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2007 South Russia Provisional Conference

May 25-27, 2007, Voronezh, Russia

A major matter discussed was developing the description of the conference needed to officially register the South Russia Provisional Annual Conference with the government. These "bylaws" are a summary of the regulations in the Discipline, adapted to the requirements of Russian law-an issue that was the most discussed item on the annual conference agenda.

The Rev. Igor Volovodov, district superintendent and former chairman of the South Russia Conference, said amendments to the conference bylaw were proposed by The United Methodist Church Office of Eurasia, and the adoption of the restated bylaw. Volovodov said an increase of donations and opening new ministries and Bible study groups were others reasons for the change. Both conference districts reported an increase in offerings, and the conference rejoiced in recognizing a new Bible group in the town of Ertil.

Some displeasure was expressed about the work of the seminary and board of ordained ministry in The United Methodist Church of Eurasia. Conference members decided to organize their own board of ordained ministry in 2008, and to launch the process of raising their own funds.

The lay delegate elected to General Conference is Irina Efremova of Voronezh. The clergy delegate elected to General Conference is Alexandr Kozorezov of Pyatigorsk. The lay delegate elected to Central Conference is Galina Pererva of Sochi. The clergy delegate elected to Central Conference is Valery Patkevich of Volgograd.

-Fedor Kim