A View From Around the Conference

I’ve spent the past several weeks driving, literally, the width and breadth within the confines of the North Georgia Conference. I’ve seen a lot and even eaten some pretty good barbeque. I’ve learned a lot. Here’s just a few: All the Superintendents really do appreciate the work of their clergy. I saw support, compassion, respect, […]

Unfinished Business

Unfinished Atlanta The past few years have taught me a lot about myself. For example, I learned from a Stengths Assessment that I am distinctly a visionary and not so much for the details. I realized I am also someone who achieves satisfaction not by checking of items on a to-do list but when a […]

Receiving A Season of Silence

I love my District Superintendent. Sure, he does all the D.S.-type things (“pay your apportionments”, “sign up for _______ “, “will you serve on X committee?”). But he’s also very wise and a contemplative. The Monday after General Conference, his weekly email to the district said the following: General Conference is over, but the work […]


I’m ending this day awash in snippets of ideas and images. These are among the ones I’m thankful for: For Bishop Lloyd Knox, for calling my father-in-law (a pastor who was under appointment in the same Annual Conference Bishop Knox served). Here’s how the conversation began: Hoyt: Hello? Bp Knox: Hello. Hoyt? It’s Lloyd. Hoyt: […]

We Need Leaders Who Trust

Following up on my post from yesterday, I think that it is rather clear that our Bishop’s led.  Thank you, Lord.  Thank you, Bishops. They did not demure to the plenary session. They did not let unanimity keep them from leading. To be clear, among the members of the Council of Bishops, there’s the consistent […]

A Time to Lead

Today Bishop Ough, the incoming President of the Council of Bishops, spoke to the General Conference and the Church. While I appreciate the humility the man showed, this was not the speech I wanted to hear. I wanted pastoral comfort. I wanted direction. I wanted leadership in a way that moved the church forward. Instead, […]

2016 General Conference – Day 8

Welcome to the 2nd Week of General Conference! A few words about today: John Street UMC Let me geek out on history a bit. Today the General Church voted on the Trustees of John Street UMC in Manhattan. Why is this important? Because it is, literally, the first Methodist Church in America. I loved reading […]