Dwayne Abbott

Church Name: Koenig

Share any relevant background information including leadership experience both within the church and in other areas of your life.

I have served on the PPRC of multiple churches. I've helped with church youth groups. I have been a representative to annual conference multiple times. I have filled the pulpit at my local churches on a few different occasions. I am a life long Missouri Methodist. So I have been involved with the church for over 50 years and know the church well.

Describe your personal practices of intentional faith development that strengthen your spiritual engagement with God and your capacity for fruitful leadership in the church.

I do daily devotions from Upper Room and Guide Posts magazine. I have filled in a few times in my local church only. I read my bible regularly. I participate is small group studies when I can.

Why do you seek election as a lay delegate representing the Missouri Conference?

I am seeking the delegate position to help guide the church in the path we need to take in moving forward. I have been a member of the Missouri conference before it was conference. I have attended annual conference multiple times and even worked the conferences when they were held at Central Methodist. I believe I have been around the church enough to help guide the church into the future. I will also be glad to attend Jurisdictional conference.

How will your involvement in General Conference 2020 support the church to fulfill the mission “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world”?

I believe we should love everyone and accept them as they are. We need to reach out in love to everyone and try to lead them to a life in Christ.

Since the primary focus for Jurisdictional Conference is to elect new bishops, what qualifications do you think the church needs in its future episcopal leaders?

I believe we have to have strong leaders. But the leaders have to also listen to what the people are saying. We have to have a leadership that will works will all people to move the church forward in this difficult time.