Over the course of the conference year, Bishop Harvey and the Extended Cabinet will be travelling throughout the annual conference holding their cabinet meetings and district gatherings in each of the six districts.
The first stop on this tour was July 9-10 in the Lake Charles District, with First United Methodist Church in Lake Charles serving as the host church. The Cabinet met on Tuesday and Wednesday, with a variety of issues on their agenda. Their work included ongoing appointive issues, the evaluation of this year’s annual conference and the projected planning needs for next year’s conference. The Cabinet also discussed the ongoing conference staff reorganization based on decisions made at the 2012 Annual Conference. Additionally, they dealt with the ongoing negotiation of the sale of the Lafon Home. A major portion of the meeting on Tuesday was spent discussing the changing role of the Chancellor and the increasing demands on this position. The Cabinet also discussed the formation of a design team to evaluate and make recommendations for the future direction of Tending Our Lives, the biennial gathering of all clergy under appointment.
On Tuesday evening, laity and clergy from across the Lake Charles district gathered in the sanctuary for a time of sharing with Bishop Harvey, who facilitated a discussion around core values and our common vision and shared mission as an annual conference. She challenged the clergy and laity of the district to commit themselves to leading others into abundant life in Christ, to connect and engage with their surrounding communities both locally and globally, to learn, live and tell the Gospel story to the nations and strive to create vibrant communities of faith and justice that reach out and draw in people from all walks of life.
The Cabinet’s next stop on the tour of the annual conference will be in the Baton Rouge District Sept. 17-18, with a district gathering hosted at First United Methodist Church, Denham Springs Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Rev. Van Stinson
Baton Rouge District Superintendent