“Let all things be done decently and in order.´— I Corinthians 14:40
As we move into the new conference year, I would like to describe with clarity the configuration of the cabinet and the working relationships of the cabinet.
The cabinet is composed of the 11 district superintendents. The district superintendents are extensions of the episcopal office in the districts and are appointed to the cabinet and assigned to districts. As a team, the cabinet is an expression of leadership in and through the annual conference.
In the Mississippi Conference, the extended cabinet is composed of the 11 district superintendents and six others – the assistant to the bishop, the director of ministerial services, the director of connectional ministries, the treasurer, the team leader for media and message and the conference lay leader.
The assistant to the bishop and the director of ministerial services meet regularly with the cabinet as resources for the work of superintending, of consultation and of appointment making. They are included in the work of the cabinet at the discretion of the bishop and bring expertise and information needed by the cabinet. They are not involved in the making of appointments. They are resource people for the work of appointment-making.
The other four members of the extended cabinet are involved in programmatic and fiscal matters.
Staff from the Annual Conference, the Center for Ministry, the United Methodist Foundation and other agencies and organizations are often invited for consultation and other cabinet work.
While this is not new information, but descriptive of the way the cabinet and other leaders have worked for the past four years, I hope it is helpful.