AC17 Special Offering: Ministry with the Poor Exploration

Ministry with the Poor is one of the four North Alabama Conference priorities. The Operational Team leading this priority has developed Exploration, an intensive summer internship for people who are discerning a call to Ministry with the Poor.

Exploration participants will live in community, pray, read Scripture together and participate in two spiritual formation and learning retreats. They will have the opportunity to become certified Christian Community Development (CCD) participants through a week-long CCDA Immersion. Exploration interns will serve in one of our North Alabama churches or agencies in direct ministry with the poor. This initiative is designed to create a new opportunity for both lay and clergy to hear a call from God to ministry with the poor, which will substantially strengthen our Conference’s priority in the life of the local church.

This year’s North Alabama Annual Conference Special Offering, to be received on Sunday, June 4 during Opening Worship,  will go to fund this new initiative and other work of the Ministry with the Poor Operational Team to develop trained ministers and laity passionate about ongoing ministry with the poor who are willing to lead this Conference priority in the life of our local churches.

Each North Alabama congregation is asked to support this year’s offering by giving $1 per person.

Special Offering Toolkit

Below are downloadable resources you can use to encourage your congregation to support this year's Special Offering. 



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Clergy committed to Ministry with the Poor share their stories to encourage local congregations to contribute generously to this year’s mission offering. 



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Cheryl's Story


Al's Story



If you need additional resources for your congregation, please contact the Office of  Communication.

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