The Pensacola District of The United Methodist Church
Monday, October 15, 2018
Directory of Resources
We try to keep our 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 sources update their websites, this sometimes breaks links we've shared with you on our site. The information may still be there, but just might take a little personal digging on your part to find where it was moved. 


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This was a topic of study at a workshop of the Professional Association of United Methodist Church Secretaries (PAUMCS). The PAUMCS workshop applied these basic principles to workplace dynamics. Having an understanding of how individuals interpret expressions of appreciation for their work can prove work team dynamics. The website includes a section about workplace dynamics.

Introduction from the 5 Love Languages website:  "Everyone has a 'love language,' a primary way of expressing and interpreting love. Of the countless ways we can show love to one another, five key categories proved to be universal and comprehensive....  What is your primary way of love - words of appreciation? acts of service? receiving gifts? quality time? physical touch? It’s easy to learn your love language at Take a short profile and find out how you and your loved one express and interpret love. You can complete the profile online or print out and complete the pdf version. Right away, you can make a concerted effort to speak each other person's primary language. It might not come naturally, but even the effort will be appreciated. is full of other helpful features: links to other resources, free stuff, events, podcasts, a place for you to share your love story, and more - all designed to encourage you and strengthen your relationships." 
Abuse / Harassment / Misconduct / Prevention Policies - See Safe Sanctuaries
Acolyte - See UMC 101 Archive

Alabama Rural Ministry

Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference
The URL for the official AWF Annual Conference page each year will be "" followed by the year (xxxx).
Albums, Photos - Alabama-West Florida Conference Photo Albums New & Old:


  All-Star Recognition of Pensacola District Churches



Annual Conference - See UMC 101 Archive

What is an "Annual Conference"?

AWF Annual Conference 2017 ... 2016

(AWFC-UMC) - The Antioch Project is an Alabama-West Florida Conference initiative designed to partner with local churches that are currently plateaued, are in decline, or are not sure what should come next. 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 based on Acts 11:19-30. When a new church springs into existence in Antioch, the church in Jerusalem sends Barnabas to investigate. Barnabas goes and celebrates with the church. After spending some time with them, Barnabas knows that Saul is the best person to help the church, so he helps to create a partnership between them. Saul and Barnabas work with the church for a year, and the church receives new direction for its future.
The Antioch Project is a process that identifies viable congregations that may benefit from a strategic partnership with the church, sends a Barnabas Team to visit with the church and establish recommendations for the future, assigns coaches to the church to fulfill the recommendations of the Barnabas team. More HERE >>
Apply for Candidacy Program, See also Ministry Process (below)
Appointments of Alabama-West Florida Conference Clergy: 
Appointment History (listed by church)
AWF Conference Clergy Appointments by Year:
Clergy appointments are finalized and announced on the last day of Annual Conference. 
If you are moving to a new clergy appointment please review the Pensacola District's "New Pastors' Page - The Right Start."
* Corrections to the AWFC 2017-2018 clergy appointments list
(1) Page 22 - Rev. James "Brad" Bradford (Worship Pastor at Shalimar UMC) should be listed under the section "Appointed As Deacons"; (2) page 24 - "Appointments to Another Annual Conference" should be paragraph 346.1, not 346.2; (3) page 24 - Spencer Turnipseed/Point Washington UMC is not in the Pensacola District.
The Connection 2018 booklet ("Where your dollars go")
Apportionments Form - See REMITTANCE  (below) 
Apportionment Formula and Allocations - This is on our Connectional Giving (Apportionments) page.
Archives and History, United Methodist
Asbury Foundation - Visit
Bahamas Methodist Habitat
Visit or e-mail
Sunday School Commentaries by Rev. Mike Sigler, Pastor at Fort Walton Beach First UMC 
Bishop - See UMC 101 Archive
Bishops of The United Methodist Church:
Find a Bishop, Bios, Historical Record, Episcopal Library, "In Their Own Words," etc.
Blessings and Curses, Biblical Principle of 
"1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:  2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God....  15 But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee....” - Deuteronomy 28
Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church
What is the Book of Discipline?  See UMC 101 Archive.
Book of Discipline - Free online search-and-read edition
Brochure of Reports
The Brochure of Reports shows Fiscal Year end date, minimum salaries, District Report, and a lot more.

