God’s Invitation to Change
Almost everywhere I travel in Wisconsin these days, I see signs of autumn. It is so wonderful to experience the changing of the leaves to amazingly beautiful fall colors, and the abundant blessings in this harvest season. In the seasonal changes of Wisconsin, as in all of the changes that come in life, God shows us hospitality and the welcoming, encouraging bounty of God’s creation.
I hope you join me in the ever-growing excitement of the many changes happening around Wisconsin and within the Wisconsin Conference. I pray that the Holy Spirit continues to join with us in mission and ministry as we experience God in each other and in the bountiful fruit that comes from our life together. The fruit we are producing as disciples of Jesus in the congregations of Wisconsin makes me want to shout for joy!
Today our “Imagine Wisconsin Anew” focus is moving from imagining to “Living Wisconsin Anew” by taking the necessary steps toward radical discipleship leading to transformation of our lives, congregations, and world. Wisconsin United Methodists are not just imagining, but are actively engaging, equipping, and deploying as disciples of Jesus Christ into the world and neighborhoods around us as God’s instruments of transforming good.
We are eager to receive what God challenges us to act on to bring Christ’s transforming power to our life in Wisconsin. Here are some of the things I see as changes that God can use to sharpen our focus on mission and ministry in the world:
Wisconsin Conference Plans for Redistricting
The Redistricting Task Force is working to produce a model for the Cabinet to rework our current eight districts into five new districts. The change to new districts and an additional District Superintendent will increase our ability to foster deeper relationships, and our capacity for innovation and creativity, and help us build healthy, outward focused ministry to the world.
Once the new districts have been announced, we will post information on this page.
Timeline and Related Information
The Annual Conference decided to have five (5) districts in the Wisconsin Conference instead of the current (8) and to add one additional District Superintendent, bringing the total to five (5) from the current four (4).
As provided in Paragraph 415.4 of the 2012 Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church, the Bishop in consultation with the District Superintendents has the responsibility to form the districts. Par. 415.4 includes the following as part of the presidential responsibility of the resident Bishop,“…to form the districts after consultation with the district superintendents and after the number of the same has been determined by vote of the annual conference.”