History has been made in the Free Methodist Church as we have finally elected our first female bishop ever. A whole new board of three bishops (also counted as a roster of bishops, a basket of bishops, and a battery of bishops) now take the lead for the coming four years.
I’ll tell you this: from what I’ve gathered, Bishop is a difficult job. Your role? Oversight of, you know, everything. Thankfully Jesus is Lord of the church. Yet He lets us get involved with leadership, and for real. Jesus is a confident leader who has every reason to take total control, yet He wants us to join Him in this work. Mysterious. As far as organizations go, the church is an odd duck, which is, by the way, the origin of the phrase “flock of bishops”.
Here’s to gifted women and men leading the church. Lead on Bishop Keith Cowart, Bishop Linda Adams, and Bishop Matt Whitehead. I’m praying for all three newbies this evening. What an impossible task. May their strength be made perfect in weakness.