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Bishop’s Briefing October 2021

October is designated as “Clergy Appreciation Month.” Since “Clergy Appreciation Month” is a one-and-done type of event, my suggestion is that we extend this until the end of the year.

Welcome Message from Bishop Grant

The direct effect that the global pandemic has had on our United Methodist Church is what has brought me to be in relationship with all of you. I will continue to serve both the California-Pacific Conference and the Desert Southwest Conference during this interim period.

Bishop’s E-Lumination 9-30-21

I greet you one last time as your bishop in the name of Jesus Christ, our Shepherd and Savior!

Message from the DSC Episcopacy Committee

We give thanks to God for God’s faithfulness, and we give thanks for Bishop’s Bob’s ministry with us. And in joyful anticipation, we will welcome our new bishop on October 1, 2021.

Mask Mandate in Schools

By Meredith Joubert, member, DSC Conference Board of Church & Society On July 27, 2021, Governor Ducey signed legislation that bans mask mandates for Arizona schools. This ban has fueled a debate between the value of individual freedoms over the collective good....

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Ministry Certification Programs Available

The Institute for Discipleship at Southwestern College announced a new IFD Certification in Music Ministry coming in January 2022! This certification is for anyone, paid or volunteer, who serves in a music-related capacity in the local church: church choir, special music, music directors, praise team members, etc. The Institute for Discipleship at Southwestern College offers certifications in several ministry-related areas.

Pastor Appreciation Season

Pastor Appreciation Season

by Rev. Susan Brims, East District Missional Strategist and Superintendent Billy Graham once said, “The test of a preacher is that the congregation goes away saying not, ‘What a lovely sermon!’ but, ‘I will do something.’” A pastor’s calling is a unique one. Studying,...



By Rev. Matt Ashley, South District Missional Strategist & Superintendent Joy, Compassion. Innovation. Three qualities I have written about in my last three newsletter articles, and three qualities that I hope define the South District. I want my church to be...

Spending Time with God

Spending Time with God

How excited are you to spend time with someone who knows everything about you? Sometimes, not so much. Do I really want to be around my father, who knows I have fallen short of his expectations? Knowing you have not lived up to what you are capable of, and He knows this. We hope we are still loved, knowing what we have done. I don’t know about you, but there were times when I did not want to be around my earthly father because of what I had done, much less my heavenly Father.

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