2019 May Moderator Report

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Moderator’s Report
May 2019
Submitted to the MCC Governing Board on 23 May 2019
Intentional Transition Team (ITT)
Pre-Conference portions of the integration plan including preparing documents for the incoming Moderator and Governing Board. Planning for meetings with SLT, Staff, and COE in June as a step towards transition. Collaborating with General Conference event planning staff to secure space for introductory meetings between SLT, Staff, and COE with the elected Moderator.
The ITT met with Governing Board candidates to discuss the transition plan and address questions and concerns related to the timeline. The ITT will meet with the Moderator Candidates before the end of May which will be reflected in the June Moderator’s Report.
SLT and Staff engagement
Preparation for General Conference continues through creation of materials for the program book, thorough review of Worship schedule, plenaries, special speakers, and gatherings before, during and following the conference, and finalizing awards. Supporting requests from Conference Event staff and volunteers. For the Business Meeting and Forum, staff has worked very hard to finalize eligibility though contact with churches and ensuring the database is accurate.
SLT One-on-One meetings continue as scheduled, along with conversations as requested to assist in day-to-day workflow and collaboration across staff members.
HR Review Status
The Employee Handbook status is in review on one portion which needs to be completed regarding use of UFMCC credit card. The PTO process is in the final decision stage as to whether TriNet would improve the system.
Communications and Publicity
Many communications from the Governing Board filled the month including Virtual Voting and a financial update. Headline news continues to focus on staff support for churches in transition and leaders, plus news from local churches. General Conference updates are increasing in frequency.
Other activities include:
● Letters and videos for condolences, encouragement, and anniversary as requested.
● Signature on social justice campaigns and letters.
GB
The focus continues to shift to the General Conference Business Meeting and Forum. Activities included:
● Finalized plans for and communicating the Virtual Voter option and registration.
● Preparing for the June Business Meeting webinars which will present the packet of information on procedures and motions.
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In the area of Development, donations have ensured completion of the restoration of restricted funds. The generosity of donors allow the remainder of the budget year to direct revenue to programs and projects in need of funds.
COE
Working with Rev. Elder Mona West to finalize process documents for approval of Aligned and Associate organizations. Reviewing responses and recommendations from questions sent by the COE to churches and discerning next steps with responses and recommendations.

2019 January Moderator’s Report

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Moderator’s Report
January 2019
Submitted to the MCC Governing Board on 24 January 2019
By the request of the Governing Board the format of this report has shifted to a more narrative report
covering activities related to multiple leadership roles as Interim Moderator since the last monthly
report.
2019 Budget Update
The budget draft was presented to the Governing Board in a special discussion meeting on 17 January
2019. Recommendations on presentation were proposed and the final budget is being prepared for the
full board to receive and vote on for the 24 January 2019 meeting. The work of myself, the Finance
Committee and Finance Department is evident in the level of detail and revisions to presentation for the
greatest level of understanding and openness for the General Conference.
HR Review Status Update
Completed an HR audit of policies with TriNet. Recommendations for the Employee Handbook and
processes will be delivered to Jared Vazquez, HR Liaison, Onetta Brooks, Governing Board, and myself.
TriNet provided an Offer Letter and Job Description templates and other templates to improve HR
processes. Continued review of policies included the formation of a Travel Policy to be included in the
Revised Employee Handbook.
The timeline for finalizing the process is as follows: January – New Job descriptions presented and
GB/HR team forms. February – Revised Employee Handbook presented to staff. March – Staff
Evaluations.
SLT and Staff engagement
 Supporting the Assessment Liaison in finalizing agreements in December 2019.
 Finalized updated Assessment Form with the collaboration of Finance and Operations
Departments.
 Continuing the work with Church and Transition SLT members to form a pilot project that
includes spiritual support from Point Elders for churches in transition.
 Working with staff receiving Annual Reports and requests for Bylaw review to continue
streamlining the process and collaborating across departments.
 Making significant progress in General Conference planning. Announcements for preachers,
worship, plenaries and keynotes coming in the next few weeks.
 Setting annual goals with SLT on programs and projects in 2019.
Communications and Publicity: Church, Leader and Donor
 Videos and Letters as requested from churches for memorial, anniversary, or other celebrations.
 Completed holiday greetings and video.
 Contact with church leaders as needed or requested – speaking with clergy and leaders on Point
Elder list and others in various stages of transition.
 Signature on social justice campaigns and letters.
GB – Committee Participation
 Collaborating alongside the Intentional Transitional Team (ITT).
 Finalizing letter to be delivered to churches six (6) months or more in arrears for Assessments
and Reporting.
 Development Committee received ideas for renaming and rebranding of Moderator’s Circle
from key donor. Meeting in February to finalize next steps.
 Review of Bylaw proposals received and following process in preparation for General
Conference Business meeting.
COE
 Meeting with Rev. Elder Ines-Paul to review Affiliation bylaws in order to prepare COE
sponsored Bylaw proposal.
 Collaborating with Rev. Elder Margarita Sanchez de Leon for a webinar on Leadership structure
and contact persons for churches and leaders.
General
Continued work on transitional recommendations leading up General Conference and in support of the
ITT and leadership bodies through and following General Conference.

