Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: Integrity - what we say, what we do, what we desire are aligned

4/27/2015

Dear Friends,

Throughout this Conference year I have been blogging about various aspects of the North Alabama Ministry Action plan, including vision, mission and values.*  Today I arrive at the fifth and last of our stated values: integrity.

It is a high compliment to state about another Christ-follower, “Not only do they talk the talk, they walk the walk.”  It is an even greater affirmation to add, “And their heart is in the right place.”  This is integrity - an alignment in words, actions and desires.

The Old Testament repeatedly lifts up integrity. For instance Proverbs 10:9 reads, “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever follows perverse ways will be found out.” Similarly the psalmist writes, “May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you.” (Psalm 25:21)

Jesus places a high value on integrity as well.  Indeed on numerous occasions throughout the gospels he makes indignant statements about hypocrisy, the antithesis of integrity.

Integrity is a critical virtue that we as spiritual leaders desire to embody. We also want the North Alabama  Conference to be defined by integrity.

How does a Conference demonstrate integrity?  The answer lies in alignment. Our Conference shows alignment in words, actions and desires by:

  • living our stated vision, mission and values;
  • funding our priorities;
  • and filtering our decisions through the lens of our Ministry Action Plan.

In short, for us, integrity means that our words and actions align with the desired outcomes of the Ministry Action Plan which we adopted nearly a year ago.

May your and my words, actions and desires align in our personal lives and in our work together as a Conference. As they do, we will be known as people with integrity.

As always it is a joy to serve as your bishop.

Blessings,
Debra Wallace-Padgett
Resident Bishop
North Alabama Conference


* See the full Ministry Action Plan at www.umcna.org/ministryactionplan


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