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2013 Northwest Texas Annual Conference

June 4-6, 2013
Polk Street United Methodist Church, Amarillo, Texas

Officiating bishop:
Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe

Guest speaker:
Bishop Janice Riggle Huie, Houston Episcopal Area.

Memorable points or quotes by speakers:

  • "When the cheers or jeers become the plumb line for ministry, that pastor is in trouble!" Bishop Janice Riggle Huie
  • "When we use baptism as a barrier that keeps people from church, we miss the point." Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe
  • "It's time to for us to be who we've always been when we've been at our very best missional Methodists." The Rev. Rich Jones, Wolfforth United Methodist Church

Main actions enacted by the conference:

  • Committed to uprooting ourselves to move beyond our comfort zones and reach people for Christ
  • Discussed the partnership with the United Theological Seminary to create the Christian Academy
  • Committed to 10 church planters and planting 50 churches over five years
  • Welcomed our new bishop (Bledsoe)

Resolutions adopted by the conference:

  • Camping resolution
  • Closed two churches
  • Accepted five churches from the Rio Grande Annual Conference
  • Accepted four resolutions related to pensions

Actions taken on proposed constitutional amendments from 2012 General Conference: Four constitutional amendments from General Conference 2012 were approved.

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

  • Four people ordained (average age around 40)
  • Three people commissioned (average age 25)
  • Two associate members (average age 40)

Statistics:

  • Membership, 64,000
  • Worship attendance, 20,000
  • Church school attendance, 8,000

True numbers are in the report for General Council on Finance and Administration.

- Leia Danielle Williams