Annual Conference News

In Their Own Words

11/10/2022
Delegates from the Oklahoma Conference stepped up to be part of the historic votes at the South Central Jurisdictional Conference in Houston. Front Left: Charla Gwartney’ clergy delegate; Piper ...

Jurisdictional History Made

11/10/2022
Three Bishops Elected and Three Historic Firsts The South Central Jurisdictional 2022 Conference met November 2-5 in Houston, TX. to elect three new bishops, to deal with the conference budget and ...

Special Called Conference Ushers Change

11/10/2022
The Oklahoma Annual Conference held a Special Called Conference October 20 and 21. The gathering’s theme was Rekindle the Gifts of God: Love, Power, and Self-Discipline. Bishop James Nunn officiated ...

Jurisdictional Conference November 2-4

9/14/2022
On Nov. 2-4 elections will be held in the United Methodist Church for new bishops. Also, current bishops, along with those newly elected, will be assigned to provide episcopal supervision of annual ...

What you need to know for the Special Called Annual Conference

9/14/2022
When and Where Oklahoma City Community College Visual and Performing Arts Center 7777 S. May Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73159-4444 October 21-22, 2022 Special Offering Benefits the Youth Service Fund for ...

2022 OIMC Annual Conference to include race dialogues

6/8/2022
The 2022 Annual Conference Session of The Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference will be held Friday through Sunday, June 10-12, at the Southwest Region Center located outside of Anadarko, Oklahoma. ...

Youth and young people a major theme at annual conference

6/8/2022
By Meagan Ewton Among the ministry reports and district celebrations, an unplanned theme emerged: the Oklahoma Conference needs to improve its ministry to youth and young people. “Even our big ...

Author Stephen Gunter to speak at AC 2022

5/10/2022
Professor Stephen Gunter is a retired clergy member of the Oklahoma Annual Conference. His ministry began as a church planter in Waco, Texas, and while he was completing his seminary education at The ...

Conference leaders offer important reminders for AC 2022

5/10/2022
OKUMC Announcement Greetings in the name of Christ. The May session of the Oklahoma Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church is scheduled for May 23-26. Registration for AC 2022 closes May 10....

AC 2022 will be held in person

4/6/2022
Registration for the 2022 Oklahoma Annual Conference is open. The annual conference will be held at Oklahoma City University and OKC-St. Luke’s from May 23-26. It will be the first in-person annual ...

Webinar archive: Will we or won't we?

2/28/2022

2021 Annual Conference: Cabinet, Commissioned, and Ordained

10/12/2021
2021 District Superintendents. Back row: Sam Powers, Crossroads District; James Kim, Wichitas District; Bishop James Nunn; Larry Bauman, Lake Country District; Connie Gibson, Council Oak District. ...

Virtual annual conference confirms new treasurer

10/12/2021
The Oklahoma Annual Conference, held Oct. 8-9, voted unanimously to confirm Joe Holt as the new Conference Treasurer and Chief benefits Officer. The conference also passed resolutions regarding ...

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 ...

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