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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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May 26, 2016

Council of Bishops' letter to the church

Council of Bishops follows tradition with letter to the church.

May 23, 2016

General Conference 2016 summary

General Conference wrapped up on Friday, May 20, and below are highlights of some accomplishments, ...

May 19, 2016

All things are possible

I love the church. I am not naive about the church, or my own human nature, but I love the church. I loved serving as a pastor in the local church, and now I am blessed in the ministry of being a bishop. My love for the church recognizes her flaws; we hold the treasure of the gospel in earthen vessels, Paul wrote, to show that the transcendent belongs to God and not to us.

May 09, 2016

'We Are More' site shares faith stories

In this season of General Conference, the Missouri Conference is sharing a website called "We Are More," a series of compelling stories of faith.

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 29, 2016

GC 2016: Young Clergy Initiative up for renewal

Delegates to General Conference 2016 will be asked to renew funding for the Young Clergy Initiative. The grant-based program, created by General Conference 2012, aims to bolster the ranks of young pastors in The United Methodist Church. While officials say it is too soon for statistical evidence that the program is working, anecdotal accounts offer encouragement.

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.

April 12, 2016

Treasure hidden in a field

"So what do you think will happen at the General Conference?” I’m often asked that question. Underneath are a variety of unspoken emotions: fear, anxiety, sadness, anticipation, excitement. It’s a question that’s voiced this year, perhaps with a greater sense of urgency, but it’s one we have asked before.

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 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.

January 20, 2016

Prepping for Portland: Florida delegation bones up

Delegates to General Conference review some of the legislative proposals they will see when United Methodist leaders convene in May for General Conference.

January 12, 2016

Florida hosts SEJ church leaders

The SEJ College of Bishops is joined by the jurisdiction's episcopacy committee and lay leaders from associated annual conferences.

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