Annual Conference Session 2017


The 2017 Annual Conference Session will be held on Jekyll Island, GA June 4-7.

The Annual Conference Planning Committee and the Local Arrangements Committee are preparing for the 2017 Annual Conference Session, set for Sunday, June 4, through Wednesday, June 7, at the Jekyll Island Convention Center on Jekyll Island.

We are excited about meeting in our new venue and being led by our new Episcopal leader, Bishop R. Lawson Bryan. God has placed upon Bishop Bryan’s heart and mind a scriptural touchstone for leading us as an annual conference over the next four years. That touchstone is Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, especially the part in the second chapter where Paul describes how God has “made us alive together with Christ.”

Throughout our annual conference, Bishop Bryan will be challenging us to identify and celebrate all the ways we are being made alive together in Christ so that we will long even more for those experiences in our life together as an annual conference and in our local churches.

Our new location and venue will provide ample opportunities to be "alive together." One benefit of our new venue for families is its location at the beach and its close proximity to our conference's Camp Connect summer camp leadership. We are excited about the “summer camp” that is being provided to the elementary-age children of conference delegate families.

Additional information and changes related to the annual conference session will be posted here so please keep checking back.

Dr. Jay Harris, Conference Secretary

The 2017 Annual Conference Session will begin with an Opening Worship Service on Sunday evening, June 4, at 7:00 p.m. Conference will conclude with the Sending Forth Service on Wednesday, June 7. Below is a tentative schedule of events. A more comprehensive and final schedule will be provided in the Spring of 2017.
Sunday, June 4
3:00 PM  Registration Begins (Sunday registration ends at 6:45 PM prior to the Opening Service)
7:00 PM  Opening Worship Service, Bishop James Swanson Preaching
Monday, June 5
7:30 AM   Extension Ministry Breakfast
8:00 AM   Registration Reopens (8:00 AM – 12:00 noon and 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM)
9:00 AM   Laity Session
9:00 AM   Clergy Session
10:30 AM Opening Plenary Session
                 Board of Ordained Ministry Report
12:00 PM  Lunch Break
2:00 PM   Afternoon Plenary Session           
5:00 PM   Dinner Break (Methodist Home Barbecue)
7:00 PM   Ordination/Commissioning Service, Bishop Lawson Bryan preaching
8:15 PM   Reception for Ordained and Commissioned Ministers       
Tuesday, June 6
8:30 AM   Limited Retiree Registration until 10:30 AM
9:00 AM   Morning Plenary Session
11:00 AM  Retiree Recognition
12:00 PM  Lunch Break
1:00 PM  Gathering for Families of Deceased Clergy
2:00 PM  Memorial Service, Bishop Michael Watson preaching     
3:30 PM  Afternoon Plenary Session
4:30 PM  Beach Party
Wednesday, June 7
9:00 AM   Morning Plenary Session
11:00 AM  Fixing the Appointments/Sending Forth Service
12:00 PM  Adjourn

Social Media for the 2017 Annual Conference

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What is Annual Conference?

Each year—traditionally in June for the South Georgia Conference—all clergy members and an equal number of lay members selected from the local churches attend their conference’s Annual Conference session and meet together to worship, fellowship, and conduct the business of the conference, which may last 3-5 days. During these sessions, members of the conference hear reports of past and ongoing work; adopt future goals, programs and budgets; ordain clergy members as deacons and elders; and elect delegates to Jurisdictional and General Conferences (every 4 years). The bishop presides over these meetings.