Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball is the resident bishop of the West Virginia Conference and one of the moderators for the Commission on a Way Forward. She filmed a series of videos for her conference members explaining various aspects of the Way Forward process and offering brief overviews of the three plans being considered by the 2019 special session of General Conference.
Steiner Ball shared those videos with UM News as part of “Seeing a Way Forward,” a video series featuring different perspectives of church leaders on the work of the Commission on a Way Forward.
Bishop explains Way Forward commission’s work
West Virginia Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball offers this update on the work of the United Methodist Commission on a Way Forward, the Council of Bishops, the Judicial Council and the Commission on General Conference in preparation for the special session of General Conference 2019.
Bishop summarizes Way Forward report
Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball offers a summary of the Commission on A Way Forward report and what it means for the February 2019 special session of General Conference.
Bishop explains Way Forward commission’s methodology
Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball explains the conciliar process, which along with prayer and the study of scripture, was the methodology the Commission on A Way Forward used to gather information, discuss and write proposed legislation for the special session of General Conference.
Bishop Steiner Ball: One Church Plan overview
Bishop Sandra Steiner Ball discusses specifics of the One Church Plan as it has been submitted by the Commission on A Way Forward to the special General Conference of The United Methodist Church, which will gather in St Louis in February 2019.
Bishop Steiner Ball: Connectional Conference Plan overview
This video is a brief summary of the Connectional Conference plan that will be considered by the February 2019 General Conference.
NOTE: In two places in this video you will see the word Connectional Conference appear at the bottom of the screen. In these two places Bishop Steiner Ball meant to say Connectional Conference rather than Central Conference. To clarify: In the Connectional Conference Plan, the Central Conferences outside the U.S. would become Connectional Conferences identified by the region or country served. Additionally, there would no longer be geographically defined Jurisdictional Conferences in the U.S., but rather U.S. Connectional Conferences defined by theological stance.
Bishop Steiner Ball: Traditionalist Plan overview
This video is a brief sketch of the Traditionalist Plan that has been submitted to the 2019 General Conference by the Commission on a Way Forward.