Now, what exactly did clergy accomplish Tuesday, Nov. 11? For many this question may have entered their minds as they exited the 2014 Covenant Day. For those who are “doers” and like to see action, it may have been a wasted day because there was no business or “hot-button” topics discussed or actions taken. However, I would beg to offer that much was accomplished during our Covenant Day. As we gathered at St. Luke’s UMC in Indianapolis we totaled more than 600 clergy (active, retired, local pastors, seminarians, deacons, elders, supply, etc.) for a time of renewing the bond of the clergy covenant. The day included dynamic worship with the sharing of Communion. Bishop Coyner gave a clarion call for clergy to begin “Traveling in One Accord”.
There were also opportunities to discuss what it means to be in covenant with one another as clergy sisters and brothers. The energy, laughter, and conversation created an atmosphere of fellowship and connectedness. I believe the greatest accomplishment was the powerful time of prayer that concluded the day. Clergy had the opportunity to pray with one another, along with retired clergy offering anointing and prayer.
In those few hours of gathering, I was reminded when Jesus said, “Come off by yourselves; let’s take a break and get a little rest.” (Mark 6:31-The Message). Covenant Day 2014 was that day were the clergy of the Indiana Conference came together without a real agenda, but to care for and be in community with one another. Perhaps, this is something that is needed and necessary in order to equip those set apart in accomplishing the mission of “making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world”. It is my prayer that we can continue this as a tradition to change the clergy culture, and see the value of gathering to strengthen the clergy covenant.
Glory Be to a Glorious Day!
If you are looking for more clergy connections, Our Life Together Retreat (February 23-24, 2015) is vastly approaching. Registration is available at www.inumc.org/olt2015.