Members were led in Bible Study by Dr. Steven Manskar. Dr. Manskar talked about the importance and role of small groups and spiritual formation.
“Small groups are the way that congregations make disciples for the transformation of the world,” said Dr. Manskar.
“Making disciples doesn’t just happen. It takes intentionality.”
In the Business Session Tuesday morning, the conference:
· were reminded by Rev. Dave Hanson in a John Wesley moment that if John Wesley were speaking to us he would tell us to invite, convince, offer Christ, and build up.
· approved the report of the nominations committee and nominated from the floor those who will serve as at-large members of the Nomination Committee (to be voted on later).
· heard the report of the Conference Personnel Committee and recognized the 25 years of service of Mrs. Cathy Crawford (Connectional Ministries) and the 20 years of service of Mrs. Eleanor Dickson (Administrative Services). Rev. Adam Ricker was thanked for his years of dedication and hard work as the Associate Director of Life Span Ministries. Mr. Jim Towson is the new Associate Director.
· voted on an updated and amended church professional misconduct policy.
· took action on the church closings of the following churches, while also celebrating the impact these churches have had on many people in the South Georgia Conference: Hardwick UMC, Liberty Hill UMC, Carnegie Chapel UMC, Lilly UMC, Manassas UMC, Hannatown UMC, Woodlawn UMC, and North Glynn UMC.
A Memorial Service for those faithful servants who have served in our Conference was held on Tuesday afternoon at 2:00.
Dr. Hal Brady was the preacher for the service and in honoring the deceased, said, “Life in Christ, death in Christ…we can trust it all in God.
“Wherever heaven is, there Jesus is. We don’t know exactly what is beyond the grave, but we know exactly who is beyond the grave.”
Speaking to the families of the deceased Dr. Brady said, “Every last one of your loved ones has made a contribution. They really can’t die; otherwise the universe wouldn’t make sense.”
Those being remembered included:
Harold W. Hankins
Norma Jean Thomas
Curtis Creed Roberts
James Redding Webb, Jr.
J. Parke Renshaw
Dan Vernon Gates
Joseph Allen Newton
Freddie L. Wheeler
Bishop Marion Edwards
J. Hyatt Smith
David L. Rooks
Wilda M. Wilson
Jennie Nexsen Reed
Elizabeth B. Freeman
Mary Dot “Dottie” Edmundson
Mollie P. Cyree
Alice Chaphe Alsobrook
Doris Crawford Lance
Novella R. McClellan
Vera Belle Morgan
Anna U. Smith
In the Business Session Tuesday afternoon, the conference:
· celebrated through “commercials” the following: Conference Confirmation Retreats, Epworth By The Sea, the Arthur J. Moore Methodist Museum, Wesley Community Centers, Open Door Community Center, Higher Education and Clergy S3 groups.
· heard a preliminary report from the Council on Finance and Administration that showed the current financial reality in the United Methodist Church as a denomination and the current realities in the South Georgia Conference.
· learned about the Ambassadors for Epworth By The Sea program, in which every local church is asked to name one person who will come learn more about the ministry Epworth.
· recognized Four Star and Five Star clergy. Bishop King presented the Five Star clergy with a Five Star medallion.
The following were elected to the 2012 General and Jurisdictional Conference Delegation. The laity balloting has concluded.
Robert Beckum (Monday)
Bob Moon (Monday)
Larry Price (Monday)
Carl Childs (Monday)
Bill Hatcher (Monday)
Kelly Roberson (Monday)
J. Taylor Phillips
Alternates to Jurisdicitonal Conference
Conference members were invited to the Agrirama for a time of food, fun, and fellowship. Agrirama is Georgia’s Museum of Agriculture and Living History Museum. With authentic structures and furnishings, the attraction gave visitors the opportunity to experience 19th century-style farm-like activities, from planting and harvesting to cooking, spinning, quilt making, and more.