Annual Conference is the annual business meeting of The Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church. We gather together to resource ministries, hear of the goings on of others and put forth a vision for the next year as laity and clergy. The Conference is made up of 1 clergy person and 1 lay person from each church/charge. And to compensate for the retired clergy, at large lay members come as well.
We spend the weekend in worship hearing sermons, listening to our leadership and committees, voting on new clergy and celebrating highly successful ministries.
I missed Annual Conference last year due to surgery. Yes, it's been a year.
I deeply enjoyed Annual Conference this year. It was full of great preaching, excellent and concise reports from our committees, a great clergy session with lots of new ordinands, informal and formal discussion times, lunches with great friends, new connections and time to rest.
Some have discussed making the weekend shorter due to cost and actual business to be done. Honestly, I used to be one of them. But this year I encountered a long time friend and colleague who mentioned that he needed the time away. Conference is not just a business meeting. It's a time to be inspired and recharge your batteries to be redeployed back into the local church. So thank you to our Conference leadership who put on a great weekend. Thanks to all who shared the Word with us. It's fine the way it is and hopefully will be just as great if not better next year. Go in peace and go with God.
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