Several years' Brochure of Reports are on our Forms page.

Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church
What is the Book of Resolutions? See UMC 101 Archive or search at
Business Administrator

Bethlehem Family Camp at Bonifay, Florida

Blue Lake Camp and Retreat Center at Andalusia, Alabama
Candidacy - Is God Calling You to Ministry in The United Methodist Church? Visit

Candler School of Theology, Emory University 

Celebrate Recovery  
To find many locations within a given area, visit
To find Celebrate Recovery representatives in your area click here.
Celebrate Recovery United Methodist Facebook Page
Chancel - What is a "chancel"? See UMC 101 Archive
Charge Conference - What is a "charge conference"?  See UMC 101 Archive
Childcare/Learning Center facilities within United Methodist Churches

The United Methodist Children's Home in Crestview, Florida, is known as The UMCH Crestview Group Home. It is located at 120 Duggan Avenue, Crestview, FL 32536-4812. The supervisor is Mae Knox. The phone number is (850) 398-5649. 

The United Methodist Children's Home for girls in Milton, Florida, is known as The Gulf Coast Group Home. It is located at 3441 Camelot Place, Milton, FL 32583-8427. The supervisor is Abbi DuBose. The phone number is (850) 995-9842.

Children in Crisis - See Children's Shelter / Children's Neighborhood (below)

Children's Shelter / Children's Neighborhood in Fort Walton - See

Pensacola District United Methodist Churches pulled together donations to have the Susanna Wesley House emergency children's shelter built as part of the Children in Crisis, Inc., Children's Neighborhood. A visual tour is available at the Children in Crisis website. 

Chrislam - a movement to blend Christianity and Islam
The apostle Paul warned believers to beware of false teachings. Islam denies the death of Christ on the cross (4:157-158), and the Qur’an declares the idea of Christ being deity blasphemy (5:17).  This is clearly in opposition to Biblical teachings and Christianity. For Christians, the deity of Christ, His death on the cross, and His victorious resurrection from the dead are all non-negotiable; without these there is no atonement for the sins of the world!  (1 John 2:2
Circuit Rider magazine/online articles - Visit
Clergy Care and Counseling - Visit
Commissioning & Ordination 
For information about commissioning and ordination requirements, deadlines, and to download the required forms visit Look for the PACKETS.
Communications Audit for Local Churches
In August 2015 the AWF Conference Office of Communications published a "Communications Audit" for local churches. We invite you to download this easy-to-read document and use it as a resource to evaluate what tools you are using to share your story. Click here to download. 
Here is a sampling from the Audit resource, under the topic "E-mail": *
A strategic effort should be made to acquire and maintain a database of member e-mail addresses. You should be using a program such as Constant Contact or MailChimp to manage your e-mail communications if a method is not built into your database system. These e-mail programs allow people to opt out of e-mails should they not wish to be contacted in the future. Do not send e-mails to hundreds of people through Outlook. This practice could potentially land your church on an e-mail black list - which is very, very difficult to undo.   Consider these e-mail communications tips:
*  Make a concerted effort to update your e-mail database and ask members to notify the church office if there is a change in e-mail address.
*  Send e-mail when needed but do not oversend.
*  Keep information in the e-mail short and to the point. If you need to include a long article, include the headline and a lead-in paragraph with  a link to the full article elsewhere. People usually only read headlines and a few sentences of articles.
*  Have e-mail header designs be consistent with what you do in printed communications.
*  If you are able, add a visual to your article; include a photo or two.
(* Emphasis added by webmaster.)
Compensation for Ministers
For the most current Pastor Compensation Form visit or do a word search at

Resources for building, improving, and strengthening ministry are available at Here are sample "50 Ways to --" pdfs from  

Are You at Risk of Copyright Infringement?  Click here for Christian Copyright Licensing International

