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2015 Indiana Annual Conference Summary

2015 Indiana Annual Conference Summary

INDIANAPOLIS – “Share Your Story” was the theme of the 2015 Indiana Annual Conference held Thursday through Saturday, May 28-30, at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis. The three-day event had an intentional focus to equip and empower individuals to share their personal ...

From the Bishop

'Sharing Our Story: New Faith Communities'

After celebrating our 2015 Session of the Indiana Conference with our theme of “Share Your Story,” I realized that we have not done well in sharing the story of the new faith communities we are planting as United Methodists here in Indiana. So I asked our Church Development team for a ...

'Fairness for All'

Editor’s note: This column was written by Bishop Michael Coyner in response to the Supreme Court decision on Marriage Equality Ruling of June 26, 2015. Today the Supreme Court of the United States of America has determined that marriage as a legal contract between two persons is available...

Conversations

Engaging the Next Generation

By Kyle Adamson The older man slowly walked down the center aisle of the small traditional church with his wife’s frail hand holding his. He is roughly 70 years old and very proud of his historical Methodist church that they have been attending for more than 52 years now. As he and his ...

I have a story to tell

I have a story to tell

During the 2015 Annual Conference Session leaders were encouraged to share the story of God in their lives with neighbors, friends and even strangers. As we continue to celebrate the fruit that comes from sharing our lives with each other and the world around us, a website with resources ...

Bishop Coyner names Campaign Committee

The 2015 Session of the Indiana Conference unanimously approved a proposal from the Camping Board, the Feasibility Study Task Force, and the Council on Finance and Administration (CFA) to launch a $6 million campaign to build a new Discipleship Center at Epworth Forest, along with ...

Annual Conference

Clergy approved the ordination of one Deacon, 12 Elders with 38 retiring

The numbers continue to grow, both in the number of people coming into ordained ministry, as well as those retiring from active ministry in the Indiana Conference. During the 2015 conference session, 13 provisional ministers were ordained (1 Deacon, 12 Elders), 15 were commissioned as ...

Indiana

Continue sharing the story: Romal Tune has a story to tell

Continue sharing the story: Romal Tune has a story to tell

Romal Tune, author of God’s Graffiti and ordained minister, is a sought-after communicator, strategist and education consultant. He is a cultivator of hope and dignity, moving individuals from setbacks to success. Having overcome the setbacks of his upbringing and the destructive choices ...

Fager to serve as Lead District Assistant for North and Northwest Districts

INDIANAPOLIS – Upon the recent transition of Shirley Dominick from her role as the district assistant of the Northwest District for the past 16 years into a new role with World Methodist Evangelism, the Rev. Christine Newman-Jacobs, Superintendent of the Northwest District, and the Rev. ...

Foundation gets new look, plans for future

Foundation gets new look, plans for future

INDIANAPOLIS – The United Methodist Foundation of Indiana, Inc., presented a new look and branding to the members of the 2015 Indiana Annual Conference. The Foundation began working to revamp their marketing efforts in early 2014 with the adoption of “fueling the future of ministry” as ...

Francis Asbury Award presented

Francis Asbury Award presented

INDIANAPOLIS - Leadership Development presented the 2015 General Board of Higher Education’s Francis Asbury Award to the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Gibbs.This award recognizes and encourages the support of higher education and campus ministries within The United Methodist Church. The award offers ...

Guess these Churches contest

Guess these Churches contest

The Indiana Conference Commission on Archives and History has announced that the Rev. Melissa Zimmerman was the successful contestant in the “Guess these Churches” contest sponsored by the Commission at Annual Conference to promote awareness of historic United Methodist churches of ...

Indiana delegation to General and Jurisdictional Conference

Members of the 2015 session of the Indiana Annual Conference elected the following conference leaders as delegates to attend the 2016 General and Jurisdictional Conferences. Delegates are listed in the order of which they were elected, lay members then clergy members. The group met Sunday,...

