robe with red piping, the other is black with red crosses embroidered on the front panel.  Size medium, perfect length for someone about 5'3".  (Posted 8/7/2014)

Position Available: Church Secretary
Part-time 12 hours per week for Ensley United Methodist Church, 25 East Johnson Avenue, Pensacola, FL.  Offers flexible schedule. Send resume to Staff-Parish Relations Chair Suzanne Kornowsky by e-mail to (Posted 8/6/2014)
Position Available:  Executive Administrative Assistant - Gulf Breeze, FL
 Executive Administrative Assistant Position – This is a 30 hour/wk position supporting the Senior Pastor and Associate with calendar, appointments, coordination of events, minutes from board meetings, spreadsheets and general clerical/reception responsibilities.  This person should have previous experience, preferably in a church,  and be able to multi-task and work well with others or by themselves.  Strong computer skills are required.  Contact Paula Reid at  (Posted 8/5/2014)
Position Available:  Church Membership Coordinator/Accounts Payable Assistant - Gulf Breeze, FL
This is a 30-35 hour position that is responsible for inputting and tracking all aspects of church membership.  Excellent computer skills are required (preferably some knowledge of Shelby or a good aptitude for learning new software).  In addition this position handles all accounts payable for the Church.  Experience with billing and payments is required.  Anyone interested can call Paula Reid at 850-932-3594 or send a resume to (Posted 8/5/2014)

The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life 
Clergy, there's still room, if you'd like to join us in our next session of The Daniel Plan. Call Rev. Laura Weant, 850-432-7777.
The Pensacola District is offering to clergy a 6-week, DVD-based study of The Daniel Plan on Tuesdays, August 5-September 16 (no class 9/2/14), 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., at the Pensacola District Office. Registration is limited to the first 16.  The registration fee of $50 includes a healthy lunch each week. Please make check payable to "Pensacola District" and mail to The Pensacola District Office, P.O. Box 2727, Pensacola, FL 32513-2727.  Participants will need to purchase the book (not the workbook) The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life. To register please contact the Pensacola District Office at or 850-434-0118. If you have questions please contact Rev. Laura Weant at 850-432-7777 or
The Daniel Plan small group study teaches simple ways to incorporate healthy choices into your daily lifestyle. It was developed by Pastor Rick Warren, Dr. Daniel Amen, and Dr. Mark Hyman as a way to focus on the health essentials of faith, food, fitness, focus, and friends. It is not a diet plan but a healthy living plan. We are offering this to clergy not just so that we can become healthier but that we can help our congregations become healthier.
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.
Lay Servant Ministry Training in September at Shalimar
Pensacola District Lay Servant Ministries is offering Lay Servant Ministry Training two consecutive Saturdays in September. The training will be held September 6 & 13, 2014, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Family Life Center of Shalimar United Methodist Church, 1 Old Ferry Road, Shalimar, FL 32579. Registration deadline is August 25.  Click here for the event page, here for the registration flyer.  
Save the Date!  Benefit Golf Tournament for Wesley Fellowship UWF/PSC
Save the date October 10, 2014,  for the Benefit Golf Tournament for the United Methodist Campus Ministry of the University of West Florida and Pensacola State College. The tournament will be October 10 (Friday), 2014, at Scenic Hills Country Club at UWF. The schedule is registration at 11 a.m., lunch at noon, and tee-off at 1 p.m. For more information and to sign up call Stuart at 850-723-4716.
From Scenic Hills Website (edited):  "Scenic Hills Country Club at the University of West Florida in Pensacola is not your average Florida golf course. They are known for their rolling hills, stately pines lining the fairways, elevation changes and striking views that are unusual for a Florida golf course. The Pensacola golf course boasts the best greens and golf course conditions in the Panhandle." 
Save the Date - Low Country Boil
September 9, 2014 - Low Country Boil at Christ United Methodist Church, Milton, for men of Milton/Jay/Pace Area churches .
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. 


