Alaina Harrison

Date created: 4/6/2019 Last updated: 5/12/2019

Clergy Delegation Interest Form

First Name Last Name Email
Alaina Harrison alainaaharrison@gmail.com
Main Contact Phone Number
4789554291
Ethnicity
White
Gender
Female
Current Appointment
Wesley UMC (Macon) - Associate (2017-Present)
Appointments Served
2015 Minister to Women, The Wesley Foundation at Wesleyan College; 2017 Wesley (Macon), Associate
List of leadership positions served in the Conference and District
Annual Conference Worship Committee (2018-Present)
Communications Chair, Southeast Jurisdiction Clergywomen’s Conference Design Team (2018-Present)
Board Member, Young Clergy Academy (2015-Present)
Associate, Wesley Foundation of Macon (2012-2015)
Statement

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

As one of the youngest clergy members in our conference (I’ll turn 30 in 2020), I believe I can be a voice for the next generation entering ministry in the UMC. There is a misconception about the younger generations that there is a lack of desire for a spiritual life or a relationship with Jesus. In actuality, there is a deep yearning for these things, coupled with brilliant and creative ideas of how to better love and serve our neighbors.

With this in mind, I think three key steps to turning around the decline of the UMC in the U.S. are: 1) being in tune to the Holy Spirit and being open to where that may lead, 2) focusing more on our similarities and less on our differences, and 3) being open to more innovative ways to minister to those not interested in stepping into a church building.

Growing up as a UMC Preacher’s Kid in the South Georgia conference, my roots run deep in the United Methodist Church. I consider the UMC my home so when the time came to follow a calling into ministry, it was a no-brainer that my ministry would be within the UMC. As a young, female Deacon, I believe I can represent a demographic to General Conference that is not always present at the table.

The voting results from General Conference 2019 revealed how divided we are on the topic of human sexuality. While a decision was made, there are still many details to be figured out and I would be honored to be a delegate to GC2020 as we continue to find a Way Forward that allows all to be fruitful in ministry, without compromising convictions – whether that results in unity or an amicable divide.
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