Bishop Ward talks about her meeting this week with the Council of Bishops in her latest Connections video.
Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We in the North Carolina Annual Conference are deeply committed to developing our leadership capacity. We are eager to have strong leaders in every place and to have a community of learning leaders – laity and clergy – learning and leading from strength to strength.
In the same way, the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church is committed to developing a learning community among the bishops. The Council of Bishops is composed of both active and retired bishops, and the Council, when meeting, includes both groups.
One meeting of the Council of Bishops each year convenes active and retired bishops, as we conduct the business of the Council and develop a community of all of the bishops. The second meeting each year is devoted to increasing the learning community among those of us who are serving as active bishops, who are not retired.
This is the sort of meeting in which we are engaged in this week, the first week in May in San Diego, California. This is a holy experiment. We are doing this for the first time this quadrennium and we invite your prayers as we meet together – worshiping, learning from one another, and exploring ways to be stronger leaders in the places to which we have been assigned episcopal leadership.
Thank you for your prayers for us as we gather – the active bishops of The United Methodist Church to learn and to grow. Your prayers are appreciated and needed. Thanks be to God!