Countdown to Conference - District Meetings Slated to Prepare Delegates


The journey toward the 2011 Annual Conference is well underway for many leaders, and begins for all clergy and lay delegates at the upcoming pre-conference gatherings in all nine districts.


Participation in these meetings contributes to the efficiency of the annual conference gathering, as attendees are familiarized with key agenda items and have an opportunity to reflectively consider decisions prior to annual conference.


“The orientation provided in the district meetings acquaints the delegates with the issues, the decisions and the content of Annual Conference,” said the Assistant to the Bishop, Rev. B.T. Williamson. “Being informed helps the delegates to navigate the complexities of a very busy schedule.”


Among the topics to be discussed in the meetings are the Conference Consent Calendar, resolutions to be voted on at conference and the Judicial Council Task Force report.


“Every year is different. This year, we are electing delegates to General and Jurisdictional conference, and the district meetings will help us to be ready for that process,” Williamson said. “There are important resolutions for consideration. Having an opportunity for dialogue and sharing information about what these mean can take place at the district meeting and continue up until the time of decision.”

Since this is an election year, that process will also be reviewed and delegates will have an opportunity to test the electronic voting devices.


Additionally, the meeting will be a forum for familiarizing delegates with those for whom they will cast votes. “At each District meeting, we will recognize the lay persons who have decided to run to become a delegate to General and Jurisdictional Conference,” said Conference Lay Leader Leah Taylor.  “We’ll ask those individuals to make themselves available for a few minutes after the meeting to visit with delegates to Annual Conference.  Since the laity of the conference don’t know each other as well as the clergy, this will provide a time to become a little better acquainted.”

The schedule below identifies the date, time and place of district meetings.


Central South

April 28, 7 p.m.

Westbury UMC Houston



April 30, 10:30 am

First UMC Daingerfield



April 30, 3 p.m.

First UMC Jacksonville



May 1, 3 p.m.

Seabrook UMC



May 1, 7 p.m.

Wesley UMC Beaumont



May 2, 7 p.m.

First UMC Nacogdoches



May 3, 7 p.m.

St. Luke's UMC Bryan


Central North

May 4, 7 p.m.

Good Shepherd UMC Cypress



May 5, 7 p.m.

First UMC Missouri City


The Pre-Conference Journal and Delegate Profile Booklets were mailed April 19.

They are also available online. Bringing these documents to the District Pre-Conference Meetings is recommended.


“When people travel, they enjoy their destination a lot more, when they’ve read, discussed and anticipated the discoveries which their journey will yield for them,” Williamson said. “One of the values of the pre-conference meetings, is it begins to create a sense of community and a sense of purpose for what we’re going to be doing when we gather in May.”