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Initial results of restructuring survey shared

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Addressing an opportunity to make the BWC more mission-minded, Spirit-driven and Christ-centered, the BWC is gathering information from clergy and laity on how the conference's current eight districts might be restructured. A survey on restructuring was completed by many church leaders in November and the initial results are now available.

To ensure transparency during this process, a Restructuring Task Force is publishing these preliminary survey resultsThere are several open-ended questions whose responses are not included, as they require additional analysis.

For those who were unable to share their thoughts, ideas, and wisdom in round one of the Restructuring Task Force's listening process, a  second round is being conducted from Jan. 16 through Feb. 8, 2024.

In this process, Bishop LaTrelle Easterling is inviting all area United Methodists to imagine, dream and envision a new way forward. 

She and a task force of conference leaders will propose a restructuring of the Conference, which is expected to be brought to the 2024 session of the Baltimore-Washington Conference in May. The change in the structure was precipitated by natural attrition and provides an opportunity to examine how to best resource districts and local churches for greater strength and vitality. 

The annual conference is the basic body of the church. Its purpose is singular -- to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world by equipping its local churches and other faith partners for fruitful mission and ministry.

Watch a video of Bishop Easterling as she introduces the restructuring process.