New Ministry Strategies

The Alabama-West Florida Conference has created a new ministry strategy team that will lead our conference in planting new faith communities, as well as coaching our existing churches to reach new people in new ways. Click here to read release

To facilitate this work each new ministry cultivator has been assigned specific areas to initiate conversations and new ministries where there is a gap or a United Methodist desert. 

Additionally, each cultivator has been assigned a district superintendent to assist in facilitating new ministry and to help develop fresh ideas in our existing churches. While the team is developing avenues for reaching out to the cultivators, please feel free to contact your DS if you have questions or wish to be a part of helping to start these new communities of faith. They will then connect you to the cultivator for your area. 

The cultivators are assigned as follows: 
Rev. Dan Baughman to Rev. Jean Tippit 
Rev. Brennan Peacock to Dr. Jeff Wilson 
Jennifer Precht to Dr. Debora Bishop 
Rev. Mike von Keyserling to Dr. Mike Pearson  
Jennifer Lusher will resource the team as needed and help all areas. 

The new churches/faith communities are as follows.
-ARK New Church Start
-DeFuniak Springs New Church Start
-Destin/Niceville New Church Start
-Grand Ridge New Church Start
-Island New Church Start, Orange Beach and Gulf Shores, AL area
-Opelika New Church Start
-Open Door United Methodist Church, Pace, FL
-Pike Road New Church Start
-Prattville New Church Start
-Restoration United Methodist Church, Cottondale, FL
-Troy New Church Start