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On the heart of your Bishop (March 1)

February 28, 2013


Hello, beautiful people of South Georgia!

Thanks for your prayers

I know that many of you are praying for the cabinet and me. I know that many of you are praying for our Conference to be all that it can be for the glory of God. I know that many of you are praying for a Christlike world. I believe God hears us and answers the prayers of those who seek to do God’s holy will.

Thanking you for your prayers! 

The best one ever

Several persons who attended the Disciple Covenant Conference (DCC) told me that it was the best ever. The presenters were a blessing. Some shared with me that we are getting it and that there was an alignment taking place as each presenter affirmed our direction.

The Fuel worship band from Vidalia First United Methodist Church was awesome and provided a good atmosphere for worship. The leadership team and the congregations who volunteered helped things run smoothly. More than 600 clergy and lay persons attended our third DCC.  Some who could not attend sent either regrets or money to support this disciple-making experience. Since the kingdom of God is on the move across our Conference, I believe the best is yet to come. 

Appointment season

The appointment season has officially started as the cabinet gathers at Epworth By The Sea the third week in February. Each season of appointment making is different. I sense that this will be a season with a larger number of pastors moving than last year. You can help this annual conference to continue to move in a positive direction by doing the following:

  • Be prayerful – pray for God’s will to be done
  • Be patient – do not think you have been forgotten because you have not heard from your District Superintendent. I do not fix the appointments until June.
  • Be hopeful – manage your expectations. Regardless of how the appointments turn out, God leaves room for us to make the best of any situation if we believe.
  • Be full – keep your hands to the plow. Stay engaged, not with gossip and reckless speculation, but with service, rest and play.

Day in the District

During my upcoming “Day in the District” events, I will spend one day in each of the Conference’s nine districts. In the morning I will be with the clergy of the district, and later in the day I will spend time with the district’s laity. The purpose is to be in conversation with all of you. Check with your District Superintendent for the date and time.

Planning to communicate more

I am in the process of getting more information to you from my experiences. Please be patient with me as I feed my blogs: Bishop King blog ( and Hello Beautiful People blog.

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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