Delegation prepares for General Conference, requests prayers


The South Georgia Conference’s delegation to the 2019 Special Session of General Conference has been meeting and preparing for the Feb. 23-26 meeting for more than a year.

As they pack and plan to leave for St. Louis next week, they ask that South Georgia United Methodists join them in prayer.

“It’s been a real wonderful experience to serve as a leader of this delegation,” said Bill Hatcher, a member of Statesboro First United Methodist Church. “You can be very proud and know that this delegation has taken to heart its responsibilities.”

In a video, several members of the delegation thanked the Conference for its support and asked for continued prayers.

“As we prepare for the called General Conference, we realize that there are challenges, but we realize that, with the help of God, we will be able to overcome these difficulties,” said Richard Shinhoster, a member of ConneXion Church in Savannah. “To do this, we ask for the prayers of all of the congregations around the South Georgia Conference. We want to make sure that we are led by the will of God and that will come through your prayers.”

While nobody yet knows what the future holds for The United Methodist Church, the delegation remains prayerful and hopeful, said delegate Dr. Bob Moon, development director at the Methodist Children’s Home.

“We find ourselves at a crossroad, but I am grateful that, as the South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church, whatever the journey holds, we’re going to walk it together,” he said. “I believe, and dare to believe, that in Jesus the best is always yet to come.”


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