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Clergy Birthdays - July
 
Happy birthday this month
(in order of birth day)
to Jo Ann Spivey, George McClure,
Lisa Ausley, Levi Gardner, Sterling Boykin,
Rurel Ausley, Ed Chandler, Barry Carpenter,
Riley Richardson, Larry Mosley,
Johnny Johnson Jr, Charles Walker,
Scott Grantland, Jeffrey Burnett, & Bill Bruner!
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The Pensacola District Committee on Ministry
August 18, 2015
 
The next meeting of the District Committee on Ministry (dCOM) will be August 18 at Gadsden Street UMC.  The primary focus will be recommendations of candidates to the Conference Board of Ministry for Provisional status.  If you are seeking Provisional status and qualify for it, please reserve this time and make your request to come before the dCOM to Rev. Bob Bailey. If you feel like you need to meet with the dCOM for another reason, please contact Rev. Bob Bailey. You can reach him at (850) 455-0306 (office), 850-380-3198 (cell), or pastorbb@warringtonumc.org. 
 
 
 
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Local Church Positions Available
 
Church Membership & Accounts Payable Needed - Gulf Breeze, FL
(Posted 6/26/2015)
This position is responsible for maintaining the church membership records in a church systems database. This position is also responsible for accounts payable, processing all invoices and maintaining accurate and accountable payments records. This individual must be proficient in Word and Excel and be capable of learning other computer databases. This position supports the church staff in providing reports, processing volunteers, running background checks and maintaining contract insurance files.  This individual must be a team player, work well with others and be able to multi- task.

Salary range: $23,000 - $25,000
Work hours: 35 hrs/week Monday-Friday
Send resumes to preid@gbumc.org
 
Organist/Pianist Needed - Pensacola, FL (Posted 6/24/2015)
Gadsden Street United Methodist Church is seeking a person who is proficient in piano and organ accompaniment for worship services.  This is a part-time position.  Primary attention will be to worship service on Sunday and practice each Wednesday.  Other seasonal rehearsals and services will be required.  Interested persons should submit their resume’ no later than July 10 to Gadsden Street United Methodist Church c/o Rev. Bobby Ellisor, 901 East Gadsden Street, Pensacola, FL 32501. Follow up auditions will be held on Sunday, July 12.  For more about Gadsden Street United Methodist Church visit http://www.awfumc.org/churchdetail/568569. 
 
Pianist Needed - Cantonment, FL (Posted 6/22/2015)
Farm Hill United Methodist Church needs a pianist. Please call Rev. Joe Hensel at 850-380-8850. Farm Hill United Methodist Church is located at 1251 Muscogee Road in Cantonment, FL. For more about Farm Hill UMC visit http://www.awfumc.org/churchdetail/568554.  
 
Music Director Needed - Cantonment, FL (Posted 6/22/2015)
Gonzalez United Methodist Church is seeking a Director of Music.

Primary Function:  Coordinate with the Senior Pastor in regards to design and implementation of Gonzalez UMC’s traditional worship services. As Director of Music in a beautiful 19th century sanctuary with great acoustics, the position is responsible for the choir and other music programs for the two traditional Sunday morning services.

Qualifications:  Must be a Christian of good moral character. A formal music education is desirable. Good planning and organizational skills are necessary, as is the ability to work and effectively communicate with church staff and church members of all ages. This individual should have a clear understanding of worship and its significance in the life of God's Church.

Hours:  This position requires leading choir practice on Wednesdays and directing music on Sundays at the 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. traditional worship services. Other times may be required for special events.

Salary: $7200-7800 range based on experience and qualifications. EOE

Deadline for Applications:  Friday, July 17, 2015

Contact:
Gonzalez United Methodist Church ATTN: SPR
2026 Pauline Street
Cantonment, FL 32533
850-968-6006
www.gonzalezmethodist
For more about Gonzalez UMC visit http://www.awfumc.org/churchdetail/568570.
 
