2010 Kansas West Annual Conference
Kansas West Annual Conference
May 26-28, 2010, Salina
The Kansas West Annual Conference met under the leadership of Bishop Scott J. Jones. The theme, "Go Light Your World," focused the intentional sharing of faith.
The conference celebrated camping, campus ministry and church development projects funded through the conference's capital campaign.
The Rev. Vance Ross, an executive for external connectional relations and strategic Initiatives with the United Methodist Board of Discipleship, was the featured plenary speaker.
The conference adopted a resolution to establish a "Chabadza" Covenant with the Zimbabwe East Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Chabadza is a Shona term meaning a partnership in which a passerby stops to help one already at work and both are mutually enriched and blessed. Two related resolutions establishing a committee to oversee the partnership and creating a conference advance special for the covenant also were adopted. Bishop Eben Nhiwatiwa, Zimbabwe Area, was a special guest of the conference.
The conference adopted a $5.8 million budget for 2011. The body also adopted resolutions: 1) declaring September Open House Month; 2) encouraging churches to celebrate clergy appointments to local churches; 3) encouraging local churches to celebrate laity and lay speakers in their congregations; and 4) amended the Board of Equitable Compensation report to require the committee to prepare an annual salary report showing discrepancies between the earnings of male and female clergy.
Jones commissioned eight into the ministry of elder or deacon, ordained 10 elders and two deacons received into full membership and recognized one associate member. Eight people retired from ministry. Membership stands at 82,773, down 951 (1%) from 2008. Worship attendance stands at 32,706 down 1,067 (3%) from 2008. Sunday School attendance stands at 12,200, down 835 (7%) from 2008.
Lisa Elliott Diehl