After a period of discernment, the Revs. Cynthia Moore-Koikoi and J.W. Park are offering themselves to be considered as candidates for the ministry of
Their candidacy will be considered by the BWC’s General and Jurisdictional Conference delegation in January and an endorsement of neither, one or both of the candidates will be made to the Annual Conference when it meets in June
Conference rules require that the names of these candidates and statements by them be shared in the UMConnection. These statements are below. Other candidates from the BWC can become official candidates if they are endorsed by
The Revs. Cynthia Moore-Koikoi and J.W. Park
By Rev. Cynthia Moore-Koikoi
After significant discernment, I believe God is calling me to offer my name for consideration for the episcopacy. This
During this discernment, God reminded me that throughout my local church appointments parishioners had affirmed my leadership and call to the broader church. God reminded me how much I love the UMC, and how much my great-grandparents, grandparents
God also sent people who affirmed this call on a pragmatic level. They said God had been preparing me for “such a time as this.” They showed me that 17 years as a school psychologist and years of service on the BWC Conflict Transformation Task Force prepared me to be a non-anxious presence with gifts in conflict transformation. These gifts are needed at a time when, as a denomination, we must bring persons together with varying perspectives, serving in all levels of the church, to do life-changing ministry.
Throughout my ministry, God has urged me to work against systemic and individual gender, racial, economic, and sexual-orientation injustice. Such passion is necessary during a time when, as a denomination, we need to embrace our diversity rather than fear or ignore it. I am called to help move the church beyond mere proportional representation to intercultural competence and equity at the table.
By the grace of God, the churches I pastored grew in vitality. Therefore, I feel called to support and resource laity and clergy to make disciples, not members. I am called to support and hold congregations accountable for transformational ministry, not “numbers” ministry.
I serve on the Budget Committee of CFA and Arrearage Task Force. Consequently, I have come to understand the power of responsible, ministry-guided budgeting and loving, esteem-building accountability. I am called to guide the church to make decisions based on a theology of abundance and life, not scarcity and death. As Spiritual Director for the Cabinet, I am called to provide for the spiritual nourishment of conference leaders.
Finally, during the unrest in Baltimore, I was blessed to lead a phenomenal group of pastors and laity as we bridged the evangelical and social gospels. The church is called to lead the conversation and work on issues of justice in urban, suburban, and rural settings. This type of prophetic work is essential if our church is to become more relevant in our global culture.
Clearly, God’s unsettling nudge became a tender push.