Indiana Festival of Young Preachers

Indiana Festival of Young Preachers

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Conference hosted fourteen young preachers for the Third Annual Indiana United Methodist Conference Festival of Young Preachers Thursday morning, May 28. Participants of the festival ranged from the ages of 13-28 with aspirations to become preachers of the Word. ...

Laity Day coming this fall, Oct. 17

The laity of the United Methodist Church will be joining together to talk about what it means to be a fruitful leader at Laity Day, October 17,  with the Bishop (www.inumc.org/laityday). All laity are welcome to attend, not just those who are designated as Lay Leaders in our congregations....

Reece named as new Associate Director for Church Development

Reece named as new Associate Director for Church Development

INDIANAPOLIS – Rev. Steve Clouse, director of Church Development, recently announced the selection of Emily Reece, who currently serves at the denomination’s Discipleship Ministries – Path 1, as the new Associate Director of Church Development to begin September 1, 2015. Along with 13 ...

Washington appointed as church planter in Indianapolis

Washington appointed as church planter in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS – Bishop Michael J. Coyner and the Rev. David Neckers, former director of church development of the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church are pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev. Sharon L. Washington as a church planter in the Indianapolis metropolitan ...

Global and Missions

Africa University Campaign progresses

Africa University Campaign progresses

INDIANAPOLIS – The Africa University Campaign continues to push forward in Indiana as the conference maintains its commitment to providing an endowed chairperson for the Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources, as well as scholarships for students at United Methodist related Africa ...

Bishop's Christmas Offering grants awarded

Bishop's Christmas Offering grants awarded

INDIANAPOLIS – The annual Bishop’s Christmas Offering is focused on helping children throughout Indiana and the world to know Christ’s unconditional love through various mission and ministries projects geared to spiritual development and engagement, as well as support through after school ...

Hoosier United Methodists to Host Sierra Leone Partners Conference

Indiana will host the 2015 Sierra Leone Partners Conference, August 20-21, 2015 where United Methodists from across the United States who are engaged in partnership ministry in Sierra Leone, West Africa, will gather at Plainfield United Methodist Church, on the west side of Indianapolis, ...

UMCOR celebrating 75 years

UMCOR celebrating 75 years

United Methodists and friends are encouraged to mark the 75th anniversary of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) with an UMCOR Relief-Kit Assembly Fair. Be a part of UMCOR’s ongoing legacy of offering hope and relief to millions of people around the world during times of ...

Viewpoints

Lessons I have learned

Mary Ann Moman
By Mary Ann Moman The Rejuvenate Committee and Foundation staff are asked each year when we write our report for the Lilly Endowment, Inc. – What have you learned from your work? Because we value being a community of learners, we are always reflecting on our work and the implications for...

Storytellers

Todd Outcalt
By Todd Outcalt Before my last visit to New York I arranged to meet with several publishers. I enjoy these visits immensely as I am always transported into a world of books – piles of them, in fact. All publishers – from the startups fashioned of recycled cubicles to the granite-floored ...

Ordinary Time: Love Wins

Ordinary Time: Love Wins

By James Howell Friday’s Supreme Court decision was cheered by many, and rainbow flags flew everywhere. Others were grieved - and that was just out there in the culture. Within the church, we sensed a similar variance of emotion over the decision. The Supreme Court establishes the law of...

Chronicles

Methodist congregation bringing ‘Homeless Jesus’ to Indianapolis

Skyler Nimmons

Methodist congregation bringing ‘Homeless Jesus’ to Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS – A congregation in downtown Indianapolis is seeking to start a new conversation around the plight of those without homes or shelter in their community. Roberts Park United Methodist Church, in partnership with several other community organizations, is in works to bring the ‘...

Methodist congregation bringing ‘Homeless Jesus’ to Indianapolis

Methodist congregation bringing ‘Homeless Jesus’ to Indianapolis

By: Skyler E. Nimmons INDIANAPOLIS – A congregation in downtown Indianapolis is seeking to start a new conversation around the plight of those without homes or shelter in their community.   Roberts Park United Methodist Church, in partnership with several other community organizations, is...