Ministers, if you need to find a counselor you can contact the Alabama-West Florida Conference Office of Ministerial Services. Phone 334.356.8014 or toll-free 888-873-3127.  The website is
"The Board of Ordained Ministry of the Alabama-West Florida Conference is committed to providing financial assistance to clergy members and their families for professional counseling and therapy. These funds are intended to assist persons with issues related to their personal growth and well-being. To find out more about what financial resources are provided, please review the clergy care brochure The application for financial assistance is also available for the counselor/therapist to complete on behalf of the clergy person or family member. Confidentiality is maintained throughout this process. "
Cross and Flame - What is the history and significance of the United Methodist cross and flame?  See UMC 101 Archive
Deaconess - What is a deaconess or home missioner? See UMC 101 Archive
Direct Billing of United Methodist clergy benefits
Do you have questions about your statement?  The Benefit Development Group is handling billing for the Alabama-West Florida Conference. Here's how to contact them....  Their address is Benefit Development Group, 729 Dallas Avenue (PO Box 190), Selma, AL 36702. Their toll-free phone number is 800-752-2569 and their fax number is 800-760-1402.
Direct Billing - Search results at the Alabama-West Florida Conference website
Direct Billing Page of the Alabama-West Florida Conference
Health Insurance Page of the Alabama-West Florida Conference
Pastor Pension and Benefits Page of the Alabama-West Florida Conference
Pension Page of the Alabama-West Florida Conference   
Disability / Disability Concerns / Advocating for Persons with Disabilities
The Alabama-West Florida Conference Director of Mission and Advocacy is Susan Hunt, who can be reached at  The Pensacola District Disability Concerns Advocate is Berta Hurston, who can be reached at
Excellent resources on this subject may be found at
Alabama-West Florida Conference Disability Ministries Page
See also:  Mental Health or Support Groups (below)
District Directory - To request the Pensacola District Directory please e-mail us.  
District Superintendents
Pensacola District Superintendents - Bios and Archives of Weekly Messages:
Dr. Timothy R. Trent (July 2015-Current) (
Dr. Jeremy K. Pridgeon (July 2010-June 2015) (
Easter / Resurrection Sunday - How is the date of Easter/Resurrection Sunday determined? - See UMC 101 Archive.
Are you thinking about providing an Electronic giving program? Would providing your church members the option of paying their weekly (or semi-monthly) pledge electronically be too complicated or expensive for your church? Check out the link above for information about an easily established and affordable service available for any size congregation.
Emergency Guide for Churches
AWF Trustees Release Church Emergency Resource

From article posted in the AWF Conference NewsCONNECTION August 4, 2015:  "Over the past several months, the AWF Trustees have been discussing and developing a resource for local churches to use as they consider emergency preparedness in their congregation. The need for such preparedness has come to the forefront with the tragic events in Charleston, SC, and Chattanooga, TN.  Emergency Guidelines for Churches can be found by clicking here. It is not a policy, it is simply a resource to spark a conversation in your church on emergency preparedness. The hope is that the Board of Trustees of each local church in our annual conference will consider how best to prepare for accidents, fires, natural disasters, and criminal behavior that may affect your local church."

Emmaus Community
Epiphany - What is "Epiphany"?  See UMC 101 Archive.
EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless -
For their "Street Survival Guide" booklet look for the tab at their website.
You can download the 2012 copy here.
Sample Employee Performance Review form, courtesy of Trinity UMC-Opelika
Sample Church Personnel Manuals from the Resources page at

Support Staff Policies, Forms, Evaluations

What to Include in a Policy Manual for Congregational Staff

See also: Consultation Reports / Annual Pastor and SPR Online Report on our Online Reports page

See also "Expectations of Pastoral Leadership" (below)

See also How to Begin Developing and Updating a Safe Sanctuaries Policy


If the above link expires, do a search at
Ezra Report / Year-end Statistical Report submitted online each January
Financial and Other Assistance for Needy in the Community - visit
Financial Assistance to attend Asbury Theological Seminary - visit
Flourishing in Ministry - a Well-being at Work project
Foundation, Asbury - Visit
Foundation, United Methodist:                            

General Conference - What is "General Conference"?  See UMC 101 Archive or do a search at 
Glossary of United Methodist Terms -
God - (from the website of the We Care Program of Atmore, AL) 
Handbook - See United Methodist Handbook (this page)
Harassment / Abuse / Misconduct / Prevention Policies - See Safe Sanctuaries 
Help the Needy - Resources
See also the website of the EscaRosa Coalition for the Homeless, which provides a "Street Survival Guide" booklet of resources for how to help the needy. Look for the link at their website or download the 2015 copy here. 
Hispanic/Latino Ministries - National Plan, Grants
Historian / Local Church History / Local Church Historian
For information on how to write your Church's history, visit

