Annual Conference News

Matching gift will help fulfill Hayes endowment for Africa University

published 11/18/2016
A promise to match donations moves the Conference closer to its Dec. 31 goal to endow ‌a scholarship, in honor of Bishop Robert Hayes and Mrs. Dee Hayes, for Africa University (AU). The Woodworth ...

National consultants introduce multisite strategy to grow churches in Conference

published 11/18/2016
BY HOLLY MCCRAY Vibrant churches take many shapes. A recent Oklahoma forum that focused on the multisite movement attracted more than 200 people from 112 congregations. Presented by the Conference’...

Oklahoma flock welcomes shepherd

published 11/4/2016
Bishop James G. "Jimmy" Nunn presides at the Great Thanksgiving on Oct. 23 at Tulsa-Asbury UMC. Photos by Mark Moore ‘I promise to be … a teacher of the faith, a pastor of souls, a means to the ...

Bishop’s installation Oct. 23

published 10/14/2016
Installation service for the new bishop of the Oklahoma Area begins at 4 p.m. Oct. 23 in Tulsa at Asbury United Methodist Church. (Can’t attend in person? Watch the live stream at www.okumc.org. ) ...

Introducing 2 young leaders at HQ

published 10/14/2016
    Ramirez pursues innovations in ministry Carlos Ramirez uses a ball chair and sit/stand table in his streamlined office, befitting his work focus: innovation and leadership development at ...

New bishop Jimmy Nunn will lead Oklahoma

published 7/22/2016
Installation set Oct. 23 at Tulsa-Asbury BY HOLLY MCCRAY On Sept. 1, James "Jimmy" Gregg Nunn of Lubbock, Texas, begins work as new bishop of the Oklahoma Area. Rev. Dr. Nunn was elected to the ...

Outstanding in Oklahoma

published 7/22/2016
Left: Church planter/pastor Heather Scherer of Living Water UMC, Glenpool, received the 2016 Frances Willard Award from COSROW (the Commission on the Status and Role of Women) during the 2016 ...

Annual Conference moments we'll remember

published 7/1/2016
Dancers from Anadarko’s St. Paul UMC and 130 musicians from Tulsa’s Asbury UMC perform at the celebration for Bishop Robert Hayes Jr. and Dee Hayes in OKC May 31. Return to contact digest

Annual Conference: Farewell party and funding push

published 7/1/2016
BY HOLLY MCCRAY OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahomans showered appreciation (and even rain) on their episcopal family during the 2016 Annual Conference, May 30-June 2 in Oklahoma City. That gratitude clearly ...

Native speaker: Legacy of harm continues

published 7/1/2016
By CHRIS SCHUTZ Ray Buckley stood quietly at the front of the church as the Annual Conference audience took in the details of his elk skin-fringed robe. Buckley, of Alaska, is a Native American ...

GC2016: Prayer sustains delegate

published 6/10/2016
BY JANEY WILSON A‌s a first-timer I wasn’t quite sure what to expect May 10-20 at the denomination’s General Conference 2016. I appreciated the experiences and hints that past and current delegates...

AC 2016 opens early in special service

published 5/20/2016
by holly mccray Annual Conference starts earlier this Memorial Day, with the first worship service at 3 p.m. Monday, May 30, in OKC-St. Luke’s Church. That’s important to note whether you attend ...

Annual Conference -- Deacons to celebrate 20 years of specialized ministry

published 5/6/2016
Deacons to celebrate 20 years of specialized ministry ll of Oklahoma’s active and retired United Methodist deacons are invited to a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Order of Deacons on May...

Leaders prep for last conference with Bishop Hayes

published 4/8/2016
The preacher for every worship service will be Bishop Robert E. Hayes Jr. on May 30-June 2 during Annual Conference in Oklahoma City. He’ll bring the Word both mornings and evenings, beginning with ...

Registration now open for Annual Conference

published 3/18/2016
SIGN UP ONLINE — Registration now is open for the 2016 Annual Conference, set for May 30-June 2 in Oklahoma City. Go to www.okumc.org/annual_conference to sign up. That’s the central information hub...

