Louisiana United Methodist Annual Conference begins June 7 at Centenary

SHREVEPORT, LA — More than 1,000 United Methodist delegates from throughout Louisiana will gather at Centenary from Wednesday, June 7 through Saturday, June 10 for the 2017 Louisiana United Methodist Annual Conference (AC2017).

“We are excited to host this year’s Louisiana Annual Conference,” says Maegan Habich, Chaplain and Associate Director for Christian Leadership. "Hosting Annual Conference is an important way that the College continues to connect with its United Methodist heritage. Annual Conference provides the opportunity for the church to connect with the academy.”

The AC2017 theme, Bold Imagination, calls delegates to “boldly imagine and strategize their work in ministry to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” A new event this year, the Imagination Expo ministry fair to be held at Shreveport’s First United Methodist Church, builds on this theme to highlight innovative ministries from around the Louisiana Conference. Delegates will have a chance to learn more about the ministries from those who are actively engaged in them and gather new ideas to implement in their own congregations.

Rev. Dr. Greg Jones, an ordained elder in the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church and current Executive Vice President and Provost at Baylor University, is the keynote speaker for AC2017. Jones will speak at both clergy and lay sessions and will also present during plenary sessions on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.

Centenary alumna Rachel McConnell-Switzer ‘10 will be ordained during the conference and Amanda Price ’14 will be commissioned. Ordinations and commissionings will take place during the Celebration of Ministry service on Saturday, June 10 at First United Methodist Church in Shreveport.

More information about AC2017, including a full agenda, is available at the conference website, la-umc.org/ac2017.