And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.Hebrews 12:2-3 (NIV)
Speaking of running races that require perseverance, I’m preparing for the Virginia Conference 5K Run/Walk during our Annual Conference. My emphasis is on the ‘walk’ part – my doctor has informed me that my arthritic knees are no longer able to run – but I will do what I can. I plan to lead the ‘strolling’ group! (The direct link to sign up for the race is – Annual Conference 5K) It’s going to take some perseverance. I will have to walk longer, walk on rainy days and even walk when I don’t want to walk. With my goal in sight, encouragement from friends, and God’s help I will persevere. I might even accomplish that goal, adding new healthy habits to my routine.
To accomplish our goals we need perseverance and focus. In times of change, we need perseverance and focus but also prayer and discernment as we work toward the mission that God has given us. I hope you can see that in the work at the District. Our CORE team has prayed, surveyed, tested innovative ideas, and made some key decisions. We have hired additional help for our work, and we are innovating with a new “connector” position. We are working toward a simplified structure for the District so fewer people serve on District committees (aka attend meetings) and more are engaged in ministry and mission. The work of the Core Team has been prayerful, thoughtful, and challenging, and I thank them for persevering.
We especially want to make sure that ALL the Annual Conference delegates (Church and District delegates) attend the Annual Conference Orientation meeting. This meeting will include a conversation about the redistricting plan that is underway. We anticipate becoming The Northern Virginia District in July after action is taken at this Annual Conference. Here’s information on that meeting: Info on Annual Conference Orientation
I know that many of the churches in our area are concerned about the coming changes and the challenges still to come. How do we respond? I’ll be honest, I do not know for sure, but I do know that together and through the power of Jesus, we can persevere through the trials and make necessary innovations in order to make disciples and transform the world!
Alexandria & Arlington District Superintendent