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2017 Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference


The Alabama-West Florida Conference met June 4-7, 2017, at Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.

Presiding was Bishop David Graves, and guest speakers included Claire Bowel and Dr. Victor Dingus.

Main actions:

  • A resolution concerning the welfare of unaccompanied migrant children in the conference was amended to include the state of Florida, and then was approved.
  • A resolution concerning adequate, long-term funding for Medicaid in Alabama was amended to include Florida, and then was approved.

Number of retiring clergy: 21

Membership stands at 137,618, down 2,253 or 1 percent from the previous year.

Worship attendance stands at 61,273, down 2 percent.

Church school attendance stands at 22,011, down seven percent.

Professions or reaffirmations stands for 2016 were 2,514, down 700.

Adult and young adults in small groups: 44,257, down just over 5 percent.

Worshippers engaged in mission: 29,194, down eleven percent.

Submitted by Mary Catherine Phillips, director of communications