I am going to run a series of quotes from Bishop Robert Schnase book on UMC Conferences -- Seven Levers: Missional Strategies for Conferences, Abingdon Press, Nashville, 2014. The list will grow as I read through the book.
- [Discussing a new vision for the Missouri Conference.] Nothing was borrowed wholesale from others, nothing was entirely original, nothing was top down, nothing was rushed, and nothing was accidental . . . nothing remained entirely the same. (Page 28)
- John Wesley . . . created conference to unite, energize, strengthen , and empower faith communities and resource them with leadership. (Page 30)
- Fear distorts vision, and lack of communication feeds fear. (Page 49)
- [The Missouri Conference] identified two activities that the conference must perform in an exemplary fashion or else the conference fails in its mission -- pastoral excellence and congregational excellence. (Page 117). (Shaw notes: Our Rocky Mountain Conference Imagine Team has been focusing on competency as the single word to describe both of these.)