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2020 Cabinet Appointments

April 01, 2020
Joshua told the Israelites on the banks of the Jordan to keep their eye on God’s ark because “we have not passed this way before.” Kentucky Conference, we have not been here before either, as families, churches and communities. ...

Rev. Craig Taylor uses college broadcast training to jump-start livestreaming during quarantine

March 31, 2020
Rev. Craig Taylor says he’s waited nearly 10 years for his undergraduate degree in television and radio production to finally pay off in his ministerial work. COVID-19 is giving him that chance – and has been a great opportunity ...

Kentucky delegation responds to GC 2020 delay

March 30, 2020
General Conference organizers announced March 18 that the 2020 meeting would not take place this May, as scheduled, because of the COVID-19 crisis. It now will take place sometime in 2021. That means, the human sexuality debate – ...

District by district online worship opportunities

March 28, 2020
With COVID-19 temporarily changing – virtually overnight – how our churches are doing worship, we have compiled a list of how some are doing it. (Hat tip to John Denham, the Conference’s Lay Leader, and his team for helping to ...

Church Innovation in the Midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic

March 26, 2020
As Wesleyan Heights United Methodist Church entered into the 2020 Lenten season, I had a feeling that we, as a congregation, needed to focus our time over the next 40 days on prayer. I began to sense God’s nudges upon the type of ...

Conference Office Closed

March 25, 2020
With things evolving so quickly with the health threat of COVID-19, the decision has been made that the staff of the Kentucky Annual Conference will continue to work remotely for another two-weeks. Also, all meetings and events ...

Children’s Homes look to ‘fifth Sunday’ offering

March 25, 2020
The Kentucky United Methodist Children’s Homes recently shared this post on its Facebook page: A young lady at our Nicholasville campus has a goal to be a nurse.  She’s applied to several colleges and even explained the benefits...

Blood donations

March 24, 2020
Would you be willing to donate blood if you are not part of the at-risk population? Donation centers have implemented social distancing and cleaning precautions to make it safe for individuals to donate blood.  Individuals can ...

An Announcement from the Conference Treasurer and Director of Administrative Services

March 24, 2020
Greetings Pastors, Church Leaders, and United Methodists across Kentucky: I am writing today on behalf of your Conference Administrative Teams and other Conference leadership with a significant announcement related to recent ...

COB calls for all to join day of prayer against COVID-19; sets April 29-May 1 for virtual meeting

March 24, 2020
Washington, D. C – The Council of Bishops (COB) of The United Methodist Church has asked all United Methodists to join people of faith in a day of prayer tomorrow, March 25, asking God to rid the world of the coronavirus pandemic....

Fifth Sunday Offering

March 24, 2020
“In the face of challenge the Kentucky United Methodist Children's Home family has always continued to have a generous and compassionate heart for vulnerable Kentucky children.  As you know, March 29 is one of four Fifth Sunday ...

Thanks and prayers

March 23, 2020
As I share my gratitude to each of you for your patience, creativity and faithfulness, I am aware that we will be living in this current reality for a while. Please begin to make plans for that to be the case.     I am requesting ...

General Conference to move to 2021

March 23, 2020
Nashville, Tenn.: Subsequent to the announcement by the Executive Committee of the Commission on the General Conference that the 2020 General Conference will be postponed, the full Commission met March 21, 2020 to determine next ...

UMC Food Ministry: Filling the gap

March 23, 2020
UMC Food Ministry, a ministry of the Northern Kentucky District of our Kentucky Annual Conference, is in its second decade of serving meals to children in Kentucky and Ohio. On a typical day, we serve more than 5,000 meals in ...

Quarantine gives congregations big opportunities to be the church

March 20, 2020
When it comes to the effect that COVID-19 has had on ministry, Rev. Shawn Mickschl’s flock – which includes many people in the service industry – has been particularly hard hit. In fact, Mickschl has felt it himself.   Mickschl, ...

Coping with corona: A few positive thoughts

March 19, 2020
These are definitely not the best of times, and perhaps, they are not the worst of times either for most of us. However, they are very trying times and the most unusual times in my 83 years. It is a time when many of us are going ...

A Statement of Hope from Bishop Leonard Fairley

March 18, 2020
There is a fundamental spiritual component to our present COVID-19 crisis. While the landscape of our lives change, we must stand on some simple truths that we’ve repeated all our lives. We must now call upon these truths for ...

