Bishop's Corner

Pastoral Letter Clarifying Calls


  Advent Greetings. We have entered the season of preparation called Advent.  My prayer for you and your church is that you will use this time to focus on the coming of the Christ child into our midst.  In an uncertain time some 2,000 years ago, God did a new thing by sending Jesus to a hurting world.  During these uncertain times, may we be on the lookout for what God is doing in our midst. I am writing today to both clarify upcoming conference meetings as well as invite you to hold yet one ...

Pastoral Letter to the Church and Pastors in Oklahoma


I appreciate the ministries of our local churches and pastors.  There is so much good being done through our ministry and witness.  Please know that I am praying for each of you during this summer season.  The Conference is also blessed with an outstanding conference staff and excellent district superintendents. Everyone is working well together with a strong commitment to the mission of the church and dedication to serve with excellence in ministry. I express my gratitude to each of the ...

From Bishop Nunn regarding Discipline paragraph 2548.2


Greetings in the name and power of Jesus Christ!   I am writing this notice to you in order to provide guidance to those congregations that may be considering withdrawing from The United Methodist Church using Par. 2548.2 of The Book of Discipline - 2016.  The constitutionality of the use of this paragraph for disaffiliation is currently being considered by the Judicial Council of the UMC.  Our conference will not utilize paragraph 2548.2 until the Judicial Council affirms that its use for ...

Bishop’s State of the Annual Conference Address


The theme for this Annual Conference is “Rekindle the Gifts of God: Love, Power, and Self-Control.” It is drawn from the Apostle Paul’s words to Timothy. At the time he was writing, Paul suffered feelings of abandonment and confusion, humiliation and isolation. He suffered from betrayal and wrote from prison, not knowing his fate. If we find ourselves at a loss in our current situation, I remind us to look to Paul and the setting from which he wrote. Paul encouraged Timothy to rekindle the ...

Bishop Announces October 21-22, 2022, Called Annual Conference


In accordance with paragraph 603.5 of The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, 2016, with this notice, Bishop Nunn calls a special session of the Oklahoma Annual Conference for October 21-22, 2022 at Church of the Servant, Oklahoma City. The purpose of the called session is as follows:   To worship together as an Annual Conference, To receive and act on a report from the Conference Board of Trustees on recommendations for disaffiliation, To receive and act on a report from the ...

Bishop’s Call to Prayer for United Methodists


In the past weeks, the world has been gripped by the news reports of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. I have been in daily prayer for the situation. I urge United Methodists to join me. However, the situation did not develop overnight. Early in 2014, armed conflict erupted as Russian troops entered Crimea and parts of eastern Ukraine. According to a 2017 report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, almost 10,000 people had been killed and over 23,000 had ...

Q&A: How will Bishop’s appointment to three conferences impact the OKUMC?


Beginning on Jan. 1, 2022, Bishop James Nunn will be appointed to three conferences: the Oklahoma Conference, the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference and the Northwest Texas Conference. The appointment was announced by the South Central Jurisdiction on June 3. In order to increase transparency and clear communication regarding the new appointment, the Contact has curated a list of questions and answers to address potential uncertainties and concerns. Additional questions regarding the ...

State of the Conference Address


  Editor’s note: this address has been edited for length and clarity. I’m so excited about this year’s Annual Conference. Our theme, “Sowing Seeds, Reaping Harvest, and Transforming the World,” is one that permeates our entire system. It’s something that is inspiring. And the stories (of our conference) are going to inspire you and uplift your hearts. I think they’re all grounded in just some basic concepts. One concept is identity: who are we today. I know that questions been asked many ...

OKUMC Statement on the Boy Scouts of America


Greetings in the name of Christ. In many congregations, a relationship with the Boy Scouts of America has been a vital ministry that reaches a segment of the community that might otherwise not be served. As stated in the press release, the United Methodist Church maintains a relationship with the BSA. However, the ad hoc committee recommends terminating the chartering relationship and transitioning to a facilities use agreement. General Conference, not an ad hoc committee, is the only entity ...

Letter from Bishop Nunn on new Episcopal assignments


Greetings in the Name of Jesus Christ!   Last week, the South Central Jurisdiction released new assignments for bishops.  The timing of the new assignments is unusual because of the fact that neither General nor Jurisdictional Conferences have been able to meet at their original dates in 2020.  The postponement of these conferences has impacted the retirement, election, and assignment of bishops in the Jurisdiction.    Effective January 1, 2022, the Council of Bishops has assigned me to cover ...

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