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critter1969
Geneseo, IL

Bio: Chris Ritter is the author of "Seven Things John Wesley Expected Us to Do for Kids" (Abingdon Press, 2016). He is the Directing Pastor of a multi-site ministry in Illinois that includes Geneseo First United Methodist Church and Cambridge UMC. Under his leadership, Geneseo First has been honored both by the Illinois Great Rivers Conference and Discipleship Ministries for its high number of new professions of faith. An ordained elder, Chris graduated magna cum laude from Candler School of Theology at Emory University and earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Evangelism. A delegate to the 2016 & 2019 General Conferences of the UMC, he is active in church vitality efforts and sits on the Global Council of the Wesleyan Covenant Association. He lives with his wife of 29 years, Becky, and the couple are the parents of four young adults: Hannah, Isaac, Sarah, and Samuel.

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  1. Chris,
    It was good to meet you and visit with you briefly at GC.
    Please email or text message me your e-address and/or phone number.
    I need to tell you about something quite promising and ask you to consider adding your voice and knowledge to the conversation.
    Yours in Christ,
    David
    Memphis Conference Lay Leader
    Leader of the Memphis Conference Delegation 2019 GC
    drreed@frontiernet.net
    731-431-5654

  2. It seems to me that you could do Option 1 in the spirit of Option 2-The ‘ole smoke room’ process that would be presented to GC. But the problem I see by using the current Constitution is the geographic restrictions when non-geographic conference relationships may be desirable for all concerned. Lyle Shaller’s suggestion of ‘suspending the Constitution’ might be a procedural tool to give create leaner and responsive ministry systems. As I look at my own conference, I think there needs to be a Clergy Conscience Provision that allows for pastors to continue to serve in a geographic area but who want to align with a different expression of Methodism. My prayer is for generous hearts and win/win solutions. We can do it. Post-1844 Methodism thrived!

  3. Chris, could you give clarification on a comment added to your “Recent Additions “ articles, on 6-14-19, saying reliable sources say that elected delegates numbers were high enough to uphold the Traditional Plan in 2020. Did you make that comment or did the author of the 6-17 post make it? Thanks- I’m just not sure:)). Also, thank you so much for this informative and thought- filled site.

  4. Is it possible that the lay delegations under annual conferences were manipulated through the lay equalization process in the BOD? We typically get an email requesting additional nominees but did not this year (at least I didn’t). Could it be that the “formula” for this election included only preferred charges? If so, could that be the foundation for unseating a delegation?

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