Worship Leader/Band Member Needed (Posted 6/10/2015)
Cokesbury United Methodist Church of Pensacola, FL is seeking to fill the position of Contemporary Worship Leader. The primary responsibilities of this position would be to lead and coordinate the Sunday morning contemporary worship service. Cokesbury UMC is a vibrant congregation of more than 1,800 members in a family-friendly city that is growing. The contemporary service has a flexible worship format with 150 to 200 in attendance and expected growth. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. and again at 8 a.m. on Sunday mornings prior to the 9:20 a.m. service.

Applicants should possess skills in leading worship by engaging congregation verbally while seamlessly transitioning songs and other moving parts in a worship service. Candidates ideally will play a lead instrument (guitar or keys), work closely with other musicians, add creative flow to the worship services, and assist in organizing volunteers. This person should be a team player with a desire to see the Kingdom grow. The position is a part-time salaried position commensurate with skills and roles. Job résumés and references should be e-mailed to shirley@cokesburyumc.org.

For more about Cokesbury United Methodist Church visit http://www.awfumc.org/churchdetail/568539. 
 
Birth Announcement
Congratulations to Pastor Michael & Jennifer Precht in the birth of Ian Thomas Prect on June 5, 2015! Ian was 9 lbs. 15 oz. and 21 1/2 inches. Michael is pastor at First United Methodist Church, Crestview.
 
       
An Invitation to Welcome Dr. Timothy Trent
To welcome Dr. Timothy Trent as our new District Superintendent, we will have two receptions at two locations in the district.  The first reception will be at Cokesbury United Methodist Church (at the atrium) on July 19, 3-4 p.m.  The second reception will be at Crosspoint United Methodist Church South Crestview campus (at the Café) July 26, 3-4 p.m.  These receptions are sponsored by the Pensacola District Committee on Superintendency. Reservations are not required. For more information contact Rev. Daniel Randall at danielwrandall@gmail.com or 251-234-1122.  Click here for our "Meet Dr. Tim Trent" page.
 
 
 
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Opportunity
If you are clergy needing Clinical Pastoral Education, this note is for you!  Don Winslett is planning to begin a parish-based CPE unit in August 2015. For details and application click on the link below. Three students have signed up and he can accept three more. http://centerforclergycare.com/continuing-education.   
 
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  
 
 
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 http://lenwilson.us/top-25-fastest-growing-large-umc-2015/.

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)  
 
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.   
         

 
Administrative Announcements
 
 
Important Note E-mailed June 9 to Moving Pastors
Dear Moving Pastors,
 
Congratulations on your new clergy appointment!  Please know that I am here at the Pensacola District Office if you need any assistance or have any questions.
 
I wanted to bring to your attention our Right Start page, which has important information for you. Please especially note that I need your contact info (and that of your spouse, if that applies to you) by June 27 (the sooner the better, actually). http://umcpensacoladistrict.org/RightStart
 
For direct billing purposes, clergy compensation forms need to be at the district office BEFORE June 22. If that is not possible, AWFC will have to bill based on the pastor’s current salary and make the adjustment on the next billing. If you have not already sent in your compensation form, please use the new form that was revised in April 2015. You can download it here as a fillable pdf or here as a fillable MS Word document. 
 
If you are not currently subscribed to Pensacola District e-news, please do so at http://UMCPensacolaDistrict.org/Subscribe. (If you receive an e-mail from us today via Constant Contact, you are already subscribed.) If your e-mail address changes, there is a link at the bottom of each e-news message where you can update your subscription with the new e-mail address.
 
Information about our District Clergy Welcoming Dinner is on our Right Start page, too. We'll be announcing more details soon, but please mark the date on your calendar: July 21st, 6 p.m., at Crestview First UMC. We'll look forward to seeing you there!  God bless you!  
 
