The 2015 Kentucky Annual Conference got underway, today, at the Sloan Convention Center in Bowling Green. Among the activities, thus far, have been the initial vote to elect delegates to the upcoming General and Jurisdictional conferences and the annual service of ordination and commissioning.
As the first day comes to a close, here are three general takeaways from the day.
- Bishop Davis continued the conference’s focus on healthy churches by focusing the opening sermon on the fact that healthy churches are called to be “salt and light” in our communities. He also focused on how churches can be places of mission and ministry to the lost regardless of the size and age of the congregation.
- There is also a difference, Bishop Davis said, in believing in Christ and being a disciple of Christ. He used the analogy of his involvement in fishing saying that he was a believer in fishing (only somewhat committed but enjoy it) compared to a friend of his who is a disciple (totally committed to fishing). He said many in our churches only believe in Christ and need to be developed into a disciple of Christ.
- The first reading of the budget was held today. The proposed 2016 budget calls for approximately $7.5 million, which is about $500,000 less than anticipated revenues. The budget, as proposed, represents a desire for the conference to promote sustainable budgets and ministries, which it attempts to do through budget cuts, spending in necessary areas, and proper adjustments to reflect real spending. The movement of recent budgets in the annual conference towards long-term sustainability should be a call for our local churches to do the same.