The 150th session of the South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church will convene June 8 through June 11 at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, Ga.
The conference theme of “Testify and Multiply,” based on Acts 2:40-41 (NRSV), lends itself to the celebration of good news, and attendees will be led in moments of inspiration and reflection around significant moments in mission and ministry throughout South Georgia’s 150 years as an annual conference.
The 2016 Annual Conference session will also mark Rose and Bishop James King’s final Annual Conference session in South Georgia before they enter retirement.
“Both of these are significant moments in the life of our conference,” said Dr. Jay Harris, Conference Secretary. “The view of our history that Rev. Dave Hanson will show us, reviewing the eight years of Bishop King’s ministry, and the theme – Testify and Multiply – there’s synergy between those three things that will help deepen our experience together.”
The 2016 Annual Conference session will begin on Wednesday afternoon, June 8, with the session’s first business session, during which the Conference will hear a report from the General Conference delegation. Bishop James King will preach during the evening’s worship service, and a special offering will be received to welcome the General Board of Global Ministries to its new home in Atlanta.
The Annual Conference session will continue Thursday morning, June 9, with separate laity and clergy sessions, two business sessions, and a memorial service for deceased clergy and clergy spouses. The evening will conclude with a special evening of entertainment honoring Mrs. Rose King and Bishop King featuring singer and songwriter Buddy Greene in concert. A reception, sponsored by the United Methodist Connectional Federal Credit Union, will follow.
On Friday morning, June 10, the Conference will recognize and celebrate retiring clergy. Each retiree will have a moment to address the Annual Conference. During the day’s afternoon plenary session the Conference will engage in a panel discussion focusing on fruitfulness in evangelism. The evening will be free.
The 2016 Annual Conference session will close on Saturday morning, June 11, following an Ordination/Commissioning Service, a plenary session, and the traditional “fixing of the pastoral appointments” for the coming year by Bishop King.
The 2016 Annual Conference leadership includes Rev. Dr. Winston Worrell, Director of World Methodist Evangelism Institute; Rev. Dr. Laceye Warner, Associate Professor of the Practice of Evangelism and Methodist Studies at Duke Divinity School; and Rev. Dr. Michael McQueen, senior pastor of St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta, Ga., all who will present the Annual Conference session’s teaching moments; Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett, episcopal leader of the North Alabama Episcopal Area, who will preach at the Ordination/Commissioning Service; and Rev. Don Adams, senior pastor of Albany First United Methodist Church, who will preach at the Memorial Service.
“Hopefully we will leave with greater passion for making disciples of Jesus Christ and we’ll be able to go back to our local churches and, as South Georgia United Methodists, we will feel a renewed sense of calling to disciple making,” Dr. Harris said.
The Special Offering for the 2016 South Georgia Annual Conference will be used to welcome the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) to Georgia. The offering will support the agency’s ministries and mission efforts.
Throughout the Annual Conference session, attendees are encouraged to donate items to the ministries and agencies of the South Georgia Annual Conference. Each of the agencies listed below will have a collection box in the lobby at Annual Conference. They have selected items that will help them in their day-to-day operation.