Loucon, Aldersgate, Kavanaugh react to coronavirus’ temporary reality

March 18, 2020
COVID-19 and the need to practice social distancing has turned everyone’s world upside down, almost overnight – and the Kentucky Annual Conference’s three camps are no exception. The three camps – Loucon, Aldersgate, and ...

Tips on long-distance worshiping

March 18, 2020
Here’s a list of online resources to explore as you consider ways to worship during this time of social distancing. We’ll add to this list as needed. (Hat tip: North Carolina Conference of the UMC): Livestreaming Facebook Live ...

United Methodist General Conference to be postponed

March 18, 2020
Nashville, Tenn.: The Executive Committee of the Commission on the General Conference has been notified by the Minneapolis Convention Center that they are restricting events at the venue through May 10, 2020, following ...

Information on the 2020 Annual Conference and COVID-19

March 17, 2020
As the events of our world are changing rapidly, we are very aware and concerned about the impact COVID-19 is having on large gatherings and this health crisis could impact our Annual Conference in June.  Be assured that there is ...

Informational Meeting with Delegates

March 16, 2020
Delegates from the Kentucky Annual Conference held informational meetings in each district where they shared the latest information regarding our church.  This was a time of sharing the logistics of how General Conference works, ...

Churches focus on ways to do virtual worship, serve those in need

March 15, 2020
When Mark Walz found out that churches would be shut down for at least two weeks because of the COVID-19 pandemic, he was ready to help. Walz, Director of Communications and Technology at St. Luke UMC in Lexington, reached out to ...

Virtual church: Christ Church United Methodist livestream draws hundreds

March 15, 2020
It wasn’t a typical Sunday worship gathering for the family of Ben Williams, a musician at Christ Church United Methodist in Louisville. He and his wife, Lesley, were among relatives who gathered at the home of Williams’ ...

A message for churches from Bishop Leonard Fairley

March 14, 2020
Brothers and sisters in Christ, In just the last few hours I have been in deep prayer and had a difficult conversation with my Extended Cabinet. As your Bishop, I am strongly urging and requesting that for the next two weeks our ...

Bishop Fairley's Response to Governor Beshear's recommendation

March 13, 2020
Wednesday, March 11, the Honorable Andy Beshear, governor of Kentucky, recommended that churches throughout the commonwealth cancel both Wednesday night and Sunday services for at least this week and the upcoming weekend. In ...

Bishops ask for postponement of General Conference due to Coronavirus Pandemic

March 13, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C.  - The Executive Committee of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church has asked for the postponement of the 2020 General Conference, set to begin in six weeks, because of the new Coronavirus COVID-19...

Bishops request declaratory decision from Judicial Council on Protocol legislation

March 11, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C.  - The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church has asked the denomination’s highest court, the Judicial Council, to decide whether the legislation implementing The Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace ...

Will you pray with us?

March 10, 2020
The Kentucky Conference General and Jurisdictional delegation prayer team has designated 9 Eastern/8  Central each evening for prayer, and we ask all that can to join us. Whether you can join us in prayer one night or every night,...

Coronavirus: What you and your church need to know

March 09, 2020
The current events take the term “Safe Sanctuaries” to a completely new level.  With the threat of flu and now the coronavirus, what steps should we be considering to make our services and ministries as safe as possible?  Just as...

Campus Ministry Challenge Starting Soon

March 06, 2020
When March rolls around in the state of Kentucky there is one thing on most people’s mind: The NCAA Basketball Tournament. And while we love our college basketball teams of Kentucky, we love the students at those schools even ...

Neighboring Conference hit by tornadoes

March 05, 2020
Earlier this week Nashville, Tennessee and the surrounding areas were hit with a powerful tornado that claimed at least 24 lives and damaged three United Methodist churches.   United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) reports ...

Public health awareness planned for General Conference

March 04, 2020
Nashville, Tenn.: The Executive Committee of the Commission on the General Conference is monitoring developments in the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and will collaborate with public health authorities regarding any recommended...

Coronavirus Precautions

March 01, 2020
I share the following message with you in an effort to provide information and a sense of non-anxious peace.  In the face of the coronavirus, please take care of each other, and know my prayers are with you.  Even as I share ...

