In this weeks Connections, Bishop Ward introduces Annual Conference 2014.
In these first days after Pentecost, we gather for Annual Conference in Greenville, and we give thanks for the Holy Spirit that continues to descend upon the Church.
The United Methodist Church has a wonderful connectional polity as one of our great strengths. We know that there is no such thing as a solitary Christian. There is no such thing as a solitary congregation. We are profoundly bound together. Connection is a distinctly Wesleyan, a distinctly Methodist word. Through the connection, we are engaged in mission in ways far beyond the capacity of any one church. At the same time, we have great, great hope for the church in every place.
I look forward to engaging with you, lay and clergy members, as we gather tomorrow morning to begin our Annual Conference session, and I invite all of you who will not be in Greenville to participate through the web. The sessions and the worship services of the Annual Conference will be archived for you to watch and use later in your church. I look forward to the way that the Holy Spirit will descend upon us once more as we gather in Greenville to begin the Annual Conference session tomorrow morning on Wednesday at 10 o’clock.