Casting a wide net

3/4/2008

Lay and clergy members of the Mississippi Conference, grace and peace to you as we continue into the Lenten journey toward Easter resurrection joy.

As we move toward the 2008 Annual Conference session and the beginning of a new quadrennium in the life of the Mississippi Conference, I invite you into a season of prayer and discernment regarding the calling God has upon your life for leadership among us.

We are engaging provocative questions and thinking together about ways to open up space to hear and respond to God’s call. Our experience is teaching us that God’s people respond energetically as Christ’s invitation to follow and serve is offered expansively.

We are casting the net as widely as possible as we seek leadership for the mission and ministry of the Mississippi Annual Conference. You are invited to share your calling, your heartsong in ministry and to invite others to join you in this chorus of response to God. Your responses will be the first step of the process that we have historically called “nominations.” I hope that you will feel led to offer your life, your wisdom and your gifts in leadership for ministries – established ministries or new ministries.

To be a part of emerging leadership for mission and ministry in the Mississippi Conference register online or contact Krystal Bonds in the Connectional Ministries 0ffice at 866-647-7486 or connectionalministries@mississippi-umc.org by March 14.

You are in my prayers as you read this and as you wait prayerfully upon God for guidance in your life in ministry.