INUMC Festival of Young Preachers, Thursday, June 6, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Festival of Young PreachersIn one of the Indiana Convention Center’s breakout rooms

The INUMC Festival of Young Preachers will showcase and encourage young people (14-28 years old) who aspire to be preachers of the Gospel. Annual Conference attendees are invited to attend the Thursday morning sessions to celebrate, be inspired, and encourage these young preachers as they deliver their sermons. The celebration will continue with the Eat, Preach, & Praise Dinner on Thursday, which will highlight young voices in ministry through music and spoken word. (Registration for the meal and sign-ups to attend the morning session will be open with Annual Conference registration next month.) If you are or you know a young person between the ages of 14 and 28 who would like to preach at the Festival, visit for registration and more information.

Eat, Preach & Praise Dinner, Celebrating Young Voices in Ministry

Thursday, June 6, 5:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel

Want to be inspired? Hear great preaching? See present and future church leaders sharing word and music? Sign up for the Eat, Preach, & Praise Dinner at the 2013 Annual Conference. The program will feature music from Amy Cox, last year's Annual Conference Friday night worship leader, and messages from a variety of young voices from around the state. Come and enjoy a fantastic program and a great dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, right across from the Convention Center.

Art Fair ‘Changing the World with the Gift of Art’ new to annual conference

God has blessed us all with our own unique gifts, talents and passions. How do we use these gifts to change the world? We may feel that art is not our “gift,” but we all have the passion to share this amazing gift with many.

A group of Indiana artists will come together to share how they have used their art as a service to all God’s people, while growing their own passion. From a local artist that teaches art in our prison system and allows the inmates to express their deep emotions , to an artist that recycles old advertising banners and creates amazing items that just warm your heart.

Art therapy is a tool well integrated in our school system and we have a few stories to share about this powerful teaching tool from schools that treasure this therapy.

The artists will personally be at the Indiana Annual Conference Session to share their art form and how they have creatively used this to serve and share God’s love. If you are interested in displaying and sharing your gifts, contact Margo Ward by email at or by phone at 317-432-7505.

As you might remember, instead of the acoustical stage in Hall J, we will have an art fair called “Changing the World with the Gift of Art.”

Children’s greeting cards needed for annual conference session

The 2013 Indiana Annual Conference Session Implementation Team invites children to be involved in each of our districts across the state by having them create greeting cards to welcome each member to the Indiana Annual Conference Session, June 6-8. This card project is also a way to teach our children about this important annual event in our conference and to hear their thoughts on our theme for this year – “Transform the World: Be A World Changer.”

The Implementation Team asks your cluster to help children in your churches create cards to welcome and to thank those who attend the session for their service for the church of Jesus Christ in Indiana. Their cards can reflect through their drawings and words their understanding of what it means to transform and change the world so that it will be a better place for people to live in God’s eyes.

The greeting cards will be placed in the registration packets of those attending the conference session. Any extra cards will be distributed at events during the annual conference session. Annual Conference members were really touched by the cards they received last year.

To make the cards, please use these guidelines:

  • Use full or half sheets of 8.5" x 11" card stock paper (any color).
  • Drawings and words on the outside and inside would reflect the theme “Transform the World: Be A World Changer.”
  • On the front: Welcome to the 2013 Indiana Annual Conference Session.
  • On the inside: Thank you for serving plus any other messages that may be appropriate for the theme.
  • Sign with first name only, name of church and city.

Please mail or deliver the cards by Friday, May 10 to:

Indiana Conference Center UMC
c/o Ruth Ellen Needler
301 Pennsylvania Parkway, Suite 300
Indianapolis, IN 46280

Thank you for your ministry with God’s children and for helping to make the people who give their time to participate in this annual conference session feel extra special and loved by others in the church. If you have questions, please contact

Community Outreach expanding before annual conference session

INDIANAPOLIS – United Methodist Metro Ministries will again take the lead for the Wednesday, June 5, Community Outreach the day before the Indiana Annual Conference Session in Indianapolis. Fletcher Place Community Center has been added as a new outreach during annual conference. Other ministry sites for volunteers to be involved include: Brightwood Community Center, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis, Neighbor-to-Neighbor repairs in the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood and Roberts Park UMC downtown. The day will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost per volunteer will be $20 and will include a T-shirt and lunch. A total of 125 to 150 volunteers are needed for the outreach. No transportation will be provided this year. For more information, contact Lisa Morris at or call 317-924-4140 or toll-free 877-781-6707.

Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation 2013-2016

Lay Leader/Lay Member
Connecting Your Congregation and Your Annual Conference

Guidlines for Lay Leader Lay MemberThe Lay Leader and Lay Member to Annual Conference are key roles in linking the vision and plan of the congregation with the ministry of the Annual conference and in nurturing cooperation and coordination of the pastor and congregation in leadership. These two roles are complementary, yet there are responsibilities unique to each role. The greatest distinction is the connections they forge with and on behalf of the congregation. The lay leader has a primary focus in linking the local church and community. The lay member of annual conference has a primary focus in linking the local church to the connectional United Methodist Church and God’s worldwide church. Here is a guide which will be very helpful to each Lay Member of the Indiana Annual Conference as he or she prepares for the 2013 Indiana Annual Conference Session in Indianapolis June 6-8. Order here from Cokesbury.