2010 was a year that held both excitement and challenge for Metropolitan Community Churches. We gathered together for General Conference in Acapulco and made some historic decisions about our governance and structure. We met together at church summits to examine our local church ministries and make plans to continue their path of development. We focused our attention and resources on leadership development for our future. We led the way on some key justice initiatives, and we reached out with compassion to those in need. Together, we accomplished much and this brief report will touch on many of these events.
In addition to what we got done together, 2010 was a year in which we were faced with significant financial challenges. In my report to General Conference, I made the point that we have struggled for years to live within our means, and have never done that very well. 2010 was a year in which we worked hard to change that dynamic and to live within the reality of a difficult economy, reduced tithes from churches and lower total income. With a strong level of focus and commitment by the staff and Governing Board, our income and expenses from operations broke even for the year. This is an encouraging result; and one which we will work hard to make the “new normal.”
Our new organizational foundation and our financial results from 2010 put us in a very strong position as we move into 2011. There is much to be excited about as we launch the International Task Force to assess our needs and recommend a global structure for us, continue our focus on leadership development, meet with local churches at church summits and at network gatherings, and continue our commitment to stand up for justice in the world.
Click here to access the the online version of the annual report. Click here to download a copy of the annual report.
Grace and Peace,
Reflect, Renew, Refresh!
OFLD Clergy Retreat with Diana Butler Bass
September 12-14, 2011
Duncan Retreat Center, Delray Beach, FL
Cost of the retreat is $275 US which includes 2 nights lodging (double occupancy with a private bath and wireless internet) and six meals. The $275 rate is good until May 5, 2011. After May 5 through July 5, 2011 cost for the retreat will be $325. Absolute deadline for all registrations is July 5, 2011. Click here to register.
Thanks to a generous donation from MCC Austin, the OFLD will be able to offer a limited number of scholarships to help with the cost of registration for the retreat. Please contact Rev. Dr. Mona West () to inquire about scholarship applications.
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Led by young adults, this Young Adult Retreat will be an experience of meeting and connecting with your peers, having spirited discussions, and working on strategies for empowering our young adults in their home churches and in MCC’s around the world. The retreat will take place July 27-July 30th in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The event will being at 7:00pm on the 27th and will end at noon on the 30th. This retreat is intended for only those 18-35 years in age.
We will spend time identifying who we are as a young adult group, working to serve others through a service project, discussing the future of MCC with MCC leadership and taking time for Spiritual Connection. We will also focus on coming out of the retreat with a clear vision of what we, the young adults of MCC, see as our future.
To keep costs low and make this retreat as accessible as possible we have set the registration rate at $50 per person. To register please CLICK HERE (use this link
If you have any questions or need for information email .
L.E.A.D Program Coordinator
The Office of Formation and Leadership Development is calling for applications for the volunteer position of Coordinator of the L.E.A.D. (Laity Empowered for Active Discipleship) Lay Leadership Certificate program. The purpose of L.E.A.D. is to offer lay leaders of UFMCC an opportunity to deepen their spiritual growth, develop their existing skills and furnish them with additional leadership tools so that they may be effective leaders in the church and the world. There are four broad areas of competencies that form the core of the L.E.A.D. Certificate: Spiritual Maturity; Public Speaking and Leadership; Developing and Equipping Others; Situational and Strategic Leadership.
The Coordinator of the L.E.A.D. Certificate Program will work closely with the Director of Formation and Leadership Development to develop and offer courses for each competency areas and will also recruit faculty to teach these courses. In conjunction with a faculty team, the Coordinator will also approve all applications for the L.E.A.D. program, track participants’ progress, and issue a certificate of completion. The Coordinator will also design and implement an annual L.E.A.D. retreat, which is the entrance into the program.
Applications for the Coordinator position are due April 5, 2011. Click here for an application and job description and to learn more about the L.E.A.D. program. All applications will be reviewed by Rev. Dr. Mona West and the L.E.A.D. design team and a decision will be made by April 20, 2011.