The confirmation class of First United Methodist Church rehearsed for Confirmation Sunday on Saturday. This group of 8th graders has been studying about the church, learning about Wesleyan theology and tradition, and serving people in need. These youth have decided to reaffirm the vows taken for them at their baptisms and to become members of the United Methodist Church.
As I prepare to participate in General Conference, I will hold this picture of exuberant youth before me. Decisions made in the next two weeks will shape their church. How will they be encouraged in faithfulness in young adulthood. How will they continue to be a vital part of the Body of Christ? What courageous decisions will shape a living, dynamic church where these brand new members of the United Methodist Church can be transformed by God to transform the world?