United Methodists Gather in Gbarnga City

Lay members of the LAC gather for the 2012 Conference in Gbarnga
Lay members of the LAC gather for the 2012 Conference in Gbarnga

Hundreds of United Methodists are trouping to Gbarnga City, Bong County, Liberia for the 181st Annual Session of the Liberia Annual Conference, United Methodist Church. The conference will be held under the theme “Finding our Gifts and Talents for Service in the Church and Society,” based on the text, Matthew 25: 14-30. The gathering which will be held on the Tubman Gray United Methodist School Campus will run from Monday, February 10 – Sunday, February 16, 2014.

According to the Conference Secretariat and confirmed by the Episcopal Greetings of Bishop John G. Innis, the theme is a repeat from the last conference. The theme will serve as a spiritual reminder that our gifts and talents are needed for the faithful building of God’s kingdom here on earth and among us. Bishop Innis stressed that “a repeated reminder of this theme and text will help us to be faithful to our calling, feel the presence of God daily in our lives and do the Lord’s good will.” “Let it be known that as we do God’s will, God will abide with us so that our happiness in Jesus will be enriched to God’s glory and honor” the Bishop asserted in his greetings.

Beside the Opening Session at which time the Bishop delivers his Episcopal Address, the Secretariat named the Ministerial and Laity Sessions as the key moments of the gathering.

Clergy members of the LAC greet retired Bishop Kulah at the 2012 Conference.
Clergy members of the LAC greet retired Bishop Kulah at the 2012 Conference.

“This is the time when the lay people review the work of their church and its leadership, while the Clergy review the conduct of their work and “pass on the character” of its membership” the Secretariat said. Other sources indicate that the two groups might elect their delegates to the West Africa Central Conference and the General Conference scheduled for 2016 during their respective sessions.

The 181st Session of the LAC/UMC will also review the activities of the various ministries and agencies for 2013 and make plans for 2014. Reports will be posted on the LAC website as soon as they are made available.

The conference which is jointly hosted by Gbarnga, Kokoyah, Weala, Voinjama and Jorquelleh districts on Gbarnga Mission Station facilities, is expected to bring together over 1,000 United Methodists from home and abroad including guests from different denominations. Bishop Innis thanked the leadership of the five districts for their ability to host the event.

Meanwhile, registration for the 181st Annual Session which started since January 2014 at the UMC Central Office will continue from Monday through Tuesday, February 10-11, 2014 on the Tubman Gray United Methodist School Campus, Gbarnga City, Bong County, Liberia.