ALCOA, Tenn. (April 23, 2017) – After nearly two years of discussion, a team of 13 including Bishop Dindy Taylor is ready to present a proposal to help Holston Conference become “more efficient in our Christ-centered mission.”
The Conference Strategy Team will seek the Annual Conference’s approval during its June 11-14 meeting at Lake Junaluska, N.C. The proposal will be published in the “Book of Reports,” to be posted online at AC.Holston.org in May.
Changing the lines and sizes of districts from 12 to nine is “only one part of our larger conference strategy,” the team said in a recent statement.
The proposal will also include requirements for clergy evaluation, development and support groups; assessing committees and teams; implementing financial stewardship checks; ordering conference staff around the denomination's four areas of focus; and improving conference communications.
Church members will have opportunities to learn more about the proposal at upcoming “Pre-Conference Briefings” in each of the 12 districts. A member of the Strategy Team will be present at each session to answer questions. Local-church lay members, district at-large members, and clergy are encouraged to attend:
ABINGDON: Sunday, May 21, 3 p.m. at Pleasant View
BIG STONE GAP: Sunday, May 7, 3 p.m. at Trinity (Big Stone Gap)
CHATTANOOGA: Sunday, May 7, 2:30 p.m. at Jones Memorial
CLEVELAND: Sunday, May 7, 3 p.m. at Valley Head District Office
JOHNSON CITY: Sunday, May 7, 3 p.m. at Wesley Memorial
KINGSPORT: Sunday, May 21, 3 p.m. at Colonial Heights
KNOXVILLE: Sunday, May 21, 6 p.m. at Cokesbury
MARYVILLE: Sunday, May 21, 3 p.m. at First Alcoa
MORRISTOWN: Sunday, May 21, 3 p.m. at Trinity (Morristown)
OAK RIDGE: Sunday, May 21, 3 p.m. at First Oak Ridge
TAZEWELL: Tuesday, May 23, 6:30 p.m. at First Bluefield
WYTHEVILLE: Sunday, May 21, 3 p.m. at First Chiswell
The Strategy Team will also offer a “chat room” opportunity during Annual Conference on Monday, June 12, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Terrace Auditorium.