At more than 1,000 sites across the globe, United Methodists gathered yesterday (April 6, 2011) for the United Methodist Global Leadership Summit: A Call to Action – Reordering the Life of the Church.
The Council of Bishops and Connectional Table arranged for the worldwide broadcast to help UMs focus on how the denomination can make some necessary changes. Recommendations from the Call to Action report adopted by the Council of Bishops and Connectional Table provided a guideline for the conversation. There was shared worship, as well, guided conversation at the satellite sites, and an exchange of ideas through questions and comments sent via email.
Bishops Larry Goodpaster (president of the Council of Bishops), Gregory Palmer, and Rosemarie Wenner – along with Erin Hawkins, General Secretary of the General Commission on Religion and Race, and Connectional Table member Ben Boruff, a college student – identified the Church's crucial "adaptive challenge" for our day as:
To redirect the flow of attention, energy, and resources to an intense concentration on fostering and sustaining an increase in the number of vital congregations effective in making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
In the California-Nevada Annual Conference, circuit leaders and Conference Lay Leaders were invited to join Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr., superintendents, and Conference staff at the UM Center in West Sacramento to view the webcast and participate in the conversation.
The Council of Bishops and Connectional Table encourage all United Methodists to view the archive of the webcast and participate in the UMC Leadership Summit Survey. You may access the survey at www.umcleadershipsummit.org until 10 p.m. Pacific Time this Sunday (April 10, 2011).
A summary of survey findings will be posted on April 12 on the Leadership Summit website.
To view the archive of the broadcast, while at www.umcleadershipsummit.org click on "Watch Video" on the far right side of the navigation bar. The archive will be available to view for 18 months (until July 31, 2012).
Also at www.umcleadershipsummit.org: numerous resources, including related videos and articles, the Call to Action report and executive summary, material from the General Church Apportionment Structure Study Group, and Twitter conversations. Add your comments at #UMCLead.
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