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A convocation of clergy

A convocation of clergy

e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service

A convocation of clergy

Sept. 26, 2008    News media contact:  Tita Parham*    
800-282-8011     Orlando {0917}

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An e-Review Commentary
By Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker**

I am looking forward to the Convocation of the Clergy of the Florida Conference that will be held Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Lakeland.
I am calling the clergy together so that we can prepare ourselves for our common work during this new quadrennium of 2008-2012. The theme for our gathering will be “Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World.”

This theme was developed by the Council of Bishops during the last quadrennium, and it has been adopted by the General Conference as a way of articulating the mission of The United Methodist Church. All conferences are engaged with the meaning of this theme. During our convocation, I will share my plan for our engagement here in Florida during the next four years.
We shall begin with a celebration of the sacrament of Holy Communion. Following a light lunch provided without cost for everyone, I will introduce the major emphases for this quadrennium. We shall meet in the nave of First Church, and microphones will be set up so we can have some time for conferencing.
It is my hope that this gathering will be very helpful to all of us who are leaders in the church by embracing a direction for our common ministry as United Methodist Christians in the next several years. 
I am asking all Florida Conference United Methodists to please pray for this upcoming convocation so that it will be a time of commitment and koinonia in the Spirit.

*Parham is managing editor of e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service.
**Whitaker is bishop of the Florida Conference.