Theme & adjusted dates announced for 2023 Annual Conference session
Bishop David Graves announces that the 2023 Annual Conference session will be held Sunday, June 4, 2023, through Tuesday, June 6, 2023. The conference theme will be: When They Prayed, based on Act 4:31.
“While it seems so obvious that prayer is the center of our work, sometimes we need to make intentional efforts,” said Bishop Graves. “It is easy to get sidetracked by the business and agenda items of our meetings. We add more to our plates; we find ourselves in a cycle of busy-ness; and we stay in problem-solving mode. All of this distracts us from listening for God’s voice and seeking His will for our churches and lives. This collective effort will allow space for the Holy Spirit to guide us and our work.”
The newly amended dates of Sunday through Tuesday are a reduction in one day from the dates originally announced at the conclusion of the last conference session. The shorter conference length provides cost savings for both local churches and the annual conference.
“We continue to seek ways to be better stewards of our resources, and this is just one way in which that is possible,” said Meredyth Earnest, Conference Secretary.
The 2023 Annual Conference session, which will be held at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, Ga., will begin on Sunday, June 4 with an opening worship service. It will conclude on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 6, after the fixing of appointments and sending forth service.
An email will be sent in January that will include lodging options available to clergy and lay members of the Annual Conference.
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Questions For questions regarding the business of Annual Conference, please contact Meredyth Earnest at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions regarding local arrangements or for general inquiries, please contact Kelly Roberson at email@example.com.
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.