2017 Texas Annual Conference
Location of conference gathering: The Woodlands United Methodist Church, The Woodlands, Texas
Dates of conference gathering: May 28-31, 2017
Officiating bishop: Bishop Scott Jones
Guest speakers and memorable points or quotes by speakers: Dr. Maria Dixon Hall spoke on Cultural Intelligence and the need to revamp what and how we do diversity training with an emphasis on relationship building.
Perkins’ Dean Craig Hill encouraged believers to tap into the power of honoring what God honors and seeking God’s opinion over that of others.
Main actions enacted by the conference: The main action was approval of the budget to include the addition of the new position of Development Director.
Resolutions adopted by the conference: Emory United Methodist Church was approved to apply for recognition as a Methodist Historic Site.
Number of people ordained, commissioned or received into associate membership, and average age: 36, 38
Did your clergy session approve any openly gay candidates for ministry? If so, how many? None
Number of people retired: 27
Membership stands at 282,116, down from 282,273.
Worship attendance stands at 97,913 down from 100,098.
Church school attendance stands at 35,245, down from 35,747.
Professions or reaffirmations of faith for 2016, 5,055, 2015, 5,136.
Adults and young adults in small groups for 2016 167,760, up from 156,158 in 2015
Worshippers engaged in mission for 2016 74,856, up from 77,273, in 2015
What did your annual conference do to reinforce the Four Areas of Focus, and what commitments has the conference made for the coming year: Bishop Jones presented a vision that Methodist become known for “loving all the children.”
--Paula Arnold, director of communications