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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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