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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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March 23, 2017

Second community conversation addresses immigration

A public forum sponsored by the Florida Conference addressed the topic of immigration March 21. It was the second in a series of community discussions on society and culture.

March 01, 2017

Giving voice to our children: Florida Advocacy Days 2017

With state legislators preparing for a busy 50-day session, members of the Florida Conference are ready to march on Tallahassee once again. This year's Florida Advocacy Days takes place March 26-28. It's an opportunity to give voice to the poor and disenfranchised, especially children.

February 24, 2017

Pulpit exchanges preach justice and love

Stories of the 1960's, dynamic praise singing and marches through city streets marked the inaugural pulpit exchange of the Florida Conference.

February 24, 2017

Series begins on 'Building the Beloved Community'

With this occasional series on churches’ hard work of reconciliation and redemption, the conference will feature stories about interfaith community dialogues and activities, ecumenical initiatives to build bridges among us, “Reclaim the Common Good” conversations, church efforts to address immigration issues, churches growing the beloved community dialogue beyond the walls of the church, etc.

February 22, 2017

Florida 'Praying Our Way Forward' the week of Feb. 26

The Florida Annual Conference’s week of leading “Praying Our Way Forward” is Sunday, February 26, through Saturday, March 4. Resources to assist churches participating next week include a prayer by Bishop Carter and a litany for Ash Wednesday, as well as a video introducing our Florida prayer effort.

February 16, 2017

Cabinet proposes district changes

The purpose of this letter is to inform you about a proposal that will be coming to the Annual Conference during our June meeting in Orlando.

February 10, 2017

Appointment-making in a time of mission: 2017

“The Florida Conference Appointive Cabinet has met this week in Lakeland, Florida. The meetings have included prayer, discernment, silence, assessment of the gifts of clergy and discussion of approximately sixty congregations (one-tenth of the whole) who are anticipating transitions. We share these core values with you to let you know about how we do this work, and we request your continued prayers." --Bishop Ken Carter

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.

February 03, 2017

Black History Month resources available

In celebration of Black History Month, United Methodist Communications (UMCOM) has provided ...

January 05, 2017

From Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter: A community discussion with Bishop Carter slated for Jan. 11 in Lakeland

Bishop Carter will lead a community discussion, "From Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter," on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 5 p.m. in Lakeland.

January 03, 2017

AC 2017 resolutions deadline is Jan. 31

According to the Standing Rules of the Florida Conference, Par. 206 2(d), “All submitted resolutions must be received by the Conference Secretary by Jan. 31 to be considered at the regular Annual Conference Event later that year.”

January 02, 2017

2016 apportionments due Jan. 10, 2017

January 10, 2017 is the deadline for submitting 2016 apportionments.

October 25, 2016

Student interns consider pastoral life

They are asked to preach, attend church meetings, visit the sick and participate in worldwide missions. Ten students recently participated in unique internships to consider pastoral careers.

October 06, 2016

October is Pastor Appreciation Month

In honor of dedicated clergy, we asked several ministers to share some of the ways church members had made them feel valued and found that for congregants and clergy alike, simple acts of caring help build a connection beyond the pulpit.

October 03, 2016

McKinley eager to do 'good soul tending work'

Florida Bishop Ken Carter announced in March the appointment of Rev. Sara McKinley as new director of the Office of Clergy Excellence. McKinley talks of exploring new mindsets of young clergy and those considering a call to ministry.

September 27, 2016

World Communion Sunday is Oct. 2

On World Communion Sunday your giving helps to provide scholarships for national and international graduate students whom God has gifted to learn and to serve. Links to resources are available.

September 21, 2016

Bishop Carter leads town hall in Gainesville

Bishop Carter answers questions at a Trinity UMC town hall meeting in Gainesville, stating it's time for every Methodist to become a bridge builder.

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.

September 06, 2016

Mission workshops aim to ignite ministries

The upcoming Mission: Ignite and Engage, will offer Florida Conference leadership a unique opportunity through workshops and chat rooms - to discover new ways to engage with their communities.

September 02, 2016

Gator Wesley gets new leadership from seasoned husband-and-wife team

Respected leaders for young adults, Joel and Heather Pancoast are taking on a new challenge at the Gator Wesley Foundation, serving college students at a pivotal time in their lives.

August 29, 2016

Bishop Carter to hold town hall meetings in September

Bishop Carter extends an invitation to September town hall meetings to be held in Gainesville, Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale and Grace, Cape Coral.

August 17, 2016

2017 apportionments available

The apportionments for 2017 are now available on the conference website. Please contact your district office first if you have any questions regarding your 2017 apportionments.

August 05, 2016

East Angola partnership bolsters next generations

Young people have been a continuing part of a unique partnership between Florida United Methodists and East Angola.

July 22, 2016

Rev. Dr. Candace Lewis to lead Gulf Central District

The appointment will be effective on September 1.

