Bishop Carter Announces Annual Conference Staff Leadership Changes, Addition to CabinetConference News
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ in the Florida Conference,
We wanted to give you an update on some developments in a few key areas of our conference work:
Two of our districts (North West and South West) will be led by district superintendents who also have senior pastor responsibilities: Rev. Dr. Wayne Wiatt and Rev. Thom Shafer. Instead of adding additional staff, Janet Earls, Director of Congregational Vitality, will give one-third of her time supporting each district superintendent with their missional strategy. She will become a member of our Cabinet and will continue to provide leadership to our conference-wide vitality initiative while supporting the successful piloting of superintendents with dual roles.
|Wayne Wiatt||Thom Shafer||Janet Earls|
“I want to thank each of these gifted leaders,” Bishop Carter commented. “Each is instrumental in guiding us through the adaptive challenges of a dynamic mission field, the denominational conversations about unity, the call to each local church to move toward vitality, and the disruptions of COVID-19. We are blessed by their dedication and faithfulness. In addition, we want the annual conference to know that cost savings related to these changes will allow us to channel significant financial resources to the mission that occurs in local churches and communities.”
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