From the Pastor's iPad

A message for you from Bishop David Bard:

Dear United Methodists, 

As we come together into the new Michigan Conference of The United Methodist Church, we come with a vision in service of that mission.   We are coming together to form a conference that equips and connects through: Christ-Centered Mission and Ministry; Bold and Effective Leaders; and Vibrant Congregations.  We are working to organize our life together so that, centered in Jesus Christ, we are engaged in mission and ministry to our communities and the world, we are led by and are nurturing and encouraging bold and effective leaders, and we are supporting and fostering vibrant congregations.

The people who will help lead us into this new day and time for Michigan United Methodism are an essential element in our life together.  I continue to feel honored and privileged to be your bishop, and as your bishop I have often shared my joy over the quality of lay and clergy leadership that I have discovered among Michigan United Methodists.  As we form our new conference, leadership needs to be in place to help us work toward our vision.  Today,  I am pleased today to name the persons who will be serving as Directors and District Superintendents in the new Michigan Conference.

As you review this leadership announcement, I hope you will keep them in your prayers.  It is a time of transition for all of them, even those who are already in leadership.   I have asked a number of individuals currently on staff to continue to serve as Directors or District Superintendents. While the personnel may be the same, the way we work is changing.  We now have nine districts instead of twelve, and our district super-intendents will be using their experience to develop new ways of being in ministry with the local  church.  The team of directors will be in a new kind of relationship with each other.  They will be more focused on cooperative work to fulfill our vision.  Those selected for leadership have the needed gifts and skills for their particular work we need today and will play an important role as part of the overall guidance of the Michigan Conference.  

Even as these announcements are made with joy for and confidence in these persons, I am deeply aware of the disappointment of the others who graciously offered themselves for consideration for these roles.  We are indeed blessed with an abundance of good leaders in Michigan, and that has meant making challenging choices among talented and qualified people.  I am grateful for each person who opened themselves for consideration in this process, and who made the decision-making wonderfully difficult.  As we continue this journey towards a new conference in Michigan, I hope you will join me in welcoming this team of leaders.  Grace and Peace,

Bishop David Alan Bard