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General Conference 2019 Resources

October 17, 2018
Welcome to the 2019 General Conference resource page. This page will be updated as new information/resources become available. What is General Conference? Have you ever wondered what the term General Conference means? Here is a ...

Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael

October 17, 2018
UMNS - Recovery from Hurricane Michael UMCOR - Current Disasters around the world Bishop Fairley Speaks on Hurricane Florence

Bishop Fairley’s message at the fall regional meetings: ‘We are called to make disciples’

October 12, 2018
Bishop Leonard Fairley’s central message during seven regional meetings held around the Kentucky Annual Conference was simple: Whatever distractions we may face as individuals or as a church, the work of developing passionate ...

Bishop Fairley and Dawn Sparks Wed on September 30th

October 11, 2018
He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord. – Proverbs 18:22 (NRSV) When Rev. Leonard Fairley was elected bishop at the 2016 Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference, his college roommate’s wife, Helen ...

Single legislative committee to allow for full delegate participation

October 08, 2018
St. Simons Island, Ga.: Meeting October 4-5, 2018 in St. Simons Island, Ga., the Commission on the General Conference adopted a plan for the legislative structure of the Special Session of the 2019 General Conference. The ...

Judicial Council hearings to be accessible via livestream

October 03, 2018
The United Methodist Judicial Council will partner with United Methodist Communications to livestream oral hearings held during the Council’s fall meeting at the Placid Hotel in Zürich, Switzerland. All of the oral hearings will ...

Ashland Centenary UMC featured in the The Greater Ashland Beacon

September 27, 2018
Centenary UMC in Ashland, KY has been featured in The Greater Ashland Beacon this week.  Youth Director Caleb Wilburn and Pastor David Herndon have developed a Wednesday evening program of fun and Christian education for local ...

Responding to Hurricane Florence

September 18, 2018
There are moments in life when perspective rocked by reality shakes us from our personal agendas, causing us to truly understand and live into what it means to be passionate spiritual disciples of Jesus Christ.  Those times are ...

Bishop's Regional Meetings Continue

September 14, 2018
A Passionate Spiritual Disciple is someone who KNOWS the Love of Jesus, GROWS in the Love of Jesus, and SHOWS the Love of Jesus.  They participate in weekly corporate worship, participate in a small group with spiritual ...

Hurricance Florence Disaster Response Information

September 13, 2018
As we watch the developing story of Hurricane Florence and the  damage in the Carolinas, Virginia and points west, churches and volunteers are already responding to flooding in Rowan and Menifee Counties that occurred last week. ...

Worldwide conference convinces young rep from KY Conference that UMC has a bright future

September 12, 2018
Eliza Love’s recent trip to Johannesburg, South Africa, for a youth and young adult conference convinced her that the United Methodist Church has a bright future, even though “there’s a lot of work to do.” “I think the young ...

Sharing Our Glory: Clarkson UMC Embarks on First Mission Trip

August 29, 2018
Sharing our blessings in serving is a joy for Clarkson UMC. We chose an in state place for Clarkson’s first mission trip. We are most grateful for the kindness and cooperation shown to us by the Red Bird Missionary Conference and ...

General Conference Statement

August 23, 2018
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” -John 14:27 The following statement is issued by the Kentucky Annual ...

Regional Meetings: Passionate Spiritual Disciples: Growing in the Spirit

August 14, 2018
Bishop Fairley will hold a series of meetings throughout the conference beginning this September. The theme of these meetings is: Passionate Spiritual Disciples: Growing in the Spirit.  All meetings begin at 7:00 pm local time. ...

Fresh Expressions events planned for September

August 13, 2018
Fresh Expressions is planning two events in September. Join us September 20th for a Dinner Church Encounter or September, 22 for our Fresh Expressions Gathering. Both events are open to both clergy and laity. For more information ...

Bishop and Dawn Announce Wedding Plans

August 10, 2018
Dawn and I have come to realize that our journey truly began with a prayer for her daughter Megan at the 2017 Kentucky Annual Conference.  God saw it coming even when I could not.  I cannot say it was fate that brought us ...

