Opening Day of General Conference

Tim BrusterDear Friends,

As I write this, it is late evening after a full day at the General Conference in Portland, Oregon. The conference opened yesterday with a powerful and moving service of worship and Holy Communion, reminding us of the life-changing ministries of The United Methodist Church throughout the world. I encourage you to watch the opening worship service.

I rarely pull my phone out and video anything during a service of worship, but I couldn’t resist because I wanted to share this beautiful moment of pure joy in worship with you:

This morning Bishop Greg Palmer gave a powerfully moving and challenging episcopal address that beautifully set the tone for our work in the 2016 General Conference. Please take the time to watch and listen to his address. You will find it time well spent as it reminds us as a congregation and a denomination of the importance of our ministries to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world — the mission of The United Methodist Church.

Bishop Palmer reminded us of the part of “The Book of Discipline” (paragraphs 120- 122) which states our mission, the rationale of our mission, and the process by which we carry out our mission as a denomination and in our local churches and ministries. The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, and the most significant arena for the carrying out of that mission is the local church.

I’ll share more with you in my next blog post from General Conference about the rationale for our mission and the process for carrying out our mission. Both are important as we get very clear about who we are and what we do as the people called Methodist.

We organized our legislative committees and elected our committee chairs today and will get down to that committee work tomorrow morning.

Please continue to hold the General Conference in your prayers.

More later . . .

Grace and Peace,


So what can you do? During the conference, you can:


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