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PUMCM Ministry Shop Needs Donations
Pensacola United Methodist Community Ministries is in need of items for the Ministry Shop, such as clothing, household items, furniture, etc. Items may be dropped off 9-5 Tuesdays-Saturdays at 2600 West Strong Street, one block off Cervantes between "T" and "U" Streets. The website is http://pumcm.org/.
Organist/Pianist Needed - Pensacola, FL (Reposted 7/19/2015)
Gadsden Street UMC 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’ to Gadsden Street United Methodist Church c/o Rev. Bobby Ellisor, 901 East Gadsden Street, Pensacola, FL 32501. For more about Gadsden Street United Methodist Church visit http://www.awfumc.org/churchdetail/568569.
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
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2015 Annual Charge Conferences
Important notes for Pensacola District churches are at http://UMCPensacolaDistrict.org/CCForms.
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.
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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 email@example.com. (Posted 5/12/2015)
Continuing Education Chair
Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Lentz is 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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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.
- 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.)
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."
Includes the topics "Concluding Ministry in One Setting" and "Beginning Ministry in a New Setting."
(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. >>
From Discipleship Ministries: "How to Begin Developing & Updating Safe Sanctuary Policies for Your Congregation"
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:
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:
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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