See also:
"Guidelines for Managing Records" -
(General Commission on Archives and History of The United Methodist Church) - By action of the 2012 General Conference, there are currently forty-six Heritage Landmarks of The United Methodist Church. Five new Heritage Landmarks were designated by the 2012 General Conference with three outside the United States. These are in the Philippines, Zimbabwe, and Liberia. The Book of Discipline defines a Heritage Landmark as "a building, location, or structure specifically related to significant events, developments, or personalities in the overall history of The United Methodist Church or its antecedents." The Heritage Landmarks of United Methodism remind us of those people and events that have shaped our history. They are tangible reminders of our heritage and their preservation helps keep our denominational legacy alive. For further information about the forty-six Heritage Landmarks or to learn how a place becomes so designated, please contact the General Secretary, General Commission on Archives and History, P.O. Box 127, Madison, NJ 07940 or email Material in this guide may be copied by local churches, Heritage Landmarks, and other agencies of The United Methodist Church without further approval.
See also:
Hurricane Center - Facebook
Imagine No Malaria campaign, Pensacola District - Visit 
Imposition of Ashes - See UMC 101 Archive.
InfoServ -  The United Methodist Information Service:  
InfoServ is the official information service of The United Methodist Church. Located in Nashville, Tennessee, InfoServ is here to respond to not only your questions, but point you in the right direction to locate people and necessary resources. Customers are able to submit questions via e-mail to or ask questions via chat at   
Israel / Israel and Prophecy
Why are so many people and nations of the world against Israel? Israel is the one nation specifically chosen by God to prove His existence, through whom the Savior of the world would and did come, and by whom the world would be and is blessed.  It was prophecied that through Israel, through the line of David, the Savior of the world would come. This was fulfilled in Jesus Christ, our One and only Savior.  Israel's existence as a nation, in itself, fulfills powerful prophecies. God said that He would prove His existence by Jews' return to their land and Israel becoming once again a powerful nation. After having been dispersed and not in existence as a nation for thousands of years, Israel came back together as a people and became a nation May 1948. No other nation in the world has ever done this but Israel. How is this possible? Only by the one true God. Israel's existence is a constant reminder to the world of Judeo-Christian heritage, of God's working through and promises to mankind for thousands of years.  Satan is against the Gospel, against the nation Israel that God has used to bring us the Gospel and Savior, and against Israel's being a reminder of God's promises and fulfillment of those promises throughout history.  
Denial of biblical accounts marginalizes God's people, their history, and their personal relationship with Yahweh God.
See also:  Jewish Timeline - 6,000 Years of Jewish History.  Graphic and interactive one-page summary of Jewish history and heritage. Every entry on the timeline is a hot-spot that links to further reading. This combines many fields on a single timeline such as demography, literature, Jewish and world events, traditions, historical figures and more.
Jesus Christ
How to Follow Jesus (This is excellent) (from the website of the We Care Prison Program of Atmore, AL)
John Ed Mathison Leadership Ministries - Blog ... Facebook
Journal of the Alabama-West Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church
You can download several years' AWFC Journal at our Forms & Documents page.
Judicial Council - See UMC 101 Archive.
Jurisdiction - See UMC 101 Archive.
Leadership Ministries - See John Ed Mathison Leadership Ministries (above)
 - See links under "Resources" (bottom of page) at
Liturgical Colors - What do liturgical colors represent? -  See UMC 101 Archive.