2018 November Moderator Report

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Moderator’s Report
November 2018
Submitted to the MCC Governing Board on 15 November 2018
(The format of this report reflects Essential and Transitional Functions of the Interim Moderator as outlined in the job description as presented in October 2016.)
Essential Functions
As the CEO of MCC, head-of-staff in leadership and management of MCC staff
• Continued formation of 2019 budget categories.
• Coordinating with staff for end of year reporting and annual report delivery to local churches
• Collaborating with staff from multiple departments to address leadership needs for smaller churches.
• Collaborated with staff to ensure the Special General Conference vote occurred and was reported in a timely manner.
Leads the execution of MCC governance as the Moderator of the GB
• Facilitated with Vice Chair continued orientation of newly appointed GB members in an Executive Session.
• Continued work with Governance Chair to support Governance Committee needs for discussion in the next weeks.
Assures sound financial management of MCC, fiscal accountability and overall development plan
• Weekly meetings with Treasurer and Finance to ensure cash flow and plan for accounts payable.
• Supporting the Treasurer and Assessments Committee work to develop and approve Restoration Plans “agreements” with churches as needed.
• Held a meeting with newly reinvigorated Development Committee. Follow up meeting for action items is Monday 19 November 2018.
Leads MCC in shaping and living its values, mission, and vision as the visionary/futurist
As the primary pastoral and prophetic leader of the denomination
• Continued conversations with pastors and lay leaders preparing for General Conference to answer questions and listen to concerns.
• Leading initiative to empower visibility of Transgender persons within MCC leading up to the International Transgender Day of Remembrance.
As a spokesperson for MCC
• Signature on multiple issues in letters through partner organizations on matters of social justice.
• Celebrating church anniversaries and installation of leaders with letters and videos as needed or requested.
• Preparing holiday greeting for donors and leadership.
Transitional Ministry Functions
Preparing the Way
• Continued work on speakers for General Conference relevant to the needs of the organization as we are in the last phase of the Interim period.
Process Facilitator
• Continuing the collaborative work with staff Assessment Liaison and GB Treasurer to strengthen or re-build relationships with churches and leaders.
Change Mentor
• Implementing new communication strategies with SLT to enhance the message of MCC.
Leader of Healing
• Reaching out to leaders concerned, including the COE, to prepare for a strong presence of support and leadership at General Conference.
Innovator and Revivalist
• Preparing end of year and early 2019 messages for the General Conference as we prepare for a new slate of candidates from the MNC and GBNC.
• Empowering local churches to participate in Giving Tuesday on 27 Nov 2018 through providing resources, which can improve local giving through social media.
Systems Coach
• Modeling direct dealing, even in difficult conversations.
Head of Staff in Transition
• Continued encouragement of staff through one-on-one conversations.
On a personal note, I moved into my new home between Oct 30 – Nov 4 2018. I am grateful to the staff and GB members who were supportive while I was away from the office during those days.