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Please place these Pensacola District events on your church calendar:
Important Dates Regarding Candidacy / Licensing / New Clergy Appointments:
Clergy Compensation Forms Needed Before June 22, 2015
For direct billing purposes, clergy compensation forms need to be at the district office BEFORE June 22. If that is not possible, AWFC will have to bill based on the pastor’s current salary and make the adjustment on the next billing. If you have not already sent in your compensation form, please use the new form that was revised in April 2015. You can download it here as a fillable pdf or here as a fillable MS Word document.
 
Deadline for Clergy Contact Information June 27, 2015
Please e-mail the district office your new contact info by June 27. The information you send will be used to update the AWFC database, AWFC directory, and Pensacola District Directory. Each year we distribute the district directory at the District Welcoming Dinner, so it is very important to meet this deadline. 
Please select & copy this list with your cursor, paste it into an e-mail, type in the answers, and send to office@umcpensacoladistrict.org:  
Clergy full name
Clergy "goes by" name/nickname
Clergy preferred mailing address
Clergy home address
Clergy home phone number
Clergy cell phone number
Clergy office number
Clergy fax number
Clergy e-mail address
Clergy birth date
Name of spouse
Spouse's e-mail address
Spouse's birth date
Date of marriage
 
(E-mailing this to us - to put it in writing, storable on computer - is better than phoning it in, and the sooner the better, whatever you can send. Thank you!)
 
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 http://www.awfumc.org/2015beginningpastorsworkshop or contact the Department of Ministerial Services at (334) 356-8014 or toll-free (888) 873-3127 or visit the AWF Conference website, http://AWFUMC.org.
 
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 erika@awfumc.org 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
The next meeting of the District Committee on Ministry (dCOM) will be August 18 at Gadsden Street UMC. The primary focus will be recommendations of candidates to the Conference Board of Ministry for Provisional status.  If you are seeking Provisional status and qualify for it, please reserve this time and make your request to come before the dCOM to Bob Bailey (pastorbb@warringtonumc.org). If you feel like you need to meet with dCOM for another reason, please call Bob Bailey at 455-0306 (office) or 380-3198 (cell). 
 
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 http://www.awfumc.org/appointmentsandmoving.
 
For information about commissioning and ordination, packet deadlines, etc. visit http://www.awfumc.org/commissioningandordination.
 
Important information for newly-appointed clergy is at http://umcpensacoladistrict.org/RightStart.
 
New Clergy Compensation Form  <-- Please no longer use the older form     
In April 2015 the Pastor Compensation Report Form was revised.  Please no longer use the old form. 
You can download the new one here as a fillable pdf or here as a fillable MS Word document.
 
Recommended Minimum Base Compensation for Ministers
According to the 2015 Brochure of Reports, page 151, the Commission on Equitable Compensation recommends a minimum salary of $36,500 for all full-time appointed clergy for 2016.
 
According to the 2014 Brochure of Reports, page 117, the Commission on Equitable Compensation recommends a minimum salary of $35,000 for all full-time appointed clergy for 2015.
 
Sneak Peak at What's New for Annual Charge Conferences 2015
Each Church Elects a Mission Board Rep - 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. The Report of the Committee on Lay Leadership form will be revised to include the new position. Click here for more (a pdf) and a peak at the new form.
 
New Pastor Compensation Report Form - In April 2015 the Pastor Compensation Report Form was revised.  Please no longer use the old form.  You can download the new one here as a fillable pdf or here as a fillable MS Word document.      
                                                     

 
Around the Conference   
 
       
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Church Bus Needed
Spanish Fort United Methodist Church is looking for a church bus with the following specifications: late model, diesel powered, 30 (+/-) passenger. Please contact jan@spanishfortumc.org. (Posted 6/22/2015)
 
 
Fillable Sample Press Release to Announce Your New Pastor
From the AWFC NewsCONNECTION June 15, 2015 (view here):
The AWF Office of Communications has released a fillable and sample press release for local churches to use who are receiving new pastors. We encourage church leadership to send a release on behalf of your church to local newspapers, TV and radio stations. It is best to send press releases in the body of an e-mail with a clear contact name and phone number should a media outlet have further questions–attachments are not recommended. A personal note requesting the release be used is also helpful. Click here to download the fillable Word document release and here for the pdf exampleContact Mary Catherine Phillips should you have questions.
 
