I grew up United Methodist. I was baptized and confirmed in this great church. A long time- 21 years to be exact - after I received my first bible from my first church, I’m heading off to seminary and then plan to be ordained an Elder
In the past, general conference never meant much to me – I paid attention when the “big” news items came out of Philadelphia and barely blinked when it was in my hometown of Cleveland in 04 (I was a college sophomore attending the Church of the Holy Pillow at the time, don’t judge me).
This year, I can’t get enough. I want to know what restructuring will look like, I’m interested to see what comes of guaranteed appointments and curious what decisions will be made on social principles.
For 2012, I’m a full blown #UMCNerd. I wish I was there and can’t wait until I can be part of it. Running parallel to this excitement are my preparations for seminary and participation at my home church.
I’m learning more about the Methodist movement, our history and what we stand for. I’m proud to be a member of this denomination and am excited to see what comes out of the General Conference this year. But, since these things will certainly affect my future ministry, I can’t sit idly by and watch – so, here is my message to the delegates to #GC2012.
Remember, these decisions will affect not only your ministries, but the ministries, and minsters, of the future. Please, please, please, remember reason, experience, tradition and scripture, in equal parts, when making your decisions over the next 11 days. No pressure, but the future of this someday UM Pastor rests on that.