Kenneth H. Carter, Jr., is resident bishop of the Florida Area of the United Methodist Church and president of the denomination’s Council of Bishops. His most recent book is Embracing the Wideness: The Shared Convictions of the United Methodist Church (Abingdon Press, 2018), available at Cokesbury and Amazon.

Dr. Cynthia D. Weems is the District Superintendent of the Southeast District in the Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and dean of the Florida Conference Cabinet. She participated in the Lewis Center's Lewis Fellows program for outstanding young clergy in 2005-2006.

Focus Train at Union Station, Toronto. CREDIT: Chris Cheadle, All Canada Photo, Universal Images Group, Rights Managed, For Education Use Only

Bishops and their Cabinets are entering the season of appointment-making. Many bishops and superintendents have developed careful processes and then seek to improve them each…

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