The Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church will hold its 2023 Annual Conference session Sunday, June 11-Wednesday, June 14 at the Mitchell Center on the campus of the University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL. The Service of Commissioning and Ordination will be held at Dauphin Way United Methodist Church.
This year’s theme is, “When They Prayed” from Acts 4:31 with each day having a specific focus of how Biblical characters prayed.
Sunday, June 11: like Naomi… When we pray blessings on others, God redeems, based on Ruth 1:8.
Monday, June 12: like Nehemiah… When we acknowledge our shortcomings, God rebuilds, based on Nehemiah 1:5.
Tuesday, June 13: like Mary… When we rejoice and give thanks, God reveals, based on Luke 1:46-56.
Wednesday, June 14: like Peter… When we pray boldly, God revives, based on Acts 9:40.
This year's mission offering will go towards new church starts and United Methodist places of worship. Click here to read more about Bishop Graves' task force related to church planting and revitalization.
To see the working agenda, click here. We will begin each day of annual conference with worship and communion. Note that opening worship will begin at 6:00 pm on Sunday, June 11. The clergy and laity sessions will be held in person at 8:00pm.
Any proposed changes to the Standing Rules should be received in writing by the chairperson of the Committee on Standing Rules no later than February 1, 2023. You may submit proposed changes by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to Rev. Kathy Knight, 3004 Alexandria Court, Mobile, AL 36693.
Resolutions shall be submitted to the Committee on Resolutions and Petitions by February 15, 2023, except in cases where it can be demonstrated by the author of a late petition that the situation which gave rise to making the petition was not apparent until after the deadline for petitions. The committee shall provide copies of all resolutions submitted by February 15 to all voting members present at the conference session. The maker of the late resolution shall supply these copies of his/her resolution if submitted after February 15. No resolution will be received on the last day of the session. The Chairperson of the Committee on Resolutions and Petitions is Rev. Christina Shaver. You may contact her at email@example.com.
Materials and reports to be included in the Book of Reports shall be in the hands of the Journal editor no later than February 27, 2023. Please submit materials and reports via this link. Email Sarah McWilliams, Journal Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org), with questions.
We are pleased to recommend several hotels in the Mobile, AL, area. Hotel blocks will be held until May 10 so please reserve early. Click here for list.
Exhibit and Display space will be available this year. Priority is given to United Methodist-related agencies and organizations who are directly affiliated with the AWF Conference. Others will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Interested organizations may submit a request through this form. Table space is limited and is not guaranteed.
Volunteers are needed this year including greeters, parking attendants, information desk attendants and ushers. Please complete this form if you are interested in volunteering at conference.
Further details about registration and meals will also be forthcoming. The 2023 Book of Reports will be posted to the conference website when it is available in the spring.
Updates related to annual conference may be found at www.awfumc.org/ac2023. We look forward to seeing you at conference.