With great joy and anticipation, the General Board received Terri Hord Owens’ desire to serve a second term as General Minister and President (GMP).
Over the past five years Terri has challenged the denomination to “imagine God’s limitless love” as we seek to be the church we say we are – “a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world.” She has also challenged us to “imagine” what the church could be like in years to come. Following the General Board’s acceptance of her intent, a Review/Search and Call Committee (RSCC) was formed to lead Terri’s review.
We are asking for your assistance as we complete a review her work, ministerial and pastoral presence. The RSCC will provide information to the Administrative Committee of the General Board that will inform their recommendation for our 2023 General Assembly in Louisville, Ky.
Throughout the next few months, this committee will be gathering information from all expressions of the church. One method is through a survey open to every area of the church’s life so the committee can have as broad an understanding of the desire of the church as possible.
Your answers to the survey are vital in offering a well-rounded view of the church’s hopes and desires for the next six years. The committee encourages you to participate in the process by providing your feedback via the survey.
As our church begins this time of reflection, the RSCC invites you to join in a season of prayer, as together, we begin to discern the call of Rev. Hord Owens for a second term as GMP in the United States and Canada. We specifically ask that you pray for:
- Terri as she listens and reflects on God’s call.
- The RSCC as we seek the wisdom and guidance from all expressions of our church and ecumenical partners.
- The Christian Church (DOC) as we are called to a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world.