Special Session of the Annual Conference

December 11, 2012

Click HERE to view PowerPoint slides from the AWF Board of Trustees’ Report to the Annual Conference on January 5, 2013

Click HERE to read a FAQ document about the purchase

The Alabama-West Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church has received a request from the Conference Board of Trustees to call a special session of Annual Conference to be held on Saturday, January 5, 2013, at Blue Lake in the gym. Lay members of the 2012 Annual Conference and all clergy are required to attend this special session. The members of Annual Conference will begin to gather at 9:30 a.m. on January 5, and the Annual Conference will be called to order at 10:00 a.m. This notification is going to all clergy and lay members to annual conference but please pass this along to your 2012 lay member to ensure they receive this.

The purpose of this special session of Annual Conference is to receive a report and recommendation from the Conference Board of Trustees to purchase and renovate a building to become our Conference United Methodist Center in Montgomery, AL. Currently, the Alabama-West Florida Conference leases space in Montgomery, AL, and this proposed change would allow the AWF Conference to own the Conference facilities.

The Conference Board of Trustees will address the location, facilities, cost and renovation, seeking approval of the Annual Conference to move to a permanent location.

The Book of Discipline 2008, par. 603.5, states, “A special session of annual conference may be held at such a time and in such a place as shall have been determined by the annual conference after consultation with the bishop, or by the bishop with the concurrence of three-fourths of the district superintendents. A special session of the annual conference shall have only such powers as are stated in the call.” Bishop Leeland, with concurrence of the district superintendents, supports the request of the Conference Board of Trustees to call this special session of Annual Conference, and the only business that will be conducted will be the reception and appropriate action on the recommendation of the Conference Trustees.

Since all business is to be concluded by noon, the Annual Conference will not be providing meals.

We look forward to this gathering and appreciate all you do in the name of Christ. Should you have questions about this session, your district superintendent or Rev. Debora Bishop would be glad to assist you.

In Appreciation,
Bishop Paul Leeland