The first service of the day was the Commissioning Service where we recognized clergy who were elected as provisional members of the conference at Wednesday’s clergy session, and those who are newly licensed local pastors.
Following a short break, the conference moved back into business.
The Annual Meeting of the Membership of the United Methodist Foundation of WNC, Inc.was called to order, and the Rev. David Snipes and members of the staff at the Foundation gave reports of their work and programs.
This was followed by the Board of Health and Pensions Report led by Lynne Gilbert. The conference adopted Petitions 2A and 2B (pages 25-28 in the Supplement) that were brought to the body by the board.
The Conference Board of Trustees gave their report and spoke about a resource for local churches to review their insurance plans. This resource will be made available on the Conference website in the coming weeks, so please be on the lookout on the site, and through ENews.
Near the close of the business session, Bishop Goodpaster introduced a Missional Offering Video, featuring members of the cabinet talking about how our offerings during last year’s Annual Conference were used in the districts.
After a short break, the conference reconvened to celebrate the ministries of those retiring clergy. Among the 34 retirees, they had served a total of 955 years in ministry. Giving the address for the retirees was Rev. Jock Ollis, and Rev. Julia Trantham gave the address for the ordination class of 2016. She is the first deacon to have this opportunity in our conference, and it is during the 20th anniversary of the new order of deacons.