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2012 Alaska Missionary Conference

Alaska United Methodist Conference, May 25-26, 2012, St. John United Methodist Church in Anchorage, Alaska

The 2012 Alaska United Methodist Annual Conference committed themselves to a restructure, designed to be more nimble, cost effective, and missional in our great state. We'll be "living into it" over the next several years as we organize for mission.Our new "Leadership Committee" at the heart of the restructure, has already had its first meeting and is going about the work of the conference.

We approved a move to a new insurance program for our conference.

Two items that are going to require more work are an itineration policy where all of our clergy will be able to go outside of Alaska to share the work of this missionary conference and the moving expenses, which used to be handled by the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries but will now be handled by ourselves. This is going to be a continued concern as Alaska has a high turnover of clergy and our moving costs are great.

It was announced that the Alaska Conference will now join the Pacific Northwest and Oregon-Idaho Conferences in "The Great Northwest Episcopal Area" and will share one bishop across a large slice of the Western United States.

We will be solidifying policies for transitions, particularly in this age of social media.

While the Alaska Conference does not have conference membership and cannot ordain, we celebrated that three of our own were approved by the Pacific Northwest Annual (regional) Conference for ordination as elders. The average age is 33.

  • Number of people retired: 0
  • Membership stands at 3,598, down 135 from the previous year.
  • Worship attendance stands at 2,144, down 98
  • Church school attendance stands at 811, down 52
  • Officiating bishop: Grant Hagiya

Memorable points or quotes by speakers:

  • "I want to have my ministry shaped more by mission field than the church."
  • "We need to be thinking about full-time ministry with part-time pastors as we move to more part-time pastors in our local churches."
  • "We need to be better listeners, hearing the hurts and pains of our world."