Annual Conference News

AC 2021 returns to virtual format

9/10/2021
In August, the conference wrote to the members of the Oklahoma Annual Conference with information about our upcoming session of conference. Since then, we have closely monitored the rise in COVID ...

2021 Annual Conference Preview

8/9/2021
The Oklahoma Conference will host the 2021 Annual Conference this fall at multiple dates and venues. All portions of the Annual Conference will be livestreamed, and some events will have the option ...

Frequently Asked Questions about General Conference

3/26/2021
What does it mean that called Virtual General Conference was canceled?  The purpose of the called conference was to suspend the rules of the General Conference in order to provide for a mechanism that...

AC 2020: State of the Church Address

12/11/2020
Editor’s note: This address was originally given during a virtual meeting of the Annual Conference. The names of each speaker are given before their remarks, sometimes jointly. Visual references for ...

Challenges prompt major changes in 2021 budget

11/13/2020
The Oklahoma Conference is proposing major changes to the 2021 budget, including the elimination of New People New Places funding and CCLI/CVLI coverage, in order to make up for higher general church ...

Conference restructure up for a vote

11/13/2020
Changes to the Oklahoma Conference’s  current structure are up for a vote at the 2020 Annual conference. The proposed changes are intended to help the conference focus on serving the local church and ...

FAQs for Annual Conference

11/13/2020
The 2020 Annual Conference session will be conducted via Zoom webinar with technical support provided by GNTV beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21. When will the clergy executive session be held? ...

OKUMC Update

10/2/2020
AC 2020 plans to be finalized Plans are still being finalized for the 2020 virtual Annual Conference session which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 21. The clergy session will take place at 3 p.m. on ...

OKUMC announces updates to 2020 Annual Conference

6/12/2020
Editor’s Note: The following letter was sent on June 1. Dear Members of the 2020 Annual Conference: This is the third time we have written to you with updates related to our upcoming annual conference...

General Conference to move to 2021

4/5/2020
Nashville, Tenn.: Subsequent to the announcement by the Executive Committee of the Commission on the General Conference that the 2020 General Conference will be postponed, the full Commission met ...

OKUMC restructures annual meeting, will close main offices

3/16/2020
Due to growing concerns regarding COVID-19, or coronavirus, the Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church is changing how it will hold Annual Conference. Instead of a three-day gathering held...

UMC offers resources for GC2020

2/7/2020
General Conference 2020 will take place from May 5-15 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. General Conference is the denomination’s highest legislative body, and what takes place at General Conference has the ...

Comparison of proposals to General Conference 2020

1/10/2020
The upcoming General Conference made national headlines this month when the Council of Bishops shared a press release regarding a proposed plan of separation for the United Methodist Church. Although ...

Connectional Table approves legislation creating new U.S. structure

8/2/2019
Legislation could be voted on during 2020 General Conference Chicago, IL—The Connectional Table approved sending legislation to General Conference 2020 that will create a new structure for churches ...

Annual Conference elects delegates, approves changes to health benefits

6/14/2019
By Meagan Ewton With minimal discussion and a show of hands, the Oklahoma Annual Conference voted to pass two major changes to clergy and staff benefits: recalculating a retiree subsidy according to ...

Missions, data, and listening to youth

6/14/2019
A casual conversation with Rev. Dr. Amy Valdez Barker By Meagan Ewton Rev. Dr. Amy Valdez Barker is the executive director for the Global Mission Connections Unit at Global Ministries. She sat down ...

Registration open for the 2019 Oklahoma Annual Conference

4/5/2019
Registration for the 2019 Oklahoma Annual Conference is now open and available at www.okumc.org/annual_conference. This year’s theme is “Living Hope.” The 2019 Annual Conference will take place May ...

Annual Conference 2019 to feature Rev. Dr. Amy Valdez Barker

4/4/2019
The guest speaker for the 2019 Oklahoma Annual Conference takes the conference theme “Living Hope” to heart. From serving on global boards of the United Methodist Church as a teenager to helping ...

Oklahoma delegates help shape Special Session of General Conference

3/7/2019
By Meagan Ewton   Oklahoma’s delegates made key contributions to this year’s historic General Conference. The Special Session of General Conference was called Feb. 23-26 to address the denomination’s ...

Special offering at Annual Conference to benefit OIMC

3/7/2019

Watching and waiting: Experiencing General Conference from the sidelines

3/7/2019
By Meagan Ewton   Dozens of Oklahomans, both clergy and lay, journeyed to St. Louis to observe the Special Session of General Conference, held on Feb. 23-26. Though personal viewpoints on the ...

Self-nominations for GC 2020 lay delegates opens Jan. 14

12/7/2018
Lay church members who wish to represent the Oklahoma Conference in 2020 are invited to nominate themselves for election as Lay Delegates. The nomination process will open online beginning Jan. 14, ...

Moving Forward

10/5/2018
By Meagan Ewton The General Conference taking place in February 2019 will determine how the United Methodist Church will approach human sexuality. Simply put, the General Conference will decide ...

Devotion series focuses on spiritual preparation for GC2019

9/7/2018
By Meagan Ewton Delegates and conference leaders, both clergy and laity, have joined together to create 28 Acts Devotion. The digital devotion series is designed to prepare United Methodists in ...

OKUMC invites all to witness delegation discussion for GC2019

9/7/2018
Dear Oklahoma United Methodist Family,   Resource Links for General Conference 2019: Weekly Devotion Sign-up Weekly Devotion Archive Registration for October 5 Discussion As many of you know, we ...

