“I invite you to pray for my Cabinet and me as we begin the sacred process of appointment-making, and to pray for our clergy and their families, and for the congregations that will experience transitions in the coming months,”says Bishop Tracy S. Malone.
The bishop, in prayerful discernment with the Cabinet following its consultation with clergy and staff parish relations committees, appoints East Ohio Conference clergy to their respective mission fields.
The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church¶ 425 states that appointments are made with consideration of the gifts, skills, competencies and evidence of God’s grace of those appointed, to the needs, characteristics, and missional opportunities of congregations, communities and institutions, and with faithfulness to the commitment to an open itineracy. Appointments are made without regard to “race, ethnic origin, gender, color, disability, marital status, or age, except for the provisions of mandatory retirement.”
Tremendous progress has been made in the civil rights of all people but there is much still to be done. The Book of Resolutions of The United Methodist Church 2016 states that, “we care enough about people's lives to risk interpreting God's love, to take a stand, to call each of us into a response, no matter how controversial or complex.”
We can be, and actively become, agents of God’s transformation by being present where injustice is present and standing up against it. In the coming weeks you have two opportunities to unite to end racism.
For $75 you can ride a bus to the National Mall in Washington D.C. for the April 3-5 Rally to End Racism. Learn more and register by March 1.You can also participate in the April 28 Resisting Racism workshop at Family of Faith UMC in Akron. Learn more and register
FOUR AREAS OF FOCUS: United Methodists live out our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world through Four Areas of Focus: Engaging in Ministry with the Poor; Improving Global Health; Developing Principled Christian Leaders; and Creating New and Renewed Congregations.
RULE OF CHRIST: This ministry resource applies Jesus’ teachings from Matthew 18 to the life of the local church by creating a process that aids pastors and congregation in managing conflicts, disagreements, and relationships because healthy disciples make other healthy disciples, who, together, transform the world.
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