I often have said, and I truly believe that one of the most difficult and thankless jobs in the United Methodist Church is that of Bishop, closely followed by those who fill the role of District Superintendent. These faithful men and women often are charged with playing the role of Bad guy as they faithfully live out their ministry in as best trying times. They get the blame and they are often seen as adversaries of the local church. It is easy to find fault with those tasked as leaders.
In the Des Moines Register’s opinion page there was an opinion penned by the Bishop of the Iowa Annual Conference. It is insightful and timely. The letter can be found here. I appreciate the Bishop leading us in this manner and hope that he continues to lead us by example and through timely instruction.