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The Call

Vol. E18, Number 12

updated: June 4, 2018

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Lay leader's report: Pray that we will not lose anyone

<p>Del Holley, conference lay leader, speaks to the Holston Annual Conference on June 11.</p>

Del Holley, conference lay leader, speaks to the Holston Annual Conference on June 11.

LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (June 11, 2018) -- Del Holley, Holston Conference lay leader, delivered his annual report today in Stuart Auditorium.

"A couple of months ago, I was at a meeting at the Conference office in Alcoa, and the conversation finally turned to the question-of-the-quadrennium: 'What will happen in St. Louis next February?'

As it frequently does, the discussion became a mathematics exercise – if we do this, we’ll lose this many – we all know how these debates play out. During a lull in our exchange, however, one of the people at the table asked a remarkable question:

'What if we quit talking about how many we are likely to lose, and prayed that God would let us keep them all?' I wrote my version of the question on a sticky note at the end of that meeting: 'What if all United Methodists across the connection prayed that we would not lose one person?' I have been carrying that note with me for the past two months."


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