Following consultation with the Missouri Annual Conference Cabinet and executive committee of the Board of Ordained Ministry, Bishop Farr is calling a special session of the Missouri Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church to be held via GoToWebinar, an online meeting platform, on Saturday, November 18, 2023, beginning at 10 a.m.
This special session shall be held solely for the purpose of considering and voting upon the disaffiliation of certain local churches from The United Methodist Church pursuant to Paragraph 2553 of The United Methodist Book of Discipline. No business shall be brought before the special session except for the disaffiliation of churches that complete the requirements of Paragraph 2553, a list of which will be provided on the Conference website by Thursday, November 9.
Churches that want to be considered for approval by the Annual Conference session should be in contact with their district superintendent and will have completed their town hall and charge conference by September 15, unless otherwise approved by Rev. Nate Berneking, director of finance and administrative ministries.
Lay members of this special session will be the same lay member to annual conference invited to the 2023 Annual Conference. Local churches, through their committee on nominations and leadership development, may name a new lay member to attend. Churches may send lay members in good standing equal to the number of appointed clergy members.
This call has been issued pursuant to Paragraph 369.6 of The United Methodist Book of Discipline. Registration for this special session is forthcoming from the Office of Connectional Ministries. Please submit questions related to registration or membership to Annual Conference Registrar Heather Dease at email@example.com. For more information, please visit www.moacinfo.com/specialsession.