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2016 Kentucky Annual Conference

Sloan Convention Center, Bowling Green, Kentucky

June 13 -15, 2016

Officiating bishop: Bishop Lindsey Davis

Guest speakers:

The Rev. Larry Stoess lead a bible study titled, Biblical Principles: Ministry with the Poor.

As this was his last Kentucky Annual Conference, Bishop Davis preached at both the opening worship and ordination services. 

Memorable points or quotes by speakers:
Bishop Davis, Ordination Service

“If we tune out the poor we will inevitably tune out God."

"You will make some mistakes, some bigger than others, but God's grace is bigger..."

"Ministry is the work of God done by the people of God. Young and old, men and women..."

Rev. Stoess

"Do we really value the things that Jesus valued? Do we let the things that break God's heart, break our hearts?"

"Jesus never treated people as objects of his charity. He honored the dignity of their history."

Main actions enacted by the conference:

  • Approved a $7.3 million budget with an 11% apportionment (down from 13%)
  • Jan Brown-Thompson was awarded the Bishop’s Award for Ecumenism
  • Creech Richardson was awarded the Harry Denman Evangelism Award for Clergy
  • Janna and Joshua Mathews were awarded the Harry Denman Evangelism Award for Laity
  • More than 400 people participated in our Afternoon of Service
  • Passed a motion to remove the single health insurance premium cost for clergy who are approved for long-term disability leave.
  • Recognized ten clergy members that have served in ministry for 25 years and recognized five clergy members that have served for 50 years.
  • Recognized 10 retiring clergy who served a total of 352 years. 
  • Collected an offering of $3,035 for the Isaiah Project, which is an initiative to identify, encourage and support young people who may be experiencing a call to ordained ministry
  • Raised approximately $3,400 for the Red Bird Missionary Conference with our jewelry sale, “Bling for a Blessing.”
  • Collected an offering in honor of the retirement and ministry of Bishop Lindsey and Jennifer Davis.  At their request, the funds will be shared with Wesley Seminary in Venezuela and Honduras Outreach, Inc. 

Resolutions adopted by the conference:

  • One merger was approved
  • Six churches were discontinued

What did your annual conference do to reinforce the Four Areas of Focus, and what commitments have the conference made for the coming year: Our theme this year was, “Who are the Poor? Reach the World.”  Throughout our conference session we focused on the many types of poverty that a person can experience, including economic poverty, spiritual poverty and emotional poverty. Video stories from local churches in ministry with the poor were shared.  From our set design to our liturgies to our bible study we kept our message on how we as a church can minister to those in need.

Number of people ordained, commissioned or received into associate membership, and average age: 2 were ordained as deacons, average age 34 years old; 5 were ordained as elders, average age 39 years old; and 7 were commissioned on the elder track, average age 33 years old.

Number of people retired: 10 retiring clergy who served a total of 352 years

Membership stands at 151,316, down 170 from the previous year.

Worship attendance stands at 52,308, down 1,096.

Church school attendance stands at 21,949, down 1,520.

Professions or reaffirmations of faith for 2015, 1954, up from 2014 by 26 persons.