Greetings in the name of the Risen Lord!
I ran cross country and track in High School. Yes, I know, it’s hard to believe! One of my favorite events was the 4X400 relay. I wasn’t the fastest and so I didn’t run the anchor leg, but it was still critical for me – and my teammates – to be able to perfect “passing the baton.”
The fastest relay teams didn’t always win the race. The teams that won were those that perfected the art of “passing the baton.” I maintain this holds true in church leadership as well. United Methodist clergy are appointed for a season – whether that season be one year, five, ten, twenty, thirty or more.
The time will come when a transition takes place. Some dread that day, while others look forward to that day. Why not work on being prepared lest that day catch you and your congregation unaware and unprepared?
The Mississippi River District has a unique upcoming opportunity to perfect the art of “Passing the Baton.” It’s being held in our own backyard at Belleville St. Matthew UMC on April 14 and 15. Registration deadline is April 4. Please take advantage of this unique opportunity to be prepared for “Passing the Baton.”
Register for event on our website here: http://missriverdist.org/event/passing-the-baton-workshop/
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