Annual Conference Session 2017


2017 Annual Conference Session | Jekyll Island, GA | June 4-7

The 2018 Annual Conference Session will be held on Jekyll Island, GA June 3-6, 2018.

2017-2018 Appointments

Click here to view the 2017-2018 Clergy Appointments.
Please note: if you find a discrepancy in the appointment list please contact your district office.

2017 Annual Conference Evaluation

Click here to fill out an evaluation of the 2017 South Georgia Annual Conference

Bulletin Insert

Click here for a bulletin insert to use in telling the story of Annual Conference

Annual Conference Wrap-up

Click here to read the Annual Conference wrap-up submitted to United Methodist News Service.


Click here to view the South Georgia Advocate, published on Monday, June 12.

Sermons & Bible Studies

Opening Worship Sermon - Bishop James Swanson

Ordination & Commissioning Sermon - Bishop R. Lawson Bryan

Memorial Service Sermon - Bishop B. Michael Watson

Sending Forth Message - Bishop R. Lawson Bryan

Teaching Moment #1 - Dr. Lovett Weems 

Teaching Moment #2 - Dr. Lovett Weems

Teaching Moment #3 - Dr. Lovett Weems

Vital Signs Assessment Tool

The “Alive Together in Worship” theme was woven throughout the Annual Conference session as Dr. Lovett Weems, Distinguished Professor of Christian Leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary, taught three sessions based on his book, “Overflow: Increase Worship Attendance and Bear More Fruit.” Each of the sessions was geared toward helping the conference achieve its goal of increasing average worship attendance by 10 percent.

Bishop Bryan presented attendees with a “Vital Signs for Healthy Congregations Assessment Tool” that can be used for personal reflection as well as direction for critical conversations within local congregations. More tools can be found at


Daily Recaps 


Special Offering for Disaster Response: $24,886.51
Special Relief: $2,660.03
Ministerial Education Fund: $2,976.28


Vital Sign Videos

Worship Leadership

Guest Preacher and Teachers for the 2017 Annual Conference Session:

  • Sunday Opening Worship: Bishop James Swanson, Mississippi Episcopal Area
  • Thursday Memorial Service: Bishop B. Michael Watson, Ecumenical Officer of the Council of Bishops
  • Monday Ordination & Commissioning: Bishop R. Lawson Bryan, South Georgia Episcopal Area
  • Teaching Moments: Dr. Lovett Weems, Professor at Wesley Theological Seminary

Social Media for the 2017 Annual Conference

Twitter: / #sgaumc 
Instagram: #sgaumc

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.