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Virginia Conference Vision


To be disciples of Jesus Christ who are lifelong learners who influence others to serve.
— Bishop Sharma D. Lewis


Bishop Lewis recorded a sermon entitled “Walking by Faith” that traces Hebrews 11 alongside the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Watch the sermon…

Learn more about living into this part of the vision with the Learning Ministries Office


Look for ‘Bright Spots’!  ‘Bright Spots’ is a video series that highlights where God is working in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. You can view the videos on the conference Facebook page or on the conference YouTube page. So far, the video has covered a church helping their members make their home sacred places, a ‘Hope tree’ that is an uplifting spot for the entire community, and a long-term care facility that just received its first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Email if you have a ‘Bright Spot’ we should feature.  View the video series… 

Learn more about living into this part of the vision with the Influencing Ministries Office


Your support to Global Ministries supports the training of pastors to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and cultivate communities of faith. Learn how to help…

Learn more about living into this part of the vision with the Serving Ministries Office


Connect with conference staff

Connect with the staff to learn how to align with the conference vision or to learn more about how the conference is working to resource local churches in the Virginia Conference. Connect now…

Important Resource for Churches, Pastors Here

A workgroup of church leaders, medical professionals, and legal professionals have prepared a comprehensive plan which includes: summary of the plan, handbook, visual presentation, and more for churches to plan on how to approach return to in-person worship. More…



News from the conference, denomination

A Call to Action for The United Methodist Church in Times of Challenge. More… 

Join Bishop Lewis for “Inaugural  Prayer & Healing Service” on Jan. 20. More…

Conference lay leader, Pinnacle Living facility receive first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. More…

Bishop Lewis addresses events at Capitol on January 6, 2021. More…

Addressing Racism in the Virginia Conference

The Virginia Roots, Race, and Discipleship curriculum is a first step to address racism in the Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

United Methodist Day at the General Assembly

Jan. 18-22 – This year, United Methodists will learn to expand United Methodist Day so that we are not advocating just one day but learning and working many days to protect the vulnerable of our state and nation. Details 

A Call to Racial Reconciliation and Justice

Bishop Sharma Lewis issued a call to action against systemic racism, May 29, 2020. Please visit this page for updates on prayers, op-eds, action items, blogs, and videos. More…

Bishop's 2021 Bible Challenge

Bishop Lewis has shared the 2021 Bible Challenge – to read the Bible straight through from Genesis to Revelation.

Bright Spots - Videos to Brighten Your Day!

Visit the Digital Hub menu and find a Bright Spot.

Quadrennial Clergy Ethics Training

In light of ongoing gathering restrictions, the Quadrennial Clergy Ethics Training – The Minister as Moral Theologian – has been adapted into a series of asynchronous and synchronous video sessions. Details and registration are available from or click here for more information.

Meet new Connectional Ministries staff in video

The Communications Office would like you to see the personalities and faces of the new conference staff. Please reach out to them to welcome them to the conference office. On our YouTube page, the first video is a short intro video for all our staff. The individual introduction videos get to the hard questions such as, “What is your go-to karaoke song?” or “What would your superpower be?” View videos…

Coronavirus Resources

This page includes livestream churches, communication resources, giving & financial resources, webinars