Introductory Clergy Gathering - Robertsdale UMC

Introductory Clergy Gathering - Robertsdale UMC
Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

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Robertsdale UMC
22220 AL-59
Robertsdale, AL 36567

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As we begin our journey together in the Baypines District, I want to invite you to join me in dreaming God-size dreams. One of my favorite movies is The Greatest Showman because of the story of hope, love, and grace found in the fictional story. One of my favorite songs from the movie, “A Million Dreams,” is about creating a world that is beyond imagination; “a world we close our eyes to see.” The lyrics further state, “That they can say it all sounds crazy, and they can say we’ve lost our minds.”
It is my understanding that when we dream God-size dreams, we will be called to things beyond our imaginations. Some may call us crazy and say we’ve lost our minds. They might even say, “That can’t be done, or we’ve tried before and failed.”
In Acts 2:17-19, Peter proclaims, “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy your young men will see visions; your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below...”
In the coming months and years, there will be struggles. There will be things to overcome and challenges great and small. However, I believe that as we continue to pray and dream together, we can change our corner of the world. There will be wonders and signs. The Baypines District can begin to look like heaven on earth, and we can pray and seek God’s answers to problems such as hunger and race divisions. We can ask for God’s vision for strengthening our ministries to the poor in our community and around the world. With God-sized dreams, we can become a church where people feel welcome, loved, and find healing for broken souls, broken bodies, and broken minds. Together, we can dream God-sized dreams that are beyond our imagination for the transformation of the world.
Please begin to dream with me this summer at one of three introductory clergy gatherings. These gatherings will serve as an introduction for those new to the District, followed by discussion and reflections regarding the District vision, her mission, and other related matters.  Instructions for the 2019 Charge Conferences will be provided as well as information regarding Connecting Neighbors, disaster preparedness, and other conference and district announcements.
I hope by offering three options, all clergy, even those with a busy schedule will be able to attend.
Each clergy gathering will be held from 3:00 to 4:30 pm and light refreshments will be served. The dates and locations are:
July 21st - Brewton FUMC
August 4th - Monroeville FUMC
August 25th - Robertsdale UMC
We are those sons and daughters of Acts 2, and we will be given dreams and visions as we seek God in prayer. I want to challenge you now to begin to pray and ask God for dreams and visions for yourself, your ministry, and the world.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call or email. I look forward to seeing you at one of the clergy gatherings and dreaming together.
Reverend Jean Tippit
District Superintendent
Cell: 251- 656-6857