2014 Alaska United Methodist Conference
May 30-31, 2014 at Anchor Park United Methodist Church, Anchorage, Alaska
Name of conference: Alaska United Methodist Conference
Dates of conference gathering: May 30-31, 2014
Location of conference gathering: Anchor Park United Methodist Church, Anchorage, Alaska
Officiating bishop: Grant Hagiya
Guest speakers: The Rev. Kim Fields, the Rev. Daniel Foster, Episcopal Bishop Mark Lattime
Memorable points or quotes by speakers:
“IMAGINE NO MALARIA” — Shouted by 51 participants at the start of our 5K Run/Walk in support of this initiative.
“Be faithful in our wilderness.” — In Bishop Grant Hagiya’s sermon he stressed that our response to declining numbers and a changing culture is to be faithful to God.
Outgoing Superintendent, Dave Beckett talked about setting the “bar” high enough to be faithful to our ministry settings and to our God.
Main actions enacted and resolutions adopted by the conference:
We welcomed in a new Conference Superintendent, the Rev. Carlo Rapanut.
We celebrated the efforts of conference on behalf of Imagine No Malaria and participated in a 5K fundraiser, dinners and a “step challenge” in support of the cause.
Clergy statistics (number and average age for each group):The Alaska Conference, as a Missionary Conference, does not have conference membership. We do, however have local pastors, who are members of the conference in which they serve.
Licensed local pastors: 2 (average age 54)
Remembered at memorial service (may also include laity) : 42 people
Membership stands at 3,367, down 141 from the previous year.
Worship attendance stands at 2,057 , up 3 .
Church school attendance stands at 614 , down 175 .
Professions of faith stand at 63 , down 63 .
Baptisms stand at 76 , up 7 .
— submitted by Jim Doepken