At the Tennessee Annual Conference in June, members approved the nomination of a Connectional Ministries restructuring team: Laura Brantley, Melinda Britt, Brad Fiscus, Chip Hunter, Amy Hurd, Ken Murray, Holly Neal, Carlos Uroza, and Bishop Bill McAlilly. This team began its journey of prayer, study, and collaboration on July 17. We will continue monthly with the goal of having a recommendation at our next annual conference.
At our first gathering, we identified values that are essential to connectional ministries. We began to form a covenant which will direct our work together. Covenant is God’s idea, not ours. It’s a way to balance our commitment to faithful, disciplined, obedience with God’s amazing grace. We are looking forward to living in the graceful accountability of this covenant as we work together to create a process and structure for doing ministry at the conference level.
For one month this team is praying daily Ecclesiastes 3, listening for God’s direction. We invite you to pray with us, listening for God.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
2 a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to throw away;
7 a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
Please share what you hear with one of the team members!
Rev. Melinda Britt
Director of Connectional Ministries