News & Views

The Florida Conference is dedicated to bringing you news stories about United Methodists here and beyond. Whether the news is about the global church or the church on the corner, look for it here. You’ll also find thought-provoking commentaries and opportunities for education and fellowship.

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May 01, 2017

Four-year strategic plan bringing new churches

In the midst of a four-year strategic plan to develop new churches, Rev. Dan Jackson, director of New Church Development for the Florida Conference, is preparing for a new phase in the initiative. In 2018, at least nine churches are targeted for new starts.

April 25, 2017

Native American Ministries Sunday offers empowerment

Native American Ministries Sunday is April 30, 2017. Your gifts are much needed to help seminary students honor and celebrate Native American culture in their ministries. You'll also empower entire congregations in finding new ways to minister to the communities they serve.

February 08, 2017

It's space for sacred summers, childlike faith

If you're looking to feel the wonderment of childhood again, Warren Willis offers unique retreat opportunities for Camping Sunday. Described as a "fun ministry," this year's event is being held Feb. 26.

September 08, 2016

Revival, history themes for AC 2017, 2018

Described by Sharon Austin, director of Connectional Ministries, as an important time of gathering and fellowship, the 2017 Annual Conference returns to Orlando, and the 2018 Annual Conference returns to Florida Southern College in Lakeland.

June 10, 2016

Clergy Gathering slated for Oct. 25-26

Click here to register for Clergy Gathering 2016  

June 06, 2016

Storm resources available for churches, communities

According to NASA, on June 6, a tropical storm warning was in effect from Indian Pass to Englewood and Altamaha Sound to Sebastian Inlet, Florida. A tropical storm watch was in effect from north of Altamaha Sound, Georgia, to South Santee River in South Carolina. The warning and watch areas cover most of the state.

April 17, 2016

Bishop announces full-time appointment changes

The appointment changes will take effect July 1, 2016.

April 13, 2016

Three petitions shape Bishop Carter's prayers

They are: the faithfulness of the church, the fruitfulness of the church and the unity of the church.

March 30, 2016

Fresh Expressions video competition launched

Could your Fresh Expressions ministry use an extra $1,000? Here's an opportunity exclusively for Fresh Expressions in Florida.

March 22, 2016

New campus leaders announced

New Wesley Foundation leaders have been named to lead two of Florida’s universities: Gator Wesley Foundation at the University of Florida in Gainesville and United Wesley of Miami.

March 14, 2016

Bishop Carter announces new appointments

Bishop Ken Carter and the appointive cabinet of the Florida Conference announced new assignments today, and they will become effective July 1.

March 14, 2016

Florida Conference's day of prayer for GC is April 14

The Florida Conference is called to a time of prayer on April 14 to prepare for General Conference as part of denomination's 131 days of prayer that began on December 31. Rev. David McEntire, FUMC Lakeland, provides a format for this day of prayer in the Florida Conference.

February 09, 2016

Postage stamp commemorates AME Church founder

The U.S. Postal Service kicks off Black History Month by unveiling a "forever" stamp that marks the life and witness of AME founder Richard Allen.

February 03, 2016

Lent begins Feb. 10; resources are available

Lent is a season of 40 days, not counting Sundays. It begins on Ash Wednesday – Feb. 10 this year – ...

February 01, 2016

Black History Month resources available

Black History Month resources are available courtesy of the denomination’s Discipleship Ministries. The theme for 2016 is “Unnatural Disasters: The Stony Road to Hope.”

January 21, 2016

Bishop Carter’s first podcast highlights current events

Listen to the bishop discuss recent and upcoming events in the first of a series of podcasts.

January 20, 2016

Camping Sunday set for Feb. 28

The annual day of offering is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 28, but churches can give to Florida Conference Camps & Retreats any time of the year.

January 18, 2016

Bishop Carter appoints four new cabinet members

The appointments include three district superintendents and the assistant to the Bishop. Additionally, the current superintendent of the North Central District will assume the leadership for the Gulf Central District.

January 08, 2016

Apportionments due Jan. 12, 2016

Apportionment payments for 2015 must be received in the lockbox at Regions Bank or paid online by Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. This is not a postmarked by date, but is the last day by which monies must be received online or in our bank lockbox to be included in 2015 apportionments receipts.

January 01, 2016

Leading conversations on race relations

The goal is to build a Beloved Community of inclusivity within the Annual Conference that cultivates cultural competency among us.

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