Task force prepares for possible outcomes of General Conference


The special session of General Conference will be held in less than six weeks, and while things are still undecided and uncertain, South Georgia is making plans for the future of the Conference.

For nearly two months, 16 lay and clergy members of the South Georgia Conference have been meeting to discern ways the conference might respond to the decisions that may be made at General Conference. 

“While we will take seriously the work of the General Conference, we also know that we have a say in our own future,” said South Georgia Bishop R. Lawson Bryan. “The purpose of this task force is to bring together key areas of our conference for the purpose of considering possible outcomes of General Conference and various ways we might respond to each of those outcomes.”

The 16 members of the Foundations for the Future Task Force represent the Conference delegation, the Trustees, the Board of Laity, the Council on Finance and Administration, the Personnel Committee, the Cabinet, the Compass Group, Connectional Ministries, laity and clergy under 40, and the Conference Chancellor.

Task force members include: Bill Hatcher, Don Adams, Lee Bush, Julia Magda, Jeff Barker, Derek McAleer, Kelly Roberson, Allison Lindsey, Nita Crump, Jay Hanson, Henry Bass, Doreen Smalls, Bobbi Googe, Anne Bosarge (facilitator), Ben Gosden, and Warren Plowden.

“Each of these groups has a very important role to play in assessing the plans that will be considered at General Conference, and whatever the specific outcome of General Conference, this task force will be able to do a comprehensive evaluation of the implications for our conference,” Bishop Bryan said. “This will enable us to chart our course for the future - a future in which we are going to continue to be the South Georgia Conference, alive together in Christ.”

South Georgia United Methodist congregations can take comfort in knowing that the task force is already planning for General Conference and planning for the post-General Conference phase, he said. Pastors and church leaders are encouraged to attend an information session on Saturday, March 9 in Tifton where attendees will receive clarity about the outcome of General Conference and next steps for the Conference. This information session is open to everyone. Read more about the session here.

“I invite us to focus on the constants we can count on. Our mission will not change. Our vision will not change. Our Methodist focus on Biblical Christianity will not change. We will move full-speed ahead in the work to which God has called us,” Bishop Bryan said. “Let me encourage us to stay calm and stay connected as we chart this course together. And we will be Alive Together in Christ.”

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