For the past two years, the leaders of the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference have been diligently and faithfully working on the Vital Church Project. I would like to share some of the excitement of the "unveiling" of our Vital Church Project. It may well be the key to our successful achieving of a vision of congregations led by lay and clergy who are growing healthy vital congregations that change lives and transform communities!
We are shocked and saddened by the terrorist attack in Norway. This kind of tragedy is contrary to God's plan for the created world. As people of faith, we are called to renew our commitment to peace in our communities and world. And we are called to pray for strength for our United Methodist sisters and brothers in Norway as well as the whole nation, for comfort and strength.
Having just returned from a meeting of the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church, I share some of my thoughts and experiences. My sense is that the Council is working diligently to offer leadership to our denomination with the hope that our efforts will bring a refocus to our desire to "make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world" so that these words will not just be empty words, but truly an expression of our faithful response to God's grace.
Our Annual Conference efforts to support and resource you as you grow healthy vital congregations continues with the coming of Mike Slaughter to our Annual Conference session in June.
Let me share with you why I am excited about his coming!
Under the banner of "Embracing Change," conference leadership made some big promises and commitments at the last session of annual conference. What's happened since then? Here is one insider's scoop on what's been going on with a conference undergoing transition.
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