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On the heart of your Bishop - April

April 06, 2014


Hello, beautiful people of South Georgia!

This article features comments on the following:

  • Five-Star Pastors
  • The Transition
  • Sabbath
  • Communication

Thanks to the pastors and congregations who paid 100% of their apportionments:

     15 congregations paid more than 100% of their apportionments.

     425 congregations paid 100 % of their apportionments.

More and more pastors and congregations are taking their stewardship commitment seriously. The United Methodist way is connectional and links us to the mission to make disciples of all nations.

We must continue to teach stewardship principles and the United Methodist way. We must not only teach but measure for results as well as encourage by highlighting and affirming those who are faithful.

Please note: Because we are adding the Five-Star System for laity we are changing the name of the “Apportionment Star” to “Stewardship Star.” This will also help us connect the Ten Timeless Values to the Five-Star System.

Based on this year’s apportionment year-end report, we have 440 potential Five-Star Pastors. When we are able to proclaim 440 pastors and congregations who have all five stars, we will have the greatest disciple-making conference in United Methodism.


Praise God!!!

The Transition

I hope all clergy, lay members to Annual Conference and concerned members of The United Methodist Church in South Georgia will attend the District Conference in their district. A large portion of the agenda at your District Conference will be the report regarding the transition from nine to six districts.

It is common for change to increase anxiety. Sometimes negative thinking and negative comments surface as we attempt to resist an unfamiliar future. There are two things you can count on: first, recommendations will be relevant because they will be tied to the Ten Timeless Values and our Wesleyan heritage. Second, we will be more connectional because more people will be involved close to home.


No break time!

It is an unwritten statement in our culture. The work of ministry is sacred, urgent but also endless. Sabbath time means time for rest. Sabbath is also sacred. If you do not brake you will break. Sabbath is one of the Ten Timeless Values – live it and teach it.


The word Gospel means good news. People are very busy and occupied with multiple agendas. You must find various ways and multiple opportunities for members to receive your message. I am constantly looking for people and systems who can help me communicate the vision to Grow a Christlike World. Read our Advocate (sgaumc.org/advocate), follow me as I tweet (twitter.com/BishopJamesKing), and visit my blog at bishopking.org.

For a faster response when communicating with me by email, use bishopsec@sgaumc.com.

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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