2018 October Moderator Report

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Moderator’s Report
October 2018
Submitted to the MCC Governing Board on 25 October 2018
(The format of this report reflects Essential and Transitional Functions of the Interim Moderator as outlined in the job description as presented in October 2016.)
Essential Functions
As the CEO of MCC, head-of-staff in leadership and management of MCC staff
• Working with the SLT to name expenses, clarify, and simplify the P&L categories which appear on the annual budget.
• One-on-One conversations with staff members as departments continue to adapt to new roles and responsibilities.
• Beginning to mine MCC database for a deeper analysis of churches and leaders.
Leads the execution of MCC governance as the Moderator of the GB
• Executed the evaluation of applicants for new GB members. Then collaborated to appoint four (4) new GB members.
• Began orientation with new GB meetings.
• Prepared for the Special General Conference Business Forum by providing an analysis of church membership and assessments received from Jan-Aug 2018 with data from Staff and collaboration with GB Treasurer.
Assures sound financial management of MCC, fiscal accountability and overall development plan
• Weekly meetings with Treasurer and Finance to ensure cash flow and plan for accounts payable.
• Promoting MCC 50th Anniversary Sunday giving.
• Inviting new members to the GB Development Committee.
Leads MCC in shaping and living its values, mission, and vision as the visionary/futurist
As the primary pastoral and prophetic leader of the denomination
• Meeting with church leaders as needed with questions or concerns in local churches, especially in times of pastoral transition and discernment.
As a spokesperson for MCC
• Signature on multiple issues in letters through partner organizations on matters of social justice.
• Speaking briefly at the MCC 50th Anniversary of Founders MCC Gala and worship participant.
• Celebrating church anniversaries and installation of leaders with letters and videos as needed or requested.
Transitional Ministry Functions
Preparing the Way
• Collaborating to secure General Conference speakers relevant to the needs of MCC in this
season.
Process Facilitator
• Encouraging direct dealing in communications and continued evaluation of ways to engage
social media during this seasons transition.
• Drafting of communications regarding Assessments and Reports and voting eligibility for General
Conference based on UFMCC Bylaws and GB Policy Handbook. Letter when finalized will be sent
to churches, clergy, and lay delegates.
Change Mentor
• Encouraging holy conversations at Network Gatherings as the season of change continues.
• Developing new communication strategies with SLT to enhance the message of MCC.
Leader of Healing
• Collaborative work with staff Assessment Liaison and GB Treasurer to strengthen or re-build
relationships with churches and leaders.
Innovator and Revivalist
• Exploring ways to recruit new leaders with staff.
• Collaborating with General Conference Event Staff and Core Team to offer innovative worship,
ritual, and programming for the July 2019 Conference.
Systems Coach
• Direct dealing with concerns expressed by the Council of Elders with leadership bodies.
Head of Staff in Transition
• Continued encouragement of staff through virtual Staff Meeting and one-on-one conversations.
• Engaging more volunteers to assist staff in key activities, including Advent and Christmas
worship resources.

2018 05 Moderator’s Report

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Moderator’s Report
May 2018
Submitted to the MCC Governing Board on 24 May 2018
(The format of this report reflects Essential and Transitional Functions of the Interim Moderator)
Essential Functions
As the CEO of MCC, head-of-staff in leadership and management of MCC staff
 Diversity training and conversation with staff, virtually, led by Jared Vasquez.
 Continued work with SLT on strategy for programs and projects to meet key needs
 Collaborating with 50th anniversary projects – first part released.
 Coordinating with General Conference planners for plenary and keynote speakers.
 Communicating the financial challenges with SLT
 Preparing for leasing Sarasota Office with Operations staff
Leads the execution of MCC governance as the Moderator of the GB
 Finalizing the Board of Pensions Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
 Consultation regarding communicating process for Bylaw Proposals.
 Created presentation and led webinar 16 May 2018 on current state of MCC finances
Assures sound financial management of MCC, fiscal accountability and overall development plan
 Contacting churches who have not been sending reports or paying assessments and successfully
recovering assessments from 2017 and Q1 2018.
 Building relationships with new and current donors.
 Setting up consultation between GB and Tom Melzoni regarding the shift towards Culture of
Generosity.
Leads MCC in shaping and living its values, mission, and vision as the visionary/futurist
As the primary pastoral and prophetic leader of the denomination
 Press releases in May on key issues such as recovery in Puerto Rico and IDAHOTB to bring MCC
back into the public sphere.
 Celebrating church anniversaries with letters and videos as needed or requested.
 Retirement letters as requested.
As a spokesperson for MCC
 Signature on multiple issues in letters through activist organizations.
 Preached at aChurch4Me MCC
 Visiting with congregants in Raleigh, Durham, and Charlotte MCC churches.
Transitional Ministry Functions
Preparing the Way
 Preparing for GC Business meeting
Process Facilitator
 Working with the Council of Elders in discerning roles during change, including identifying
facilitator.
 Active in modeling and engaging healthy dialogue with leadership bodies.
Change Mentor
 Working with Communications strategy to increase confidence in processes and MCC identity
Leader of Healing
 Connecting with leaders and churches who have been out of contact with MCC to restore
relationship such as MCC in the Valley, Los Angeles.
Innovator and Revivalist
 Ongoing strategic planning to implement Listening Tour report discernment and next steps.
Systems Coach
 Continuing to reach out to pastors to build trust and focus towards MCC’s mission.
Head of Staff in Transition
 Evaluation of Job Descriptions and HR policies with Operations
 Identifying processes for improved data management.