Annual Conference 2017 News

Annual Conference 2017 News

The 2017 Holston Annual Conference theme was "Behold!" featuring doors of churches throughout Holston Conference.

The 2017 session of Holston Annual Conference was held June 11-14 in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.

See United Methodist News Service final report.

Ministerial Appointments 2017-2018

Hands-on Mission Kit totals 2017

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The Call: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 print edition

The Call: Sunday, June 11, 2017 print edition

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Rev. Leah Burns reads a resolution calling for an apology from Lake Junaluska during the Holston Annual Conference meeting on June 13, 2017.
Lake Junaluska apologizes for history of racism

  LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (Nov. 17, 2017) – An apology for past acts of racism and segregation against African-Americans has been issued by Lake Junaluska leaders in response to a resolution passed earlier this year by the Holston Annual Conference. “...

Bishop Dindy Taylor prays for the new ministries of the Rev. Joseph DowlingSoka and the Rev. Christina DowlingSoka in Alaska Conference. Also pictured: Rev. Tom Hancock, Mission Ministries chair, and the Rev. Michael Sluder, director of connectional ministries.
Final report: Annual Conference raises $105,588 for Zimbabwe

  ALCOA, Tenn. (June 16, 2017) -- The Holston Annual Conference gathered June 11-14 with Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor presiding at Lake Junaluska, N.C. Under the theme “Behold,” 1,946 members represented Holston’s 880 congregations in east Tennessee,...

Approved: Strategic Plan to resize from 12 to 9 districts

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (June 13, 2017) -- Here's what happened on Tuesday at Holston Annual Conference:  >The "Comprehensive Strategic Plan," which includes re-sizing Holston’s districts from 12 to nine, was approved. The majority vote occurred after ...

Harrison Ambrose, member at Christ UMC in Knoxville, makes a motion to amend the Annual Conference agenda.
Time slot for 'new business' set for Tuesday afternoon

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (June 13, 2017) -- Bishop Dindy Taylor set a time on Tuesday afternoon for Annual Conference members to present “new business” in response to a Monday action that amended the proposed agenda. The 15-minute time slot is scheduled...

Michael Eastridge, chair of the Strategy Team, presents during yesterday afternoon's Laity Session in Stuart Auditorium.
AC Monday 2017: Strategic plan will be voted on today

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (June 12, 2017) – On Day 2 of the Holston Annual Conference, opening worship begins at 8:30 a.m. in Stuart Auditorium. A “teaching moment” will be provide by the Rev. Sam Roberts, who taught religion and philosophy at Tennessee ...

Bishop Taylor: Doors are not an obstacle for God, but for us

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (June 12, 2017) – Bishop Dindy Taylor opened the 2017 session of Holston Annual Conference last night by knocking on a red door and imploring worshippers to answer the knock from Jesus. Joking that the stage prop in Stuart ...

Del Holley, conference lay leader, shares the story of Samuel and Eli:
Lay Leader Del Holley: UMC needs all of us, working together

Here is the written text followed by Del Holley, conference lay leader, during his Lay Leader Report during the Monday morning session of the Holston Annual Conference. LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (June 12, 2017) -- One of the stories we find in the Old ...

See you at the lake!
AC Sunday 2017: Introduction to a great week

  Sunday schedule LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (June 11, 2017) -- The 2017 session of the Holston Annual Conference begins today and continues through Wednesday at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. This year’s Annual Conference includes 1,946 ...

How long have we been meeting in Lake Junaluska?
True or false? Annual Conference begins Sunday

ALCOA, Tenn. (June 9, 2017) -- Holston Annual Conference happens Sunday, June 11 through Wednesday, June 14, at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. The theme is "Behold!" The agenda will include worship, business, and fellowship. The ...

Six-year-old Jake helps collect
Annual Conference: Are you with us so far?

  ALCOA, Tenn. (May 18, 2017) -- The annual meeting of Holston Conference leaders is about three weeks away. Will you be there June 11-14 at Lake Junaluska, N.C.? If so, you've already received lots of materials and emails -- and perhaps have ...

A new strategy plan proposes a
4 districts gather to learn more about strategic plan

  ALCOA, Tenn. (May 8, 2017) -- Representing their congregations, church leaders in four districts attended the first of 12 meetings yesterday to prepare them for the upcoming Annual Conference in June. Members in the Johnson City, Cleveland, Big ...

Bishop Taylor:
Bishop Taylor announces change in D.S. appointments

  May 2, 2107 To our brothers and sisters in Holston Conference, In response to the urgent demands upon our Conference created by limited financial resources and further proposed cuts to our budget, the Cabinet determined that we could provide an ...

Strategy Team finalizes proposal for 'more efficient' future

Strategy Team proposal posted on May 1 ALCOA, Tenn. (April 23, 2017) – After nearly two years of discussion, a team of 13 including Bishop Dindy Taylor is ready to present a proposal to help Holston Conference become “more efficient in our ...

Budget cuts likely as Holston leaders adjust for shortfall

ALCOA, Tenn. (April 19, 2017) -- Holston Conference finished the 2016 financial year with a $30,422 deficit, after 612 of 894 local churches paid 100 percent of their tithes. The deficit would have been closer to $400,000, but Holston reduced the ...