Annual Conference News

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’...

Oklahoma flock welcomes shepherd

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

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