Today, Bishop Ward shares her Learning Plan and encourages us all to continue learning and growing.
Grace and peace to each of you, leaders in the North Carolina Annual Conference. Thank you for engaging in these thoughts that I’m sharing with you today. In doing so, you’re demonstrating your hope of strengthening your leadership in your local church.
I give thanks that as we learn together, we grow in joy and in effectiveness. And as learning leaders, we are embodying the mission statement of our Annual Conference – to be healthy in our congregational life and to be effective in our leadership.
We continue to grow as long as we are given the gift of days in this life. And I’d like to share with you the learning plan which I have developed with the Cabinet, just as every clergyperson in the Annual Conference is invited to develop a learning plan for his or her own life and ministry.
My learning plan with the Cabinet focuses on our Wesleyan heritage and the way that it continues to inform and shape our leadership in this time, in this place. At every Cabinet meeting, there will be intentional time carved out to talk together about the readings that we will engage and professors at Duke Divinity School have graciously agreed to come and be in dialogue with us as we think about the theological ungirding of our methods, for our methods have very deep meaning. We want to think together about the ways Methodist doctrine and polity are theologically deep and rich and we want to think about the application of our heritage in our time.
As you engage your learning plan, my prayer for you is that you will be deeply blessed. I look forward to the rich conversations we will have with one another as together, laity and clergy celebrate learning and growing in Christ across this conference year.