Thursday, May 29, 2014

Annual Conference 2014, Day 2

Tuesday, May 27 at OCU (Oklahoma City University) in the Freede Wellness Center (pronounced FREE-DEE).

Bishop Hayes called the people to order and Hayes gave an Episcopal Address (opening speech by a Bishop). He is a fabulous speaker. Chuck Stewart, Conference Lay Leader, gave a laity address.

The rest of the morning was dedicated to "Act of Repentance."  This was a history lesson on the persecution of Native Americans including the Trail of Tears and their journey to faith.

LUNCH BREAK --- We had lunch with Patrick McPherson!  So fun to see him again.

2:00 p.m. - Enabling Motions:

The budget is corrected on-line. The bottom line didn't change.

Mark Ashton made a motion to get a projection of the budget for 2015-2018 in order to be better informed to vote.  Motion was seconded and carried.

2:20 p.m. - Strategic Plan
Grant Program: New People, New Places
The Annual Conference has  a $6 million budget with 5 major committees.  Discipleship and Missions took the brunt of the cuts to fund the new grant program.
A team of 18 laity and 18 clergy will audit and grant the proposals.
These grants are to promote innovative ideas of new ministry that will reach new people in places that have not been reached before.
There will be $700,000 available for grants in 2015.

2:50 p.m. -  The Mission & Service Team got 2 awards.
In Oklahoma mission giving is higher across the board in all denominations.
Oklahoma has done the most mission work in the South Central Jurisdiction.
The Mission & Service Team is going to put materials on the website for churches to use for Sunday School or however is useful.
People shared about the disaster relief in Bolivia.

4:00 p.m. - Board of Laity
All three of the Oklahoma youth and all four of Oklahoma young adults were elected to the South West Jurisdictional Conference.
We celebrated the 10th anniversary of "It Worked for Us" and laity in general.

4:10 p.m. - Church closings
Carter Church - 4 members are donating the church to the Carter community to be used for a community gathering place.

Christ Church, McAlister

Agra UMC opened in 1903.  Chandler will get the money fromt he sale of the building and property.

Barnsdale UMC opened in 1908. There were 8 in attendance at the last service. The attendees said it was more like a funeral than a church service.

There was a vote to disband these churches.  It was sad.  We closed in prayer after the vote.

4:30 p.m. - Congregational Development - We Start New Churches
Christ UMC in Oklahoma City
Summit began as fireside gatherings
Living Waters was a coffee shop during the week and a church on Sundays.  They had to move the church across the street when the group got too large for the coffee shop.
St. Luke's satellite campus.
Cross Timbers (Moore) building a new church after the 2013 tornado.

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