June 12, 2017
To the clergy and laity of the Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference:
I want to take this opportunity to express my appreciation for the spirit-led, inspirational, incredible, and over-the-top annual conference that we shared together last week. Words cannot begin to express my appreciation to our planning team, preachers, worship leaders, and presenters who made this annual conference the best that I have ever been a part.
My prayers for months have been that we would be inspired by powerful worship, Christian in our debates and opinions, and leave conference feeling led by the Holy Spirit to return to our churches and win people to Jesus, see the unseen, transform lives and change our corner of the world. I began to imagine a God-sized event that would give us hope, peace, energy and a love to live into that by faith, it can happen. Even I could not have imagined what God would do with us the four days we shared together.
Thank you for loving Nancy and me. We love and appreciate this annual conference. This our home in this season of ministry. We feel so blessed to be here and look forward to what God is going to do in and through each of us.
So, let’s get moving! The best is yet to come!!
Bishop David Graves