Looking Ahead to 2020

December 30, 2019

There's always a lot going on. 

2020 will be no different for the United Methodist Church and for the Louisiana Conference. 

From General Conference to Annual Conference...there will be a lot of events in the coming year. 

We wanted to take a moment and give you a preview of some of the events that will be happening in 2020, including dates for you to place on that shiny new calendar you got for Christmas. 

We also wanted to share some exciting news about how we will communicate these matters to you. 

General Conference
Minneapolis, Minnesota
May 5-15

General Conference sets the rules and establishes procedures for virtually every aspect of the church’s life. It also communicates the denomination’s official position on a variety of issues and cultural challenges.

Every four years, United Methodists from around the world assemble and connect in worship, prayer, Communion, fellowship — and the legislative work that shapes our shared life. 

With “full legislative power over all matters distinctively connectional” (The Book of Discipline 2016 (BOD), ¶16, ¶501), General Conference delegates confer and vote on proposals for resourcing and regulating the life and work of The United Methodist Church.

Read more about this years theme: "And know that I am God..." 

2020 Annual Conference
Shreveport, Louisiana
June 10-13

In June, United Methodists from all across the Louisiana Conference will gather in Shreveport for the 50th session of the Annual Conference. 

Last year, the group gathered in the Shreveport Convention Center and will do so again in 2020.

The 2020 Annual Conference marks the end of a three-year thematic journey. 

“Two years ago, we began a three-year rhythm for Annual Conference,” says Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey. “The overarching theme was and remains, ‘Making Disciples, Transforming the World,’ Two years ago, the sub-theme was 'Together', last year it was 'In Love" and this year, it will be 'Day After Day'.” 

The guest speaker for the 2020 Annual Conference will be Rev. Junius Dotson

A nationally recognized leader, speaker, and author on evangelism and church revitalization, Dotson is the General Secretary (chief executive officer) of Discipleship Ministries, an international agency of The United Methodist Church. 

Once again, the Annual Conference will honor churches and ministries doing amazing work. Nominate someone today for a Wesley Award. Nominations close February 29th. 
Nominations For Wesley Awards Are Open.
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South Central Jurisdictional Conference
The Woodlands, Texas
July 15-18

The Jurisdictional Conference is planned for July 15-18, 2020, at The Woodlands in Texas. Persons elected to General Conference are automatically included in the jurisdictional conference delegation.

Similar to General Conference, Jurisdictional Conference also meets every four years. It meets to elect new bishops and select members of boards and agencies.

The South Central Jurisdiction (SCJ) of The United Methodist Church was formed by the Uniting Conference of 1939 in Kansas City, Missouri. Jurisdictional conferences exist, among other reasons, to elect and assign bishops and to determine annual conference boundaries within the jurisdiction.

The jurisdiction includes 12 annual conferences and one missionary conference that span eight states: Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

New and Improved Web Site will be getting an overhaul in 2020.

The new web site will feature larger and more vibrant photographs, a cleaner layout, bolder and cleaner fonts, an easier to read layout, a revised and updated menu system that pairs down the options for those who visit the web site.

It will also have cleaner columns with better justification, improved mobile functionality and an easier to read calendar that highlights a list view as opposed to a monthly view.

The new web site will usher in new and improved functionality for various Conference departments, offering each of them a more robust online presence, which will lead to a more streamlined approach for document distribution and fillable forms.
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