Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Sept. 6 rally: Is God calling you?


Is God speaking to your heart? Do you want to find out more about what it takes to become a lay, licensed, or ordained minister in The United Methodist Church?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, plan to attend the "Call to Ministry Rally and Retreat" on Sept. 6 at Moore-First UMC.

This special gathering follows a poignant altar call by Bishop Robert Hayes on May 28 during the Annual Conference ordination service. He asked if any worshippers were experiencing "an itch, a tug, a stirring."

"God is trying to get your attention," the bishop said. "If you feel that pull to the altar, won’t you come?"

He added, "Know that we are here to help you discover what God wants you to do."

At least 20 people responded.

The Sept. 6 rally, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will be a day of learning, inspiration, and building support groups, according to information from Chuck Nordean, Conference director of Clergy & Congregational Development. Speakers will talk about God’s call in their lives.

The morning will include welcome and worship led by the bishop, with music by The Moore First Praise Team.

Lunch will be provided for all registered.

In the afternoon, the ministry candidacy process will be explained. Group mentoring will be introduced, clergy mentors assigned, and small groups begin work.

Make reservations by 5 p.m. Sept. 1. The rally is free of charge. Contact Connie Barnett, cbarnett@okumc.org,  405-530-2006.


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Superintendent George Warren, left, and Bishop Hayes kneel in prayer with young people May 28.


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