Full Recap and Bulletin Insert coming this Thursday! Stay tuned to www.awfumc.org/ac2015 for an informative bulletin insert. It is printer friendly and we encourage you to share it with your local congregation this Sunday. A full recap article detailing all actions of the conference will also be posted on the home page by Thursday.
Business Session: Various reports were presented from the Journal Committee, Board of Pension and Health Benefits, Council on Finance and Administration, Equitable Compensation and the Cabinet. Rev. Matt Mobley recommended on behalf of the Committee for Equitable Compensation that minimum salary be $36,500. That recommendation was approved by the voting delegation.
Districts Task Force: As a result of a proposal from the floor of the 2014 Annual Conference, a task force was formed to explore the number of districts in the Alabama-West Florida Conference. Dr. Shirley Woodie recognized those on the committee and updated the conference that they have have examined many factors such as the number of churches and clergy in each district and how many districts are in other conferences. They have also explored what constitutes fruitful leadership for district superintendents and have conducted many informal discussions with former superintendents, current administrative assistants and people across the US. They have inquired about the effects within other conferences when they have changed the number of districts. The committee has reviewed its own history in 2004 when the conference reduced from nine to eight districts and also looked at the last recorded role of the DS in 1998 and 1999. The next goal is to obtain systematic and broad-based input from clergy and laity in the conference. The committee has developed an anonymous online survey. All clergy under appointment will receive a copy as well as lay leaders, chairs of SPR committees and chair persons of administrative boards and church councils. The committee will complete an analysis over the next few months and will make a recommendation at 2016 Annual Conference.
General & Jurisdictional Conference Elections: As noted in yesterday's brief, the 2016 General & Jurisdictional Conference delegation is being elected during this conference session. Balloting continued throughout the morning. Results are posted in order. The complete delegation listing may be found here.
June Jernigan, clergy
Rurel Ausley, clergy
Cory Smith, clergy
Tonya Elmore, clergy
Dan Morris, clergy
Jackie Slaughter, clergy
Allen Newton, clergy
Rob Couch, clergy
Approved Budget: The conference established a $10.9 million budget for mission and ministry for 2016, a 0.4% reduction from 2015.
UMCOR Relief Kits: 3,269 health kits were collected over the course of the annual conference and 1,460 school kits, plus other supplies, were collected. Thank you for your donations!
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Post Annual Conference Survey: Click here to take the survey. This year's version is shorter–we want to hear from you!
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