General Conference 2012 – Day Nine
The United Methodist Church will look different for our boards and agencies. The General Conference passed a new structure for the United Methodist Church. You can see the plan at www.umc.org very soon. Without getting into the details, I want to talk of a larger systemic nuance. For tonight, we also had a memorial service for the Bishops who have passed but maybe we were memorializing much more….
Maybe we have now lost our lives to gain it. What about our conferences? Districts? Local churches? Their committees? The people who gather? The pastors who proclaim the Word? We may all need to die, to lose, in order to live and gain so much more! Sure, we can find a plan, but we will need God’s grace to move us all forward.