Note from Bishop King regarding the District Reduction Transition Team

7/1/2013

July 1, 2013  

Hello Beautiful People!

The conference has spoken. The South Georgia Annual Conference has decided to move from 9 districts to 6.  Over the next year, The Executive Transition Team will lead the annual conference through the district reduction. We have entered a new season. Now is the season to Rethink, Revisit, and Revise!

Members of The Executive Transition Team

Bishop James R. King, Jr., co-chair
Gloria Morgan, co-chair and Conference Lay Leader
Eric Mathews, Executive Assistant to the Bishop
Rev. Karen Prevatt, Executive Transition Team Secretary and Director of Living Tall Ministries

Clergy
Rev. Jimmy Cason, Council on Finance and Administration (CFA) chairman
Dr. Nita Crump, Hawkinsville First UMC
Rev. Jason Dickerson, Antioch UMC
Rev. Denise Walton, Assistant to the Bishop for Connectional Ministries
Dr. Rick Lanford, President, The Foundation of The Methodist Home

Laity
Miriam Hagan, Conference Director of Administration
Sheila Moland, member of Bemiss UMC
Lynn Walker, member of Brooklet UMC
Richard Shinhoster, member of Speedwell UMC

Structure of The Executive Transition Team

The Executive Team will complete its work in consultation with the following:

Appointive Cabinet, Extended Cabinet, Leadership Forum, District Chair of Trustees, District Lay Leaders, United Methodist Men, United Methodist Women, Google Group (Enhanced Technology Team), and Individual feedback from the conference website.

Function of The Executive Transition Team

The Executive Team will be divided into five smaller working groups.

Discipleship and Vision

Finance and Property

Nominations and Leadership

District Implementation

Communication

Next Steps

The first meeting of The Executive Transition Team will be held July 31 – August 1, 2013 at Epworth by The Sea. During this scheduled time, the team will meet with the appointive cabinet.

A change in our district structure will introduce us to new opportunities.  These changes will challenge everyone to consider more creative ways to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.  Growing a Christlike World by developing a disciple plan for yourself and your congregation is still our primary goal as believers of Jesus Christ.

As we begin the work of transition, clergy and laity are encouraged to pray for the transition, and refer to the  conference website for updates from Bishop King and The Executive Transition Team.

With Love,

Bishop James King