Little church, big ideas

August 03, 2018
HINDMAN, Kentucky – A small rural church can indeed make a big impact – not only on its neighbors, but on people in need halfway around the world. Just ask the people at Hindman UMC, in the mountains of eastern Kentucky. Members ...

Kentucky delegates to meet August 20

August 02, 2018
Please be in prayer for the Kentucky Annual Conference’s delegates to the 2019 called session of General Conference as they hold their first of three scheduled in-person meetings on Monday, Aug. 20, at the Conference Center in ...

United Methodist Bishops call for prayers of peace for Zimbabwe

August 02, 2018
The bishops of The United Methodist Church are calling for prayers of peace for Zimbabwe, which is witnessing violence in the aftermath of presidential and parliamentary elections.  Here is the statement from the Council of ...

Three people join KAC staff

August 01, 2018
Three people have recently joined the staff at the Kentucky Annual Conference office in Crestwood: Rev. David Garvin, director of Administrative Services/Conference treasurer; Mandy Stewart, accounting assistant; and Cindy Young, ...

Way Forward report released in all four official languages of General Conference

July 31, 2018
The final report of the Commission on a Way Forward has been released in all four official languages of the General Conference: English, French, Portuguese and Swahili.  The report will be presented to the 2019 Special Session of ...

Court docket details proposed plans for UMC

July 19, 2018
The United Methodist Judicial Council will consider 48 petitions related to three proposals for resolving the church’s differences over homosexuality when it meets Oct. 23-26 in Zurich, Switzerland. Included in the 231-page ...

General Conference delegation contact information

July 13, 2018
As the delegation prepares to do their work as we head towards the 2019 called session of General Conference, should you be interested in sharing your thoughts with any member(s) of the delegation their contact information is ...

UMC bishops praise God for the release of three missionaries from Philippines

July 13, 2018
The bishops of The United Methodist Church are praising God that all three of the young UMC missionaries detained by in the Republic of the Philippines have been allowed to leave that country and are now safely reunited with their...

UMC Bishops Seek Declaratory Decisions on Three Plans Submitted to General Conference

July 12, 2018
The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is asking the Judicial Council for declaratory decisions on the constitutionality of the petitions submitted by the Commission on a Way Forward to the 2019 Special Session of ...

UMC Bishops amend call for 2019 Special Session of General Conference

July 09, 2018
The Council of Bishops (COB) has amended its call for the Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church (UMC) to be held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, in response to Judicial Council ...

Bishop visits scouts, leaders at summer camp

July 03, 2018
I had the honor of taking Bishop Leonard Fairley to visit Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts at their summer camp near Bardstown, Kentucky, on Wednesday, June 20. Pastor Paul Frederick, the scout council’s religious emblems coordinator, ...

2018 Honduras Mission Trip

July 02, 2018
"¡Hola! ¿Cómo estás?"  This is how a lot of conversations began this past week.  The verbal language may not have progressed much past that point, but the gestures and facial expressions allowed us to continue communicating with ...

Commission offers video resources for UMC, delegates to 2019 Conference

June 30, 2018
The Commission on a Way Forward is offering several videos that document the experiences, hopes, dreams, concerns, approach, and learnings of the 32-member Commission, which recently completed its report that will be presented to ...

A call to revise our social principles

June 28, 2018
KAC members take part in UMC board’s updating project

2018 Appointment List

June 13, 2018
Here are the appointments for all clergy for the upcoming year. Appointment list

Worshipful AC closes with moving service of sending forth

June 13, 2018
COVINGTON, Kentucky – The 2018 Annual Conference ended late Wednesday afternoon with the Sending Forth and Anointing Service. In his call to worship, Rev. Brandon McGinnis called on the Lord to be with the clergy being sent ...

A day of service and praise at Annual Conference

June 12, 2018
COVINGTON, Kentucky – Praise and service were on display in a big way Tuesday during the second day of Annual Conference at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center. It started early, with Bible Study by Lisa Yebuah, and didn’t ...

Bishop Fairley: ‘Holy Spirit, you are welcome here’

June 11, 2018
COVINGTON, Kentucky – In a passionate, emotional message delivered to Annual Conference participants, Bishop Leonard Fairley called Monday for God’s unfailing leadership during challenging times for the United Methodist Church. “...