Why I’m not leaving The United Methodist Church

February 20, 2020
By the Rev. Steve West  Feb. 17, 2020 | ARAB, Ala A few weeks ago, hundreds of North Alabama Methodists who consider themselves traditional, orthodox, and conservative met at Clearbranch UMC to talk about splitting from The ...

‘Delegation in the District’ meetings underway

February 18, 2020
HOPKINSVILLE, Kentucky – More than 400 people attended the first of nine “Delegation in the District” meetings on Sunday, Feb. 16, at St. John (Hopkinsville) in the Pennyrile District. Revs. Tami Coleman and Matt Seel led the ...

Responding to disaster: Southeastern Kentucky flooding assistance drives home the point that we are connectional … and stronger for it

February 14, 2020
When recent heavy rains caused rivers and streams to overflow their banks in southeastern Kentucky, the Kentucky Annual Conference was ready to help. Jim Morse, the Conference’s Disaster Response Coordinator, and volunteer David ...

Candidate Endorsed for Episcopacy (RBMC)

February 13, 2020
The Red Bird Missionary Conference of the United Methodist Church’s General Conference 2020 delegation  has unanimously endorsed Rev. Dr. Iosmar Alvarez to be a Candidate for Episcopacy in the Southeastern Jurisdiction. Alvarez, ...

Flood buckets delivered to southeast Kentucky

February 11, 2020
Flood buckets headed to the South East Kentucky District and the Red Bird Missionary Conference were delivered to Barbourville First UMC late Monday afternoon.  Conference Disaster Response Coordinator Jim Morse arrived in ...

WCA holds informational meetings in Kentucky

February 10, 2020
LEXINGTON, Ky. – A few hundred people attended two meetings Thursday of the Wesleyan Covenant Association to hear about the traditionalist organization and also details about a recently announced compromise church-separation plan....

Flood relief for southeastern Kentucky

February 08, 2020
About a dozen volunteers gathered Saturday afternoon to load 175 cleaning buckets into a rental truck to assist flood-stricken people in southeastern Kentucky. Bishop Leonard Fairley and Dawn Sparks Fairley were among those who ...

WCA UMCNext upcoming events

February 04, 2020
The following events are not sponsored by the Kentucky Annual Conference.  To assist you in gathering information that may help as you lead your churches, you are invited to attend the following events to learn more about these ...

KAC Delegation to Hold Meetings in Each District

February 04, 2020
Greetings from your KAC Delegation!   We are planning on hosting Informational Gatherings in each District over the next 6 weeks.  These gatherings will be focused on helping educate all of our clergy and laity on General ...

Conference Leadership: Living and Leading Together

February 03, 2020
Bishop’s Extended Cabinet gets advice for uncertain times This past Sunday was memorable to sports fans as Super Bowl Sunday. But for Bishop Leonard Fairley and the members of his Extended Cabinet and the Conference Secretary, the...

2020 General Conference

February 01, 2020
In this section you will find more information about General Conference 2020 from news articles to getting to know our delegates and everything in between.

Statement from SEJ Heads of Delegation regarding Protocol:

January 30, 2020
We, the undersigned SEJ Lay and Clergy Heads of Delegations, affirm the work done on the ‘Protocol of Grace & Reconciliation Through Separation’ and recommend the Protocol be among the first legislative items considered by General...

Southeast Jurisdiction Leaders Collaborate in Montgomery

January 16, 2020
The 2020 Southeastern Jurisdiction (SEJ) Leadership Gathering was held in Montgomery, AL, January 7-9. SEJ Bishops, Directors of Connectional Ministries, Lay Leaders and the Committee on Episcopacy gathered from nine states and ...

Live Streamed Panel Discussion on the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation

January 10, 2020
Here is how to connect to the panel discussion on the Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation. The panel, will discuss how they developed the proposal. The live stream will begin Monday, January 13, at 9:30 am (ET) ...

Bishop Fairley Responds to the Protocol Document on Reconciliation and Separation proposal

January 07, 2020
I know many of you have been longing to hear a word from your Bishop as you’ve seen countless statements, and most likely, numerous posts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter regarding the proposed Protocol Document on ...

EO Tours responds to Iraq-Iran Security Concerns

January 07, 2020
January 6, 2020 Security Concern Response from Educational Opportunities Tours on Vimeo.   In light of upcoming trips to the Holy Land by members of the Kentucky Conference, James Ridgway, CEO of EO Tours, shares his...

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