Church Considers Reorganization

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United Methodists, the state's second largest denomination, will vote on a recommendation Saturday to reduce the number of districts in the North Alabama Conference in an effort to tighten the budget and streamline administration.

There are now 12 districts in the conference, and a committee has proposed reducing it to eight, which would eliminate the need for four district superintendent positions.

The recommendation will be voted on in a special conference meeting Jan. 28 at 9:30 a.m. at ClearBranch United Methodist Church in Argo, Ala.

The Reverend Barbara Harper, pastor of Helena United Methodist Church and chairman of the committee that issued the report, said it could go into effect by June 2007, if approved.

United Methodists in the North Alabama Conference have declined from more than 178,000 at the end of 1983 to nearly 156,000 at the end of 2004. The meeting will only determine the number of districts.