During the second full week of June, our lay leaders and pastors will attend the 2013 edition of the Central Texas Annual Conference in Fort Worth, Texas—at Arborlawn UMC. As several new church members (and we have many) ask me each year what Annual Conference is, let me provide something of an answer. An Annual Conference in the United Methodist Church is a regional body that governs much of the life of the broader or “Connectional" Church.
There are many Annual Conferences in world Methodism and they are composed primarily of the clergy members and lay member(s) from each ecclesial charge. On occasion, people ask “what is a charge?” And the answer is that a charge is one or more churches yoked together and served by a minister under Bishop Lowry’s appointment. In our case, we are the Central Texas Annual Conference. Generally, each annual conference is a geographical division. In Texas we have five annual conferences with the Rio Grande Annual Conference (Spanish speaking) superimposed over several others.
Pray for all our delegates Chris Olson, Royleen Cooper, Rezolia Johnson, Megan Hale and Leslie Valentincic as we represent a great church—FUMC of Arlington, Texas.
Sincerely, your friend,
David N. Mosser