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South Indiana Conference Director Robert Sharp retires after 41 years

By Matthew Oates When the final amen was shouted at this year's South Indiana Annual Conference, it marked an end of an era in the life of Robert and Cynthia Sharp. Robert will retire July 1, most recently from his appointment as Conference Council on Ministries director. He takes pride in...

South Indiana delegates elected to General, Jurisdictional Conferences

General Conference lay delegates are Ike Williams of Indianapolis, Patricia Miller of Indianapolis, Rita Gaither-Gant of Indianapolis, Vickie Newkirk of New Palestine, John Lawson of Westchester, Ohio, David Crane of Newburgh. Clergy delegates to General Conference are Ann Glass of ...

Steps of faith

By Todd Outcalt Most pastors can attest that people in their congregations don't like change. This is evidenced every Sunday morning, as we witness the majority of people sitting in the same chair or pew location week after week. Most of us could take attendance with just a cursory glance ...

Thanks for Imagining Indiana

The Indiana annual conferences have spoken, and they have approved moving another step forward in the "Imagine Indiana" process by significant votes of approval - 78 percent in North and 67 percent in South. My only worry about the Imagine Indiana process this year was that one conference ...

What others said about Bishop Lawson

"Bishop David Lawson was my 'consecration bishop.' He retired the year I was elected a bishop in 1996; he preached for that Consecration Service; and he was the retiring bishop assigned to lay hands upon me for consecration as a bishop. Since that time, David has been a colleague, friend, ...

What's in the Bishop's bundle of books?

During each of the two Indiana annual conferences sessions, Bishop Mike Coyner asked the clergy of the Indiana Area to read and discuss these five books during the next conference year: The Gospel According to Starbucks: Living with a Grande Passion by Leonard Sweet, The Book of Hard ...

Who needs diversity training?

By Sharon A. White In the TV spots we see about The United Methodist Church, we hear a voice say "Open hearts, Open minds, Open doors. The people of The United Methodist Church." How "open" are we? In The South Indiana Conference, we have commissions, committees and boards that address ...

Why hide God's Word in your heart, when you can cram it in!?

With a total of six Quiz-Ins, 27 quizzers, 31 quizzes and a potential of at least 100 points per quiz, Lydia Einselen from McGrawsville UMC knows how to "cram" God's Word! Lydia ended the year of Kokomo District Bible Quizzing with 3,090 points and an average of 99.7 points per quiz! Her ...

Zionsville youth participate in World Vision famine

ZIONSVILLE, Ind. - More than 50 youth and five adult leaders of Zionsville UMC participated in World Vision's 30 Hour Famine April 28-29 to raise money and awareness to the plight of world hunger. More than 29,000 children die each day from hunger and hunger related diseases. Participants ...

2006 Recommendation and Action of The North And South Conferences

In 2006 the Area Episcopacy Committee presented identical recommendations to the North Indiana and South Indiana Conferences. It was endorsed by the North Indiana Strategy Council and the South Indiana Futuring Task Force. You can find the document recorded in the 2006 North Indiana ...

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