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2016 Oklahoma Indian Missionary Annual Conference

Name of conference:  Oklahoma Indian Missionary

Location of conference gathering:  Northeast Region Center, Preston, Oklahoma

Dates of conference gathering:  June 9 – 13, 2016

Officiating bishop:  Bishop Robert E. Hayes Jr.

Memorable points or quotes by speakers:

During the report of the General Conference delegation, the conference celebrated the fact that at this particular General Conference the Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference attended its 10th General Conference with voice and vote!  Also celebrated was the 60th anniversary of the ordination of women with the mention of our own Rev. Lois Neal as one of the first clergy women!

Main actions enacted by the conference (use back of sheet if more space needed):  The conference approved a budget of $1,215,294.  We celebrated the fact that out of all the annual conferences in the U.S. only 26 had paid their apportionments in full, and OIMC was one of those conferences.

What did your annual conference do to reinforce the Four Areas of Focus, and what commitments has the conference made for the coming year:

At the 2014 annual conference clergy and laity had a chance to sit together and discuss issues facing the church and the conference.  Discussing such questions as: What is your church’s greatest challenge? How is your church involved in outreach and service? Where do you see your church in 5-10 years? Where do you see OIMC in 5-10 years? In looking at the responses, all four of the areas of focus were touched upon.  This year the churches were encouraged to take these results back to the local congregations to see where they could become vital congregations and to also focus on the Four Areas of Focus.

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

Two persons were ordained: The Rev. Jami Moss and the Rev. Sharon Yeahquo.

Number of people retired: We had one to retire, the Rev. Michael Eddy

Membership stands at ___6077______, down ____48______ from the previous year.

Worship attendance stands at _____2012________, down ____33________.

Church school attendance stands at ____912______, down ____52______.

Professions or reaffirmations of faith for 2015 ____80______, down 78 from 2014.

Adults and young adults in small groups for 2015 ___964_______, up 116 from 2014.

Worshippers engaged in mission for 2015 __452________, up 212 from 2014.