Loans and Scholarships Program

Loans for Local Churches
See also the United Methodist Development Fund page at of Global Ministries.
The Alabama-West Florida United Methodist Development Fund, Inc. was established in 1984 as the official Conference loan and deposit portfolio.  Deposit accounts are available to United Methodist churches, organizations and church members. Accounts earn a variable rate of interest that is paid quarterly. Account holders have the option to receive a check or have the interest reinvested. Deposit accounts have no maturity date; therefore, account balances may be withdrawn by written request at any time. To find out the current deposit interest rate or for local church or individual application forms continue here. >>>

Local Pastors -  Handbook on Local Pastors and Associate members.doc

Log into Online Reports - Visit 

Master's Men Quartet  

Mathison, John Ed - See John Ed Mathison Leadership Ministries (above)

Membership Terms
Click here for explanation of membership terms as used in the Ezra statistical report system for 2014. (This refers to the 2012 Book of Discipline. When the Book of Discipline is revised, look for an updated version of this info sheet in the Ezra statistical report system.) 
Mental Health - How the Church Can Help People with Mental Illness See also: Support Groups (below)
Minimum Recommended Salary for Ministers - It's shown on the AWF Conference compensation report form. See Compensation (above).
Ministry of Churches
"An Appreciative Inquiry Parable"  (Sample: "Ninth UMC is like lots of congregations in that they ask themselves the wrong questions. Rather than, “What don’t we have or what are we not doing well?” a more productive question would be: “What do we do well and how can we do more of it?”) 
Ministry Candidacy Process: See also Mentors/Mentoring

Candidacy Process for Deacon, Elder, and Local Pastor (

Request Admission to Begin the Ministry Candidacy Program - Form & Documents Needed by Pensacola District

Missions - What forms are required?

( 03/17/2018) - As United Methodist churches and clergy go through the 2018 moving season, the reality is the IRS will be treating moving expenses differently.  From the GCFA Legal Team:  "The end result of this [suspension of Sections 217 and132(g)] is that (1) moving expenses incurred during that time period will not be a deductible expense (except for certain members of the Armed Forces) and (2) any reimbursement by, or payment of, these expenses by an employer during the same time period will need to be reported as taxable income to the employee..." Continue here for the article. >>
With new tax law in effect, the AWF Conference Clergy Compensation Report Form was revised March 21, 2018, to include appointment change moving expense. You can download the form here. To get it out as quickly as possible, the preliminary format is nonfillable pdf. 


Music, Christian - Listen to Beyond the Ashes online
Native Americans
To inquire about grants for ministries in the AL-West FL Conference contact the AWF Conference.
From the "About" page at the Native American Communication Office:  "The Native American Communications Office (NACO) of United Methodist Communications seeks to help Native American congregations and individuals identify and use resources which will help them in their ministry and personal enrichment. Such resources are available from the denomination and other sources. The office helps non-Native congregations and individuals understand and appreciate the history, cultures and special concerns of Native American people. Through this kind of assistance, it is hoped that Native Americans -- the smallest ethnic minority in the denomination -- would become a meaningful part of the larger, primarily Anglo denomination. It is the belief of the office that Native Americans have much to contribute to the larger denomination and society....."
Resources / Contacts - On the Native American Communication Office home page is a list of official United Methodist organizations and contact persons that work directly with Native people.
New Church Start, Crestview, Florida - "The Journey"
News Service, United Methodist - Archived by Month: United Methodist News Service

