Moving Forward Together

Moving Forward Together is our church's discussion, research, and discernment pathway. Provided here will be information, links, documents, timelines and more pertaining to Arab First United Methodist Church's discernment process and details from many points of view.

This is a journey that we as a church want to take together, and include as many voices within the congregation as possible. Together we will be able to discern who we are as people of God, but also where He is leading us.

Introductory Resources

There is a lot that needs to be considered during the discernment process. As such, we are providing resources below from across the spectrum to help inform our congregation and those curious about the process itself.

How We Got Here

Discernment is never a quick process, and there have been several steps that have lead us to this point. Here you will find some of the personal viewpoints of our pastors, as well as additional information from leadership within the United Methodist Church.

Pastor Todd Henderson's Town Hall Message

May 15 & 22, 2022


Town Hall Introduction Video


For more Helpful Information: People Need Jesus

Contemporary & Traditional Service Online Services

Sunday, June 12 - Contemporary
Pastor Todd Henderson

Sunday, June 12 - Traditional
Pastor Todd Henderson

Sunday, June 19 - Contemporary
Associate Pastor Nicky James

Sunday, June 19 - Traditional
Associate Pastor Nicky James

Additional Information

Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett shares information at Guntersville First United Methodist Church

United Methodist Church Information

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United Methodist Church Website -

Special Called Annual Conference for Disaffiliating Churches -

Looking to General Conference 2024:

Plans Comparison Chart

  • These plans were to be presented at the General Conference in 2020, however were delayed three times due to the pandemic.

Potential Re-Affiliation Discernment Gatherings & Information

Global Methodist Church -

Free Methodist Church -

Congregational Methodists -