For the next year, each month, we will feature a different Conference board, committee or team by highlighting a member and their connectional experience of serving beyond the local church.
Episcopacy Committee (Book of Discipline, 637)
The Conference Committee on Episcopacy serves as the Pastor Parish Relations Committee for the Conference, working with the bishop. The committee hears a report from the bishop on their activities and priorities, discusses it, provides feedback and suggestions as appropriate and periodically evaluates the bishop’s work. The committee also seeks to support and help the bishop as needed. For each quadrennium, the committee provides input to the South Central Jurisdiction Committee on Episcopacy regarding an evaluation of the bishop’s work and insight into the gifts/abilities needed from a bishop for the next quadrennium.
Featured Team Member: Sky Krakos
After double-majoring in Philosophy and International Human Rights at Webster University, Sky Krakos is preparing for graduate-level work at Oregon State this fall. They are one of the creators of the Mountain Service at Webster Groves UMC. Sky is a Missouri Conference Jurisdictional Delegation member and has served on the Episcopacy Committee since 2020.
What do you enjoy about serving on the Episcopacy Committee?
The Episcopacy Committee is a committee that meets and provides support and care for the Bishop of the Missouri Annual Conference. I enjoy the intentionality of this committee. Creating support groups for clergy overall is invaluable to the overall continuance of a strong and caring ministry.
What might surprise clergy and laity in the Missouri Conference about serving on the committee?
It can be very rejuvenating to serve on an annual conference committee like this one. To step back from local church ministry at times and join in fellowship and collective care with leaders from around the state. I found great mercy and grace through serving at the Conference level. Both on this committee and as a member of the jurisdictional conference delegation, I have a great deal of spiritual kinship that is very profound to me.
Why does the work on this committee matter?
I believe that the spiritual well-being of all clergy is crucial – as it is with all ministry leaders. To have a set group of individuals who can provide care for the one who normally provides care for others, that exchange is crucial to creating a faith community.
Why should clergy and lay members consider nominating themselves for service beyond the local church?
To make the large umbrella of the United Methodist church work, we must be willing to offer ourselves where we can, bandwidth allowing, to serve in the larger church. Together we can do so much!