Bishop McKee Shares His Message Before General Conference 2019

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Friends,

The special-called session of the General Conference begins its meeting on Saturday, Feb. 23, in St. Louis. The called session is to focus on The United Methodist Church’s ministry with our LGBTQ brothers and sisters. We live, worship, pray and serve God in a Church that is not of one mind on several issues, including the disagreement among the people called Methodist about ordination of gays and lesbians and the marriage of same-gendered persons. Yet, there is agreement among us about the mission of The United Methodist Church: to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

At the conclusion of the General Conference on Tuesday, Feb. 26, decisions will have been made. Some will agree, and others will disagree. Whatever the conclusion, let us agree to continue to attend to the mission of the Church.

On Wednesday following General Conference, hundreds of pastors and laypersons will visit patients in the hospital needing words of comfort. Hundreds of children will be tutored in public schools by United Methodist laity. Others will hear of the grace offered by Jesus Christ. On Sunday, more will find their faith home, be baptized and join one of the churches in the North Texas Conference. Let’s not forget that the work of Christ that laity and clergy are called to do continues.

How will you live into the Great Commission of Jesus, to go into all the world and make disciples of all nations? That question is always before us, and it is deserving of an answer from each of us.

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Published: Tuesday, February 19, 2019


 
7 Comments
Added by Anonymous

I know that our God is big enough to handle any problem we may have. I also know that ego and self-will sometimes try to dominate. I will be praying for our church and the decision makers that Gods will be done.
Added by cecil hoke

I feel that our Father as always knows the answer to this and the decision has been made before we know.
The decision to be made at the conference, is the heart of the attendees, delegates, and clergy.
Added by Larry Cox

It can be that the differences among us, as demonstrated by the consideration of plans for the future, seem to disappear when United Methodists have served in the colonias populares of Matamoros. Perhaps it is the same elsewhere.
Added by Marc Whitney

I will continue "to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world" regardless of the decision this week. All God's children deserve the His grace. I don't have to understand, only do.
Added by Anonymous

Open minds, open hearts, open doors. To me that says it all.
We as Methodists either live up to it or we don't and my hope is that we will stay united and continue to do God's will.
Added by Vic Vines

Richard Rohr reminds us that "Jesus reduces the 613 clear biblical commandments down to two: love of God and love of neighbor (Matthew 22:34-40)." I think that means that I'm supposed to love those with whom I agree as well as those with whom I disagree. I'm going to need God's help figuring out how to breathe life into such radical love.
Added by Clay Jenkins

I’m praying for you, everyone at the conference, our church, and our members. May wisdom and love guide the discussions and may we recognize the value of those who disagree with us. I know we are stronger together.
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