Bishop names 3 to key leadership

published 2/26/2016
Three key Conference appointments have been announced recently by Bishop Robert E. Hayes Jr., episcopal leader of the Oklahoma Conference. They will become effective June 1. • Chris Tiger is being ...

Annual Conference advance information

published 2/5/2016
• PREACHING — Bishop Hayes will be the preacher for all worship services of the 2016 Oklahoma Annual Conference, May 30-June 2, in Oklahoma City. This includes the early-morning Communion homilies on...

Missional Area makes a splash with first collaboration

published 9/18/2015
A "united" swim party has whetted interest in collaboration between the churches of Midwest City’s Missional Area. On Aug. 8, all three UM congregations in that eastern suburb of greater Oklahoma ...

Grants help 2 churches help kids

published 7/13/2015
By CHRIS SCHUTZ A clergy couple, pastoring different churches in southeast Oklahoma, looks forward to helping new people become disciples of Christ through the Conference’s New People New Places ...

Witness of Denman winners inspires others

published 7/13/2015
‘Oh, how I want to be more like her’ Look to the Christian love shown daily by the 2015 Denman Award winners to inspire your response to the Lord’s question "Who will go for us?" (Isaiah 6:8). Sam ...

Annual Conference talking points

published 6/26/2015
New digital tools open doors to grow in grace Two new digital resources were introduced: "The Door Is Open" (a website for intercultural dialogue) and "Is This Random?" (a spiritual journal app). ...

Clinton Indian Young People’s Choir sings at Annual Conference

published 6/26/2015
The Clinton Indian Young People’s Choir sings in tribal languages for an audience of 400 in the Board of Laity awards luncheon on May 26 at Annual Conference. The youngsters, from Clinton Indian ...

Districts complete transitions

published 6/26/2015
Oklahoma Conference adapts for mission By HOLLY McCRAY Two-by-two, leaders from 12 districts built a symbolic stone foundation around a single candle on May 28, the final day of Annual Conference ...

Oklahoma elects 34 for big conferences

published 6/26/2015
Start packing for Portland/Wichita A clergywoman, an Asian-American layman, and an African-American clergyman were the first delegates elected May 26 to attend United Methodism’s General Conference ...

Prayers infuse Annual Conference

published 6/26/2015
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Annual Conference: ‘On Fire to Serve’

published 5/8/2015
The big meeting of church members and clergy from 505 United Methodist congregations in Oklahoma begins May 25 in Oklahoma City. May their hearts be "strangely warmed" — as John Wesley experienced — ...

First meetings for new districts

published 3/27/2015
Photo by Derrek Belase FAREWELL WITH FLAIR — A high-energy final conference for the Stillwater District blessed churches’ members and clergy on Jan. 24. Historical reflections honored the devoted ...

Grants announced for New People New Places

published 3/6/2015
Projects small and large, from Bartlesville to Lawton By HOLLY McCRAY On Feb. 21, the Annual Conference Council (ACC) endorsed 24 projects to receive New People New Places grants, totaling $629,665,...

Realignment update -- 8 new districts get names and superintendents

published 2/13/2015
What is a missional strategist? Where is God in this realignment work? Bishop Hayes and Superintendent Greg Tener offer answers in a new YouTube video By Holly McCray District names and ...

Sacred sites inspire laywoman

published 1/23/2015
A blooming mustard plant against a historic mountain backdrop recalls Jesus’ teaching about faith (Matthew 17:20). The Oklahomans learned that King Herod ordered earth moved from one mountain to ...

One district test-drives realignment

published 1/2/2015
By HOLLY McCRAY Within the Lawton District, Chris Tiger jump-started six Missional Areas soon after the 2014 Annual Conference. The superintendent wanted to test that concept before June 1, 2015, ...

Constitutional amendments verified

published 11/21/2014
The UM Council of Bishops has certified four constitutional amendments approved by the 2012 General Conference. On Nov. 4 in Oklahoma City, the Council announced the items did receive the required ...

