The Bish

02Oct08

I met the new Bishop of The Kentucky Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church today at a clergy pow-wow. Lindsey Davis is his name.  Here are some notes from the gathering:

Pastoral Effectiveness evaluated by:
– number of professions of faith (making disciples)
– worship attendance increase

Expectations
– Godly character
– To be a spiritual leader
– Practice the disciplines of our faith
– pray
– scripture study for the feeding of your soul
– worship
– acts of mercy – daily contact with the poor, an advocate for the most     vulnerable among us (children, the addicted, the prisoner)
– Uphold and actively teach the doctrine and theology of the UMC
– Accept the authority of those who supervise your ministry
– Itineracy
– Be an evangelist (Luke 10.2)
– Work hard, take care of your health
– Take care of your family
– Don’t take yourself too seriously (take the work you are called to do seriously, but not yourself.  It’s not about you!  It’s about the Kingdom!)
– Use good pastoral judgement
– Finish the race

152,000 members of the UMC in Kentucky
300,000 people of Kentucky say they are a member or affiliated with the UMC

– We are a Sent Ministry (we need to learn to go and learn to let go)

3 areas of focus:
– Planting new churches (650 churches planted this quadrivium, 3 per year in KY)
– Leadership Development (of clergy and laity)
– Extraordinary Mission Outreach (local and global)

Primary task of a local church is to make disciples
Primary task of the conference is to develop leaders for the task

Only 6 elders under age 35 in KY conference
Inquire:

– What is the average retirement age of Pastors in the KY conference?
– What are the age ranges of Pastors in the KY conference?

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