Annual Conference

It is Annual Conference time again.  Each year (since John Wesley got things rolling) Methodists have gathered in their various parts of the world and met.  Since the earliest days, the conferences have been focused on theological discussion and strategic planning (perhaps more deliberately and directly in the early years than now).  Richard Heitzenrater shares in Wesley and the People Called Methodists (a very good and approachable book that is available in the Schofield Library at Central) that the 1744 conference was built around "basic questions: what to teach; how to teach; and what to do" (page 144).

You can join us in listening to how those questions are being answered by live-streaming here.  You may well hear a variety of opinions about what to teach.  You will certainly observe multiple models for how to teach (through the daily Bible studies and worship services).  There will also be plenty of responses offered as to what to do. A vote on our Conference budget, debate over proposed resolutions, and advocacy for particular initiatives are all attempts to persuade the Conference as to what we should do.

These are good questions to keep before our church as well.  For that matter, they're good for us to consider in our own lives.  What do you want your life (words and actions) to teach?  How will you use your life to teach that?  What is there for you to do that will support the teachings you find important?

While your delegation is considering these questions on a Conference level and as they relate to our church, you might give them thought, too: What to teach; how to teach; what to do as Jesus' disciples.