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The 2020 Annual Conference

As a result of social distancing and many of the unknowns that we are currently facing concerning COVID-19, Annual Conference 2020 has been rescheduled for Saturday, November 21 on ZOOM from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Other events, traditionally associated or held during Annual Conference have also been moved to an online format. 





Below is a list of events, in order and with more details regarding times and locations: 

Clergy Session

Friday November 13th, 9:00 am - 11:00 am 
ZOOM


The Clergy Session will also be held via ZOOM webinar and will begin Friday, November 13th at 9:00 am. We hope to conclude the clergy session by 11:00 am. Registration will be required for the Clergy Session and that link will be sent soon.  
 

Ordination Service

Friday, November 13th: 6:00 pm
FUMC, Baton Rouge, Invitation Only


The ordination service will be held Friday, November 13th, at 6:00 pm at First United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge. This event is closed to the public; only immediate family members are invited. For questions surrounding this event, please email the Conference Office.   
 

Annual Conference

Saturday, November 21st, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
ZOOM Webinar


The ZOOM webinar will begin with pre-conference music at 8:45 am with the full session beginning at 9:00 am. Registration will be required only for those needing to vote. For those not needing to vote, the Annual Conference session will be streamed live. All registration links will be sent soon to your inbox.
 

Training Sessions


We will have four training sessions, designed to showcase how the Annual Conference session will be deployed on ZOOM. During these training sessions, you will be required to log in via ZOOM. You will learn how to navigate your way through the session, how to vote, how to ask questions and more. Your attendance at these training events is not required.

  • Nov 10 - 5:30 PM 
  • Nov 11 - 11:00 AM 
  • Nov 19 - 10:00 AM 
  • Nov 20 - Noon 
Details regarding on how to attend these training sessions will appear here on the web site and emailed via the Louisiana NOW newsletter. 




Different and Same


The Annual Conference session will be different in both format and time. While those details are forthcoming, there are some items within our holy conferencing that are both necessary and needed. We will, of course, worship, share conference reports, as well as legislative resolutions.

Additionally, we will ordain and license our clergy, memorialize those we have lost, and celebrate those who are retiring. The 2020-2021 conference budget will also be presented and voted on.  

You should expect that many of the reports typically given during the Conference Session will be shared in a digital format that will allow for participants to ask questions and gain clarity about the work of the Conference.

For the past two years, Rev. R. DeAndre Johnson has been serving as our worship leader. Through music, Johnson has been helping us weave our stories together. The pastor of music and worship life from Christ Church, Sugarland, will be with us again.  
 

Theme Remains the Same 


Two years ago, we set into motion a three-year thematic approach to Annual Conference: 'Making Disciples, Transforming the World'. This work is grounded in the Great Commission from Matthew 28:16-20 with the sub-themes "Together" (2018) highlighted in Act 2:42-47, "In Love" (2019) coming from Romans 13:8-10, and "Day after Day," (2020) taken from The Message translation of the Great Commission, Matthew 28:20, that Jesus Christ will be with us "day after day after day."   
 

We Remain United


As we move out of the fog of COVID-19 and through the pain of racial injustice into what God is preparing for us next, we as a people of faith know there is one constant - God's love and redemptive power. We shall continue to focus on our call to love our neighbors and to meet them where they are, in whatever condition they are in. All the while, we shall continue to share the story of God's grace, love, and forgiveness. 

This extended liminal time does not change who we are as the Louisiana Annual Conference or who we are in Christ. We continue to hold nothing sacred, but the mission - called to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, and we remain compelled by Christ's love for all of us.   
 

Stay Tuned 


We are continuing to work toward finalizing the details for Annual Conference 2020. Those details will be emailed through the Louisiana NOW email distribution (sign up here) and also posted on our web site and on our social media channels. 

If you have any questions about appointive matters or how the postponement of Annual Conference may affect you, your church, or your ministry, we encourage you to reach out to your District Superintendent. 
 






IMPORTANT NOTE: The 2020 appointments were fixed by Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey July 1. You can read more about the 'virtual fixing' in this article
 


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