United Methodists convene charge conferences to plan for '11

TUPELO – As leaves fall and football season hits full stride, United Methodist churches throughout the area are convening their charge conferences.
In the United Methodist Church the “charge” refers to the church, or group of churches under a minister’s care.
Some charges, like First United Methodist Tupelo, are composed of only one church. Other charges include two or more churches, like the charge made up of Mt. Pisgah United Methodist in Okolona, Union Grove United Methodist in Nettleton and Pleasant Valley United Methodist in Aberdeen.
At the charge conferences, members of the church, along with the district superintendent, confirm those who will serve on the governing bodies of the church in the upcoming year, such as members of the board of trustees, the finance council and the superintendent of Sunday school. They also make decisions about business and financial concerns.
At the Tupelo District Office, the Rev. Jimmy Barnes, who assumed duties as the new superintendent in June, has so far visited 22 of the 52 charges in his district.
He started in late September, visiting two and sometimes three churches on a Sunday, and one each night Monday through Thursday.
He’ll be in Vardaman and Bruce on Sunday.
“It’s a lot to do in a short time, but most of these folks have already been selected by their various churches, and we’re essentially confirming them – officially,” said Barnes, who plans to be finished by late November.
Contact Daily Journal religion editor Galen Holley at (66) 678-1510 or galen.holley@djournal.com

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