One of the most significant actions we took at the 2014 North Alabama Annual Conference was to adopt our Ministry Action Plan. A leadership team I lead consisting of the District Superintendents, Conference Lay Leader, Director of Connectional Ministries and Director of Ethnic Ministries developed this plan during the first half of 2013. We then vetted it over the course of the next year through listening sessions with hundreds of North Alabama United Methodists. The final version presented at Annual Conference included revisions based on what we heard in the listening sessions.
Now the hard work begins. This is because the most challenging part of the plan lies not in its development, but in its implementation. Moving the words from the page into reality will take focus, tenacity, persistence and teamwork on our part. Most of all, it will take God’s Holy Spirit breathing life into it.
You will hear more about our movement forward in the Fall District Listening sessions and also from District teams who are leading the way implementing the plan. For now, I want you to know that I am encouraged about where we are and where we are headed. I look forward to seeing the plan become a reality in a variety of ways and places during the 2014-15 Conference year.
As always, it is a joy to serve as your bishop.
Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett