UMC Mission and Connectional System

Today, the United Methodist denomination continues to be organized in a “connectional” system, which “enables us to carry out our mission in unity and strength” (Book of Discipline, ¶ 701). Every local church is linked to an interconnected network of organizations that join together in mission and ministry, allowing us to accomplish far more than any one local church or person could alone.  Learn more.C



The mission of The United Methodist Church is to “Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world” (Matt. 28:18-20Matt. 22:36-40). This mission is achieved through vital congregations that equip and empower people to be disciples of Jesus Christ in their homes and communities around the world.

Our four areas of focus are:

  • Seeking Health and Wholeness for All
  • Overcoming Poverty Together
  • Making New Disciples in New Places
  • Leading Where God Calls

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Who We Are 

At our best, we are the spirit-filled, resilient, connected, missional, faithful, diverse, deeply rooted, committed, disciple-making, Jesus-seeking, generous, justice-seeking, world-changing people of God called The United Methodist Church.  

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In the Virginia Conference, we are:

  • 1,121 churches
  • 308,490 members
  • 1,895 clergy

Our domestic and international mission reaches over 1,400,000 people.

Mission Statement for the Virginia Conference

Together, our mission and ministry is how we #BeUMC. 


Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson  (2023 Appointment)

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2024 VA Annual Conference   

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The theme for the 2024 Virginia Annual Conference, held June 20-24, 2024 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, Va., was A Conference in Three Movements. This theme emerged from the belief that there are three principal movements of the Holy Spirit taking place in the present era of the church:

  1. The theological movement from prevenient grace to sanctification. This is the movement of the Holy Spirit in the human heart.
  2. The historical movement of Methodism captured in our past, lived in our present, and pointed toward our future. This is the movement of the Holy Spirit in the church.
  3. The missional movement from gathered spaces into all the world. This is the movement of the Holy Spirit in community.

These movements build upon each other, intertwining together to demonstrate what has been, what is, and what will be as God continues to move amongst God’s people. 

The Annual Conference logo is designed to be an embodiment of this powerful theme. The three flames joining as one light are a reminder of the three movements and the connection they share. The placement of words and font selection are meant to evoke an imaginative sense of movement and the constant motion of the Holy Spirit. The color family of reds, yellows, and oranges is meant to offer a sense of fire that is sparking and burning within the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church. 

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Office of Connectional Ministries

The Office of Connectional Ministries serves as the centering point for the program ministry boards and agencies of the Virginia Conference to fulfill this mission. Through this office, supervision is provided for 6 ministry areas (Communications, Congregational Excellence, Inclusivity and Lay Leadership Excellence, Information Technology, Justice and Missional Excellence, and Ministries with Young People) to equip the local church for ministry and provide a connection beyond the local church for ministry.    Learn more from website.

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The Living Waters District created in 2022 is a merger of the former Farmville and James River Districts.

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Mission of the Living Waters District 

The mission of the Living Waters District of the Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church is to embrace, empower and inspire our area to embody the love of God in Christ Jesus.


Rev. Jay Carey  District Superintendent (2021 Appointment)

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First District Conference of the Living Waters District was held on November 17, 2022 by Zoom.

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The Living Waters District is further organized by groups of churches in Regions.  Prospect is in the South Central Region. 

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