Diversity kits reflect diversity in faith

7/6/2018
Left to right: Pastors Twila Gibbens (retired), Valerie Steele, and Ruth Atterberry hold up items used in diversity kits that were given away during the 2018 Annual Conference. The items are meant to...

OKUMF leaders encourage “hilarious” giving

7/6/2018
By Chris Schutz Putting money in the collection plate may not feel hilarious, but it should. That was the message of “Hilarious Giving,” one of the workshops at this year’s Annual Conference. The ...

Annual Conference votes to lower apportionments 6.3%

6/15/2018
2019 budget set up in two ministry tiers BY HOLLY MCCRAY OKLAHOMA CITY — The amount apportioned to each church in 2019 will be 6.36 percent lower than the individual church’s 2018 apportioned amount. ...

Workshops provide tools for ministry

6/15/2018
BY MEAGAN EWTON OKLAHOMA CITY — More than 20 workshops were offered at the 2018 Annual Conference to provide 1,200 delegates and other church leaders with practical tools to fulfill the mission of the...

Annual Conference proposals: Budget reduction of 6.3%

5/17/2018
BY HOLLY MCCRAY The eight district meetings previewing Oklahoma’s Annual Conference (May 29-31, Tuesday-Thursday, in OKC) took Treasurer Norma Quinn on a quest across the state. Associate Conference ...

Book inspires first responders

5/17/2018
Annual Conference Special Offering BY HOLLY MCCRAY OKLAHOMA CITY — Fire Chief Terry Ford keeps a dog-eared devotional book in his briefcase. For this man who heads up the 85-member civilian ...

2018 Annual Conference pursues new paths

4/12/2018
Shorter schedule among the changes BY HOLLY MCCRAY Delegates and guests to the 2018 Annual Conference should prepare for a meeting transformed in purpose and schedule — and should register online now ...

‘I feel better prepared to love a diverse world’

7/7/2017
John Vick BY JOHN VICK One of the biggest decisions someone can make is what university to attend after high school. Thankfully, I never had to wrestle with that question; I knew for quite some ...

‘We are ready to lead now’

7/7/2017
BY SARA MARTIN My name is Sara Martin, a fourth-generation United Methodist and a certified Lay Servant. I currently serve on the General Board of Church and Society. Why do I follow Jesus? ...

Bishop urges churches to tell people 'why'

6/16/2017
BY HOLLY MCCRAY A‌cross the days of the 2017 ‌Oklahoma Annual Conference, United Methodists made a virtual journey with Bishop Jimmy Nunn — from where his pioneer ancestors settled on the Texas ...

Newest superintendent shares her story

5/19/2017
BY CINDY HAVLIK I’ve always found the passage in Matthew 4:19 a pretty amazing call story. "Follow me, and I will make you fish for people." I wish that I could visit with those disciples so I could ...

Praying our way forward

5/19/2017
For seven days, May 28—June 3, every person in the Oklahoma Conference is called to pray intentionally for the mission of the Church and the work of the Commission on a Way Forward. An Oklahoma team ...

Delegates can meet artist

4/28/2017
Luncheon and Q&A session with the artist, Wednesday, May 31, for conference delegates and guests, OCU Norick Gallery. Sign up by choosing "OCU School of Visual Arts" among the meal options in ...

Fast facts, not mystery

4/28/2017
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ What is fasting? Why are all United Methodists being urged to practice it as the denomination’s Commission on a Way Forward examines the Book of Discipline paragraphs about human ...

It worked for us: winners

4/28/2017
Winners of the 2017 "It Worked for Us" awards have been chosen by the Board of Laity of the Oklahoma Conference. At the Celebrate the Laity Luncheon, on Tuesday, May 30, during Annual Conference, an ...

Prayers to fill conference week

4/28/2017
The week of May 28 to June 3 will be a special time for everyone in the Oklahoma Conference. Not only will it include Annual Conference, but also it will be a time for all Oklahoma United Methodists ...

Used Book Sale returns

4/28/2017
Coordinated by Oklahoma’s clergy retirees, the Used Book Sale again will be held on the first floor of the Kramer East Building — just east of the Freede Center at OCU — during Annual Conference. The...

Bishop’s assistant trains in Holy Land

4/7/2017
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ When Pam Weatherford learned she was invited to the Holy Land by the General Council on Finance & Administration (GCFA), she was incredulous. Her first thought: "I can’t believe ...

Circle of Care Gold medalist to help mark golden moment

4/7/2017
In April 29, four-time Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee will headline the Circle of Care’s Friends of Children Banquet, as the United Methodist agency marks a year that’s pure gold. The event, a ...

Even small churches have HOPE

3/17/2017
When Jodi Cataldo offered H.O.P.E. to lay people from the smallest Oklahoma churches, her own story gave credibility to the presentation. She attends a small church too, although she works ...

Lay leader writes local delegates

3/17/2017
Greetings to the laity who are local churches’ delegates to the 2017 Annual Conference, as well as those who are equalization and ex-officio delegates! The Board of Laity congratulates you on being ...

New People New Places 2017 Grants

3/17/2017
The grant committee chose 20 projects across the state, from Altus to Guymon to Tahlequah, to help Church entities reach more, younger, and more diverse people in Oklahoma. This third round of ...

Playing with purpose

1/13/2017
As Conference groups organized for the new leadership quadrennium, 2017-2020, get-acquainted games and goal-setting were part of their strategies. Right: member Gary Gilpin contemplates a Jenga ...

Matching gift will help fulfill Hayes endowment for Africa University

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

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’...

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