On the heart of your Bishop - April 2013



Hello, beautiful people of South Georgia!

Make the vision plain

In the spring of 2001, as a new member of the Council of Bishops, I asked the rhetorical question, “Where is the vision located in the Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church?” as a part of my sermon.

In November 2004, the Council, while meeting at Epworth By The Sea, crafted a mission statement with a vision component: The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

A vision provides us with a picture of the future. Vision tells us where we are going. I believe a vision should be clear enough for the formally educated as well as the uneducated to understand. Habakkuk 2:2 tells us, “…Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so that a runner may read it.”

South Georgia Annual Conference, we are headed in the right direction, for we are growing a Christlike world.

The district board of church location and building

Be sure to check the UMC Discipline or with your District Superintendent if you are considering a new building. According to the Discipline, the board of church and building shall investigate all proposed local church building sites. The responsibility of the board includes making sure that your local church has a financial plan for defraying the cost of your building project.  If you are planning to build a new facility be sure to count the cost.


One of the challenges we face as we work together in groups and committees is what is called groupthink. In decision making, groupthink means that the group sticks to its preferred course of action, refusing to consider alternatives fairly and refusing to recognize the dangers or flaws in its plan.

Groupthink is, in part, rooted in the desire to get along. Sometimes people are in a group because they like the people in the group and do not want to spend all their time arguing. One of the advantages of different views is that you come up with the best answers to problems. Friends form good fellowship groups and fellowship groups can make for new friends. But fellowship groups and new friends can morph into cliques if one is not careful.

The challenge is to get along with those you love and respect while maintaining your uniqueness.

Sharing my vision

My plan to communicate more includes the Bishop King Blog and the Hello Beautiful People Blog. 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.