Update on the Appointment Making Process - March 2018

3/21/2018

Moon to serve Methodist Children’s Home; Retirements Announced

Bishop Bryan and the Appointive Cabinet are grateful to the laity and clergy of South Georgia for your ongoing prayer support during this time of discernment around appointment making for our churches and our clergy. Guidance for this process is found in The Book of Discipline 2016:

“Appointments are to be made with consideration of the gifts and evidences of God’s grace of those appointed, to the needs, characteristics, and opportunities of congregations and institutions, and with faithfulness to the commitment of an open itineracy.”

While the Bishop and Cabinet intend to release appointments at the same time, to local churches on April 29 and to the public, via the Conference website, as was done last year and as previously announced, there is one extension ministry appointment they would like to release now.

At the 2018 Annual Conference Session, Dr. Bob Moon, the senior pastor at Valdosta First UMC, will be appointed to serve as the Vice President of Church Relations and Chaplain of The Methodist Children’s Home. Announcing this early allows the Children’s Home to have the flexibility it needs to prepare for that change of appointment. Appointments for Rev. Mark Magoni, who currently holds this position at the Children’s Home, and for Valdosta First UMC will be included in the release of appointments at the end of April.

In addition to this announcement, the Bishop and Cabinet are also releasing the names of those who have expressed their desire to retire at the conclusion of the 2018 Annual Conference Session:

Paul Buckhiester
Marcia Cochran
Ron Dixon
James Giddens
Gerald Goodman
William O. Harris
Bernard Khaw
Don King
Glenn A. Martin
Wayne Moseley
Randy Mosley
Vance Riggins
Donna Sue Roberts (9/1/17)
Benjy Varnell
Edwin Willis

A time of recognition and celebration for these faithful servants of Christ will take place on Monday, June 4, during the 2018 Annual Conference Session.

The Appointive Cabinet will continue to meet regularly through April to make decisions and to prayerfully seek God’s guidance. Throughout the process District Superintendents will continue to be in conversation with congregations and clergy.

Bishop Bryan and the Cabinet thank you for your continued prayers.

**Bishop Bryan explains the appointment-making process in this video.