In early June of each month, pastors and lay delegates from all the churches in the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church gather for Annual Conference. This is a three day gathering, this year taking place at White's Chapel UMC in Southlake, TX, the largest church in our Annual Conference.
And, only 9 miles from my house.
And, only 5 miles from my office at the church.
Our new Bishop, Michael Lowry, has hit the ground running. His enthusiasm is infectious.
We have a new sheriff in town. Change IS here. It won't be easy . . . but the role of our Annual Conference is moving toward supporting the ministries of the local churches, instead of the local churches supporting the Annual Conference.
I am impressed . . . I am on board . . . and I am eager to meet with Ken and the pastoral staff next week to "decompress" the experience together.
God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>!