Questions & Answers
Q: Where would Annual Conference be held for the new conference?
A: In the best location that could accommodate the larger number of attendees with consideration also being given to parking, lodging and cost.
Q: How would the formation of a new conference impact conference office location and staff?
A: Decisions regarding office location and staff would be made based on the strategic needs of the new conference with financial efficiencies also being considered. Our goal is to move resources to the local church, while still having a structure that would meet the emerging needs of the new conference.
Q: How does the timing of the General Conference 2019 affect our decision to create a new conference?
A: We do not live in a spirit of fear; there will always be issues to navigate. No matter the outcomes of General Conference in 2019 we will still have hearts to serve and a witness to share in making disciples.
Q: Are there benefits of a new larger conference over two smaller conferences to give a stronger presence at General Conference?
A: That would be difficult to predict. The number of delegates per conference uses a statistical formula which includes the number of clergy and professing lay members of each annual conference. This changes with each General Conference session.
Q: Would the churches located in Kentucky remain in the newly formed conference or move to the KY Conference?
A: Our desire would be for all churches to remain united in the new conference.
Q: Would the geographic boundaries of the districts change?
A: The intent would be for the nine districts we currently have across both conferences to remain same.
Q: What would be the name of the new conference?
A: A decision on the name for a new conference would not be determined until we have completed all the items requiring further study.
Q: Who makes up the New Conference Advisory Group?
A: Lay people and clergy from both conferences. This includes leaders identified by position and also those who have shown dedication in service. The individuals serving are:
Scott Aleridge Jim Allen
Allen Black Bill Bowen, Sr.
Melinda Britt Bryan Brooks
George Brown Lane Camp
Lisa Carson Richard Clark
Kevin Conrad Larry Davis
Keith Enders Joe Geary
David Hayes Frank Holbrook
Leslie Hotzfeld Bethany Huffman
Terry Hundley Amy Hurd
Johnny Jeffords Tom Laney
Rob Martin Bishop Bill McAlilly
Bill Milliken Ken Murray
Holly Neal Donna Parramore
John Pearce Paul Purdue
David Reed Deborah Smith
Lynn Taylor Tommy Ward
Ed White Nita Wright