BMCR Joint Conference Highlights
This year brought about changes for the South Central Jurisdiction Black Methodists for Church Renewal Annual Meeting and Can We Talk Forum, hosted by the Texas Annual Conference. To reduce expenses and increase attendance, for the first time these two meetings took place concurrently. As a result, over 150 BMCR members registered, representing Arkansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma, North Texas, Southwest Texas and the Texas conferences.
Attendees enjoyed a spirited and moving Worship and Communion Service at Trinity United Methodist Church with Bishop Robert E. Hayes, Jr. as guest preacher.
They also honored Mrs. Jerry Ruth Williams as the first recipient of the Living Legacy Award.
They had a chance to hear a profound message delivered by Rev. Dr. Joseph Daniels, Jr. Sr. Pastor of Emory Fellowship UMC, Washington, DC and Professor at Wesley Theological Seminary about stepping outside the church and ministering to the streets.
Additionally, Rev. James Amerson, Sr. Pastor, Southwest Texas Conference and Rev. Melvin Amerson, staff, Texas Methodist Foundation jointly presented, “Developing a Culture of Generosity” and Bishop Janice Riggle Huie and Bishop Robert Hayes, Jr., answered questions and spoke candidly about the challenges that we are facing as a church and in the future, including legislations out of General Conference that may impact some local churches.
The outstanding panel discussion on “vital congregations” was moderated by Eleanor L. Colvin currently a student at Wesley Theological Seminary. Panel members included Dr. Elijah Stansell – speaking on “sustainability”, Dr. Ouida Lee (North Texas Conference) – church growth, and Deborah Bell (Arkansas Conference) – speaking to need for churches to get more involved in mission and community outreach.