Please join me in congratulating and praying for the new officers
Vice Chair, Rev. Tony Freeman
Treasurer, Liz Bisordi
Secretary/Clerk, Rev. Dr. Candace Shultis
I am pleased to announce that Rev. Elder Diane Fisher will begin a well-deserved sabbatical of three months beginning 1 September 2010. She has served more than seven years as an Elder, and, prior to that, many years as an MCC District Coordinator.
The purpose of a sabbatical is refreshment and renewal, and, hopefully some well-deserved rest. In addition, Rev. Elder Fisher wants to use this time to improve her command of French, which will help in her work in Canada, Europe, and in the world of Human Rights.
Rev. Elder Fisher has arranged for Elder coverage of her networks and the churches she has been serving, and for the support of her capable staff. Rev. Fisher is sending out a special communication with the particulars.
Join me in praying for Rev. Elder Diane Fisher, and that she will return to us with energy and renewed passion for the global ministry of MCC!
With Extraordinary Grattitude…
The MCC Theologies Team wishes to express their extraordinary gratitude to Rev. Dr. Edgard Danielsen-Morales, who completed his term on the Theologies Team following General Conference. Edgard has been an outstanding contributor to the team during its formative first three years and his influence on the Holy Conversations we will be having in MCC will last for years to come. Edgard remains one of MCC’s strongest prophetic voices advocating for those on the margins. We have been blessed by Edgard’s open heart, inquisitive mind, and delightful sense of humor.
Thank you, Edgard! You will most definitely be missed.
The last several weeks have been a very exciting time of implementing the decisions of General Conference and moving forward in faith together. The Governing Board meeting during the first week of August was an outstanding week of intentional training, briefing by members of the Senior Leadership Team, and some wonderful work to lay the foundation for the future.
The week began with two and a half days of training and consulting with Dan Hotchkiss, Senior Consultant with the Alban Institute and author of Governance and Ministry: Rethinking Board Leadership.Dan will be continuing his consulting role with the Board over the next 18 months as we settle into our new way of working together.
Working with Dan, one of the first tasks was to discuss and adopt two primary “visions of ministry”, which will be our focus areas for 2011.Another exciting innovation was the creation of three “Open Questions” that will influence the Governing Board’s future work. These are questions we feel are of the utmost importance and as such we will be including them as a focus of our board agenda throughout the year to come. They are open because there are no easy, simple answers. And we look forward to dialoging with churches and staff in seeking new ways to begin to address the issues inherent in the questions.
The MCC Governing Board
Pictured from left to right: Rev. Tony Freeman and Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson (seated), John Hassel, Rev. Dr. Candace Shultis, Bryan Parker, Rev. Onetta Brooks, Liz Bisordi, Rev. Dr. Robert Griffin, Raquel Benitez-Rojas
Vision of Ministry (focus in the next year):
– Build leadership development into all we do, particularly with young adults.
– Build and maintain systems of communication to strengthen our relationships, strengthen our congregations and let people know who we are.
– How can we grow our financial resources to fund our vision for ministry and mission with the goal of reaching $5 million in annual income by 2013?
– How can we better receive insights and input from young adults?
– What changes are needed to enhance our global ministry and structure?
In accordance with our implementation plan, the current Elders were affirmed by the Governing Board. Since they have all already been elected over the years, no further action is needed, and they will continue to serve in their positions. From this point on, any new Elder will not only have to be appointed by the Moderator and affirmed by the Governing Board, but will also have to be affirmed by the lay and clergy delegates of General Conference.
One of the most important parts of the week was our work on the International Task Force.We developed a timeline for creation of the task force and a process through which appointments will be made and the work of the task force will begin.The International Task Force should be in place and working by April 2011. Applications will be solicited by January 2011 and appointments to the Task Force will be made at the Governing Board’s March meeting.
The Board also was briefed by Barb Crabtree about MCC finances; by Rev. Elder Darlene Garner about Governance and By-laws; by Rev. Dr. Mona West about programs and initiatives in the OFLD, and spent time strategizing with Irma Bauer-Levesque, Director of Development.
The second week of August brought more focus on living into our new structure when the Senior Leadership Team met together as a team for the first time. The Senior Leadership Team consists of eight staff members:
Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson, Moderator
Irma Bauer-Levesque, Director of Development
Rev. Elder Lillie Brock
Barb Crabtree, Director of Operations
Rev. Elder Diane Fisher
Rev. Elder Darlene Garner
Rev. Elder Ken Martin
Rev. Dr. Mona West,
Director of the Office of Formation
and Leadership Development
To set the tone for the work of the Senior Leadership Team, one of our first tasks was to develop a statement of purpose for the team and how we will work together: “To model leadership for the entire denomination by sharing information, consulting to seek broader vision, collaborating for synergy and deciding our path forward in order to reach for our future!”
The MCC Senior Leadership Team (SLT) with Special Guest Bishop Yvette Flunder
Pictured from left to right: (front row) Rev. Elder Diane Fisher, Irma Bauer-Levesque, Bishop Yvette Flunder, (second row) Rev. Elder Ken Martin, Rev. Dr. Mona West, Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson, Rev. Elder Darlene Garner, Rev. Elder Lillie Brock and Barb Crabtree August 2010
With the purpose to guide us, the SLT:
Embraced the two ministry vision statements set by the Governing Board, and began the work of building them into priorities and work plans for 2011.
Re-envisioned the future of what we have called “size summits this year” as an ongoing successful delivery system of church leadership education.
Conducted the first annual review of Networks and Network leadership for 2011, and are proceeding with plans to train and support Network leaders.
Spent a day with Bishop Yvette Flunder, talking about some positive ways to continue to partner in ministry with The Fellowship.
Lastly, I would like to extend blessings and gratitude to Tom Cole, Rev. Ken Martin’s partner, for his gracious hospitality, delicious food, and all the work he puts in to cooking and managing meals for the Elders meetings and now for the SLT meetings.
As I return to my office this week, I am excited, focused and inspired by the work of the Governing Board and the Senior Leadership Team and I invite you join us as we look forward to the unfolding of a new journey built on faith and hold us in your hearts and prayers each day.