Commission on a Way Forward

South Georgia Conference prayer dates: January 14-20, 2018

What is the Commission on a Way Forward?

The Commission on a Way Forward was proposed by the Council of Bishops and approved by the 2016 General Conference to do a complete examination and possible revision of every paragraph of the Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and explore options that help to maintain and strengthen the unity of the church. 

Learn more about the Commission, catch the latest news and review moderator updates. Contact them at wayforward@umcom.orgClick here to view a list of the Commission Members

A Word from Bishop Bryan

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To the South Georgia Conference: 

As we turn our attention to the special session of General Conference to be held February 23-26, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri I ask that you join me in prayer for this called meeting. The purpose of this special session is to act upon recommendations given to the Council of Bishops by the Commission on a Way Forward.

The Council of Bishops is committed to the unity of the church and the flourishing of its mission. I urge us all to stay focused on the Commission’s work as our best opportunity to determine God’s leading for the church. We believe the God who began a good work in us will be faithful to complete it (Philippians 1:6).

What can I do as a South Georgia United Methodist?
The laity and clergy of the South Georgia Conference can be involved in this process in these important ways:

  1. Pray daily for the Holy Spirit to guide the Commission on a Way Forward. Pray for the Holy Spirit to fill us with new possibilities, new hope, new life. God has honored such prayers in the past because room is created for the Spirit to instruct and guide. I believe God can and will do it again!

  2. Share your own thoughts, ideas, and suggestions with the Commission on a Way Forward. I will compile all responses and convey them to the Commission. Your voice is important and needs to be heard. Share your responses here.

  3. Continue to focus on our mission: to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world as we remain Alive Together in Christ.

And now please join me in this prayer for the Commission on a Way Forward and for General Conference 2019:

God of resurrection and new life, we pray to you as Easter people:

When we were dead you made us Alive Together in Christ.

Now we journey toward Pentecost, remembering your promise to pour out your Spirit upon all people. Come, Holy Spirit!

We pray especially for the Commission on a Way Forward. May each member of the Commission be filled with the spirit of wisdom and discernment in all their deliberations. Use their experience and devotion for your glory. And as we prepare for General Conference 2019, give us grace now to hear the Easter message directly from Jesus: “Do not be afraid.” Give us such clarity of purpose that nothing can deter us from the mission to which you have called us.

How we thank you, Lord, for the legacy of faithfulness you have given us through the United Methodist Church. Renew within each of us the passionate spirit of John Wesley and the Methodist movement. Enable us to be a non-anxious presence so that the peace of Christ may guide our words and our actions.  

Come, Holy Spirit, and fill us with new possibilities, new hope, new life.

We pray in the name of the One who can do far more than we can ask or imagine, Jesus Christ our Risen Lord. Amen.