2007 Northwest Texas Annual Conference
May 28-31, Amarillo, Texas
The Northwest Texas Conference met at the Amarillo Civic Center and Polk Street United Methodist Church under theme of "Celebrate the Power of Discipleship."
Prior to annual conference, each clergy and lay member was encouraged to read Michael Foss's book, Power Surge, in preparation for conference.
Louisiana Conference Bishop William Hutchinson was the conference preacher. A former conference member, the Rev. Tom Nagle of El Paso addressed the gathering on "Developing Dynamic Disciples."
The conference voted to enter into a capital funds campaign for Church Extension and Revitalization and a new conference center. The report of the Camp Study Committee, authorized at last year's conference, was referred back to the committee for further study.
In his State of the Church address, Conference Bishop D. Max Whitfield applauded 29 churches that had increased in membership, attendance and professions of faith. He ordained three elders and commissioned one probationary elder. Four clergy retired.
The conference received a check for $22,083 from Health Flex as an incentive for meeting the first qualifying level of 30 percent completion of the Health Quotient wellness questionnaire for active participants in the conference's insurance plan.
Conference members approved four petitions to General Conference on Global Warming, Energy Resources Utilization, Church Support for Caregivers of Children and Withdrawing from the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.
Lay delegates elected to the 2008 General Conference are Ron Enns of Dalhart and Karl Baumgardner of Amarillo. Lay delegates elected to South Central Jurisdictional Conference are Linda Elms of Amarillo and Randy Hollums of Floydada. Alternate lay delegates to the South Central Jurisdictional Conference are Mark Pittman of Canyon and Jackie Blair of Canyon.
Clergy delegates elected to the 2008 General Conference are Jimmy Nunn of Lubbock, chair of the delegation, and Lane Boyd of Amarillo. Clergy delegates to the South Central Jurisdictional Conference are Al Martin of Lamesa and Ava Burdine Berry of Abilene. Alternate clergy delegates to the South Central Jurisdictional Conference are Stan Cosby of Amarillo and Loyce "Rusty" Dickerson of Amarillo.
Membership stands at 65,066 down 706. Worship attendance stands at 22,590 down 315. Church school attendance stands at 13,043 down 364.