Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie
Supervisor Stan McKenzie
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,”
Ephesians 3: 20
Supervisor Stan and I greet you with Jesus joy! We are excited to serve the 10th Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The A.M.E. Church has a great history that speaks of ordinary men and women doing extraordinary things in uncertain times with limited resources. We have an encouraging story of how the faith of our ancestors led them to build churches, institutions and self-help ministries that started in a blacksmith shop in Philadelphia. Now we are a connectional church that extends around the world on six continents, 38 countries with 7,000 congregations. It is a continuing story of how many small churches came together to do mega work in Jesus name. Each church adding their portion to build sanctuaries, colleges, universities and seminaries, camps, community centers, education buildings, apartments and homes. Each Episcopal team, presiding elder, pastor, preacher, teacher and member has built upon the foundation left by previous generations to serve the present age.
We now stand at the genesis of a new quadrennial. It is time to start to build on the foundation left by the previous administration and launch a new agenda of service in the state of Texas. Our prayers go with Bishop Gregory Ingram and Supervisor Jessica Ingram as they begin their work in the 1st Episcopal District.
As we begin to do a statewide “needs assessment” and vision cast our future together, let us remember that God is still able to do more than we ask, think or IMAGINE- IMAGINE THE POSSIBILITIES! What have you imagined God doing in you, with you, for you and through you? What have you imagined that God can do in, with, for and through the A.M.E. Church? All too often we put limitations on God. We put a lid on our expectations of what God can do. We think a thing is impossible even as we serve a God for whom nothing is impossible.
The issue is not what God can do, remember God is able. The issue is how much are we able to IMAGINE what God can do. IMAGINE THE POSSIBILITES!
Let us dare to believe, ask, think and IMAGINE a church and a people that will do extraordinary ministry in uncertain times for a God who is still able!
By the Grace of God,
Vashti Murphy McKenzie