My how time flies! Here we are near the end of another conference year. Annual Conference 2018 is fast approaching. With that in mind, it’s time to plan for the 2018-19 season. What direction should we take as a District to empower the pastors and laity? What vision and mission has God placed on the hearts of the local church leaders and pastors? If your church was to close today, would it be missed in the community? These are just a few questions that ponder in our hearts as we prepare for the coming year.
To move us forward, the District office will conduct quarterly “Colloquies” for local church pastors to engage in dialogue about new innovative ideas, church assessment, leadership styles and other training opportunities helpful to the ministry. You may ask, “What is a ‘Colloquy (KOLL uh kwee)?’” A colloquy is a formal talk, unlike a chat, about serious matters. The word is Latin meaning “speaking together.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colloquy)
Quarterly Colloquies will be groups sectioned by the church average worship attendance. Pastors (full and part-time) will be informed of their assigned colloquy and location. Attendance is not an option. Local church pastors will be expected to attend quarterly colloquy sessions. Dates will be submitted early to mark your calendar.
The task we have before us a serious matter that requires serious dialogue. The world our church members and community live in today is a serious matter requiring serious dialogue. My oldest sister tells me all the time, “We’re in the last days.” And I always respond, “Not yet, there’s still hope.” However, for many people without Christ it may feel like the there is no hope; but we know differently. We know of a risen Savior that is HOPE.
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. (Ephesians 4:11-13)
Let’s make a commitment to equip ourselves focused on the mission, purpose and future of the local church, moving forward with God’s presence with us in Christ Jesus.
More to Come!