Leadership Voices


Many voices have spoken into the Call to Action report and the IOT recommendations.

Our church needs leadership voices as it continues to embrace the change needed to renew the church.

Listen to leaders from local congregations, clergy and Bishops as they share their thoughts about the recommendations and other change needed.

We See A New Church

Call to Action leaders share an inspiring vision for a new United Methodist Church
and explain why now is the time to act.

An Open Letter to the 2012 General Conference Delegates
The Rev. Adam Hamilton, along with 85 other UM pastors, issue an open letter to the 2012 GC delegates calling for change toward more vital congregations.


East Ohio Delegation Approves Statement
East Ohio Conference delegates overwhelmingly approved a public statement in response to the Council of Bishop’s statement, For the Sake of a New World, We See a New Church


Texas Conference Affirms Call to Action
Following its meeting on March 9-10, the Texas Annual Conference delegation has released a statement which “affirms the hard work and visionary leadership of our Council of Bishops and others in issuing a “Call to Action” to our denomination.”


Q&A: Bishop makes case for Call to Action
Bishop Robert Schnase of the Missouri Annual Conference answers questions posed by United Methodist Reporter managing editor Sam Hodges on the Call to Action proposals.


Florida General Conference Delegation
Florida General Conference delegation unanimously endorses key points of the Call to Action.


Missouri General Conference Delegation
Missouri delegation affirms Call To Action letter.


Western North Carolina delegation
Western North Carolina Conference delegation endorses Call to Action


North Texas Delegation
North Texas General Conference delegation endorses Call to Action


A Time to Die
A Commentary by Jim Harnish, senior pastor of Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa, Florida. He has been a delegate to each General Conference since 1980, served on the General Board of Discipleship and serves on the Commission on General Conference.


Fear Shouldn’t Govern Us in Restructuring the UMC
A commentary by Rev. Gary Keene, executive assistant to the bishop of the Los Angeles Area.


Preparing for Change at the 2012 General Conference
A Commentary by Mary Brooke Casad, executive secretary of the Connectional Table


Q&A: Lay leader backs ‘metrics’ across UMC
Gary Shorb is a pivotal lay leader of the UMC. He served on the Interim Operations Team (IOT) that followed up on the Call to Action reform initiatives.
Mr. Shorb spoke at last fall’s Council of Bishops meeting, and during a break answered questions from Sam Hodges, Managing Editor of United Methodist Reporter .


Louisiana Delegation
Another delegation endorses – Louisiana Delegation is “profoundly encouraged by the new spirit”


Building for the Future — Steps To Realign the Work of the General Agencies of The United Methodist Church
A Commentary by Mary Brooke Casad, executive secretary of the Connectional Table


Don’t give up on Call to Action, Vital Congregations
A Commentary by Rev. Sky McCracken, superintendent of the Paducah District in the Memphis Conference


Iowa Delegation Endorses Restructuring Plan
The General and Jurisdictional Conference Delegation of the Iowa Annual Conference recently endorsed a document from the Council of Bishops titled, “For the Sake of a New World, We See a New Church: A Call to Action.”


Council of Bishops leads church toward renewal
United Methodist bishops voted overwhelmingly Nov. 1 in favor of proposals to restructure the denomination and redistribute up to $60 million in church funds. A United Methodist News Service article by Heather Hahn.


For the Sake of a New World, We See a New Church: A Call to Action
Council of Bishops endorsed this statement on November 1, 2011.

Reform Legislation – Jay Brim Commentary
A commentary on the Connectional Table’s proposals for change by Jay Brim, a member of the Connectional Table and lay leader of the Southwest Texas Annual Conference.

For the Sake of a New World
The Iowa Annual Conference Delegation Endorses Bishops’ Statement entitled “For the Sake of a New World, We See a New Church: A Call to Action.”

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