Let Us "Light The Way"

By DS Dennis Miller

Last year at Annual Conference, I woke up very early one morning and walked from Lakeside to the Marblehead Lighthouse. As the sun arose over the lake and filtered through the trees, I captured this amazing photo on my iPhone! The scripture that came to mind was 2 Corinthians 4:6, "For God, who said, ‘Let there be light in the darkness, has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ".

In a few days, we will gather at Lakeside for Annual Conference again. This year, Bishop Palmer will invite us to participate in the “Light the Way Campaign”. The new West Ohio Conference initiative is a plan to develop new congregations and increase the number of healthy churches throughout our eight districts. We have already made significant progress over the past year of identifying, assessing, training and preparing a new band of new church pastors. At the same time, vital congregations are reaching out in new and significant ways to those on the margins.

As individuals and congregations in the Foothills District, we can help “Light the Way” for those who do not yet know or confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. On Tuesday morning of Annual Conference, Bishop Palmer will challenge us to raise funds to plant new worshipping communities over the next five years. Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:16 to “Make our light shine so that others will see the good you do and will praise our Father in heaven.” Our mission is clear - to equip local churches to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Let us "Light the Way!"