Welcome to Tampa, Focus 1

Welcome to the first issue of Focus, Good News’ daily newsletter for the 2012 General Conference of The United Methodist Church. For more than 45 years, Good News has urged the church to be faithful to the biblically-based principles of its historic Wesleyan heritage. We believe United Methodism should return to its foundation of Scriptural holiness, doctrinal faithfulness, winsome evangelism, as well as social action and advocacy in the name of Jesus Christ.

Here in Tampa, we will be working with the Renewal and Reform Coalition, which also includes the Confessing Movement, UMAction, the Renew Women’s Network, Lifewatch, and Transforming Congregations.

Focus will be published 10 times here in Tampa. Each issue will include a devotional, news, and reflections.

General Conference delegates are invited to attend our free daily Briefing Breakfasts at 6:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency (N. Tampa & E. Jackson), 2nd floor, Regency Ballroom, a few blocks north of the Convention Center.

The Breakfasts will be held April 25 (Wednesday), 28 (Saturday), 30 (Monday), as well as May 1 (Tuesday), 2 (Wednesday), 3 (Thursday), and 4 (Friday).

It’s a great time to network. On the first morning you will have an opportunity to meet with others serving on your Legislative Committee. There will be daily briefings on important legislation and upcoming votes. Make every effort to attend this daily breakfast and to invite other delegates to join you.

We will also coordinate our nation-wide prayer ministry with United Methodists who have pledged to pray for General Conference each day after receiving our daily prayer concerns. Thousands of United Methodists will be able to pray specifically about what General Conference is doing.

Christians all around the world are praying that the 2012 General Conference proceedings will be led by the Holy Spirit. As United Methodists, we are in desperate need of a season of revival, reform, and renewal. Nothing is more vital to the future of our denomination than a fresh touch from God and a mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon our congregations, seminaries, boards, and agencies.

During these extra hectic days of General Conference we encourage delegates to make time for prayer, interceding for the proceedings of the next two weeks and the future of the United Methodist Church.

We trust that Focus will prove to be an informative and inspirational resource for you in Tampa.