Set-up is done; Annual Conference starts Monday!

June 10, 2018
KAC staff and volunteers descended on the Northern Kentucky Convention Center on Sunday to set up for Monday’s start of Annual Conference. Everything went according to plan – and the storms even held off, a blessing for the ...

Annual Conference 2018 Preview

June 06, 2018
The theme of this year’s Annual Conference set for June 11-13 is “Leading with the Holy Spirit” – and Bishop Leonard Fairley is looking forward to seeing the Holy Spirit at work in Kentucky’s UMC churches. Annual Conference is ...

Bishop Fairley, other KAC leaders give high marks to Holy Conversations

June 05, 2018
During the recently concluded Holy Conversations meetings held across the Kentucky Annual Conference to talk about human sexuality and the future of the United Methodist Church, one moment particularly stands out to Bishop Leonard...

Council of Bishops on Judicial Council Decision

May 25, 2018
Bishops respond to Judicial Council Decision 1360, in relation to the 2019 General Conference. WASHINGTON, D.C. _ Here is the statement from the Council of Bishops, issued by COB President Bishop Ken Carter of the Florida Area, ...

Bishops clarify statement on Commission on a Way Forward recommendation

May 18, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. -  The Council of Bishops is issuing the following statement, written by the bishops who served on the Commission on a Way Forward, and approved by the Executive Committee of the Council of Bishops this week.   ...

Commission holds final meeting; hears bishops’ recommendation

May 17, 2018
The 32-member Commission on a Way Forward for The United Methodist Church concluded its ninth and final meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, yesterday (May 16). The Commission met nine times over 17 months. The Commission reviewed a ...

Bishops Announce Results of Five Constitutional Amendments

May 07, 2018
The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church has completed canvassing of the votes of annual conferences on the five constitutional amendments that were approved by the 2016 General Conference.  Summary of Votes by ...

Bishop Fairley's Report to The Kentucky Annual Conference

May 06, 2018
Greetings in the name of the Risen Christ!   In an atmosphere that was immersed in prayer, seeking first and foremost the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Council of Bishops gathered to help lead the church in a way forward ...

Bishops Make Recommendation on a Way Forward

May 04, 2018
United Methodist bishops, meeting in Chicago, engaged in a prayerful process to discern a way forward.  At the conclusion of the discernment process, the Council of Bishops strongly approved the following motion and rationale: ...

Bishops meet in Chicago, begin with worship

April 30, 2018
United Methodist bishops were today reminded that the church is watching, waiting and wondering if and how they will lead the denomination into the future. At the opening of the 2018 April/May meeting of the Council of Bishops at...

Bishops to act on three major issues at the Chicago meeting

April 24, 2018
The Bishops of The United Methodist Church will meet in Chicago from April 29-May 4 to celebrate leadership through the passing of the gavel, certify constitutional amendments and finalize their recommendations to the 2019 Special...

Bishops seek declaratory decision from Judicial Council on Special Session

April 10, 2018
The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is asking the Judicial Council for a declaratory decision on what petitions can be submitted to the denomination’s Special Session of General Conference called for February ...

Volunteer marshals and pages sought for 2019 Special Session of the General Conference

April 05, 2018
Beginning April 4, 2018, volunteers will be able to apply online to serve as marshals or pages during the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church. The denomination’s top legislative assembly ...

7 approved to become elders in KAC; 7 others approved for commissioning

March 26, 2018
Seven people in the Kentucky Annual Conference have been approved for ordination as full elders and seven others have been approved for commissioning, six as elders and one as a deacon. Approved for ordination are: Kevin ...

Commission members grateful to serve, complete work on final report

March 23, 2018
Members of the Commission on a Way Forward expressed gratitude at the opportunity to be part of the Commission and they signaled hope for The United Methodist Church as they completed their meeting in Los Angeles on Thursday, ...

Bishops, leaders of UMC-related institutions optimistic of denomination’s future

March 20, 2018
Several leaders of United Methodist Church-related institutions voiced optimism and are preparing for possible changes in the global denomination that could occur as a result of the Special Session of the General Conference called...

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