July 18, 2016

Resources for the Western Jurisdiction election of Karen Oliveto

Bishop Ken Carter offers resources and a reflection about the election of Karen Oliveto as a bishop.

June 30, 2016

Quadrennial training theme: Leading into the future

The first Quadrennial Leadership event included presentations by Dr. Lovett Weems, as well as breakout work sessions for committees and leadership teams of the Florida conference. A link to videos and the slide presentations of Weems' sessions is in the story.

June 13, 2016

First Orlando to host InterFaith Service on Tuesday

The Tuesday, June 14, service will include leaders from the religious communities within the City of Orlando that work with Rev. Dr. Jim Coffin, the executive director of the InterFaith Council of Central Florida.

June 07, 2016

New welcome centers encouraging connections

While the new centers provide extra space for churches to expand their outreach, do missions work and, in some cases offer a good cup of coffee to the flock before and after worship services, the main focus is to create space that fosters connections and makes new members comfortable.

June 06, 2016

Churches fill summer 'food gap' for children

Throughout Florida, many United Methodist churches are pitching in to help ensure that young students in low-income families remain well fed during the summer recess.

May 27, 2016

Telling Our Stories: Leading Like Jesus

The conference is seeking storytellers who will share stories about this year's meeting theme, "Leading Like Jesus."

May 24, 2016

Countdown to Annual Conference

The annual assembly of Florida's United Methodist Church starts June 16 at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel in Orlando. Here's what attendees need to know.

May 19, 2016

What does the new DOL rule mean for you?

How will the Department of Labor ruling affect the way your office operates? Are your employees "exempt" or "nonexempt"? Find out the answer to these questions and more.

May 17, 2016

Collective is firing up the 'nones' and 'dones'

In a former newspaper office building in the middle of Deland, Fla., Christ is at work in a coffee house atmosphere where musicians play and the passion of a thirty-something pastor fires up the “nones” and “dones.”

May 10, 2016

Health ministry grant applications due June 1

The Missional Engagement Ministry of the Florida Conference is currently seeking applications for Health Ministry Grants from local churches.  Applications are due June 1.

May 05, 2016

Florida GC media center launched

Use the GC 2016 link in the gray navigational bar near the top of the home page to access links to social media, news feeds and photo galleries on Florida's General Conference webpage headquarters.

May 03, 2016

Haupert-Johnson launches episcopal candidacy website

The Florida Conference episcopal candidate's website includes sermons, a biography, endorsements and a video.

April 25, 2016

UMC is key partner in Imagine No Malaria fight

So far, the people of The United Methodist Church have contributed $20,085,817 to the Global Fund, with more than half of that amount donated last year alone.

April 20, 2016

God's gift of the earth: A photo prayer

This video features stunning images of Nature along with the beautiful words of a prayer written by United Methodist Bishop Ken Carter when he was a pastor in North Carolina.

April 19, 2016

'Pasco Rebuilds Together' making progress

Floodwaters from the 2015 summer storms in Pasco County receded long ago, but the recovery effort continues daily, thanks to a faith-based coalition repairing and rebuilding homes with volunteer labor and donations of money and materials.

April 08, 2016

A place for grace

Shade and Fresh Water created a transformative sanctuary – a "clergy suite" – at the Life Enrichment Center for individuals and their families who are professionally associated with the conference.

March 07, 2016

South Florida JFON debuts mobile immigration clinic

A donated camper has been converted to a mobile legal clinic for immigrants by the South Florida Justice for our Neighbors, a ministry of The United Methodist Church that offers free legal services.

February 29, 2016

Pitching in for the home(less) team: North East District

United Methodists join nonprofit organizations and borrow ideas from other Florida church members to tackle an enormous socioeconomic issue in their community.

February 24, 2016

Va va (va va) zoom: Fast growth not necessarily fast work

Pastors of three large Florida Conference churches that landed on a list of fastest-growing churches in the denomination share practices that helped them get there.

February 23, 2016

Back from the birthplace of Christianity

Ordinands return from a Florida Conference-sponsored Holy Land trip with new perspectives on the Bible.

February 22, 2016

Lockmiller grant applications due March 15

LAKELAND – The Florida Conference is accepting applications for grants of up to $2,000 each for ...

February 19, 2016

Putting Christ back in Christianity

Missio Ecclesia, a three-day gathering focused on missions, draws more than 200 from across the Florida Conference.

February 17, 2016

Real Ideas seeks to inspire higher

The yearly get-together features a mix of practical advice for growing healthy congregations with a dose of inspiration and encouragement.

February 16, 2016

Delegates hear from church members on global issues

Issues related to human sexuality dominated comments shared at a listening session hosted by the Florida Conference delegation and Connectional Table.

February 09, 2016

Bible crossword and quiz launched

Bible buffs will have a chance to test their knowledge with a new puzzle and quiz question every Monday.

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.

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