Dear Friends in Christ Jesus: Last week it was my great joy to thank you for thoughtful prayers and communications as the Council of Bishops (COB) was meeting. As our prayers for one another and The United Methodist Church continue, so does my gratitude for our partnership in ministry. Last week the Council of Bishops received with gratitude the report of the Commission On A Way Forward and has voted to recommend and prepare as a petition to the 2019 General Conference the way forward referred to as the One Church Plan. A notable majority of bishops believe the One Church Plan has the greatest potential to serve the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. The Council will also share with the whole church in its report the breadth of possibilities considered by the Commission and the Council. The Commission On A Way...continue reading