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Roanoke District Office
From the District Superintendent
"Are you sick and tired of charge conferences yet?" That questioned was posed to me as I prepared to enter a small frame church on a sunny Sunday afternoon. "Oh no," I replied, "I don't get 'sick and tired' of charge conferences, tired, yes, sometimes, but never 'sick and tired'." And it's true, I really enjoy the opportunity to be with the leaders of each church for a time of dedicated conversation. The conferencing that happens each year offers me wonderful insights. That's true whether the conversation is with one congregation, a multi-church charge, or a small group of congregations sharing in ministry in an area together.
This year, the conversation has focused on congregations knowing and doing God's will. Our lay leaders, Brenda and Judy, and myself, have been privileged to hear wonderful methods of prayer, study, and conversation that involves the wider congregation not just a small group of identified leaders. In one charge conference conversation we learned that "discern" was an unfamiliar term. But the church was well-tuned to concern for those in their community. They shared how concern moved them to action to offer care and support.