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2013 New Mexico Annual Conference

May 29 June 1, Clovis, N.M.

Officiating bishop: W. Earl Bledsoe

Guest speakers: Bishop Larry Goodpaster, Western North Carolina Conference

Memorable points or quotes by speakers:

  • Outstanding Worship music and choirs from the Clovis District of the NMAC
  • Receiving of Bishop Earl Bledsoe and wife, Valerie, to NMAC during Opening Worship
  • 4 Special offerings highlighted significant missions from Clovis District: Warrior Wash (aiding PTSD of returning Vets); Mission Santa Elena (Community UMC Ruidoso work in Creel Mexico with Tarahumara Indian children); LifeLight Ministries (McMurry University Christian Ed work within India); and Matt 25 Hope Center (help for indigent folks in Clovis area). Personal witness shared by each project.

Main actions enacted by the conference:

  • Passing of new Conference Budget
  • Welcoming of El Buen Samaritano UMC, Albuquerque, N.M., into NMAC from dissolving Rio Grande Conference.

Resolutions adopted by the conference:

  • Adoption of an Arrearage Policy (Equit. Comp)
  • Discontinuance of Relationship with Roy United Church, Roy, N.M.
  • Discontinuance of House UMC, House N.M.
  • Related to Rental/Housing Allowances for Retired/Disabled Clergypersons of NMAC
  • Relating to Suspension of Rules to Retain Existing Members on NM BOPHB
  • Resolution for change in Chair of the NM Conference Ministry Team

Actions taken on proposed constitutional amendments from 2012 General Conference: All approved as presented

Number of people ordained, commissioned or received into associate membership and average age: 3 people; average age: 48

Number of people retired: 11

Membership: Stands at 34,440, down 824 from the previous year.

Worship attendance: Stands at 14,126, down 614.

Church school attendance: Stands at 5,258, down 591.

- Cheryl Hicks, Online Communications, New Mexico Conference Office