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District Calendar 2017


February
24th - Workers Compensation Payroll Survey is to be completed online annually.

March
1 - Ash Wednesday
13-16 - Appointive Cabinet
31 - March Reports - see the Calendar of Reports due for listing of all 6 items due


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CABINET PROPOSES DISTRICT CHANGES
 

February 16, 2017

To: The Clergy and Laity of the Florida Annual Conference

From: Bishop Ken Carter and the Florida Annual Conference Cabinet

Subject: Proposal to Annual Conference 2017

The purpose of this letter is to inform you about a proposal that will be coming to the Annual Conference during our June meeting in Orlando.
In the fall of 2016, the Cabinet and Strategic Leadership Team held its first meeting of the new quadrennium. We also toured the Conference as part of the Town Hall events. Around the same time, Dr. Walter Monroe, District Superintendent of the South Central District, informed us that he would be retiring at the end of this Conference year, after a life of profound ministry as a pastor, university chaplain and professor and administrator.
The retirement of a District Superintendent was one impetus for us to explore how the Florida Conference has changed since we reduced from 14 Districts to 9 Districts eleven years ago. We discovered that we have closed 93 churches in eleven years. This is more than the number of churches in any one of our Districts. There has been an equal reduction in the number of full time elder placements and, for various reasons, several more churches have lowered their clergy salary. The Book of Discipline (415.4) gives the Bishop the responsibility to "form the districts after consultation with the district superintendents and after the number of the same has been determined by vote of the annual conference".
In response to the reduction of churches over the past 11 years, combined with a desire to reset the economic base of the Florida Annual Conference, the Cabinet, in consultation with other Conference leaders, is recommending a reduction in the number of Districts in the Florida Annual Conference from nine to eight. This motion regarding the number of Districts will be made during the opening plenary session of the 2017 Annual Conference.
It is our prayer and hope that this reduction of one district will be one piece of a continued journey of examining the sustainability of our Annual Conference budget, as well as continuing to redirect the flow of resources to the Local Church and support the vital ministries that take place at the Conference level such as Campus Ministry, Camps and Retreats, Missional Engagement and more.
Unlike the previous alignment from 14 to 9 Districts, this reduction does not impact every church. Most Districts will have fewer total churches than they did when we reduced from 14 to 9. The Cabinet is working on the final proposal for new District lines. We plan to release this proposal by the end of April and hold a pre-Annual Conference meeting in each District in May to allow for Annual Conference clergy and lay delegates to ask questions about this proposed reduction and realignment.
The working model will add some churches to each district. Criteria used in determining the new district lines include: where churches orient in terms of major cities, an attempt to balance the number of churches within each district and drive times. Given these criteria, the South Central District will likely be impacted the most with the churches within the South Central District being redistributed to the four districts that border it. This will result, eventually, in the integration of the operations of this district office with those of the surrounding district offices and the closure of the office in Plant City. It is projected that all other District offices will remain in their current location. Conference and District leaders impacted by this transition are already working on creating models of shared leadership.

If you have questions about this proposal, please direct them to your District Superintendent or to the Episcopal Office.

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DO YOU SERVE A CHURCH COMMITTED TO SHAPING THE NEXT GENERATION OF PASTORAL LEADERS?

If so, please sponsor a Summer Pastoral Internship for 2017!
Here are the quick facts for hosting an Intern. Attached is a more detailed program description.
Internship Dates: Monday, May 29, 2017, through Friday, August 4, 2017
Intern Training Day: Friday, May 26, 2017 (students and supervising pastors)
Intern Reflection Day: Monday, August 7, 2017 (students only)
Hours: 30 hours/week as scheduled with supervising pastor
Housing: Provided in congregant’s home, if needed
Salary: $3,000.00 ($1,500 host site, $1,500 Office of Clergy Excellence)
If interested, please email or mail an intern job description for your church. Please feel free to contact the Office of Clergy Excellence if you have any questions about the program.
Holly Finley at hfinley@flumc.org
Rev. Sara McKinley at sara.mckinley@flumc.org
Office of Clergy Excellence
450 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
Lakeland, FL 33815
863-688-556- x134
Thank you!
Love In Christ,
Sara
Attachment:Program Description


MARK YOUR 2017 CALENDAR

Discipleship Workshops sponsored by the Congregational Vitality Team

Saturday, Apr. 1 in the North District at Wesley UMC, West Melbourne
Saturday, May 6 in the South District at UMC of the Palm Beaches, West Palm Beach
Time:10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (lunch provided)
PASTORS, STAFF AND LAITY INVITED
Items covered will be Missional Alignment, Door to Core Pathway, Partnership Assimilation, Types of Disciple Groups, Connecting People to Groups, Training Group Leaders, Ongoing Care of Small Group Leaders, and Overseeing the Group System


12th Annual Native American Ministry Gathering, April 21-23

Please join us at the Life Enrichment Center in Fruitland Park, FL, on April 21 - April 23, 2017, for our 12th Annual Native American Ministry Gathering. Everyone is welcome.This is a Christ-centered, culturally relevant event where you will learn and be blessed by what God is doing among and through the Native American people. Great music, teaching, workshops and fellowship are on the agenda. The event is free, but you must register to attend and purchase meals and lodging, if you desire. Attend for a day or for the whole weekend. Special guest speakers will be Terry and Darlene Wildman, pastors of the Northport Indian UMC in Traverse City, Michigan. Registration deadline is April 7.You can obtain a registration form at www.flumc.org/nativeamericanministries. For more information, contact Ed Taylor at 352-409-3368.


Preconference (Annual Conference) Workshop

Sunday, May 7 at First Vero UMC, Vero Beach 3PM.
This workshop is for your Lay Representatives for Annual Conference. This information will include items that are being brought before the Annual Conference for voting. Rev. Alex Shanks, Assistant to the Bishop will be with us. 




2017 FLORIDA ANNUAL CONFERENCE
June 8-10, 2017
Buena Vista Palace Hotel
1900 Buena Vista Drive
Orlando, Florida 32830

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"Journeys of Paul" Cruise
In June, 2017, Pastor John Gill (The Open Door, A United Methodist Community) and his wife Terri are leading a pilgrimage cruise across the Mediterranean to visit sites where the Apostle Paul traveled and ministered. For additional details, contact Pastor Gill @ john.gill@flumc.org

 

Calendar of Reports Due

 

For a list of reports due, please click here.

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