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On the heart of your Bishop

January 31, 2013


Hello, beautiful people of South Georgia!

Thank you!

As we close the book on another year of ministry through our apportionment giving, it is important to say thank you for your faithfulness. So many of you have been extremely intentional about making the connection between good stewardship and our commitment to support ministries near and far in order to grow a Christlike world. The United Methodist Church remains strong because of your loyalty to the connection. It is easy to forget who we are and what we are about. Thanks for remembering.

I’m still learning

Recently, the College of Bishops of the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference met at Candler School of Theology. The first days of the meeting were set aside for active bishops to participate in learning opportunities. We heard from outstanding presenters from within the school as well as from the secular world. I apologized to one of them during a break because I failed to keep constant eye contact with him due to my attention to making detailed notes from his presentation.

Yes, I am still learning, seeking to grow in the grace that God provides. I am not ashamed or too proud to acknowledge that I continue to seek ways in which I can be more effective.

Are you still learning? The combination of our humanness, which can easily give way to pride, and our professionalism, which could tempt us to make some aspects of service beneath us, could block us from learning opportunities that will help us be more effective.

I look forward to seeing you at the Disciple Covenant Conference where learners gather to become more effective.

Day in the district

I am in the process of identifying days to be in each of the nine districts. The idea is to be in conversation with clergy. My hope is to listen and interact through a District Clergy Day Apart. Finding time for the laity is also being considered. Look for the day and time when we will be in conversation.

Loving accountability

I talked about loving accountability during a Clergy Day Apart four years ago. As we move forward, I plan to continue the love as we add more accountability. Self-care, Sabbath moments, get acquainted session, care calls, In Touch meetings and other means of showing care and concern will continue. The bottom line is that what gets measured gets done. Expect more accountability as we grow into the future

The book of Nehemiah

Last year during the Bishop’s Hours, I invited the entire Conference to find ways to join the appointive cabinet as we studied the book of Nehemiah.

Here is a thought regarding unity: Nehemiah teaches us a lesson that Jesus also taught. When you have a plan of direction, you must be ready for criticism and opposition. Unity occurs when believers are willing to move forward together. Read Nehemiah, chapter four.

Conference Center

Our Annual Conference has a rich history of faithfulness. Our history also includes experiences of division. Counties have courthouses, states and countries have capitals and soon we will have a central location. When we complete our conference center, all of our problems will not be solved, but it will help us have a sense that we are one. When we give financially toward the conference center we are helping ourselves. Give today.

I look forward to seeing you at the DCC. We have changed our meeting room and I think you will find it enjoyable.

Until next time, remember – God’s will for us is good. We must do the rest.

Growing a Christlike World

With love,

Your Bishop,
James R. King, Jr.


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