AWFC Sponsors Youth Pastors/Directors Roundtable
From the AWFC NewsCONNECTION June 15, 2015 (view here):
Youth Pastors and Directors from several churches around the conference met recently at Crestview FUMC to connect, learn, and share youth ministry ideas. The Youth Pastors/Directors Roundtable is open to all persons serving in a local church youth leadership role. It is self-directed and facilitated as topics for discussing and sharing come from the roundtable participants. This is the second roundtable held in the conference, the first being last year at Huntingdon College. The participants value the sense of community and connection shared in this experience as well as appreciate the learnings from one another that can be used in their specific ministry context. Rev. Jeremy Steele, Next Generation Minister at Christ UMC, and Caroline Hare, Director of Student/Young Adult Ministry at Destin UMC facilitated the discussion. For more information about the roundtable, please contact the Conference Office of Connectional Ministries.
 
Journal Orders thru Amazon.com
This year's AWFC Journal will be distributed by Amazon.com. Once the Journal is complete and uploaded to Amazon, a link will be provided to place orders. (Posted 6/15/2015)
 
Book of Discipline Updates Distributed
(UMNS 4/21/15) — The United Methodist Publishing House is distributing corrections to the Book of Discipline, the denomination's book of law and teachings. The most significant corrections reflect a Judicial Council ruling in April that restores the conference committee on investigation in dealing with complaints against clergy. Read UMNS on the ruling and see corrections in English.
 
Pensacola Flood Recovery Volunteers Needed!
The Florida Recovery Team of the AWF Conference is looking for volunteers during the summer months for the following type of jobs: sheetrock repairs, flooring, install cabinets, trim & door installation. Accepting weeklong teams as well as weekend volunteers. If interested please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Kj Chafen, at 850-736-7077 or kj.flrecovery@gmail.com. (Posted 5/12/2015)
 
Subscribe Here to the AWFC NewsCONNECTION - or Read Online at http://AWFUMC.org/Newsletters
 
 
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 www.awfumc.org.   
  
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 http://www.awfumc.org/appointmentsandmoving. 

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 erika@awfumc.org or 334-356-8014 or toll-free number 888-873-3127.
 
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 stuartworth@gmail.com.
 
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). 
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.
 
                                              

 
Around the Web
      
 
United Methodist Reaction to Same-sex Marriage Ruling Friday, June 26, 2015
(UMC.org) - "Our commitment to biblical truth does not depend upon judicial affirmation by the Supreme Court of this or any other nation," said the Rev. Thomas Lambrecht, according to an article posted by UMC.org Friday, June 26. Rev. Lambrecht is vice president and general manager of "Good News," an unofficial United Methodist advocacy group that supports the denomination's teachings on homosexuality. The article quotes him as saying, “Most of the delegates who would favor retaining the church’s current position on marriage do so out of deep conviction and understand that the church is at different times and various points at odds with the culture in which it lives." Church law bans clergy from performing same-sex marriages and forbids churches from hosting such ceremonies.  Rev. Sky McCracken, a district superintendent in western Kentucky, noted that both capital punishment and abortion are legal but United Methodists challenge both.  United Methodists have varied reactions to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that establishes same-sex civil marriage as a constitutional right, but many United Methodists agree on one thing: The decision likely will escalate a longtime denominational debate on the church's position on homosexuality. To read the entire article continue here. >>
 
United Methodist History Quiz
(Article here) - The United Methodist Church has existed in various forms for more than 200 years. Test your knowledge of its history with these questions. Pass on this quiz to others to encourage them to test their knowledge as well. This quiz is a partnership between United Methodist Communications and the General Commission on Archives and History.
 
