Geary heard reports and learned best practices at meeting of SEJ directors of connectional ministries


Front row, from left: Kathy James, South Carolina Conference; Caroline Wood, Western North Carolina Conference; Nancy Watson, Alabama West Florida Conference; Vicki White, Mississippi Conference; Sharon Austin, Florida Conference; Linda Holland, North Alabama Conference. Back row, from left: Matt Woodbery, South Georgia Conference; Steve Taylor, North Carolina Conference; Marc Brown, Virginia Conference; Joe Geary, Memphis Conference; Mike Sluder, Holston Conference; and Herzen Andone, North Georgia Conference. Not pictured: Julie Love, Kentucky Conference, and Melinda Britt, Tennessee Conference. (Photo by Sybil Davidson, North Georgia Conference)

Dr. Joe Geary, director of Connectional Ministries for the Memphis Conference, attended the annual meeting of Southeastern Jurisdiction Directors of Connectional Ministries, Aug. 13-16, in Atlanta, Georgia. The group met at the offices of the North Georgia Conference.
The United Methodist group heard a progress report concerning the Commision on a Way Forward, shared best practices for budgeting, nominations, disaster relief, communications, campus ministries and other areas related to their common work, according to Geary. 

Dr. Kyle Tau, ecumenical staff officer for the United Methodist Council of Bishops (COB), made a presentation from the COB's Committee on Faith and Order. A related document called Wonder, Love and Praise is a denomination-wide study on United Methodist Ecclesiology.
“We also shared progress reports concerning strategies to address jurisdictional priorities, including racism and white privilege,” Geary added.
Geary explained that "directors of connectional ministries across the connection serve as a confidential, informed, creative and experienced resource persons for one another. Since there are approximately 50 persons doing this role connection-wide, they experience a close and meaningful relationship with one another.”

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