- thou art mine, and I am thine.
Emphasis above is mine.
As stated on an earlier post HERE, I am rather indifferent to the change. Or at least I was, until I started to see hundreds of comments from all kinds of clergy and laity. I know there was a great deal of time and effort put into studying the change. But, I wonder if we looked at how this would actually be lived out in each Conference. How do we define effectiveness? Does each Conference get to choose? Does the Cabinet and Bishop define? Maybe each Annual Conference can define. What happens the first time that one person is held to one standard, and another person held to another standard? Are there really safeguards?
Again, my hope and prayer is that I am, and will continue to be fruitful and effective in ministry. And the day that I feel I can no longer be effective as an Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church, I will walk away. No animosity or anger. Just peace that I did all I could when I had the opportunity.
Go in peace and go with God.