Director of Connectional Ministries

Rev. Sharon Austin
Director of Connectional and Justice Ministries

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Laurie J. Hofts
Assistant to the Director of Connectional and Justice Ministries

The 2012 United Methodist Book of Discipline calls the director of connectional ministries to work with the bishop, cabinet and elected conference leaders fulfill four primary responsibilities: serve as steward of the conference’s vision and mission, lead a continuous process of transformation and renewal, ensure alignment of conference resources with the vision and ensure connections among local churches, districts, the conference and the general church.
These responsibilities are connected in some way to all that goes on in the life of the annual conference, not just lived out through the Connectional Ministry Team.

Stewarding the Vision and Mission

Leading Transformation

Aligning Resources

Ensuring the Connection


Our Vision…
Being changed in Christ, making a change in the world.

Our Mission…
The mission of the Florida Conference is to connect and equip congregations in making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Therefore, we:

  • Start and nurture missional communities of faith
  • Develop effective servant leaders for the church and the world
  • Provide services that support congregations and extension ministries
  • Connect congregations and resources for ministries that we do better together


Contact Us

The Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church

450 Martin L King Jr Ave
Lakeland, FL 33815

(863) 688-5563 or toll free (800) 282-8011