On Sunday, June 25, 2017, at 12:15 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.

Read how the Book of Discipline describes a charge conference.


What is the Annual Conference? Every year, usually in June, PVUMC clergy and lay delegates attend the Annual Conference of the Desert Southwest Conference. Annual Conference was held June 15-18, 2017 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 sent Diana Bode (outgiong Church Council Chair), Ian Quinn, Kent Heltne (PVUMC’s Lay Leader) and Dave Hepburn. Kim Summers was the alternate.


On Saturday, June 17, 2017, we celebrated Brenda Smith’s ordination as Deacon. Brenda, who is on staff as our children’s and young adult ministries director, a full clergy member of the Desert Southwest Conference with the title of Reverend. 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 at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in May 2014.


The service of commissioning and ordination was livestreamed. Click here to watch.


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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