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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February 03, 2017

Black History Month resources available

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

November 22, 2016

Monroe working to empower laity

After 35 years working for the church, Paulette Monroe is working to turn her position as Conference Lay Leader into an opportunity to empower. She talks about her plans and dreams to reach out.

November 04, 2016

Churches give big salute to Veterans Day

Members of Palm Harbor UMC recently visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to lay a wreath and honor all who have served. For many conference churches, Veterans Day is a day for recognition and thanks; especially to those men and women we have lost, and the families who supported them.

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 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 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.

August 08, 2016

Young people work toward change concerning racism

Resources for youth ministry and race conversations are available from several United Methodist agencies.

June 18, 2016

Leading in the midst of change

As society becomes more complex, the more sophisticated leadership must become, according to Bishop Janice Riggle Huie. “So, we’re talking about leading in a culture of change. And that change increasingly is rapid, unpredictable and nonlinear.”

June 17, 2016

AC Thursday: Leadership is about the power of love

The call for leadership, love and inclusion wove throughout the meeting’s first day, from Holy Communion to the night's prayer vigil for the Orlando shooting victims.

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 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 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 27, 2016

Who is my neighbor?

After years of decline, a congregation in Houston has been experimenting with a new ministry with refugees in a nearby neighborhood. This collection tells a story of reclaiming a mission, navigating change, nurturing innovative leaders and embarking on the patient work of building friendship.

April 06, 2016

Pre-conference leadership gatherings offered

Leading Like Jesus is the theme of the 2016 Annual Conference, and pre-conference leadership gatherings will launch the topic and include tracks tailored for laity and clergy. All sessions will be held on Wednesday, June 15, at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel in Orlando.

April 05, 2016

Promoting the ‘culture of the call’

Jacksonville’s Mandarin UMC promotes the culture of the call to ministry.

March 28, 2016

Peace building through the arts

The arts are a starting place for addressing what different faiths have in common, says the founder of a nonprofit that hosts interfaith art exhibitions around the world.

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

Losing the home court advantage

The end of the home-court advantage is result of our own flaws -- we must confess, more honestly, our sins -- and it is the inevitable consequence of modernity and, more recently, post-modernity. Modernity wondered how Christianity could be true; post-modernity asked how Christianity could be authentic. Taken together, the faith seemed out of sync with culture.

March 04, 2016

Hundreds turn out for ‘Real Ideas’

Those arriving at the Real Ideas Conference at Van Dyke Church in Lutz came with different aspirations.

March 03, 2016

How do you curate human potential?

Courageous institutional leaders work to hire and develop the next generation of leaders -- even knowing that those leaders likely will leave to work somewhere else, writes a managing director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity. Article courtesy of Faith & Leadership

March 02, 2016

Building bridges: A commentary

A Florida Conference pastor and a summer staff intern who come from widely differing cultures share a story about how building bridges and staying at Christ’s table can overcome stereotyping and divisiveness. “We don’t have to be united in our particulars to be united as Methodists.”

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 26, 2016

You’re welcome: tips for greeting visitors this Easter

Children's drawings, like this one of a visitor and a cross on Easter morning, can warm the ...

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.

January 26, 2016

Celebrate Jesus model goes international

An evangelism tool developed in Florida takes on a new life in mission fields across the ocean.

January 13, 2016

Reaching out to the Islamic community

Leaders of two Florida Conference churches with a history of welcoming members of the Islamic faith ...

January 02, 2016

Local church learning communities

Design of a conference learning organization goes beyond the traditional classroom.

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