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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


As the COVID-19 pandemic continued and more churches shifted to or increase their digital ministry, United Methodist Communications began developing a series of Local Church Learning Sessions. All have been developed specifically to support local United Methodist churches during this extraordinary time. New sessions will be added as they are produced. Start learning…


Discipleship begins with relationships. Consider this week what relationships have most influenced your faith journey. Then visit Visit to learn more about the #SeeAllThePeople movement.


Become an agent of transformation; Empower racial justice voices to speak boldly until racism is eradicated. Support the General Commission on Religion & Race (GCORR) on December 1, GivingTuesday, at

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


In-Person Worship Can Continue During Advent and Christmas Day. More…

No, The New COVID-19 Rules Won’t Shut Down Virginia Churches. More…

An Update on Honoring Those at Hillsboro UMC’s Arnold Grove East Cemetery More… 

Governor issues 25-person limit to public gatherings. More…

Nov. 9– Bishop Lewis shares update on in-person worship. More…

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…

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.

Coronavirus Resources

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

Bishop's 2020 Bible Challenge

Bishop Lewis has been encouraging the clergy and laity of the Virginia Conference to read the Bible. Scripture and daily readings are available.