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January 2018

GCFA One-hour Webinar:  The New Tax Laws and What You Need to Know
"The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is now in place. It is wide-ranging tax reform that will impact ALL taxpayers including individuals, non-profits, and businesses. In this presentation, we will break down the details of the new law in order to understand its impact. We will also address questions individual taxpayers and non-profits should be asking." - General Council on Finance & Administration of The United Methodist Church
2018 Youth Meltdown Retreat
Deadline for Local Church Ezra & Consultation Reports
For more information visit our Online Reports page.               
  31 & 1
Early Response Team (ERT) Training at Trinity United Methodist Church, Ft. Walton Beach, FL

February 2018

AWF Conference Board of Ministry Meeting (Executive Committee Only) at the Drury Inn Hotel in Montgomery
AWF Conference Board of Ministry Meeting (Full Board) at the Drury Inn Hotel here is Montgomery.
6 & 7
"Planning for Your Retirement" for clergy & spouses. Location is the Pensacola Grand Hotel.
There are many aspects of retirement that require planning at different stages of a pastor's ministry. This two-day seminar provides vital information regarding the needs of pastors considering retirement within the next ten years. We encourage spouses to join in making preparations for this milestone event in a pastor's (and his/her family's) life.  
  • Deadline for reservations is January 26, 2018. 
  • Limited to 20 clergy participants (and their spouses) age 50 and older who are considering retirement within the next ten years. Due to limited space, only the first 20 paid clergy registrations will be accepted
  • Cost - $55 per clergy participant, $65 per couple (fee includes room and breakfast)
Conference on "Growing the Culture of Generosity in Your Church"
Today's location will be Montgomery First UMC.
The event page is here.
The Division of Stewardship of the Conference Board of Discipleship is co-sponsoring with Generis the event "Growing the Culture of Generosity in Your Church."  We are hosting this 4-hour event in two locations in our conference - on Thursday, February 8 at FUMC Montgomery and on Friday, February 9 at Crosspoint UMC in Niceville.  ***BONUS*** The Niceville event happens the morning before their "Becoming a Healthy Growing Church" conference!  So, just arrive early!  Plus the generosity event is only $17!!  Just the cost of lunch!  Also, CEU's will be awarded, the number of them is yet to be determined.

Why Generis?  Generis has become a leading generosity ministry agency in the United States and has been producing impressive results in our annual conference at churches such as Crosspoint, FUMC Bay Minette, and Foley UMC.  Both Jay Cooper and Nolan Donald will also be on hand at both events to witness to the results that Generis has helped them achieve toward funding ministry for Jesus Christ.

You'll find the registration pages for each site below:
These are also on our conference website:
Additionally, there are Facebook events prepared for each site:
Conference on "Growing the Culture of Generosity in Your Church"
Today's location will be Crosspoint UMC in Niceville, FL.
The event page is here.  See above (2/9/18) for additional information.
9 & 10
"Becoming a Health, Growing Congregation" Conference at Crosspoint United Methodist Church
The event page is here
Crosspoint will present their second "Becoming a Healthy, Growing Church" Conference February 9-10, 2018, at their Niceville Campus. Those who have tried know growing a church is not easy; and if a church is not healthy it is nearly impossible! Crosspoint, with the largest worship attendance in the Alabama-West Florida Conference, is a healthy church that is experiencing incredible growth as the 10th fastest growing, large membership United Methodist church.

Members of the Crosspoint staff from all four campuses will share principles they have learned, mistakes they have made, and changes they have undergone that have led to their worship attendance doubling in one decade.

General Sessions and breakouts will highlight Crosspoint’s student and kids’ ministries, guest services, volunteers, promotion and social media, creating a culture of generosity, creative ways to share Christ, leading change, leadership principles for pastors, contemporary worship, sermon planning, next steps ministry, multisite, recreating space and environments, missions, and the simple church philosophy.

