Jimmy Towson

Date created: 5/9/2019 Last updated: 5/12/2019

Clergy Delegation Interest Form

First Name Last Name Email
Jimmy Towson jimmy.towson@gmail.com
Main Contact Phone Number
4785389067
Ethnicity
Caucasian
Gender
Male
Current Appointment
Park Avenue UMC
Appointments Served
2002 Associate, Mulberry Street; 2006 Metter; 2009 Forest Hills; 2013 Harvest, Executive Staff; 2015 Mulberry Street; 2018 Park Avenue
List of leadership positions served in the Conference and District
Chair, South Georgia WCA 2018-present
Chair, Conference Board of Ordained Ministry 2012-2015
Member, Conference Board of Ordained Ministry 2007-2015, 2018-present
Chair, South Central District DCOM 2018-present
Board member, Young Clergy Academy 2014-present
Conference Personnel Committee 2011-2015
Annual Conference Planning Committee 2012-2015
Statement

This statement (300 words or less) could include qualifications, convictions, thoughts on issues, concerns, etc.

Like others interested in being a delegate, I am a lifelong Methodist and love Jesus with all my heart. I want the best for our churches, conference and rich Methodist heritage. I am unashamedly a conservative, Wesleyan evangelical pastor, with a strong view of the authority of scripture - the central issue for many of us.

I felt led to attend the Called General Conference in St. Louis. Having done so, I wonder why anyone would want to be a delegate in 2020. The deep divide within our church is hard to watch and frankly, very frustrating to experience with both sides holding strong to their convictions.

Yet, I believe that God sent me to St. Louis for a reason. I saw firsthand the pain expressed by folks on both sides of this debate. I agree with Bill Hinson’s observation at GC 2004, “No earnest Christian enjoys seeing another human suffering. I believe it is time for us to end this cycle of pain we are inflicting on each other. The thought of hurting another makes us sick. They hurt us defying the covenant, and we hurt them with our votes to uphold the Discipline every four years.” Undoubtedly, It also harms our witness and effectiveness.

It is time to seriously consider a gracious and amicable separation that would bring an end to this pain and the countless time, money and energy spent fighting over the issue. God has better things in store for both “sides” of this divide. Surely we can love and respect each other as we go separate ways.

My experience as an attorney and pastor may benefit us as we move forward. Time is of the essence and we need to get on with the work of making disciples of Jesus Christ.
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