It’s Synod Assembly time. One of my favorite parts is always the Bishop’s report - beginning with a reminder of the five benchmarks of the synod:
- Meet the future boldly
- Serve the world, especially the poor and those who are in need
- Deepen faith and witness (the focus this year)
- Promote unity
- Support congregations
And there is certainly awesome stuff going on in each of these areas: walking with members of companion synods; adding cutting edge, forward looking staff; offerings to World Hunger, Malaria, etc; work with the Montana Association of Churches and Wyoming Association of Churches; planning for the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation; looking forward to the building of the new Synod House; and many more.
It’s a privilege to serve and be a part of collaborating with others in serving, too! Thank you, Bishop, for the reminder.