Breaking news: SCJ College of Bishops recommends Bledsoe for NW Tex/New Mexico

The South Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops has recommended that Bishop Earl Bledsoe be assigned to oversee the Northwest Texas and New Mexico Conferences. The jurisdiction’s episcopacy committee had voted to retire him involuntarily, claiming he had been an ineffective administrator in his four years of leading the North Texas Conference; but the Judicial Council overturned that action and ruled he must be assigned to an episcopal area.

The next step is a vote by the Council of Bishops.

Here’s a press release from Bishop Huie:

Monday, December 17, 2012 – Bishop Janice Riggle Huie, President of the South Central Jurisdiction College of Bishops announced today that the process for consultation outlined in Para.407 of the Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church has been completed.  The SCJ College of Bishops has voted to recommend to the Council of Bishops the assignment of Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe to the Northwest Texas/New Mexico Conferences.

The Council of Bishops will be voting on the recommendation by email with a requested response date by December 20, 2012.



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The North Texas/New Mexico conference will be blessed in leadership with Bishop Bledsoe. Having been my District Superintendent for 6 years, it was privilege to have him as the "pastor's pastor." Those of us in service with him always knew that he had our best interests and the best interests of our churches at heart. He is a true champion of the least, the last, and the lost.


I pray that Bishop Bledsoe will be just the individual who will turn the hearts and minds of New Mexico United Methodists BACK to Father/Son/Holy Spirit. Until a "turning of hearts and minds" happens, United Methodism will continue to shrink in New Mexico as well as the balance of the country. "Good News" as opposed to "coffee and doughnuts" might be a good starting point, too………………………….


Last I checked, a lot of conferences are shrinking, and there aren't too many administrative re-organizational plans that have any effect on reversing membership loss.
But, please do pray for Bishop Bledsoe, and those of us in New Mexico who stand ready to welcome his leadership.


My prayers are with Bishop Bledsoe. He will be overseeing a Conference (New Mexico) that is shrinking and has just gone through a major administrative organization that may or may not be helpful in reversing its membership loss.

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