Bishop Ken Carter delivered the ordination sermon on Saturday morning. -Photo by Lance Rothwell
The annual meeting of the Florida Annual Conference took place June 4-8, 2019 in Lakeland, FL. Clergy and laity from 700 churches in our conference gathered for worship, fellowship and to conduct the business of the conference.
Here are some highlights from the week:
- The Rev. Magrey deVega and the Rev. Clark Campbell-Evans were 2 of 16 delegates elected to General Conference 2020. (What is General Conference?)
- The Rev. Vicki Walker, the Rev. Justin LaRosa and Mr. Steve Gardner were 3 of 16 delegates elected to Jurisdictional Conference 2020. (What is Jurisdictional Conference?)
- The Ordination, Commissioning and Licensing of 52 persons.
- More than $37,000 given to the Bishop’s Offering to start a new church within the Lowell Correctional Institute in Reddick and the revitalization of FAMU Wesley.
- We now have 301 Fresh Expressions in Florida and we chartered a new church (Good Samaritan UMC in Tallahassee).
- Over the last year, 14 new churches became involved in ZOE and over 1,000 children have entered the program. A new challenge grant of $42,000 will hopefully double the number of children supported by ZOE in some African countries (more).
- Apportionment giving increased last year and we reduced our 2020 Budget to return more resources to the local churches to make disciples.
- We enthusiastically approved a new ministry plan for Latino/Latina ministries.
- We engaged in dialogue about our church’s social teaching and public witness and approved funding for seminary scholarships for the next five years.
- Eight resolutions were brought before the Annual Conference on topics of seminary support, advocacy efforts, LGBTQ inclusion and more. Five resolutions were approved. (Details on all resolutions are found at the end of this article)