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Prayer as a means of grace

Dear Virginia Annual Conference, John Wesley, founder of Methodism, stated that prayer is “the grand means of drawing near to God.” I believe that prayer is one of the most underutilized disciplines that we practice individually and in our churches. Prayer is a...

Annual Conference Reflections

As I reflected on my first Annual Conference, the only words I could utter were “Look at God!” The Spirit of the Lord was moving and electrifying all over the convention center as I witnessed people engaged in conversations, smiles, hugs and anticipation as we began...

Chat and Chew

By the time this Advocate is distributed, I will have completed my 16th (32 sessions total) Bishop’s Chat and Chew listening session in the annual conference. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the host churches for providing excellent meals and...

Crisis Situations

Communications is at the very heart of what we do; it is how we carry out ministry. Communication is also integral in maintaining the connectional aspect of our denomination that links local churches to our global church. To this end, I am writing to convey the...

The Lenten season

March 1, 2017 began the season of “Lent.” Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon word “lencten” which means “spring.” This season is a 40-day period — not counting Sundays — which began on (Mar. 1) and ends on Holy Saturday (Apr. 15). Lent is a period of repentance and...