By Mark Smith
The mission of the church is clear: Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19a). The United Methodist Church has embraced Jesus’ command, stating that the church’s mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world (Book of Discipline—2016, ¶120).
Ken Willard, Director of Discipleship, Leadership, and congregational Vitality, will lead a teaching time concerning the disciple-making process of the local church at 8:45 a.m. this morning in Wesley Chapel.
Prior to Willard’s teaching time, attendees may receive Holy Communion outside of the West Meditation Chapel and can participate in a time of praise and prayer in the main Chapel.
Conference Lay Leader Rich Shaffer will address the laity.
Much of the rest of the day will be spent in business session.
Interspersed among the business of the Conference there will be opportunities to celebrate, including the 150th Anniversary of the United Methodist Women.
Ordinands and newly commissioned Provisional Members will be asked the Historic Questions as a special Order of the Day.
During the report of the Council on Finance and Administration, Jamion Wolford will be presented for election as the new conference treasurer, succeeding Jim Berner, who is retiring.
The recipients of the One Matters and Denman Awards will be announced as part of the day’s agenda.
The day will conclude with