Save the Date for District Celebrations

North West District - July 18, 10 a.m - 12 p.m.
Eau Claire Lake Street UMC
South West District - July 19, 4 p.m.
Dodgeville UMC
North Central District - July 25, 10 a.m. to noon
Stevens Point: St. Pauls - The Springs UMC
North East District - July 26, 4-6 p.m.
Appleton: Zion UMC
South East District - August 1, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Oconomowoc: Good Shepherd UMC

In June, the Annual Conference approved the creation of five districts and five district superintendents. Since that time, a task force named by me worked on a five district model, seeking input and feedback from a variety of people and leadership groups in the Conference. I am thankful for the work of the task force, and for all those who participated in the process.

The Cabinet and I, after prayer and discernment, completed the plan that I am sharing with you.

Starting in July of 2015, the five new districts will be named North West, North Central, North East, South West, and South East (See map in color and black/white). The five districts are divided along county lines, except in a few instances where charges/parishes cross county borders (See lists by district and church).

The five District Superintendents will be located in Eau Claire (North West), Wausau (North Central), Appleton (North East), Sun Prairie (South West), and Milwaukee (South East). For the first year, both the North West District and the North Central District offices will be located in current Eau Claire office space. Locations of all the district offices are under review by the Cabinet for possible relocation in 2015 or 2016.

The Annual Conference approved the creation of five districts and five District Superintendents as one important element in the ongoing process of Imagining Wisconsin Anew. Instead of only four leaders providing mission vision to eight districts, there will now be five leaders to join in the efforts to build mission communities and to help the congregations and people of our United Methodist Church connect with their communities, reaching out with God’s love in Jesus Christ to new people in every Wisconsin community. In this way, we are continuing our efforts to allow God to work through us to produce good fruit as we live out the fruit of the Spirit--love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” (Gal 5:22)

I ask your prayers for this transition time as a new Cabinet is formed, and all of the many transition details are worked out. I also ask you to pray that our new districts will help us connect with each other in new and exciting efforts for our congregations to reach out to the people of Wisconsin with the good news of Jesus Christ. Emanuel, God with us!

Click here to watch a video message about this redistricting plan, which you can share with your congregation.

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Your brother in Christ,

Hee-Soo Jung, PhD

Hee-Soo Jung, PhD
Bishop