Josh Bizzell
Date created: 4/1/2019 Last updated: 5/12/2019

Clergy Delegation Interest Form
First Name Last Name Email
Josh Bizzell joshbizzell@gmail.com
Main Contact Phone Number
478-244-3753
Ethnicity
Gender
Male
Current Appointment
Warner Robins First
Appointments Served
2010 Ingleside; 2012 Associate, St. Simons; 2014 Byromville/Drayton; 2016 Georgia Southwestern Wesley Foundation; 2018 Warner Robins First
List of leadership positions served in the Conference and District
Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, 2013-Present
Elder Registrar, Conference BOM, 2016-Present
Leadership Forum, 2018-Present
Conference Personnel Committee, 2018-Present
Christian Spirituality Task Force, 2018-Present
Statement
My hope for General Conference 2020 and beyond is that we can move into a new season of exploring God’s plans for the spiritual deepening of our worship, our witness, and our work in the world. I support the traditional view of marriage as one man and one woman united in both covenant and complement. I also have deep compassion and love for those who feel differently. I believe the worldwide UMC has spoken at GC2019 and we need to honor those decisions while also providing a gracious path of exit toward continued ministry in a different denominational context for those who do not feel as if they can live according to the decisions of GC2019.

I am a young adult clergyperson (I will be 40 in 2020) who is deeply rooted in the theological and spiritual traditions of our faith. I have a special interest in Christian Spirituality – i.e., how do we live into the Word of God and the presence of the Holy Spirit so that our faith forms the very rhythm of our daily living. There are many younger adults who are hungering for both the traditions of the Church that can ground them and the freedom of new experiences of faith found in the daily engagement of the Word and Spirit. More committed engagement in these practices will strengthen our ministries, our outreach, and our ability to conference with one another.

As we face an episcopal change in 2020, my hope above all is for a bishop who is grounded and deeply rooted in prayer. Our new bishop needs to respect and honor the decisions of GC as well. If you would like to know more about the way I think and approach matters of faith, check out my weekly devotional guide at www.thewordandspirit.org.
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