From Bishop Ough to the Minnesota Conference Clergy:
Dear Friends in Christ:
Grace to you and peace from God our Creator and the Lord Jesus Christ.
In a few short weeks the Special General Conference will convene to take up the work of the Commission on a Way Forward. I am grateful to each of you for your unceasing prayers for the Conference and its delegates.
Although we do not yet know the outcome of the Conference’s discernment, we do know that it will fall to us to lead our respective congregations and the Minnesota Conference to process the General Conference’s actions and to maintain their focus on our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
I want to personally invite you to attend an All-Clergy Gathering designed to provide a setting in which, together, we can explore how we provide post-Special General Conference leadership.
The specific objectives of the day include:
- report accurate information on the actions taken by the Special General Conference;
- review implications of the General Conference’s actions;
- provide worshipful settings in which to remember who we are, experience God’s healing grace, and gather strength for the journey ahead; and
- explore best practices for leading our congregations into a future with hope.
I encourage us to take our inspiration and direction from Hebrews 12:1-2:
So then let’s also run the race that is laid out in front of us…and fix our eyes on Jesus, faith’s pioneer and perfecter. He endured the cross---for the sake of the joy that was laid out in front of him… (CEB)
None of us sought or anticipated the race that would be laid out in front of us when we responded to God’s call upon our lives. Yet, leading our churches and the Minnesota Conference beyond the Special General Conference and into the future is now our race. Let us run this race with perseverance and unwavering faith, keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus and the victory and joy of the cross.
Thank you for your leadership, and thank you for your commitment to preserving the unity of the Spirit within the bond of peace.