THREE RIVERS DISTRICT
Recently my wife and I were invited to a birthday party, the date of which conflicted with a previously-scheduled Charge Conference. In responding to the invitation with regrets, I jokingly said that the party would likely be more fun than what I would be doing. That set me to thinking about why that might be the case.
Can a Charge Conference be fun? Well, the truth is, there are some tedious aspects in the necessary business that takes place at a Charge Conference. But, if not fun, shouldn’t there at least be some enjoyment in coming together with fellow Christians and celebrating the ministries we are doing and planning to do? If not, maybe we should reconsider some of those ministries!
Over the next two months, each Three Rivers District church will be having their annual Charge Conference. According to The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, the primary responsibilities of the Charge Conference in the annual meeting shall be “to review and evaluate the total mission and ministry of the church” (¶¶ 120-124), including recommending or renewing candidates for ministry, lay servants, and other church leaders.
(Actually there is a lot more that can and sometimes does take place at a Charge Conference. If you want to know, go to www.umc.org/what-we-believe/the-charge-conference.)
OK, say I can’t guarantee that your Charge Conference will be barrels of fun; but I promise it will be less painful than a root canal. And you might just find that it feels good to have been a part of keeping your church on track and moving the message of Jesus a little farther down the road. So pay attention to those announcements and I hope to see you at your Charge Conference!
- Dr. Bradley G. Call
Three Rivers District
Rev. Dr. Brad Call
415 Walnut St
Coshocton OH 43812
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