General Conference Starts Tomorrow
Thoughts & Prayers

Rev. Randall Partin, Provost & GC Legislative Committee Coordinator 
Hope - Emily Dickinson
Hope is the thing with feathers

That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words

And never stops - at all

And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard

And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little Bird 
That kept so many warm

I've heard it in the chillest land
And on the strangest Sea
Yet - never - in Extremity
It asked a crumb - of me.    

Rev. Eddie Rivera, NMAC General Conf Delegation Chair & Pastor at St. Paul's UMC-Las Cruces 

I believe that at the heart of the work of General Conference is our identity as Christian Methodists. Most of of the petitions deal with issues of identity: How and why our church should be structured in certain ways; the nature of clergy life and ministry; identity matters around the issue of human sexuality; the many ways the UMC presents itself to the local communities and society at large, just to name a few. In essence, I believe General Conference must find an answer to the questions of "Who are we in Christ?" and "Who are we for the world?"  For such a time as this, our beloved Denomination is in great need of God's powerful infusion of vitality and discernment. Therefore, praying for the Delegates who represent you and for all those attending General Conference is a must. We will keep you posted. Blessings.

Sid Strebeck, NM Conference Lay Leader, General Conference Delegate & Member of Kingswood UMC-Clovis 
I'm excited about General Conference and the fact that God has our delegation there for a specific purpose. We are going to all be prayerful about what God's will is for each of us and make sure we remain true to his will!  We need and appreciate your continued prayer and support! 
Sid's email is: sidstrebeck@hotmail.com

 
Rev. Todd Salzwedel, Alternate Delegate & Pastor of St. Stephen's UMC-ABQ
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s we prepare for General Conference 2016, the anxiety and anticipation is evident in the increase of phone calls, conversations, and mail that I've fielded over the last few months.  While I'm eager to witness our system at work, my fervent prayer is that we move to a place of dialogue.  I look forward to moving worship, vigorous discussion, and a desire to reflect the mind and heart of Christ in all that we do.  My hope is that we don't follow the example we witness in our society all too often by which we resort to any means necessary to "win".  Instead, I trust that God is using this point in the life of our church to help us better understand and recognize the Kingdom Jesus proclaimed.

Mary Bell Haney, Alternate Delegate & member of Western Hills UMC, El Paso   Since this is my first General Conference, I'm getting really excited.  After reading the pre-conference information, I recognize how daunting the task is.  The current efforts to produce a worldwide General Book of Discipline represent much thought and hard work. I compare that to the many petitions on several issues than range from one end of the spectrum to the other and wonder how we can find the unity for our church.
     Next week, I will travel to a new city, meet many potential new friends, observe and learn new ideas, and worship in new ways. This is what I am looking forward to.   So many prayers are with the people involved in this conference that no matter the outcome of legislation, we will know we have been in God's presence. Please continue to pray for those gathered in Portland.

General Conference 2016 Live Stream



The General Conference begins at 2:00 pm Tuesday, May 10th (1:00 pm MDT).  All schedule times will be an hour earlier. 
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As we enter into General Conference tomorrow through May 20th let us remember that we are more than the ideas and issues that divide us; we are more than the buildings where we worship; we are even more than the people in the pews.  Together - We are MORE!  The South Central Jurisdiction has developed a website & aligned campaign to remind us of the Sacredness of Story - how it binds us together, how much we have in common despite the diversity that strengthens us.  Videos, podcasts, blogs, FB posts, tweets, and instagram pics will be shared across the Jurisdiction - share YOUR story. 
To go to the We are More website, Click here 

District Office Changes

Linda Lucas has accepted the position as Board of Ordained Ministry Registrar beginning this summer.  It has been a joy to work with Linda as the District Administrative Assistant. The BOM position is where she needs to be.  Just to let you know how I plan to move forward with the District Administrative Assistant position, all three Districts are either in or moving towards transition of their district administrative assistants.  At present, Clovis District does not have an administrative assistant and Beverly Wood is going to retire shortly after Steve McElroy retires this summer.  With those transitions, the superintendents have been in conversation about the future of these positions.  We have begun to pull together plans to have a single district administrator who will work with all three districts.  We will likely locate that administrator in the Conference Office in Albuquerque and that person would answer phones and field questions from all of the churches and be in communication with the Superintendents.  I hope to have more information to share at our District Meeting at AC in June.  We will have a separate room and won't have to shout this year!   Thanks for a great year and see you in a little over a month in Roswell.
Submitted by James E. Large, ABQ District Superintendent



I am so excited to have this opportunity for a different path at this time in my journey. I promise I will continue my work with you in the Albuquerque District until it's time to move into my new place of ministry and I ask for your continued prayers for the District, the BOM and myself during this time of change. Blessings and joy! Submitted by Linda Lucas, District Admin. Assistant.
 
 

Pre-Conference Briefing Video

 


HCI at St. Luke's UMC, El Paso
St. Luke United Methodist Church in El Paso recently went through the Healthy Church Initiative (HCI) process. It was quite eye-opening to the members of the HCI team as well as to the congregation. The report that was delivered pointed out the good things we have going on as a church, but also highlighted where we have fallen short as disciples of Jesus Christ. Chief among the concerns was that there is no clear vision as to how to live out God's mission and that as a whole, St. Luke's congregation has become complacent, or worse, apathetic about the church and her ministry.

 



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