The 2020 Virginia Annual Conference met virtually from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 31, 2020. Due to the need for a virtual meeting, the agenda was significantly streamlined and consisted mostly of the essential business of the conference. Bishop Sharma D. Lewis presided over this 238th session. Attendees from Trinity UMC were as follows:
The good news is that despite the pandemic, the VA conference is financially secure. Though apportionment receipts are down 6.8% thus far in 2020, expenses have decreased as well. We have a way to go to make up the difference but our cash reserves and investments are strong and we have $2.2 billion in real estate!
The VA conference is also spiritually strong. God has blessed us with 314,000 members with an average of 96,000 attendance. Close to 2,000 people were baptized in the past year and more than 2,700 people joined congregations by profession of faith. 82,000 are engaged in small groups. As the pandemic continues and our technology improves, this number will probably increase.
We want to remember in prayer the more than 50 pastors who retired in the past year, including our own Jim Sprouse, and the families of those pastors who went to be with God in 2020. It was a pleasure for Bruce and me to represent Trinity at this, our first VA Annual Conference. Please feel free to contact our pastors or us with any questions.
Alesha & Bruce Luxon