Message from Bishop Wallace-Padgett: A Life-Changing Commitment


Dear Friends,

One of my favorite moments at Annual Conference 2016 came at the conclusion of Bishop Young Jin Cho’s Tuesday morning teaching session. After he challenged each one of us to spend an hour a day practicing spiritual disciplines, I playfully commented that if he was a member of our Annual Conference he would probably offer his challenge in the form of a motion. Spontaneously, someone on the floor called out, “So moved.” Several seconded it and the “motion” was unanimously approved.

Of course, this action by the Annual Conference is nonbinding. However, I have been thinking about what will happen as many of us accept Bishop Cho’s challenge. Imagine how our lives, churches, communities and conference will change positively as more and more North Alabama United Methodist leaders increase the amount of time we spend each day practicing spiritual disciplines. After all, focused quality time with God is foundational for those serious about experiencing transformation. And here in North Alabama our vision is spiritual leaders empowering life-giving congregations to transform the world!

Will you join me in saying yes to Bishop Cho’s challenge to spend an hour a day practicing spiritual disciplines? If so, will you ask someone to hold you accountable for fulfilling the commitment?

Yes, the motion we approved in response to Bishop Cho’s Tuesday morning challenge was a high moment in the 2016 North Alabama Annual Conference. Indeed, as many of us meet the challenge, the positive impact will be beyond our expectations. Lives will be changed. Your life . . .  my life . . . the lives of others . . . our churches . . . our conference . . . our communities and our world.

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

Debra Wallace-Padgett
Resident Bishop
North Alabama Conference

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