MAHONING VALLEY DISTRICT
One new, bold, COURAGEOUS mission beyond the church walls.
That was Bishop Malone’s challenge to each church at annual conference this year. As I worked at shifting my thinking from what my church might do, I realized how excited I am to see what our churches are going to do! I can’t wait to see what God is going to do through us. I can’t wait to see what new things the Holy Spirit is going to bring forth among us. Most of all, I can’t wait to see more people coming to know the love of Jesus Christ.
“New, bold, and courageous” is never easy—otherwise it wouldn’t be bold and courageous! But after all the time I spent in the district this spring, listening and learning, I am convinced that together we can be bold and courageous for Christ. You are ministering in very difficult circumstances. Not only are we dealing with population decline due to economic decline and the opiate crisis locally, we are also grappling with a number of difficult issues nationally and globally. Yet as you told me the stories of what your church has experienced or what you are doing, I saw the light of Christ in your faces. I saw the passion to share the Good News burning within you. Christ is our hope, and I became convinced that The United Methodist Church is the hope-bearer in the Mahoning Valley. What new, bold, courageous things will we do for Christ? How will we offer Christ’s love? Will we adopt a school? Will we start a new Celebrate Recovery? Will we co-host town halls or community gatherings with local police? Will we find out what needs the foster care system has and meet them? What is God whispering into your heart?
Becoming a district superintendent is a new, bold, courageous adventure for me. I embrace it with joy, because I can’t wait to see what God will do among us here in the Mahoning Valley!
Rev. Abby Auman
The Mahoning Valley District Office:
Rev. Abby Auman
4580 Canfield Rd, PO Box 11260 Youngstown OH 44511
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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