Noah's Ark Ministry at Panama City, Florida

Online Reports - See

Ordination & Commissioning
For information about commissioning and ordination requirements, deadlines, and to download the required forms visit Look for the PACKETS.
PACT Insurance Program - See United Methodist Insurance Program (below)  
Parsonage Standards and Checklist
Information on this topic is at the Alabama-West Florida Conference website at
The Book of Discipline states, “Housing provisions shall comply with Annual Conference housing policy and parsonage standards.” In order to establish a housing policy and housing standard the Annual Conference recommends three options available for the local church. The Annual Conference does not put one option above the other. The options are co-equal, depending upon the local situation.  The Charge Conference shall review the recommendations of the Pastor-Parish Relations Committee regarding provision of adequate housing for the pastor(s) of a local Charge in consultation with the District Superintendent, the Charge shall choose one of these three options.  Click here to view Parsonage Standards.
The chairperson of the committee on pastor-parish relations, the chairperson of the board of trustees, and the pastor shall make an annual review of the church-owned parsonage to assure proper maintenance.  Click here to view a parsonage checklist.
Passwords - See our Online Reports page
Pastoral Care, Counseling, and Training
For information about Clergy Care Counseling or a list of counselors within the Alabama-West Florida Conference, please contact the AWF Conference Office of Ministerial Services. Their Clergy Care Counseling brochure is here or look for more/updates on the Ministerial Services tab at
Pastoral Transitions Guidelines
2018 Pastoral Transitions Guidelines (a 44-page document, here as a download in pdf, prepared by the Alabama-West Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church)
Payroll Tax Payment Online - EFTPS  
The Electronic Federal Tax Payment System® tax payment service is provided free by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. After you've enrolled and received your credentials, you can pay any tax due to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) using this system.
Pensacola United Methodist Community Ministries (PUMCM), is located at 2600 West Strong Street, Pensacola, FL. 
The website is 
Policies, Procedures / sample personnel policies manual - See Safe Sanctuaries on this page and/or the Pensacola District's Forms & Docs page
Poverty / Response to Poverty - See "Circles of Transformation" (above)
Profile Form - Lay Nominees for General Conference and Jurisdictional Conference
Recommended Minimum Salary for Ministers - See Compensation (above).
Remittance Form
This is a document to accompany local churches' mailing of apportionments and Advance offerings to the AWF Conference Fiscal Office.
Download here (vs. 2013):  PDF / Excel.
Resolutions of The United Methodist Church - See Book of Resolutions (above)
Resources for Churches 
What does it really mean to be a United Methodist?  You will find the answer to this question and more in the free resources posted at  These free resources are available to you and are shipped via UPS at no charge.  These materials are made available through congregations’ generous support of the World Service Fund apportionment.
At see also: United Methodist Handbook
Rethink Church (formerly "Igniting Ministry")  
Safe Sanctuaries
The United Methodist Church is and has been vocal and active in its campaign for safe spaces for the vulnerable. For information about Safe Sanctuaries, including guidelines, resources, and tools to help reduce risk, please visit
Safe Sanctuaries page at the Alabama-West Florida Conference website (contact info, background checks, policies, procedures, etc.)
What is Safe Sanctuaries?
In 1996, General Conference delegates passed a resolution requiring all conferences to adopt policies to safeguard children and youth. Through the program, churches train and certify persons as safe workers with children and youth in United Methodist ministries.
Safe Sanctuaries policies include such things as screening and checking references for paid employees and volunteers; preventing abuse, recognizing signs of abuse and reporting incidents of abuse; making sure insurance coverage is adequate; and developing building usage policies.
The Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference adopts this policy and its accompanying procedures to demonstrate our absolute and unwavering commitment to the physical safety and spiritual growth of all our children, youth, senior citizens, and at-risk adults.
*Portions published from the United Methodist New Service.
Salary for Ministers /Minimum Recommended Salary / Salary Report Form - See Compensation (above).
Asbury Foundation - "Over 40 years ago a small group of clergy and lay persons recognized the need to financial support students from the West Florida-Alabama Conference to attend Asbury Theological Seminary. Support was given on a year-by-year basis to support the needs of the students while at he same time trying to raise money to establish an endowed fund.   In 1999 the Alabama-West Florida Asbury Foundation became a 501(c)(3) legal non-profit corporation.   The endowed fund which is currently in excess of $1.8 million,  continues to seek ways to grow as does the need of our students. In 2014 over $95,000 in financial aid was given to more than 17 deserving young men and women from the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church attending Asbury Theological Seminary." For MORE visit
GBGHEM Georgia Harkness Scholarships for Women - The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry along with the AWF Conference encourages female students in our annual conference to submit applications for the Georgia Harkness Scholarship Program. For more information visit
A list of scholarships is available on the website,
Stegall Seminary Scholarships - The Alabama-West Florida Conference encourages any student from the AWF Conference entering seminary to apply for scholarships from the Stegall Seminary Scholarship Foundation. Scholarships are available for full-time seminary students taking courses on campus. Visit or find them on Facebook at
Sinner's Prayer
Lord Jesus, I come before you just as I am. I am sorry for my sins. I repent of my sins. Please forgive me.  I give you my entire self, Lord Jesus, now and forever. I invite you into my life, Jesus. I accept you as my Lord, God, and Savior. Lord Jesus, cover me with your precious blood and fill me with your Holy Spirit. I love you, Lord Jesus. I praise you, Jesus. I thank you, Jesus. I shall follow you every day of my life. Amen.
God knows who you are, He loves you, and He wants you to know and love Him.  How do you do that?
You must first admit that, like everyone else, you are a sinner. Being sinners means that we are imperfect and do wrong, that we fall short of God’s perfect standard. It also means we are separated from Him and deserve His judgment.
But He loves us! God sent His own Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins. He died for your sins. He was punished so you don’t have to be. Not only that; death did not defeat Him. After three days, Jesus rose from the dead, alive again!
Trusting in Jesus’ sacrifice for you is the only way to find forgiveness from God and to begin a relationship with Him. We urge you to take this step of faith today. To do that, simply talk to God – this is called praying – and tell Him you believe in His Son. We suggest a prayer like this:  “Lord Jesus Christ, I am sorry for the things I have done wrong in my life. I ask your forgiveness and now turn from everything which I know is wrong. Thank you for dying on the cross for me to set me free from my sins. Please come into my life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and be with me forever.  Thank you Lord Jesus, Amen.” - (from the website of the We Care Program of Atmore, AL)