Calendar for the Series:
Saturday, January 11, 2014

9 a.m.-noon at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Molino           

"Wesleyan Spirituality and Means of Grace"


Saturday, May 10, 2014  - The May 10th event has been CANCELED

9 a.m.-noon at Summit Campus (McClain Hall) of Cokesbury United Methodist Church, Pensacola 



Sunday, July 20, 2014 - The July 20th event has been CANCELED

3 p.m.-6 p.m. at Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church, Jay 



Saturday, November 8, 2014

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



Contact for information:

Dr. Mary Ann Gantt, Pastor for Christian Education 



Administrative Announcements
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.
 New Clergy Appointment?
If you had  change a in clergy appointment, see instructions at Please make note of district events on your calendar.  You'll be meeting with your church, planning ministry and setting calendar dates, and you'll want to already have district events on the calendar.
* 2014 District Conference Nov. 2, 4 p.m., at Navarre UMC, concurrent with 2014 District Youth FUSED Conference Nov. 2, 4 p.m., at Soundside. Churches are requested to suspend other Nov. 2  afternoon activities so that all may attend.
* 2014 District Clergy Christmas Dinner Dec. 2, 6 p.m., at Soundside <-- Please put on your calendar

Around the Conference   
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.
Connectional Giving Report July 31, 2014
Click here for the latest report.
Paid Per District through July 31, 2014 (click on the district name for more detail):
Change in AWFC Personnel - Episcopal Office
The Alabama-West Florida Conference welcomes Lauren Smith, Bishop Leeland’s new administrative assistant.  Lauren will officially begin on Monday, August 18, 2014. Her e-mail address will be
Change in AWFC Personnel - Office of Ministerial Services
(AWF Conference) - We regretfully announce that Rev. June Jernigan has requested medical leave from her appointment as Director of Ministerial Services and Assistant to the Bishop. We ask for your prayers for her during this time of rest and healing. Her administrative assistant, Mrs. Erika Glawson, will continue to serve in the same capacity and assist the Board of Ordained Ministry with their work. Rev. Fred Zeigler, retired AWF pastor, will serve part time in the Office of Ministerial Services on a contractual basis to handle time-sensitive work. Duties related to Assistant to the Bishop will be handled by various cabinet leaders as needed. To reach the Office of Ministerial Services, contact and she will answer or direct your questions to the appropriate person.
Catapult Conference September 15-17
at Cornerstone United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL. The event page is here. Early Bird discount ends August 15.
Two New ERT Sessions Now Scheduled

Be prepared to respond to the next disaster. Early response training covers the basics of early disaster response, including roof tarping, cleaning out damaged homes, spiritual and emotional care, team protocols, and more.

Click here for a description of what well-trained ERT teams look like.

Click here for "Seven Important things to know about Disaster Spiritual and Emotional Care."

Proper credentials are required for individuals and teams responding in the first few days after a disaster. Participants who successfully complete this training will receive those credentials, including an ERT badge.  Trainings are open to all people ages 18+. All participants must either have a background check done or bring proof of a background check from an employer or church.  To schedule a training for your church, contact Amelia Fletcher at 251-978-8384.

Upcoming Disaster Early Response Team Trainings:
Click on a date below for more information about the upcoming training sessions and to register to attend. If your church would like to host an Early Response Team training, contact Susan Hunt at 334-356-8014 or Amelia Fletcher at 251-968-2411.

September 14, 2014 - Covenant UMC - Dothan, AL - 12:30 to 5:30 pm - Recertification

October 11, 2014 - Wesley Memorial UMC, Opelika, AL

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?
"Becoming a More Effective Leader"  Series
10 a.m.- 2 p.m. one Thursday each month
at Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church, Montgomery
beginning in August 2014 and ending in May 2015

Registration is now underway!

This is a series of 10 seminars offered by the Academy for Congregational Excellence (A.C.E.), led by proven servant leaders who are volunteering their time to make the program possible.  To provide for active participation in small and large group discussions, enrollment is limited. Participants will be selected in the order in which registrations are received.

Lunch will be included. Participants are expected to attend all sessions.  The fee is $150.  Upon completion of the program, participants earn 4 CEUs. Click on the link below for registration information, seminar topics, and names of presenters. For more information visit  Click here for the registration with list of courses and leaders.

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
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

Find online courses for Christian leaders at

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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