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Dear Friends,
 
I’m writing to let you know that this morning I informed Bishop Carter and my Cabinet colleagues that I will be concluding my time on the Cabinet effective July 1, 2020. It will be announced later today, and I wanted you to know before you hear it on social media.
 
During the seasons of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany, I fasted and prayed asking God to help me discern what my future looks like in light of our denominational troubles. At the end of that time, I discerned that God is leading me to start a traditionalist expression of Methodism in Florida (and possibly beyond.. At first, I thought I would be able to approach my duties from a both/and perspective. I would both carry out my duties as district superintendent and continue to build a framework in the event the Protocol passes. I have now determined that it is best for me to conclude my time on the Cabinet and focus full-time on this work. It is exciting and a little scary all at the same time.
 
I will begin renewal leave starting April 1, and we will give you details soon for which DS will provide coverage to the district from the time of April 1 – July 1. In the meantime, I will continue to provide leadership to our district and all district events will continue. I am looking forward to Equip a week from Saturday and helping our churches to begin getting “unstuck.”
 
I know not all of you are on the same theological page that I am on. I respect and honor that. I consider you my friend and want to stay in relationship as friends. I promise that we can disagree without being disagreeable!
 
God bless you, and please know that you can call me at any time to discuss things.

All God's love,
Jay

Rev. Jay Therrell, District Superintendent
North East District
Florida Annual Conference
The United Methodist Church
Office Phone: 904-396-3026

 

North East District of the Florida Annual Conference
1415 LaSalle Street, Jacksonville, Florida 32207
Office Phone: 904-396-3026