United Methodist bishops were reminded that the church is watching, waiting and wondering if and how they will lead the denomination into the future. At the opening of the 2018 April/May meeting of the Council of Bishops at the Hilton Rosemont Hotel in Chicago today, President Bruce R. Ough told his fellow bishops that he believes that the church, for the most part, will follow the bishops.

The bishops of The United Methodist Church are meeting in Chicago from April 29-May 4 to celebrate leadership through the passing of the gavel, certify constitutional amendments and finalize their recommendations to the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference. The April/May meeting of the Council of Bishops will also hear leadership reports regarding immigration, ecumenical relations, racism, disaster relief and other mission and ministry work around the global denomination.

Using the sermon title "What do you want me to do for you?" Bishop Ough preached from the Mark 10:35-52 story of Bartimaeus, a blind beggar sitting by the roadside, who asked Jesus to have mercy on him. Attached is the full text of Bishop’s Ough message here.

Read full press release here. View photos from Day One of the meeting.