On the heart of your Bishop - September
Hello, beautiful people of South Georgia!
I love you, South Georgia, and I am excited about the way God continues to shape our journey as we seek to grow a Christlike world. Below are several matters on my heart.
New date for DCC
The next Disciple Covenant Conference will occur in 2015. The DCC is one of the best methods for focusing on disciple making. The conference is designed to match inspiration with practical applications for starting or improving your disciple plans. Stay tuned as we Rethink, Revisit and Revise.
Believe the sales pitch or not
Football season is starting. Yay for many… moans for some. Regardless of whether you like football or not, there are so many ideas and lessons to be learned from life, including in sports. Recently, I heard some television commentators talking about a quarterback, saying, “He will do well because he believes what the coach is selling.” This statement caused me to pause and ask myself, “What am I selling to the clergy and laity of the South Georgia Conference?”
The following are some immediate thoughts:
1. Believers in Jesus Christ should be committed to seeing a world that looks like Jesus Christ. Our parent vision is Growing a Christlike World.
2. We should focus on the mission of the church to make disciples of Jesus Christ.
3. The greatest demonstration of discipleship is through the love we show one another which will repel personal power issues, jealousy, envy, unresolved anger and hurt.
4. Every disciple of Jesus Christ and every congregation should develop a Disciple Plan.
5. A healthy Disciple Plan includes the Ten Timeless Values.
6. Every able believer should be in a CLU where the love of Jesus is experienced weekly, discipleship is supported, and witnessing is emphasized to grow the Kingdom of God.
7. A Five Star Loving Accountability System (LAS) includes a focus on self-care (Sabbath).
In summary, growing a Christlike world is as easy as ABC:
A. Disciple Plan – Ten Timeless Values;
B. Project Turnaround – A focus on Stewardship and Evangelism;
C. Five Star Loving Accountability System (LAS).
The Transition Team
I have reminded the Appointive Cabinet and the Transition Team that we are to go slow to go fast. This understanding has been supported by the wisdom of those conferences that have preceded us in reducing districts.
Keep in mind the following:
1. Property matters in the district related to forming new districts will need the involvement of the new district leadership teams which will be formed after the 2014 Annual Conference.
2. Deciding to go from nine to six districts does not change our system of appointment making. After consultations, the appointment-making process will begin on February 3, 2014. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6
3. Most of the budget changes related to the forming of new districts will not go into effect until January 1, 2015.
4. Go to the Conference website to keep up with the work of the Transition Team and the Cabinet (www.sgaumc.org/transition). Remember, your prayers and ideas are welcomed. We are rethinking, revisiting and revising.
I am excited about new and fresh ways to share my thoughts with you as a bishop. In addition to the Annual Conference session, the Advocate (www.sgaumc.com/advocate), the Bishop’s Hour, and clergy and laity days in the district, I’ve created an active blog and am “tweeting” on Twitter. These are some new ways I have chosen to share my thoughts with you.
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Until next time, remember – God’s will for us is good. We must do the rest.
Growing a Christlike World
James R. King, Jr.