Kentucky Conference hosts 2022 gathering of conference treasurers

October 17, 2022

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – After a two-year delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kentucky Annual Conference’s Administrative Services Team was finally able to host the National Association of Annual Conference Treasurers (NAACT) meeting Oct. 4-7.

“The Kentucky Conference staff did an excellent job hosting our gathering and not only provided great hospitality, but offered thoughtful input into the discussions at hand,” said Brant Henshaw, the treasurer of the Pacific Northwest Conference and president of the NAACT.

Rev. David Garvin, the Kentucky Conference’s treasurer, said: “It was a joy and privilege to host our colleagues from across the connection. To be together in person to discuss our shared mission and work was wonderful. Plus, it is always fun to share your city and conference’s story, culture, food, and United Methodist ministries.”

On Oct. 5, Rev. Larry Stoess, of the Church of the Promise and The Table Café in Louisville, shared the opening devotion with the group.

The meeting, originally scheduled to take place in Kentucky in 2020, was held at the Embassy Suites hotel in downtown Louisville. About 75 treasurers and their staffs from annual conferences around the U.S. attended.

Henshaw said the meeting was “filled with shared ideas, lively discussion, best practices, helpful outlooks, and a focus on ‘what’s next.’”

“We recognize it is time to pivot focus to where we want to go next as a church,” he said. “The fellowship and camaraderie of meeting together for the first time in three years was life-giving.”

The administrative load of disaffiliation probably is the biggest challenge facing conference treasurers and their staffs these days, he said. “But our cooperative work on sharing best practices allows us to know there is an end to the tunnel. Energy and hope bubble up as we look to the future and what a force we can be in the church and the world to bring about change.”

Meeting participants did manage some down time during the week. On Oct. 6, they toured the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory downtown, then visited the Kentucky Derby Museum at historic Churchill Downs in southern Louisville, where the group also was served dinner.

The group’s 2023 meeting is scheduled to be held in Denver.