Showing posts from January, 2012

The Call to Action edition of Circuit Rider Magazine now available

The Call to Action issue of the Circuit Rider magazine is now available.

In advance of the United Methodist Church's 2012 General Conference, this issue explores the Call to Action, an initiative to create more vital congregations and vital leaders. Includes perspectives from denominational leaders and General Conference delegates as well as updates on various task forces and initiatives, and statistical info about the global UMC.

To read this issue online, visit:

Preparing for Change at the 2012 General Conference

During the next few weeks, I will be joining United Methodist General Conference delegation leaders and delegates around the world to prepare for the upcoming 2012 General Conference in Tampa, Florida April 24-May 4. I will participate in the US Pre-General Conference briefing in Tampa Jan. 19-21, as well as a briefing in Manila, Philippines and in Harare, Zimbabwe in the weeks that follow.

One major topic of conversation among delegates will be the Connectional Table’s proposed legislation, based on recommendations from the Call to Action Interim Operations Team. This has sparked conversation and debate across the denomination, which is very good. I have also noticed that some blogs and comments are raising several questions. I thought it might be helpful to share a summary of resources that we have prepared related to the proposed legislation.

All of the information regarding the Connectional Table legislation (PDF) is available online. The Connectional Table has worked to provide a …