While Bishop Robert Schnase will not be assuming episcopal supervision of the NM Conference until New Year’s Eve of 2022, Bishop Schnase visited our Conference on August 18 & 19, 2021. He met with a number of individuals and groups integral to his becoming more familiar with the inner workings of the Conference.
The Council of Bishops of the UMC has approved episcopal supervision recommendations for the South Central Jurisdiction(SCJ), due to the retirement of two bishops. Regarding the NM Conference specifically, Bishop Bledsoe requested retirement effective January 1, 2022. After prayer and discernment, the bishops recommended that Bishop Robert Schnase, who currently supervises the Rio Texas Conference, will also provide episcopal supervision for the NM Conference. The NWTX Conference will be supervised by Bishop James Nunn. The new roles are effective January 1, 2022 and will continue until new bishops are elected at the next regular session of the Jurisdictional Conference.
In 2018, Bishop Schnase was our Annual Conference Guest Teacher. He shared concepts from his books, Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations and Just Say Yes, among others. Additional information will be shared with the Conference as it becomes available. Please see the resources below.