An appeal for special offering at Annual Conference for World Methodist Evangelism


As we prepare to gather as an Annual Conference from June 12 through 14 this year, we have the opportunity to give through this year’s Special Annual Conference Offering which will support the powerful global ministry of World Methodist Evangelism. I am making this special appeal for you to do all that you can do to enable your congregation to contribute significantly to this year’s special offering so that it can be presented during the Annual Conference Session in Athens.
 I am honored to serve as the Chair of World Methodist Evangelism for the next five years and to see our beloved North Georgia Annual Conference strengthen our evangelistic ministry to the world on this global mission bridge. For the last forty years World Methodist Evangelism has labored to see the Methodist movement alive, vibrant, growing and yearning to spread the good news of Christ Jesus throughout the whole world through word, deed, and sign that the world may know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. This is a holy calling and it is still our calling today!
 Dr. Eddie Fox, World Director of World Methodist Evangelism, will be our conference preacher this year. Dr. Winston Worrell, Director of the World Methodist Evangelism Institute headquartered here in Atlanta in partnership with our own Candler School of Theology, is a clergy member of our conference. Together with them and our sisters and brothers in the Methodist tradition all around the world, we can multiply the witnesses of Christ Jesus through connecting congregations, connecting with evangelists, international Christian youth conferences on evangelism, faith-sharing initiatives and resources, training leaders through regional evangelism seminars in every part of the world, and inspiring young clergy through The Order of the Flame (Faithful Leaders As Mission Evangelists) events to do the work of an evangelist, to carry out the ministry fully. (2 Timothy 4:5)
Again, I appeal to you to help make this year’s Annual Conference Offering for World Methodist Evangelism as significant as possible. May God grant us grace to be faithful witnesses for Jesus Christ, our Lord.
 Grace and peace,
B. Michael Watson