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New online resource to guide those who want to serve

The Conference Committee on Nominations is inviting individuals who feel called to serve on a board, commission, committee or council to submit their names for consideration for nomination to the 2020 Annual Conference.

Conference and district bodies provide tangible leadership opportunities for those interested in reflecting and sharing the purpose of the South Carolina Annual Conference.

Rev. James

“Each year, the nominations process offers the Annual Conference the opportunity to affirm the giftedness and willingness to serve of dozens of laity and clergy so that they may equip the conference and local churches to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world,” said the Rev. Joseph James, chairperson of the Committee on Nominations.

“There are missional as well as administrative opportunities, and the Committee on Nominations encourages South Carolina United Methodists to prayerfully consider ways to serve through leadership on a district or conference agency.”

And for the first time, the conference is providing a one-stop webpage designed to help those interested in putting themselves forward find the right place to serve.

This online resource features brief descriptions of the ministries in which you or someone you know may be nominated for leadership.

With 2020 comes the beginning of a new quadrennium in The United Methodist Church, a transition that creates more open leadership positions among many conference agencies.

“The Annual Conference will need a deep, diverse and gifted pool of nominees to prayerfully consider for service,” said Rev. James, who is also pastor of Trinity UMC in Sumter. “Although the Committee on Nominations will attempt to place persons according to their preference, there may be other boards or agencies that the committee concludes may better benefit from a person’s leadership.”

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Nominations for the 2020-2024 Quadrennium – beginning Sept. 1, 2020, and running through the 2024 Annual Conference – will be voted on by delegates to the 2020 Annual Conference, which will meet June 7-10 in Florence. The Conference Committee on Nominations reviews all nominations before making its recommendations to Annual Conference.

Applications are accepted year-round, but the annual deadline is Jan. 31.

“Please pray for your Conference Committee on Nominations as we seek to equip various boards and agencies for faithful service,” Rev. James said, “and please pray for those who will put themselves forward for service.

“Finally, pray that the Annual Conference’s mission and purpose of making disciples of Jesus Christ will be advanced by the creativity, inspired leadership and willingness to serve by those in the life of the South Carolina Annual Conference.”

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