By Rhonda Pittman Gingrich
As we gather in Greensboro, N.C., during Annual Conference to “Proclaim Christ, Reclaim Passion,” business sessions will feel different to Conference-goers. Worship, Bible study, and conversations designed to help us discern God’s call for us as the body of Christ will be the focus of the business agenda at the 2019 Annual Conference.
The discernment process, launched at Annual Conference 2018, continued throughout the year with conversations in districts and with various constituency groups. At Annual Conference this year, we will seek to deepen the conversation.
These conversations will not be a repeat of the district conversations. They will grow from and be shaped by what have heard throughout the last year as we continue to drill down and seek clarity about what God is calling us to do together as the embodiment of Christ’s presence in these times.
Both delegates and nondelegates will have the opportunity to sit with brothers and sisters around tables, engaging in worship, Bible study, and conversation together. Nondelegates wishing to join the conversation around a table are asked to register in advance as part of the registration process for Annual Conference. Not only will this allow us to make the necessary arrangements, but it is a commitment to build community with those around their table and engage fully in the process.
Please join us as we seek to discern God’s call for us and reclaim our passion to engage in ministry together.
— Rhonda Pittman Gingrich chairs the Compelling Vision Process Team.