Southeastern Jurisdiction

What are special Sundays?
Six times throughout the year United Methodist congregations celebrate church-wide Special Sundays with offerings. United Methodists contribute to a variety of educational, community development, health and social welfare programs, many of which are administrated fully or in part through the General Board of Global Ministries. General Conference created six unique Special Sundays to help congregations work with communities, rebuild shattered lives, strengthen self-sufficiency, encourage partnerships, nurture Native American ministries, model peace and justice, provide scholarships and loans for United Methodist students, and much more. Special Sundays include Human Relations Day, One Great Hour of Sharing, Native American Ministries Sunday, Peace with Justice Sunday, World Communion Sunday, and United Methodist Student Day.
Staff Manuals
Staff Performance Reviews - See "Evaluations" on this page  
"Street Survival Guide" - a booklet of resources on how to help the needy.
This is an excellent directory of organizations and services within Santa Rosa and Escambia Counties (FL) that assist individuals and families that need help. It is a product of the EscaRosa Coalition for the Homeless and may be copied, printed, and distributed as widely as possible to assist any homeless or other person in need. EscaRosa asks only that it be distributed with credits and free of charge. The materials presented in the guide are for informational purposes only and do not represent endorsements of any agency or service. Look for the tab at their website or download the 2015 copy here
Support Groups
Mental Health
Christian Support Group "Fresh Hope for Mental Health"
6:30 p.m. Mondays at Mary Esther United Methodist Church
Details here
What Is Fresh Hope?
The purpose of Fresh Hope is to empower those with mental health challenges and their loved ones to live a full, rich, and faith-filled life in spite of having a mental health diagnosis. Fresh Hope is an international network of Christian mental health support groups. The groups are nondenominational and approach mental health recovery from a hope and faith-filled perspective. Fresh Hope is a mutual-help, peer-to-peer support group in which members encourage one another as equals under the guidance of a facilitator. The meeting format includes both a large and small group experience, where members can share as little or as much of their “journey” as they desire. Fresh Hope is also a professionally-guided group, with a variety of educational, ministerial, social service and psychiatric representatives serving on the Board of Directors, in addition to Fresh Hope group members. Fresh Hope is not intended to replace professional treatment such as therapy and prescribed medications when needed. Rather, Fresh Hope serves as a supplemental support and information system so that members and those who love them might develop tools to help them manage their illness on a daily basis in order to live with dignity and hope in Christ.
Fresh Hope for Mental Health - a nondenominational, international network Christian Support Group
Recovery / Grief - See Celebrate Recovery (above)
Tax Exemption Status
Articles of Incorporation for the AWF Conference United Methodist Churches
  • Question:  If my organization does not have an EIN (Employer Identification Number), where can I get one?  Answer:  The organization may apply for an EIN online at the IRS's website here: Internal Revenue Service.
  • Question:  Where can I find my organization's EIN?  Answer:  Your organization's EIN appears on the Forms W-2 of all of your organization's employees. You can also obtain the EIN by having an officer of the organization call the IRS at 1-800-829-4933.
  • For more information contact GCFA Legal Services.
How do you apply for tax exemption? How do you stay exempt?  Visit the official I.R.S. website,
"IRS Website Created Especially for 501(c)(3) Organizations":
Taxes - Information for Churches and Ministers (See also Tax Exemption Status, above.)
Free I.R.S. Webinars for Churches, Tax-exempt Organizations are archived at - The United Methodist Church General bouncil on Finance and Administration
Tax Forms
File W-2 and W-3 electronically at the official Social Security Administration website, Business Services Online
Tax Packet - Answers frequently-asked tax questions relating to church/clergy tax topics such as W-2, W-3, form 941, charitable contributions, business expenses and reimbursements, housing allowance, audit guidelines, and more.  Disclaimer from  "This Tax Packet contains general information on tax issues of interest to United Methodist clergy, local churches, annual conferences, and others. While we have made every effort to ensure the information in this Tax Packet is current and accurate, it is not intended to serve as legal advise. Readers should seek assistance from a tax professional for questions regarding their specific circumstances." - General Council on Finance and Administration
UMAction - See links under "Resources" (bottom of page) at
Update: UMAction changed their website to, the Institute on Religion and Democracy
UMC 101 Archive - Learn the basics about The United Methodist Church
United Methodist Board of Pension and Health Benefits - Office in Evanston, Illinois
United Methodist Church: 
About The United Methodist Church - Beliefs, social principles, history, constitution....
Conservative, Evangelical United Methodist Organizations - See "Resources," bottom of page here at
Handbook - See United Methodist Handbook (this page)
Index of United Methodist Websites.  Agencies, news, history, theology, conferences, jurisdictions, etc.
InfoServ -  The United Methodist Information Service.  InfoServ, the official information service of The United Methodist Church, responds to questions by e-mail or online chat.
United Methodist Websites  (links from the Alabama-West Florida Conference website)
United Methodist Handbook
(UMCOM 6/22/2017) - The new United Methodist Church Handbook for this quadrennium is available, providing a detailed overview of the denomination’s beliefs, mission, structure and history. The handbook is a free, go-to resource for anyone in search of information about The United Methodist Church and is helpful for leaders and new members. “The United Methodist Church Handbook is one of the most appreciated resources generated in the church, and rightly so,” said Ken Sloane, Director of Stewardship and Connectional Ministries at Discipleship Ministries. “Whether it’s a question about our theology of grace, new annual conference boundaries, or how money from the Ministerial Education Fund is spent, you will look here first.” Details here.
United Methodist History - See "Archives and History" (above)
United Methodist Inner City Mission, Mobile, Alabama - Facebook / Website
United Methodist Men
University Senate - See UMC 101 Archive
Upper Room -  See UMC 101 Archive
Volunteers - Rotation, Expiration Date - Blog by Dr. Paul Nixon >>>
Weather -
Website Slogans of Pensacola District United Methodist Churches (posted in 2011):

