Message from the District Office
Have you ever felt uncertain? Uncertain of what is coming next in your life, in your ministry? During this season of change (we are in the appointment transition time of ministry) it can be challenging to figure things out. Things like: where am I and where am I going? Each season we welcome new clergy into our district. It is a huge time of transition for them and their families. While some are staying local but just moving to a new church; others are traveling hundreds of miles for their new ministry.
Inc. magazine says this about new employees:
"When a new employee reports to their first day on the job, the feeling is quite similar to those first day of the school year jitters we all had as kids. And while it's a challenge for the employee to familiarize him or herself quickly with the office, the job responsibilities, new co-workers and more, it's just as important and stressful for their managers. Making a new hire feel comfortable and a part of the team from day one is imperative to make the employee a successful and productive member of your business."
While we don't use the term new employee to describe a new pastor, essentially that is what a new pastor is equated to in the secular world. No matter if you are in the church or secular world, this change can be stressful. But for pastors, it can be even more stressful. Living in a new place, not quite comfortable enough to call home. If children are involved, worrying about new schools. If a spouse is involved, worrying about them getting a new job. All of this, on top of meetings, new faces, prepping for worship, etc. The list is endless.
Saint Francis de Sales (1567-1622), when he was the Bishop of Geneva is recorded as saying this:
“Truly charity has no limit; for the love of God has been poured into our hearts by His Spirit dwelling in each one of us, calling us to a life of devotion and inviting us to bloom in the garden where He has planted and directing us to radiate the beauty and spread the fragrance of His Providence."
As new clergy and their families venture into the North East District, we welcome you. We welcome you and ask that you bloom where you are planted! God has planted you here and has a plan for your success! We are grateful for you.
Updates from the Conference/District
In an effort to streamline communications, please be sure to visit the Conference website on a regular basis for updates on COVID-19.
We know that many of you have been missing our Wonderful Wednesday Highlights and Friendly Friday Reminders. With the pause in scheduling in-person meetings, we have put these communications on hold. We plan to resume in August.
History in the Making!
Have you met Abby Preston and C. J. “Carol” Godwin, the new district members to the Commission on Archives & History? You will be hearing from them soon! Preston and Godwin are calling churches, asking for names and contact information for your church historian, or those serving in that capacity. The ministry of memory seeks to connect the past, the present, and the future, and our new commissioners look forward to speaking to you and learning your church’s story.
You are welcome to the names and contact information for your church historian to the District Office.
Annual Assessment of Clergy Leadership
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cabinet and the Office of Clergy Excellence has agreed to postpone the deadline for annual clergy evaluations for non-moving clergy to September 30, 2020. For those clergy who have moved, their evaluations should have been completed by June 30, 2020. All completed forms should be emailed to Pam Mullay, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The clergy assessment process is available on the FLUMC website under Clergy Excellence.
NOTE: This is required for every clergy appointed to the local church. These evaluations are not required for extension ministers or deacons working beyond the local church setting. If your pastor is retiring, you do not need to do an assessment.
UMC FCU 2020 Scholarship Winner
It is with great pleasure that the United Methodist Connectional FCU awarded Arleigha Byer with our 2020 UMC FCU Scholarship.
She is with the Florida Conference. She is currently enrolled at the College Academy at Broward College where she is spending her last two years of high school pursuing her Associate’s degree in International Studies. She intends to gain her Bachelor’s degree in International Studies. Arleigha aspires to join the workforce at the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) where she intends to fight for the human rights of children all over the world.
The UMC FCU continues to serve our Conference members with dedication to spotting and supporting talented individuals who are making a difference in the world. Congratulations Arleigha!
July 8, 2020 - 11 a.m. - District KidMin Video Meeting - this is for anyone involved in children's ministry in our district.
September 12-13, 2020 - Spring in the Fall Lay Servant Training @ Spring Glen UMC
September 16, 2020 - District Admin Brunch, 9:30-12:30 @ Southside UMC
September 19, 2020 - Annual Conference Event
September 19-20, 2020 - Fall Lay Servant Training @ First UMC, Green Cove Springs