On Sunday, June 28, 2015, at 12:30 pm in the Chapel, Paradise Valley United Methodist Church holds its Charge Conference or Annual Meeting.


What is a Charge Conference? According to the United Methodist Church General Commission on Archives and History, officers are elected for the coming year at this meeting. At PVUMC, the church budget for the new fiscal year is also presented for a vote. The church shares annual reports from Ministry Teams, and those attending review and evaluate the total mission and ministry of the congregation. They also adopt objectives and goals recommended by the Church Council, or the Administrative Board. Candidates are recommended for ordained and diaconal ministry to the District Committee on Ordained Ministry or to the Conference Board of Diaconal Ministry. Members of the administrative Church Council, or Board, are members of the Charge Conference. The district superintendent calls the meeting and presides over it. Anyone may attend the meeting, and church members, and especially leaders, are encouraged to attend.


What is the Annual Conference? Every year, usually in June, PVUMC clergy and lay delegates attend the Annual Conference of the Desert Southwest Conference. This year, the Annual Conference will be June 17-21 at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa. By attending, we represent United Methodists in this particular geographical area, and from our congregation. All clergy are members. Each local church or charge elects at least one lay member of Annual Conference so that lay members equal clergy members. PVUMC is sending Diana Bode (current Church Council Chair), Kent Heltne (PVUMC’s Lay Leader), Dave Lex and Garry Lozier. PVUMC’s alternate lay delegate and conference nurse is Kim Summers.



We invite you to join us for worship on Saturday, June 20 at the Annual Conference to celebrate Brenda Smith’s commissioning. The service begins at 7 pm. Commissioning makes Brenda, who is on staff as our children’s ministries director, a provisional member of the Desert Southwest Conference with the title of Reverend. The two-year provisional period is a time of learning and preparation with an assigned peer group who guide and advise Brenda. Ordination follows in 2017. Brenda has a Master of Arts in Children and Family Ministry from Bethel Seminary, St. Paul, MN, and she completed her UMC Basic Graduate Theological Studies for Deacon from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in May 2014.


Read more about the annual conference and download the digital guidebook at http://www.desertsouthwestconference.org/annual-conference. Stay in touch via social media during the conference with Twitter, for reporting; Instagram, for inspiration; and Facebook, for conversation. Share your conference experience and communicate with others using the hashtag and phrase #dscumc.



The Annual Conference is responsible for accepting goals and approving the budget for the work of the United Methodist Church in its area. It is also responsible for approving persons for ordinations as clergy and consecration as diaconal ministers.



From the Glossary of United Methodist Terms, compiled by Phil Lentz, Student Assistant. Click here to find the source.



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