Bishop Ough’s Opening Address- November 6, 2017


Bishop Bruce Ough, of the Dakotas-Minnesota area of The United Methodist Church, gave the opening address, as the president of the Council of Bishops, on Monday, November 6th at Harrell Auditorium at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center.

His address was entitled “In Love with Union” and was presented in anticipation of receiving the update from the Commission on a Way Forward later that day.

Download and Read the Entire Address  (10 page PDF can be downloaded and printed)

Below is the PowerPoint presentation that accompanied the address: Below are other related articles from the Council of Bishops meeting:

Below are other related articles from the Council of Bishops meeting:

Read UM News Service report from November 6

African bishops support Way Forward work

Resources for Vital Congregations



Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

GBHEM Leadership Resources


Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church

Englewood Book Review

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Ted Talks: The Golden Circle

Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability

Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability

Design Thinking

Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians


Be A Disciple

A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network

Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations


Living As United Methodist Christians

Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials

Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today

John Wesley Sermons: Anthology


Get Their Name

Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit

Canoeing the Mountains

Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People

Community: The Structure of Belonging


Institute for Emerging Issues

Congregations 4 Children


The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants

The Duke Endowment







  • Resources
Follow Jesus. Make Disciples. Transform the World.