Bishop Jung

During an inspiring bilingual opening worship service, praise band Cristo la Roca opened by sharing songs both in English and Spanish. Bishop Jung welcomed attendees during his opening sermon by giving thanks for enthusiastic United Methodists across Wisconsin, as he’s seen during his journey to all churches in the state. “Everywhere I’ve gone in Wisconsin, I’ve found faithful members, eager to share their faith and eager to be in ministry with their communities. Faith is abundant,” he said.

Bishop Jung also invited clergy and laity to “imagine a powerful life together in the Wisconsin Conference” as they Sow the Seeds of this year’s Annual Conference. He said his vision for Wisconsin “will require decisive leadership  – leadership that leads the way, not only by active service to maintain current flows, but with God’s dream we will sow together a zestful future,” he said. “We will sow the seed with God-centered vision, Christ-exalting, praising, worshipping, and honoring. We sow God’s dream with scriptural Holiness, Bible-saturated. We sow mission-mobilizing passion for our church. Yes, we sow together justice-mercy ministries in everywhere.”

He also gave encouragement that God will provide any resources needed to those who remain strong in their faith. “Too many congregations have assumed - quite wrongly - that their wells are dry,” Bishop Jung said. Their pump has stood idle too long. They’ve given up in believing in themselves as capable of making a difference for Christ in their communities. I’m confident of God’s abundant resources for those who are faithful! Your well is not dry! Your pump needs priming!” Click here to read Bishop’s full sermon.

An offering was also taken for Imagine No Malaria, as part of the Wisconsin Conference’s goal to raise $1 million for the national initiative. Click here to learn more.