Bishops returning to OKC after 36 years

published 10/31/2014
Bishop Brown will present the annual presidential address to the Council viewers can watch the speech online while it is happening at : View here By HOLLY McCRAY Three quarters would buy you ...

Earn all you can, save all you can, give all you can – John Wesley

published 10/31/2014
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Boundaries set for new districts

published 9/19/2014
By HOLLY McCRAY The bishop and Cabinet have mapped out the shape of things to come for the Oklahoma Conference. They determined boundaries for eight new districts, a key task during this year of ...

Award presentation at Annual Conference

published 8/29/2014
Sara Nordholm Brown, left, of Tahlequah receives the 2014 Frances Willard Award, presented by Pam Cottrill, who chairs the Commission on the Status & Role of Women. Brown, a retired professor, ...

Africa University and Oklahoma City University - Common roots, new branches

published 8/8/2014
By Cherian Thomas A healthy relationship is developing between the nursing schools of Africa University and Oklahoma City University. On June 12 in Oklahoma City, their representatives cemented an ...

Laity declare ‘It Worked for Us’!

published 7/18/2014
The Conference Board of Laity recently saluted 13 churches for outstanding lay-led ministries. The board typically chooses one church in each district to receive "It Worked for Us" awards annually. ...

Motorcycle group makes spiritual connections

published 7/18/2014
By HOLLY McCRAY The standing-room-only crowd roared its support May 16 as Bishop Robert Hayes Jr. received a personalized black leather vest from the United Methodist Motorcycle Association (UMMA). ...

Summer’s hottest topic: innovative ministry

published 7/18/2014
By HOLLY McCRAY Summer daze at your church? Banish that. Now is the time for action. There are good reasons to do so — 700,000 good reasons. Deadline is noon on Sept. 15 to apply for New People, ...

Winners inspire -- Annual Denman Awards recognize personal evangelism

published 7/18/2014
The prestigious Denman Award for evangelism went to layman Marty Anderson and clergyman David L. Daniel at Annual Conference. Through the national Foundation for Evangelism, this award promotes the ...

Youth delegation examines issues

published 7/18/2014
Some proposals generated extensive discussion at the 2014 Annual Conference, including the 2015 budget and its NPNP line item. Here is a speech given May 29 by a youth delegate. The Conference’s ...

2014 Annual Conference: Bold action to make disciples

published 6/27/2014
'Who in your community might you reach if you applied to New People, New Places for help in discipling?' —Craig Stinson, director of Connectional Ministries By HOLLY McCRAY After approving ...

2014 Annual Conference: Reconciliation begins with Act of Repentance

published 6/27/2014
By HOLLY McCRAY Bishop Hayes spoke his welcome in English, Spanish, and Choctaw to open the Annual Conference business session on May 27. Two hours that morning were dedicated to an "Act of ...

CJAMM director responds after execution causes outcry

published 6/6/2014
By HOLLY McCRAY News media began calling clergyman Adam Leathers after the controversial Oklahoma execution on April 29 of Clayton Lockett, who killed Stephanie Neiman in 1999. In the state that ...

One year later … Mission director assesses UM aid as 2013 tornado recovery continues

published 6/6/2014
This aerial view shows a tornado-damaged Moore neighborhood on May 31, 2013.Welcome changes are visible there today, with new and repaired homes going up. UMNS photo by Mike DuBose 3,258 families ...

Sacred rituals mark clergy achievements

published 6/6/2014
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Act of Repentance begins May 27

published 5/16/2014
During the first full day of Annual Conference, the first step will be taken in an ongoing Act of Repentance by the Oklahoma Conference, moving toward healing relationships with indigenous people. Led...

Bauman named as district superintendent

published 5/16/2014
Larry Bauman, who begins service in June as a new district superintendent, writes here about his personal faith journey. Rev. Bauman has been appointed to lead the Ardmore District. He has been ...

Budget proposal: More money for new people plus lower Apportionment

published 5/16/2014
By HOLLY McCRAY The 2015 Oklahoma Conference budget proposal includes both $1 million in new funding to reach new people AND an Apportionment reduction of almost 8 percent. That’s an impressive ...