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Kansas West Annual Conference – Day 1

Today was the first full day of the Kansas West Annual Conference. I am coming to enjoy Annual Conference more each year. Last night was clergy session – a time of gathering and attending to the business of approving clergy for membership in the annual conference, retirements or other changes of status. God’s spirit is really present in that particular time and place.

All the business today has gone relatively smoothly, which has been a bit surprising. But I suppose that is good stuff. It is a bit of a shift from the few days that I was able to be at General Conference – much calmer and more relaxed.

The big news of the day is that we have a new vision statement as an annual conference The previous vision statement was “Connecting spiritually alive communities of faith” The new one:

“As we make disciples of Jesus Christ, The Kansas West Conference calls God’s people to…

  • Invite through radical hospitality
  • Excite for intentional faith-sharing
  • Unite in risk-taking mission

for the transformation of the world.”

I believe that this is an excellent change. The new vision is tied to specific action that feels like it means something. Good stuff.

And perhaps the best news for deviantmonk – we all got free t-shirts with the new vision statement 🙂

What do you think of this change in vision statement? If you were present at the first day what were your thoughts of the day?

By Andrew Conard

Christian, husband, son, brother, homeowner