I have decided to dedicate some space to writing about the journey of Jurisdictional Conference 2016. As I sit at the airport, getting ready to board a flight to Dallas and then Wichita, I am thinking about what an important week this is.
United Methodists have been electing, consecrating, and assigning bishops for generations. This time feels a little different. First of all, for members of the Rio Texas Annual Conference, the anticipation may be a little higher than normal. This annual conference went through a strange year of leadership change. While we have been under the effective and grace-filled leadership of four bishops, we have known all along that this was only temporary. It will be a big deal to have a more permanent, full-time, resident bishop again.
Second, for everyone, I am going to go out on a limb and predict that the episcopal elections this year in the various jurisdictional conferences will be the most watched episcopal elections in history. While social media and live streaming have been around for a while, now they have become a normal part of our media landscape. People of all ages will be following coverage on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, and many will be watching the proceedings live.
So, my bag is packed. I packed some clothes, but mostly I have cameras, computers, phones and cables so I can help us keep up with the journey of bringing home a new bishop to Rio Texas.