Our church conferences are in motion, and it has been an exciting experience to hear and witness the powerful stories of ministry of each church so far. Church conference is more than filling out reports and paperwork or signing assessments. “The primary responsibility of the church conference in the annual meeting (2016 BOD, par 247) is to review and evaluate the total mission and ministry of the local church. We do this through receiving key reports and adopting ministry plans as recommended by the Church Council which reflect the faith values and objectives of the UMC.”
The scripture used for these conferences is John 10:10 where Jesus says, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”. As I have been visiting the different churches and presiding over their church conferences, I have been witnessing signs of abundant life. Where in your ministry setting do you see signs of abundant life? I hope to see you at your church conference.