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RURAL CHAPLAINS AT UNITED METHODIST GENERAL CONFERENCE

by Roger Grace

Once every 4 years, The United Methodist Church has General Conference. Delegates from across the world meet to set goals, approve budgets, celebrate mission and ministry, and do the administrative work of the UMC. The Rural Chaplains Association has been in a relationship with the UMC since its inception, and many Rural Chaplains are United Methodists. There will be several Rural Chaplains in attendance at the General Conference which will be held in Charlotte, N.C. from April 23-May 4, 2024.

Rural Chaplains Gayle Lesure and Judy Matheny Celebrate Rural Chaplains at the 2008 UMC General Conference in Fort Worth, Texas

Once again, the RCA has submitted Resolutions for the United Methodist Book of Resolutions to the General Conference for adoption. Resolutions this year touch on several topics of importance to ministry in rural, town & country areas.

Resolution 3103 encourages the UMC Board of Global Ministries, Board of Discipleship, and Board of Higher Education and Ministry to provide encouragement and work with constituencies in training events that expand the effective use of cooperative patterns and processes within the Church. #3103 also calls upon Annual Conferences, Districts, Local Churches to implement processes that help initiate cooperative ministries.

Resolution 3104 encourages the General Board of Global Ministries to recruit, enlist, train, and deploy Church and Community Workers to be in mission and ministry with economically depressed areas.

UMRA Group working on legislation at General Conference

Resolution 3104 encourages the General Board of Global Ministries to recruit, enlist, train, and deploy Church and Community Workers to be in mission and ministry with economically depressed areas.

Resolution 3395 calls upon the United Methodist Church to affirm the ministries of Rural Chaplains and to continue an active and ongoing relationship with RCA.

The Rural Chaplains Association works together with other like-minded groups in the work at General Conference.

Rural Chaplains have been engaged with the United Methodist Rural Advocates, the United Methodist Appalachian Ministry Network, and the Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members as well as with The Academy for Small Member Church Ministries. Together we work on issues affecting Rural, Town and Country people, churches and communities.