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“In Acts 15:36, Paul asks Barnabas, “Come, go with me. Let’s go visit the believers.” It is in the spirit of this text that I begin this week visiting with clergy in the eight districts of our Annual Conference.
Laity, this is an important time for those of us who are clergy to gather and think together about ways in which we lead the mission of our church. I hope that you will be praying for your pastor and for our corporate life, as we gather as clergy leaders.
These gatherings will begin with worship at the Lord’s Table. We’ll move into a time of Bible study, when we pray that God’s Word may speak to us afresh.
We will also think together about the covenant of clergy life, about the way our lives, grounded in Christ and supported by one another, may through the grace of God, be worthy for this ministry to which we are called. We will think together about ways in which to advance our mission together, growing from strength to strength, as we serve God in the world. We will pray for wisdom, so that we might be strong servants of Christ, working with laity across our Annual Conference for vital congregations in every place.
It is always a blessing to me to be in the Annual Conference among the laity and the clergy. I am always blessed. I always learn. I am always inspired.
I look forward to this new journey with you. Clergy, I look forward to seeing you soon and laity, again, I thank you for your prayers.”