Thad Haygood

Date created: 5/24/2019 Last updated: 5/24/2019

Clergy Delegation Interest Form

First Name Last Name Email
Thad Haygood
Main Contact Phone Number
Current Appointment
Albany First
Appointments Served
Dublin First (5 Years), Crossroads Perry (4 Years), Cuthbert (4 Years),
Albany First Associate (5 Years)
List of leadership positions served in the Conference and District
Board of Ordained Ministry (8 Years), NC DCOM (4 Years), Commission on Higher Education (12 Years), Epworth Board of Trustees (12 Years), District Cluster Leader (4 Years), Annual Conference Worship Committee (2 Years), Annual Conference Worship Committee Chair (1 Year)

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

I have been told that one of my greatest strengths is the ability to talk to people on both sides of an issue while keeping a level head and bringing balance and calm into stressful situations. Thus, I feel that my strengths would be an asset to the delegation at this tumultuous time in the life of our denomination. Although it pains me deeply, I feel that a split is inevitable. Therefore, we need calm, rational, level headed people representing South Georgia who can find amicable ways to part in love and respect for one another. I have twenty four years of experience serving local churches of all sizes, and I have led people through stressful times within those congregations. I would be honored to serve the Annual Conference that has raised me and supported me over the years, and I would strive to bring that same balance of love and respect to the delegation. In the present labeling system, I fall into the category of "Traditional Compatiblist." I support the current language in the Book of Discipline, but I am able to listen and talk with my sisters and brothers who feel that a change needs to be made. Thus, in a diverse delegation, I would be able to talk with and work with people on both sides of the issue of human sexuality while maintaining my traditional stance. I have exhibited this in my local churches because I strive to welcome every person who walks through the doors. I believe that, "All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God." No one deserves to be in the house of the Lord, therefore, through the blood of Jesus Christ all are welcome and all can be saved. If elected, I will serve our annual conference with compassion, respect, and a collegial spirit.

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