News From Annual Conference 2019
by Janet Rocap, Lay Delegate
“On Mission Together” was the theme of the Florida Annual Conference, June 5-8, held at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida. FUMC folks attending were Pastor Beth Farabee, Lay Member Janet Rocap, Delegates at Large Dan Greathouse, Kay Greathouse, Carl Rocap, Tim Leslie, and Robert “BJ” Jackson. Details and videos from the sessions are available online at www.flumc.org/annual-conference-2019.
Highlights included great speakers, inspiring worship, and connecting with fellow Methodists from across Florida. My personal special moments were lunch with Rev. Sara McKinley who is well and sends her love to FUMC; the Methodist Foundation of Social Action presentation of the Plumb Line Award to our own Tim & BJ; and the spirit-filled movement of love and inclusion for all people that manifested itself in those elected to serve as General and Jurisdictional Conference delegates in 2020. In addition, the resolution, “A Conscientious Dissent from the Traditional Plan” was passed by the clergy and lay delegates 65% yes to 35% no.” The full resolution can be found online. (Click here to view the resolution.)
The following bullet points are highlights shared by the Annual Conference Planning Team:
The Ordination, Commissioning and Licensing of 52 persons.
Over $37,000 was given to the Bishop’s Offering in order to start a new church within the Lowell Correctional Institute in Reddick, and for the revitalization of FAMU Wesley in Tallahassee. (We contributed $400)
There are now 301 Fresh Expressions in Florida and a new church has been chartered (Good Samaritan UMC in Tallahassee).
Apportionment giving increased last year and the 2020 Budget was reduced in order to return more resources to the local churches to make disciples.
A new ministry plan for Latino/Latina ministries was enthusiastically approved.
Delegates engaged in dialogue about the church’s social teaching and public witness, and approved funding for seminary scholarships for the next five years.