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2009 Kansas East Annual Conference

Kansas East Annual Conference
June 3-6, 2009, Baldwin City, Kan.

The Kansas East Annual Conference met at United Methodist related Baker University and under the leadership of Bishop Scott J. Jones. The theme was "The Church United: Called to Lead" which began a four-year cycle lifting up the four areas of focus set by the General Conference in 2008. The conference celebrated facilities improvements made in camping, campus ministry, and ministry expansion in church growth and development through the Bridges to the Future Capital Campaign.

The Rev. Adam Hamilton, senior pastor at United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, was the featured speaker on the theme of leadership. Bishop Sally Dyck, Minnesota Area, preached at the ordination and commissioning service and shared a dialogue sermon with Jones for the sending forth service. The Rev. Junius Dotson, Saint Mark United Methodist Church in Wichita, Kan., preached at the memorial service.

The conference adopted a spending plan of $5.05 million for 2010 and changed the conference's apportionment formula to a tithe on local church operating income. The new formula will be phased in over a number of years with a 10 percent annual cap on increases and decreases to a local church's apportionments. The conference also adopted a resolution moving the annual session from Baker University to United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in 2010.

The conference contributed $5,750 to the Central Conference Pension Fund from the conference's Oil and Gas Reserves Fund from mineral rights the conference owns in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

The conference voted on the 32 constitutional amendments, but the results were not publicized.

Jones commissioned three into the ministry of elder, recognized the orders for ministry for one person, ordained one deacon received into full connection, and ordained seven elders received into full connection. Eight retired from ministry.

Membership stands at 71,305, down 760 (1 percent) from 2007. Worship attendance stands at 31,903, up 378 (1.2 percent) from 2007. Sunday School participation stands at 11,800, up 204 (13 percent) from 2007.

-Lisa Elliott Diehl