Arkansas: Bishop Gary E. Mueller
Central Texas: Bishop J. Michael Lowry
Great Plains: Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr.
Louisiana: Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey
Missouri: Bishop Robert “Bob” Farr
North Texas – Bishop Michael McKee
Northwest Texas/New Mexico – Bishop Earl Bledsoe
Okla / Okla Indian Missionary : Bishop James G (Jimmy) Nunn
Rio Texas: Bishop Robert C. Schnase
Texas: Bishop Scott J. Jones
South Central Jurisdictional Conference, which will meet at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, in downtown Wichita, Kansas starting on July 13th through 16th.
The plenary sessions and worship services will be live-streamed.
The worship services on Wednesday evening, and the Consecration of three new bishops on Saturday will be held at Wichita-First UMC.
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- Bob Farr – Missouri
- Lynn Dyke – Missouri (Endorsed by the Women’s Leadership Team.}
- Jimmy Nunn – Northwest Texas
- Eradio Valverde – Rio Texas (Endorsed by MARCHA)
- Ruben Saenz, Jr. – Rio Texas
- David Wilson – OIMC
- Morris Matthis – Texas Conference
- Janice Gilbert – Texas Conference (Endorsed by BMCR)
The 2016 session of the South Central Jurisdictional Conference is in the final stages of planning. The Host Committee of some twenty people, led by Rev. Evelyn Fisher, has met diligently over the past four years and made excellent plans to have the Conference run smoothly. They are eager to welcome Bishops, Delegates, Alternates and guests the week of July 11-16. The opening worship at 7:00 p.m. will be Wednesday evening, July 13, 2016.
The Conference will be held in the Hyatt Regency Hotel, located on the Arkansas River in downtown Wichita. Worship services on Wednesday evening, and the Consecration of three new bishops on Saturday will be at First United Methodist.
On Friday evening the Great Plains Conference will host an Area Night of special interest. A musical Concert featuring Mr. William McDowell will be presented at the Century Center II Center next to the Hyatt. The entire community of Wichita are being invited to attend.
Oklahoma will welcome delegations from eight states Oct. 29-30 for an informational meeting about the 2016 General and South Central Jurisdictional Conferences of The United Methodist Church.Lay and clergy delegates elected by their peers in 12 annual conferences within the jurisdiction will network at OKC-St. Luke’s Church.
Hosts are Linda Harker and Don Kim, who lead the 34-member Oklahoma Conference delegation.
Global and regional UM meetings are next year
Topics are expected to include legislative proposals and committee service for the global General Conference, set for mid-May in Portland, Ore., as well as introduction of the candidates for bishop who have been officially endorsed.
The South Central Jurisdiction will be in session in Wichita, Kan., next July. David Severe of Oklahoma is the SCJ executive director, responsible for the smooth operation of that event.
State’s 34 delegates discuss managing conflict
At the Sept. 19 meeting of Oklahoma’s delegation, the group agreed to center its work in core values from 1 Corinthians 13, Micah 6:6-8, Mark 12:28-31, Galatians 5:22, and Colossians 3.
Bob Long talked about Oklahoma traditions. Jessica Seay gave advice on managing conflict.
Different viewpoints over societal changes have led some people to speculate whether the denomination will hold together when the General Conference meets, the United Methodist News Service (UMNS) recently reported.
There have been serious disagreements before on social, theological, and church governance issues, Alfred Day III, of the General Commission on Archives & History, told UMNS.
The lens of history allows the Church to take a longer view and discover that “somehow, God and the Spirit are in the process” all along. “I think we don’t give ourselves enough credit,” he said.
The larger cultural currents that have been part of the General Conference experience since the 1960s are summarized in the book “United Methodism at 40.”
Four years ago, Oklahoma also invited SCJ delegates to St. Luke’s for a networking event, preceding the quadrennial conferences of 2012. Sixty percent of them attended.
During the South Central Jurisdictional Conference (July 2016 in Wichita, Kansas) delegates will be able to visit a variety of booths and exhibits. If your organization or ministry would like to have a presence at this event, reservations are now being accepted.
A new video prepared by the mission team from the Boston Avenue UMC in Tulsa shows how a day at Lydia Patterson Institute unfolds. LPI was delighted to have the Boston Avenue folks onsite and wish to express their gratitude to Dr. David Wiggs for making this possible.
Watch in on Youtube at http://youtu.be/ons9Ujiqqj0 or below
The Great Plains Annual Conference will host the Jurisdictional Conference, July 13-16, 2016 in Wichita, Kansas. The theme will be: Rejoice in the Harvest.
Great Plains Conference proposed the theme, and the SCJ Mission Council has approved it.
Bishop Scott Jones also announced that there will not be a registration fee charged for this conference.
Annual Conferences have elected their delegations. There are 216 delegates plus about 60 alternates elected. The rules require that any person elected to the Episcopacy must obtain 60% of a ballot cast to be elected. Thus, if all 216 cast a ballot it will take 130 votes to elect. Any Elder in good standing in the United Methodist Church is eligible to be elected. They do not have to be from this Jurisdiction. However, this Jurisdiction has never elected anyone outside the bounds of the SCJ. There will be three bishops elected in Wichita.