Today is the last day of Annual Conference. This has been a very special conference for me because last night I was commissioned as a provisional Elder in the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church. This is a very big deal and it was a beautiful worship service. There were about a dozen members of our church that came to support me, and for them I am very thankful. I am also very grateful for all of you, my family of faith who has supported me throughout this, my first year of pastoral ministry. It is truly an honor to serve our risen Lord with all of you. You humble and inspire me each day.
Today’s post won’t be lengthy as our final day of conference is about to begin and I’m running low on time! But I want to share with you something powerful that I heard recently at conference.
On Sunday night we had our opening worship service. The theme for this year’s conference is “ignite” and so everything has had a fire motif about it. At opening worship, the Rev. Dr. Larry George read this famous quote from Catherine of Siena, “Be who God meant you to be and you can set the world on fire.”
There were about 25 of us who were commissioned and ordained to a life of servant, pastoral ministry last night, however we are far from the only ones called to the work of God’s Kingdom.
Last night our Bishop reminded all 1,500+ people who attended the commissioning and ordination worship service that we are all called to bear the light of Christ to the world.
My friends I have seen the glory of the Lord, and I can promise you that God is doing a mighty work here in the North Texas Conference. Each day I have the privilege of working in ministry with all of you, and I can confidently say that I see Jesus in you.
Be who God meant you to be and we will set the world on fire.
Have a wonderful week my friends,