Dear Florida GMC Family,

When I was a layperson serving as lay leader at my home church in the Orlando area, we had a major renovation/construction project at the church. During the construction phase, we adopted a phrase: joyfully flexible. We encouraged one another to be joyfully flexible if your favorite parking spot was unavailable due to construction equipment or your preferred entrance into the church was temporarily closed.
Throughout my ministry, I’ve continued to use that phrase: joyfully flexible. As we start this new movement, there are growing pains. We also don’t have everything figured out yet. The metaphor often gets used that we’re building the plane as we’re flying it. Some people find that exciting. Others find it frustrating. Regardless, I want to thank you in advance for being joyfully flexible!
Earlier today I sent out an email that included clarifications about connectional funding. We sent out an Excel worksheet with a bad formula, and I messed up an address. We’ve gotten quite a few questions and emails in response. I apologize for that. Thank you for being joyfully flexible and remembering our conference staff is extremely small and working overtime to help build a thriving annual conference. There are a lot of moving parts right now!
Please make sure that the person responsible for finances at your church receives this email. I encourage you to send it to your financial secretary and your finance team.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact our Conference Administrator, Rev. Nako Kellum, at, or our Senior Administrative Assistant to the Cabinet, Julie Bullerdick, at You can also call our office at the number below.

Again, thank you for being joyfully flexible! Please keep praying for the peace of Jerusalem and everyone in harm’s way. God bless you!

All God’s love,
Jay Therrell
President pro tempore
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