|From the Editor:This month, Bible Study Paths, is excited to share with our readers the ministry of not one but three pastors! While they all happen to be Methodist, each has an individual background, an individual call on their life from God, and is part of the leadership in their fellowships that are obedient to the mission that God has given to their individual congregation.|
We gave each pastor the same questions and put no constraints on how they answered. Come on in and sit down with these anointed shepherds and listen with your spiritual ears.
|Dr. Allan Bevere is pastor at First United Methodist Church, Cambridge, OH.|
|Rev. Cindy Watson is pastor at West Heights United Methodist Church, Wichita, KS.|
|Rev. Ted Wood is pastor at Rockledge United Methodist Church, Rockledge, FL.|
Bible Q & A
Each month we will pose a question to our featured ‘professor’. This month we will give the question to our three pastors, Dr. Bevere, Rev. Watson, and Rev. Wood. We welcome questions from our readers, so send in your questions!
BSP: How does the UMC appointment system today compare to what you believe was practiced in the 1st century church?
| Dr. Allan Bevere:|
The modern itineracy system is based upon the idea that Christ has endowed the church with divine discernment.
|Rev. Cindy Watson:|
I do not think the U.M. appointment system can be compared to the early church.
|Rev. Ted Wood:|
As I understand it, in the first century church based its understanding of leadership on spiritual gifts, the calling of the individual, and even the general authority of all believers to go and preach the gospel, as commanded by Jesus in Matthew 28.
The Rubber Meets the Road
– Iris Lloyd