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2008 Kansas East Annual Conference

June 4-7, 2008, Baldwin City, Kan.

Kansas East Annual Conference met at United Methodist-related Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan., under the leadership of Bishop Scott J. Jones. The theme was "Just Go!" which reflects the fourth year of the conference mission statement to invite, nurture, equip and send forth disciples of Jesus Christ.

The conference celebrated pledging more than $5.1 million toward the Bridges to the Future capital campaign for infrastructure at the conference's camp and campus ministry locations and for church development for new and existing congregations. The conference shared in the celebration of the 150th anniversary of Baker University, the first college in Kansas. The Rev. Myron McCoy, president of Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Mo., was the keynote speaker.

The conference adopted a resolution requesting a declaratory decision on Discipline Paragraph 507.2 and the scope of its application to petitions to General Conference. The conference approved the proposal for a half-time paid executive registrar for the Board of Ordained Ministry.

Members adopted a spending plan of $5.35 million for 2009 and a change to the conference's formula for figuring apportionments. The new formula is based one-third on membership and two-thirds on the church's operating expenses as reported on Statistical Table II, lines 59 and 64 through 72. The body also adopted a new health care plan from Humana beginning Jan. 1, 2009.

The conference received a check for $5,739 from the United Methodist Publishing House and voted to contribute the entire amount to the Central Conference Pension Fund.

Bishop Jones commissioned seven into the ministry of elder or deacon, recognized one associate member, ordained one deacon received into full connection, and ordained six elders received into full connection. Nine retired from ministry. He also commissioned two lay speakers and one certified lay minister as well as the Project Transformation interns.

Membership stands at 72,061, down 1,634 (2.2 percent) from 2006. Worship attendance stands at 31,525, down 716 (2.2 percent) from 2006. Sunday school participation stands at 10,999, down 912 (7.65 percent) from 2006.

Lisa Elliott Diehl