"the young shall have visions..." — Acts 2:17

I found myself on the elevator with 10 students from Shenandoah University in Virginia. We had a delightful "elevator" conversation about their observations and reflections upon the General Conference as a part of their class work.

I shared breakfast with seminarians and was inspired as I listened to their dreams and hopes for ministry.

An essential movement of our church is toward greater investment in identifying and developing young leaders —  clergy and laity. Go on line and hear the Call to Action proposals articulated by Adam Hamilton, the Episcopal Address by Bishop Peter Weaver, the Young People's Address.

There is an unmistakable theme: the Holy Spirit is moving our church to focus again on the young. Young leaders are essential in our reaching out to younger people. Young leaders are essential in the health and vitality of our church and its mission. Young leaders are gifted and called and eager to serve.

It is inspiring to see the commitment of the Mississippi Conference in the context of the global United Methodist Church: may the young continue to have visions and may the church welcome, celebrate, equip and send the young in ministry.

That is inspiring! Thanks be to God.

With gratitude for our life together in Christ,
Hope Morgan Ward

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Jackson, MS 39206
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