Monrovia District Conference December 1-4, 2011
My fellow pastors, Sis. Pauline N. Roberts, District Lay Leader, Bro. Edward Hannon, Associate Lay Leader, leadership of the Youth and Young Adult Fellowships; leadership of the Men and Women Organizations, my dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ. My wife, Ruth and our Children join me to bring you good tidings of great joy in the gracious name of Christ Jesus.
I am exceedingly joyful in the Lord, Jesus Christ for the glorious opportunity we have once again to assemble for a time of spiritual reflection on the ministry to which God has called us and committed to our stewardship, for a time of fellowship with one another, a time of electing new core of officers for the new quadrennial and for a time of planning for the future.
As we conclude this quadrennial to begin a new one, Lord willing, we maintain our focus on developing healthy congregations. During this conference year, our focus has been on developing healthy congregations through healthy ministers. We are convinced that, unless ministers are healthy spiritually, physically, economically, emotionally, socially and relationally, our congregations cannot be healthy. While we continue to encourage small groups’ ministry among our churches as one stepping stone to achieving our vision, we wish to refocus our attention in the coming year to the subject of “spiritual leadership. That is, our emphasis for the coming year would be “Developing Healthy Congregations through Spiritual Leadership,” based on the Scripture text, Galatians 5:16-26. Our prayer is that the fruits of the spiritual leader outlined in this passage will become evident in the lives of our children, youths, young adults, men and women as we do ministry together. For it is by the quality of fruits we bear that will convince the world and give hearing to the Gospel message we are called to proclaim.
I ask God’s blessings upon you, and wish all pastors and delegates to our 161st annual session a Spirit-filled time in the Lord. I wish you Merry Christmas and a blessed and prosperous New Year, 2012.
Together In Ministry,
Rev. Dr. Jerry P. Kulah