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Native American Ministries

The Committee on Native American Ministries (CONAM) is a resource and advocate for Native American ministries within the Florida Conference.  We support local churches to connect and equip congregations in making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. 

We promote our Native American Culture and ministry by speaking at local churches and other United Methodist events. In addition, we provide a leadership resources to local churches and ministries to help further the mission and vision of the Florida Conference.  

The fruit born from CONAM has resulted from evangelizing in a way that is respectful of the traditions and cultures of Native Americans. We are an advocate for Native American issues and are networked with other Native American ministries to be a resource for information.  CONAM will help United Methodist Native Americans in the process of taking the opportunities to become United Methodist ministers or lay ministers.  We endeavor to advocate for Native American ministries and by Native Americas to share the diverse culture, history and traditions of Native people.

March 24th & 25th

Come and be blessed through uplifting Native style worship music, inspired teaching; culture, crafts, and history; and great fellowship.
Guest speaker: Pastor Rick Phillips.
Also featuring Jim Sawgrass’ East Meets West presentation.
Worship with Sacred Thunder Drum; dancing, crafts, and flute.

A suggested minimum donation of $15 will be gratefully accepted to defray costs and benefit “Red Road Blanket Project,” which provides blankets, heaters, firewood, and weatherization to people in need of them in the Lakota territory.

Meals will be provided, and may include hot dogs, pulled pork sandwiches, Indian tacos, spaghetti, or chicken and yellow rice, prepared by our own Dian. There is no lodging on site.
Accommodations are on your own

Area motels include:

:Hampton Inn, 2702 Thonotosassa Rd., 813-756-5600;

Knights Inn, 301 S. Frontage Rd., 813-752-0570

Quality Inn, 2003 S. Frontage Rd., 321-710-0339.
Bring a folding chair or blanket, for outdoor events, and your trade blanket items, if you wish to participate in that activity on Friday evening.
If you wish to set up a vendor’s table, we request that you donate 20% of your sales to our causes.
Please contact Dian at her number, below, to make arrangements.
Our host church:
First United Methodist Church
Wesley Centre
303 N. Evers Street
Plant City, FL  33563



NOTE: REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS 3/10/2023.  All forms mailed must arrive by this date.

Should you have any questions, please reach out to Dian Barreras at 813-763-3718

Native Americans plan an important role in the Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church.  That role is expanding with scholarships and grants to provide the training for greater leadership Opportunities. Click here for more information.

Click here for information from the Indian Health Service.

Click here for health resources

Interested in becoming part of the Committee on Native American Ministry?

Click here for more information