Behind the Scenes: Cooperative ministry in action

cartermcalillyFor most of the week the Council of Bishops, meeting at the Lake Junaluska Conference Center in North Carolina, have been engaged in a series of private conversations about how to respond to the actions of Bishop Melvin G. Talbert (click here to learn more). After issuing a collective statement this morning, the individual bishops found themselves having to write their own responses for their areas.

Writing these statements isn’t easy. Almost anything one writes on the issues we face is pretty much assured to irritate or hurt someone. There are so many things that a bishop will WANT to say, but knowing the best way to communicate it can be tricky.

So, remembering the edict from the writer of Ecclesiastes that “two are better than one,” two friends in ministry, Bishops Ken Carter and Bill McAlilly, decided that they would work together in writing their statements. Bishop Carter, a noted writer, provided the broad strokes, and Bishop McAlilly worked on the details, with each making changes to best reflect the needs of their respective areas.

So, if you read the two statements at their respective sites, don’t be surprised that they are the same. There is no conspiracy to control information.  There are just two friends, working together to do their best in helping to interpret the days events to their flocks.

Jay Voorhees, Former Executive Editor

The Rev. Jay Voorhees is the Executive Editor of The United Methodist Reporter and the Chief Creative Officer for CircuitWriter Media LLC which operates this site and Jay is an ordained elder in the Tennessee Annual Conference. Jay has written on life and the practice of faith in The United Methodist Church at Only Wonder Understands since 2003.

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