The cost is $40 per person which includes snacks on Friday evening and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Click here to register. Deadline to register is February 2, 2018.  .7 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be awarded at the end of the event.
Means of Grace Spiritual Day Apart for Spiritual Formation
The event page for this third session is here.
Great Night of United Methodist Singing 6 p.m. at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville, FL
LeadUP Missional Leadership Retreat for Youth in Tuskegee, AL
This is a weekend designed specifically for juniors and seniors in high school who have a passion to learn the principles of starting a ministry or movement in their own community or within their youth group. Students identify their passions, develop core values, create a vision and mission, and develop an action plan to get started! Alabama Rural Ministry's own story and process of development will be used as an example. Sessions are led by ARM staff, board members, and college student volunteers. LeadUP participants have the potential of serving a 1-2 week summer internship alongside the ARM youth mission camp counselors either in home repair or day camp ministry. Cost is $75 and includes housing, meals, and retreat supplies. For more information visit Registration opens by December 15, 2017.
Bishop's Day Apart at St. James UMC, Montgomery, AL
The event page is here.  The topic will be "The Health of Our Relationships." Presenter will be internationally recognized family therapist, speaker and author Terry Real.  Please read The Anatomy of Peace prior to the meeting. If you are able, Dr. Real's The New Rules of Marriage is suggested reading.
Annual Meeting of Alabama-West Florida Conference United Methodist Women
This year's meeting will be at Foley United Methodist Church, 915 North Pine Street, Foley, AL 36535. For more information e-mail or contact Debbie Bell, President of AWF Conference UMW. 
AWFC United Methodist Women meet annually to conduct the business of the organization. The program rewards actions of the previous year, sets the challenge for the current year and includes worship, praise and a memorial service. Delegates – one representative from each local United Methodist Women as well as conference and district officers - must pre-register. Registration forms will be available at the appropriate time at
Disabilities Awareness Sunday
Feb. 25-Mar. 1
"All Shall Be Well" Retreat at Camp Sumatanga, Gallant, AL
The event page is here.  All Shall Be Well is a retreat designed for intentional spiritual growth and reflection. This event is organized by The Academy for Spiritual Formation and will be held February 25 - March 1, 2018 at Camp Sumatanga.  More information may be found on this flyerVisit to register.

March 2018

2 & 3
Lay Servant Ministries Training at Frisco City UMC, Bay Minette. 
Sponsored by the Baypines District.  The event page is here.
  2 & 3
Small Membership Church Summit at Blue Lake Camp, Oakwood Lodge
Here is the event page for details and to register. This summit will be an opportunity for members of small membership churches (membership under 200) to come together to learn from each other and a few specialists about topics that are relevant for small churches. Open for all lay and clergy, .8 CEUs available for participants.
Bishop's Confirmation Retreat at Blue Lake
The event page is here. Registration deadline is February 16. 
  9 & 10
Lay Servant Ministries Training at Trinity UMC in Fort Walton
The Pensacola District will hold Lay Servant Ministries Training on Friday, March 9, 2018, and Saturday, March 10, 2018, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Click here for the event page and flyer. 

June 2018

AWF Annual Conference
at Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church in Montgomery, Alabama

July 2018

"Large Lay Servant Training Event" in Montgomery
(AWFC-UMC 12/02/2017) - There will be no Conference Blue Lake Training in 2018. We will hold a large training event at First United Methodist Church, Montgomery from Thursday, July 12, 2018, through Saturday, July 14, 2018, as we host the Southeastern Jurisdiction Annual Conference and District Directors meeting. There will be four or five Advanced Courses available as well as the Basic Course. Registration will be available in the spring of 2018. You may attend courses in any district. You are never limited to courses in your own particular district. For questions about Lay Servant Ministries in the Alabama-West Florida Conference, contact David Bowen at


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Guidelines for the AWF Conference Calendar

Due to the many activities going on around our conference, local church events are no longer posted at the Alabama-West Florida Conference website ( unless they are of conference-wide interest. If you choose to post an event please note the guidelines below. This was published by the Alabama-West Florida Conference in October 2017. 
Event Promotion Guidelines for the AWF Conference Calendar
(AWF-UMC 10/16/2017) - The Alabama-West Florida Conference cabinet and CORE team have approved new guidelines for promoting events in the conference. This will streamline how information is submitted, where events are promoted and also provides suggestions on how groups can help promote their events. Click here for the pdf document.
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