Bill McAlilly is our Episcopal Nominee from the Mississippi Conference. We caught up with Bill and asked his thoughts on the Tampa Conference thus far.
"We've had some fabulous worship. Bishop Larry Goodpaster, one of our own, gave a dynamic message. We were so thrilled to see him and receive his good word. We've been challenged to be about disciple making. Our hope is that our Book of Discipline would be a tool for us to make disciples rather than just be about rules. And our hope is that it would grow THINNER rather than THICKER, which will be a challenge!" said Bill.
We asked our delegation leader about what the process is at this point and what work is being done. Bill replied, "We're engaged now in the legislative committee work, and some of that work will make it to the plenary sessions and go to a vote. There are a number of groups here lobbying the various delegates for the causes in which they are interested, and it will be interesting to see how that develops and unfolds."
In this crucial time of decision for the next steps of our people, the delegates find themselves under a lot of pressure to discern God's path forward. Acknowledging this, Bill said, "We covet your prayers. These are long days and long hours. You have a very committed delegation whose hopes and dreams for The United Methodist Church are to live into the future with faithfulness and discipleship so that we might remain rooted in scripture and centered in Christ so that we might serve in love."
We, too, ask for you to remain in prayer for our leaders and delegates in Tampa.