Dear Members and Friends of the Desert Southwest Conference,
Happy New Year!
In our United Methodist churches, July 1 marks the beginning of a new Conference year. Whether you are part of a congregation that is receiving a new pastor or welcoming back your pastor for another year, this is a time to look ahead with freshness and optimism. Whether you are a pastor returning for another year of ministry or arriving to a new place of ministry, exciting relationships and opportunities are now before you.
Appointments of clergy are made with care and discernment. Prayer is a necessary ingredient as I work with the Cabinet and with the lay leadership of the churches to invite God’s wisdom and guidance. We take into account the unique gifts and challenges of the laity and the clergy in appointment making So, I am holding each of you in prayer as you embark on this journey together.
I am praying that this will be “a day of new beginnings; (for) our God is making all things new!” and that because of your commitment and faith you will find joy as you engage in ministry for growth and vitality in the name of Jesus who has called you! I thank God for your dedication and faithfulness!
With laity and clergy working together, let this new year be a time for fresh adventures as you infuse the community with the ministry of grace, peace and love in the name of Jesus Christ!
Editor’s Note: Click here to download the 2016-2017 Appointment list.