I anticipated that Annual Conference would be a good experience. But, truly, it surpassed my expectations. I appreciate the way the lay and clergy members of the Annual Conference worked so diligently to make it an extraordinary 3 days.
We focused throughout the Conference on cultivation of new life in Jesus Christ. I encourage us to continue to cultivate at the personal, local church, extension ministry and annual conference levels throughout the coming year. This will lay the foundation for the planting, watering and harvesting that is ahead for us.
What will happen as a result of our cultivation? A God-sized vision is emerging in our Annual Conference. Picture us at the 2014 Annual Conference:
Thanks be to God for the cultivation and working of the North Alabama soil that has been and is. Thanks be to God for what will be in this coming year.
As always it is a privilege to serve as your bishop.
Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett