The Pensacola District of The United Methodist Church
Monday, April 20, 2015
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Welcome to the Pensacola District!

Congratulations, Pensacola District All Stars Churches!
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
Please note:  Each year, it is not unusual for 1 or 2 churches to be very close to achieving this recognition, but all three requirements must be met. 
  A Word from Our District Superintendent,
Jeremy K. Pridgeon
  April 19, 2015
Greetings in the name of Christ!  Thank you for your prayers for Bishop Leeland and the Cabinet last week as we gathered in Mobile for the appointment making session ahead of the 2015-16 Annual Conference.  The presence of the Spirit was certainly felt as we went about our work of reflecting on the leadership needs of our churches.  I am grateful for the hours spent by SPR Committees and clergypersons in the consultation process that indeed helps to provide the necessary information in order for Bishop Leeland to make the best possible appointments to the churches.
The "Core Values" of the Cabinet guided the work again this year.  As we complete our work, the following principles undergird our efforts.  I have shared these with many of you during the past five years, but on the eve of the appointments being announced, it is appropriate to share these again.
1)  We are part of the body of Christ, therefore the work we do is the work of God.
2)  Our primary concern is the church.
3)  Consultation is critical, there cannot be enough consultation.  Consultation does not mean consent, it means consultation.
4)  We will reward fruitful and effective ministry.
5)  No appointment is better than the wrong appointment.
The calls to clergy receiving new appointments will begin at 8 a.m. Monday morning.  As we all know, this is a very sensitive time for clergy, their families, and our churches.  Clergy receiving new appointments are asked to not share this information in any form - phone calls, texts, emails, or on any social media - until they are contacted by the SPR chairperson of their new congregation.  Please be respectful of your colleagues and of the notification process throughout the day tomorrow. 
We offer our prayers for all of our clergy, clergy families, and congregations throughout the Alabama-West Florida Conference that the appointments made for the coming year will enable us to fulfill the mission of the church to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. 
This week, I will be involved in the notifying of clergy and SPR chairpersons of new appointments on Monday.  Our Pensacola District CORE Team will meet on Tuesday.   Dr. Tim Trent will be with us getting acclimated to the work we have been doing over the past five years together.  On Wednesday, I will be speaking to the Men's Prayer Breakfast at First UMC, Pensacola.  I will be in various meetings on Thursday.  I will be out of the office on Friday.  Please email or call should you have need of me.  Thank you for your leadership and for your prayers during these days.
Blessings and peace,

About the Pensacola District
The Pensacola District is one of eight districts comprising the Alabama-West Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church. True to biblical mandate and denominational priority, we are committed to proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ; discipling residents, tourists, and snowbirds alike; establishing new congregations; and nurturing existing ones.

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