Bagdad: "A Caring, Compassionate Church"

Cokesbury: "Bringing Christ to People and People to Christ"

Crestview First:  "Welcome Home"

Destin: "Your Life, Our Passion"

Ferry Pass, Pensacola: "Seek. Save. Serve. Spread."

Gadsden Street: "Embrace, Encourage, Empower"

Gonzalez: "Reach Up • Reach In • Reach Out"

Gulf Breeze: "Hospitality. Hope. Healing."

Lillian: "Reaching Out with God's Love"

Myrtle Grove: "Every Member a Good Neighbor"

Niceville First: "Connecting People to Christ"

Perdido Bay - "Sharing the Love of Jesus"

Pine Forest - "Discover Forgiveness ~ Explore Faith ~ Find Hope ~ Grow"

Shalimar: "Reach, Teach, Send"

St. Andrew, Pensacola: "Winning Souls for Christ for Forty-Seven Years"

St. Mark, Crestview: "Seeking to Keep God First, We Nurture Believers and Reach Out to Others"

St. Mark, Pensacola:  "Changed Lives Change Lives!"

UMC Pensacola District Office: "Here for You - Serving Jesus"

Woodbine: "Reach... Grow... Live - All for Jesus!"

The director is Rev. Stuart Worth
White Christmas Offering for the United Methodist Children's Home - Visit
Young People

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