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Bishop Ward: Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ, who calls each of us in our baptism to serve Christ in the world. We’re at Louisburg College today. The Heritage District pastors are meeting and President Mark La Branche is with us to give a witness of how the culture of call is alive and well at Louisburg College.
Dr. La Branche: Yes, thank you Bishop. This is your college, a college related by faith to The United Methodist Church, and so we take that calling very seriously. We were established by United Methodist pastors in order to help young men and women, first young men and now, thank goodness, young men and women, and people of all nations and races could realize their full potential. The potential that God had placed within them at their creation for the sake of the world. And so, calling for us is to try to help each student find what they’re uniquely gifted to do, to discover their passion in life and then to use that in order to apply it in God’s service. We’re pleased that you’re here and look at the college in partnership with the Conference in fulfilling its mission to make sure and disciple all God’s servants.
Bishop Ward: We invite every congregation in the North Carolina Annual Conference to continue to develop the culture of call within your church and your community. The United Methodist Church continues to turn toward the young, to encourage those who are young among us to listen for God’s beckoning, to hear God’s call and to go forth in courage and strength to serve Christ in the world.