Disciple Bible Study Fast Track
- A Request from Bishop Richard B. Wilke, Author, Disciple Bible Study 
In this final year of development [of Disciple Bible Study Fast Track], we are looking for 30 churches from each Annual Conference to join us in beta testing.  We need you. Three hundred and fifty churches participated last year with over 5000 participants. These churches reported a surge of people who signed up to learn the basic story of the Bible, Genesis to Revelation, but in a shorter time frame!  Participants experienced spiritual growth and spiritual renewal. Please go to the website http://www.disciplefasttrack.com and explore all the materials and read what other pastors, educators, leaders and participants are saying. Then, consider joining us as one of the 30 churches in your annual conference on this awesome journey of launching Disciple Fast Track! (Click on the graphic, right, to enlarge view of the flyer.)
 
Update 6/10/2015
From Rev. David Hoppenjan:  "If anyone has questions regarding the Disciple Fast Track study, I have taught this and would be glad to answer questions." 
 
 
From a United Methodist about "War Room"

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

 

Good Afternoon,

 

My name is Ryan LaSuer and I grew up in the United Methodist Church. Both my Grandfather and Uncle were District Superintendents. I wanted to let you know about the upcoming Kendrick Brothers movie - WAR ROOM - that will be in theaters August 28th.  You might already know about this film. You may have been to a screening or even hosted one.  We are excited about what God is stirring in the hearts of His people for such a time as this.  

 

This movie is like none other. It was made with the church in mind and to be a resource churches use in spreading the Gospel and strengthening families through the power of effective prayerCould this movie be a catalyst for the churches you serve?  Here are some ways you can get involved:

 

*  DREAM BIG! - Have you ever reserved theaters for your network?  Maybe together, your family of churches, would like to make a statement in your community by taking over several show times on opening weekend.  We have a team that can assist you in making this happen and will help you learn how to do it.  We would love to rally behind you with this strategy and are here to help.

*  SPREAD THE WORD - As you can imagine, the budget to advertise on a film like this is low, and without a grass roots effort, rallying God's people behind a film for the sake of the Gospel, they do not last in theaters.  The longer they are in theaters, the more chances for ministry.

*  RESOURCES - there are Bible study resource for churches and individuals that tie to the theme of the film - spiritual warfare and prayer. We invite you to take a look and share this information.  Just head over to this website - http://warroommovieresources.com - you will not only find the Bible Study resource, but other things to help you spread the word and engage.

 

Here is a link to some videos we put together for church leaders - http://warroomthemovie.com/photosvideos.  We invite you to watch and share them.  Let us know how we can serve you and we also love to hear stories of what you are doing, and more important what God is doing.  We want to share these stories with the entire movie team, we love to be encouraged by what God is doing.

 

Thank you,

 

Ryan LaSuer

615-400-6300

rclasuer@gmail.com

[Emphasis added.]

Flood Disaster Response Update - Rio Texas Conference
The Rio Texas Conference has extended an invitation to certified ERT teams from other conferences to assist with their disaster response efforts. Teams should register at http://riotexas.org/flood-updates. Teams will then be contacted by the Rio Texas ERT Coordinator.  Please pray for those affected by the recent and continuing flooding in Texas and Oklahoma, and for all those responding.
 
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. >>     

 
  
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.
 
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 www.churchleadership.com/leadingideas.
 
12 Ways to Stay Connected with College Students
United Methodist Communications has an article on this topic at http://www.umcom.org/learn/12-ways-to-stay-connected-with-college-students.  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  

 
Resources for Clergy and Congregations
Resources for building, improving, and strengthening ministry are available at http://www.churchleadership.com. Here are sample "50 Ways to --" pdfs from ChurchLeadership.com:   
 
If You Happen to Find Any Broken Web Links....
At http://UMCPensacolaDistrict.org 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 UMC.org Up to Date?
Did you know that each United Methodist local church has its own page at UMC.org 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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