Four More YearsPosted: July 16, 2016
Lynn and I are delighted to be reassigned to the Nashville Area, the Tennessee and Memphis Conferences. The week of the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference has been rich and filled with many high moments of worship and celebration. While we had anticipated being reassigned to the Nashville Area and had hoped for this to come to fruition, like pastors of local churches, the potential of being sent to another ministry is always a possibility. So we did have, all week, a low level of anxiety that we might need to be gathering boxes!
When I spoke with the Southeastern Jurisdictional Committee on Episcopacy, I told them that during the first four years we have been laying the foundation upon which we can build. We are well positioned to lead toward helping congregations increase their capacity to make disciples of Jesus Christ.
In the coming four years I am committed to leading the Nashville Area of the United Methodist Church in ministry that is centered in our call to discover, connect, equip and send lay and clergy leaders who shape congregations that offer Christ to a hurting world one neighborhood at a time. I ask you to join hands with Lynn and me to deepen our alignment to accomplish this mission across our two conferences.
We give thanks to God for the people of the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences and look forward to what God will do in us and through us in the days to come.
Expecting Greater Things,
Bishop Bill McAlilly