Oct. 29 file photo of Bishop Bill McAlilly, by Lane Gardner Camp
Bishop William T. (Bill) McAlilly has announced short- and long-term goals for the Nashville Episcopal Area of the United Methodist Church.
McAlilly was elected bishop and assigned to the Nashville Episcopal Area in July. On Sept. 1 he began his assignment to the Memphis and Tennessee Conferences that make up the Area.
Below are the goals posted by Bishop McAlilly, broken down into three categories: “in the first 100 days,” “in the first year” and “by 2020.”
In the first 100 days:
1. Be in every district for worship and conversation
2. Meet with Connectional ministry teams in each conference
3. Begin moving each annual conferences toward alignment
a. Between Cabinet, Connectional Ministry Teams and Board of Ministry
4. Reset the focus on Mission
5. Begin creating a culture of call
6. Begin creating a culture of leadership
7. With the cabinet, establish the foundation of understanding of
a. Candor with Compassion
8. Discover where there will be pastoral changes in the coming 1-3 years.
a. Come to know both pastor and congregation
9. Work with Cabinet around Strengths Finder Indicator to achieve balance of leadership
In the first year:
1. Discern a shared vision for the Nashville Area
2. Focus our work on Healthy Congregations
3. Lay the ground work for a Center for Ministry creating alignment
a. Including Pastoral Formation
i. Focusing on First Order theology: Proclamation and practice of the Gospel
ii. Second Order theology: reflecting on situations under the gospel
iii. Deepen the culture of Wesleyan Theology
b. Equipping Laity for ministry
4. Focus the work of the Unity Committee on the Mission of the Nashville Area
a. Complete the FACT Team process
b. Engage Gil Rendle as Consultant to guide the process
5. Train PPRC/SPRC Committees and Pastors regarding Missional Appointment making
6. Focus Annual Conference Sessions on Inspiration and Celebration
1. We will be reaching one new disciple for every member in the Nashville Area annually
2. Have started two or more new congregations for every congregation we close
3. Have recruited 10 new young clergy persons per year above our current average
4. Addressed ineffectiveness in clergy and congregations
5. Raised the number of healthy congregations by 50%
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