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ICCM Director to Serve as Bishop

Newly elected Bishops kneel as the previous Board of Bishops and Board of Administrators lays hands on them.
Newly elected Bishops kneel as the previous Board of Bishops and Board of Administrators lays hands on them.

As many of you know, for the past several months my name has been among those being considered to serve the Free Methodist Church on the Board of Bishops. On July 17, the church honored me by electing me to serve in this role, along with two fine colleagues, Keith Cowart and Matt Whitehead. I’m humbled, amazed and grateful that my Lord has seen fit to entrust to me this leadership responsibility. 

Many of you from here in the U.S. and around the world were praying diligently, even fasting, to see God’s will done in this General Conference and in the election specifically. Thank you for your prayers and your passionate devotion to God’s kingdom. 

Of course, I’ve wrestled along with way with the big question: What happens to ICCM if the Lord moves me into another role? I’m assured of the answer. God loves this organization FAR MORE than I do! He will not allow it to languish or be abandoned! The current bishops are already beginning the process of gathering names of qualified people to interview. I will have the privilege of participating in this process. 

ICCM's Regional Coordinators stand on stage at the ICCM Dinner
ICCM’s Regional Coordinators stand on stage at the ICCM Dinner

In addition, we have something that didn’t exist when I began as Director eleven years ago. We have an outstanding team of Regional Coordinators. I’m meeting this week with all eight of them, as well as our Canadian Director. We’re praying, planning and considering options for re-configuring the workload to maximize the investment of these great leaders as we enter a new chapter. 

This has been a wonderful 11-year ride! And, in the providence of God, my advocacy for the children through ICCM will not be ending! All the mission work of the church is ultimately under the bishops, so I will have the privilege of moving ahead on the same journey, just in a different role. I’m at peace that it is in God’s hands. In fact, I’m beginning to get excited about what it might mean for this awesome global ministry to children. Please pray for us in the transition between now and October 1, when the new Board of Bishops officially begins to work together.

Thank you! God bless you, and God bless the children.


Bishop Linda Adams

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