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Letter from Bishop Carter post-Irma – with invites to Fall Gatherings

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Ken Carter

9/18/2017

Bishop Carter announces establishing the Hurricane Irma Fund, and invites all to attend a Regional Fall Gathering. The theme for the events is Growing in our Trust of God.


Anticipating Hurricane Irma, let our churches be present and in mission

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Ken Carter

9/6/2017

Sisters and Brothers in the Florida Conference, Grace to you and peace in the name of Jesus Christ! The Florida Conference has strong teams and clear processes in place as we anticipate the coming of Hurricane Irma. A call center will be functional and superintendents have plans of action for their districts. We urge pastors to communicate more, not less, about how the local church is present and in mission during these days. Some will open their homes to colleagues and friends. Some are in ...


Charlottesville and the call to be the Church of Jesus Christ

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Ken Carter

8/18/2017

We need to create Christian communities that embody an alternative to hatred, as expressed, for example, in the words of Jesus in the Beatitudes (Matthew 5.1-16). We are called to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. And this will happen as we open our Bibles, as we kneel at our altars, as we receive the grace of the body of Christ, and, yes, as we will fulfill the promises of our baptisms.


When a new pastor arrives: Five essential keys to beginning a relationship

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Ken Carter

6/29/2017

This week a number of men and women have left a community and a congregation and have traveled to begin a new ministry. This process is physically, emotionally and spiritually challenging. The appointive cabinet’s role in reflecting on the gifts of clergy and sending them to assignments began in December and continued through the middle of April. Our work included prayer, consultation with laity and clergy and listening. In the end, the appointments were affirmed at the Florida Annual ...


Bishop Carter’s reflections on AC 2017

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Ken Carter

6/23/2017

In reflecting on our gathering in Orlando, I give thanks for the laity and clergy of our Annual Conference. These are the images that remain with me, a few days later: Tammy Pawloski’s call to our local churches to intervene in the lives of children at risk, and the testimony of her own adopted son. Hundreds of people kneeling at the altar at the invitation of Bishop Pereira of the Methodist Church of Cuba. Jorge Acevedo and Alice Williams embracing after their witness, which included a ...


Bishop Carter's 2017 Ordination Sermon: Bridges

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Ken Carter

6/20/2017

Florida is a beautiful state, a long peninsula situated between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. It is also covered with bodies of water, lakes, rivers and inter coastal waterways. We were attracted to this place because of water and nearness to it. We have called this a fountain of life. The tradition of American evangelicalism is closely aligned with camp meetings and arbors that were located near sources of water, perhaps for baptism. And, farther back, the holiest sites of our own ...


How We Got To Where We Are: A Brief Overview of United Methodism in 2017

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Ken Carter

4/27/2017

(Note: For those who want to dive in deeply into what is happening in United Methodism in the present moment, I recommend the abundance of statements and interpretations that are easily accessible via the web. I am speaking in reference to the Called General Conference, the Judicial Council and the Commission on a Way Forward. This is something different—a brief overview of events that have led to where we find ourselves that can be read in 5-7 minutes.) 1. American Methodism began and ...


Continuity and Change: Florida Conference approaches 2025

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Ken Carter

3/23/2017

"The most effective leadership anchors change in the values, competencies and strategic orientations that should endure in the organization."  Ronald Heifetz, Alexander Grashow and Martin Linsky, The Practice of Adaptive Leadership Without change, we are stuck in the status quo. Without continuity, we are disoriented, in chaos. Without change, we live in a stagnant pool of water. Without continuity, we are in permanent white water, without a paddle or a raft. Not Either/Or, but Both/And The ...


Subtraction: Lent and the art of learning to say no

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Ken Carter

3/8/2017

A sermon taken from Matthew 4. 1-11 and preached at Duke University Chapel on March 5, 2017, and Bethune-Cookman University Chapel on March 8, 2017, by Bishop Ken Carter. When I was in the eighth grade I was a sports fanatic. Not much has changed! As a kid I played the three sports that were common in South Georgia culture: Basketball in the winter, baseball in the spring, football in the fall.  We did not have year round sports. Year round sports are unnatural, but that is another story.  So, ...


A Brief Report to the people of the Florida Conference on the Work of the Commission on a Way Forward

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Ken Carter

3/3/2017

We concluded our second meeting yesterday, having met at the Board of Global Ministries in Atlanta. We are thirty-two people from four continents, and we reflect the global and theological tapestry that is the United Methodist Church. And within these men and women are a profound diversity of gifts (1 Corinthians 12). A few thoughts: We are grateful for the prayer and support of many of you! I hear this over and over again as I travel, preach and listen in the churches across our state. The work...


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