2cc556058cWelcome to the Farmville District!
We are the bridge between 107 United Methodist Churches, 1 New Faith Community, a Campus Ministry located in the Wesley Foundation Building and the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church. Spread out over 5500 square miles in 12 counties of Southside Virginia, geographically we are largest of 16 districts that comprise the Virginia Conference, one of the largest conferences in Methodism. Our churches are filled with people of all sizes, colors, dispositions, outlooks and life stories, who share a unique history and faith perspective. No matter how or where they serve Jesus Christ, United Methodists do God’s work in a unique structure—referred to as “the connection.” It is our connectedness that makes us strong, enabling us to work together in making disciples and in being the hands and feet to the poor, the lonely, and the marginalized people in our world today.In faithful response to God’s love for all creation, the Wesley Foundation in Farmville, Virginia exists in order to be an expression of this love, primarily to and with the students. The foundation seeks to enable students to commit their lives to Jesus Christ and to live out that commitment in a life of love and service. In addition, it seeks to be in ministry to and with the faculty and staff, larger college community, and local United Methodist Churches. Many groups use the Wesley Foundation Student Center including the  Farmville District Office.Address: 204 High StreetFarmville, VA 23901 *  Phone: 434-392-4687,FAX: 877-233-6168, Email: FarmvilleDistrict@vaumc.org.

The staff of the Virginia United Methodist Center in Glen Allen, Va., a suburb of Richmond, works to coordinate the work and ministries of 1,192 local churches and faith communities, and 16 districts. Address: 10330 Staples Mill Road/ P. O. Box 5606 Glen Allen, VA  23058, Phone: 800-768-6040 / 804-521-1100, Web Site: www.vaumc.org.
“The mission of the Virginia Conference is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world by equipping its local churches for ministry and by providing a connection for ministry beyond the local church; all to the glory of God.”

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Council of Bishops -
Commission on the Way Forward: Membership Selection Progresses
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  – October 5, 2016

Washington, D.C.: The Executive Committee of the Council of Bishops has narrowed the list of potential nominees for membership on the Commission on the Way Forward from over 300 persons to 29. The group includes 8 bishops, 13 clergy, and 8 laity who are representative of our global connection and theological diversity.Letters have been sent to those individuals informing them they have been nominated for membership on the Commission, sharing the mission, vision and scope of the work before them, as well as a projected meeting schedule. Potential members were asked to prayerfully consider whether they are willing and available to serve and respond within a couple of days.Following those responses, the Executive Committee will make additions or modifications as necessary, and will then propose a final list of nominees by email to the full Council of Bishops for their consideration.

Following action by the Council of Bishops, individuals who are selected will receive an invitation to serve on the Commission and the membership list will be made available. These remaining steps are expected to take a couple of weeks.

The moderator team, which consists of Bishop Ken Carter, Bishop Sandra Steiner-Ball and Bishop David Yemba, will convene the Commission this fall, possibly by telephone or video conference, to begin organizing the Commission’s work.

Bishop Bruce R. Ough, president of the Council, acknowledged that the selection process has taken longer than initially hoped. He said that vetting the nominee list, consultations and gathering biographical and contact information for potential nominees have all contributed to the time needed to complete this critical task.

“We are working to move this process forward with as much dispatch and care as possible,” said Bishop Ough. “The additional time has honored the values we have of being a global church, seeking representative voices and experiences, and creating space for the discernment of the nominees and the bishops who are guiding the selection process.”

United Methodist News Service