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2011 Hungary Provisional Annual Conference

Hungary Provisional Annual Conference
April 13-16, Kapsvar, Hungary

At this year's annual conference in Hungary, the younger generation participated more than ever before. Among both clergy and lay people, a considerable number of younger men and women were elected as members of the various commissions. This resulted in many new ideas and approaches in the reports to the conference. The report of the Commission for Youth Ministry urged, however, to mirror this development in the local churches as well, by electing more committed young members into the church councils.

In a special worship service, Zoltán Kovács was ordained an elder of The United Methodist Church. He is the first of several younger pastors in Hungary, who have chosen the way into ordained ministry. Since 2007, he has been a pastor in Szekszárd. Other young pastors and applicants for the ministry will follow. They are currently on probation, doing an internship or working through their studies of theology.

The difficult economic situation of the country has had considerable implications on the financial situation of The United Methodist Church in Hungary, which is facing some rather difficult challenges. Although the local giving is increasing year by year, the church hardly manages to keep up with inflation. Therefore, the United Methodists in Hungary are grateful for the support of brothers and sisters from all over the world who assist with salaries for pastors, missionaries and diaconal ministries.

The Rev. Zoltán Kovács (clergy) and István Ambrusz (lay) were elected as delegates to General Conference 2012. Superintendent István Csernák (clergy) and Henrik Schauermann Jr. (lay) were elected as additional delegates to the Central Conference 2013.

The 2012 annual conference will convene from April 11 to 14.

--Office of Bishop Patrick Streiff, Zurich/Switzerland