Our new bishop in the Nashville Episcopal Area, including the Memphis Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, is Bill McAlilly, from Mississippi. I have been blessed by what I’ve read from him and by the time he shared with our district (Paris, TN) earlier this week. Bishop McAlilly has an exciting vision and grand expectations for what God has in store for The United Methodist Church at large, the Tennesse and Memphis Conferences and the local churches within the connection. In particular, from the district-wide meeting we held earlier this week, he said that building trust among one another is a key to making our church vital once again.

Bishop Bill McAlilly, of the Nashville Episcopal Area, including the Memphis and Tennessee Annual Conferences. (Photo credit: bishopbillmcalilly.wordpress.com)

I highly recommend you follow his website/blog, whose name derives from a praise song written by Chris Tomlin. He elaborated in the meeting this week about “greater things” by pointing to the promise of Jesus to his disciples in John 14 where Jesus told them that they would do “greater things” than he did because of his return to the Father’s side and by the sending of the Holy Spirit to empower them to heal the sick and proclaim the gospel. You can find and read more about him and his vision from his blog by clicking on the link below.

Greater Things Are Yet To Be Done.

Aerial image of the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers at Cairo, IL/Wickliffe, KY
(Photo credit: earthobservatory.nasa.gov)

“Christ is our peace. He made both Jews and Gentiles into one group. With his body, he broke down the barrier of hatred that divided us…He reconciled them both as one body to God by the cross, which ended the hostility to God.” (Ephesians 2:14,16)