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2007 Czech Republic/Slovak Republic Annual Conference

May 10-13, 2007, Prague

During the annual conference meeting of The United Methodist Church in the Czech and the Slovak Republic, Bishop Patrick Streiff ordained three new elders and, for the first time, one new deacon in full connection.

As deacon, Gustav Cerny is the president of Teen Challenge, providing drug prevention and rehabilitation work in Pilsen. In addition to these ordinations, some probationary elders and local pastors were commissioned. The United Methodist Church in the Czech and the Slovak Republic now has 24 pastors in full connection, 10 pastoral workers, five students and approximately 30 additional employees.

As the Czech and the Slovak states still pay a minimum basic salary for people employed by the churches, The United Methodist Church is able to have many full- and part-time workers. Annual conference membership is growing slowly but steadily, and so are the financial contributions of church members. Many partnerships with United Methodist congregations and districts in the United States are an important source of support for the work of the denomination in both countries.

The Rev. Robert Zachar of Michalovce was appointed superintendent in the Slovak Republic. He succeeds Prof. Pavel Prochazka, who now can spend more time on theological education. Josef Cervenak will continue to serve as superintendent in the Czech Republic.

Elected as delegates to the 2008 General Conference were the Rev. Filip Jandovski in the Czech Republic and Jan Tagaj in the Slovak Republic.

The next meeting of the annual conference will take place May 22-25, 2008, in Bratislava in the Slovak Republic.

--Urs Schweizer