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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June 12, 2019

Bishop Carter's sermon: A New Evangelism, A New Connection

Sisters and brothers, we have to “up our game.” Many have settled for a kind of generic, industrial kind of church. What would it mean for those of us who are leaders in the church of Jesus, which would be all of us, to up our game?

June 11, 2019

A celebration of spirit-led innovation

Friday’s Annual Conference worship service included ministry reports, along with many and diverse choirs and bands.

June 10, 2019

Annual Conference concludes with ordination

Annual Conference 2019 concluded on Saturday with the ordination, commissioning and licensing of 52 persons, and on Friday members discussed and voted on eight resolutions.

June 10, 2019

Remembrance Service photo essay

Photographer Lance Rothwell captured the reverence of Remembrance Service attendees as they celebrated the saints who passed away over the past year.

June 07, 2019

AC Communion sermon delivered by Bishop Willimon

Retired Bishop Will Willimon delivered the communion sermon Wednesday evening at Annual Conference 2019.

June 07, 2019

Record breaking: all 2020 delegates selected by Thursday

On Thursday, Conference members selected eight clergy and eight laity delegates to represent Florida in the 2020 Jurisdictional Conference and alternates for both groups. It is thought to be unprecedented for the Conference to complete the entire roster of delegates for General and Jurisdictional Conferences in two days.

June 06, 2019

Bishop Carter emphasizes unity, acknowledges differences

Reflections with the Clergy Session of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church, shared...

June 06, 2019

Conference selects full 2020 GC delegation

Wednesday highlights included the clergy and laity meetings, the Strategic Leadership Team and lay leadership reports and the selection of several 2020 General Conference delegates.

June 05, 2019

Annual Conference off to a running start

The event is designed to promote faith and fitness among clergy and lay people.

May 23, 2019

Countdown to 2019 Florida Annual Conference

Conference members will be choosing from over 100 clergy and lay nominees for 44 slots for delegates to the 2020 General and Southeastern Jurisdictional Conferences. Elections begin Wednesday afternoon.

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