From the Office of the Moderator
MCC Hires Development Director
After hearing from a consultant, and wrestling for a few months, our Governing Board decided in March that in order to really fulfill our Strategic Plan goals around giving and generosity, we needed to hire a full-time Development Director, a position we eliminated in the midst of the economic crisis several years ago and have not filled since.
Thanks to many of you who are members of the Moderator’s Circle, we managed to increase the number of monthly donors to MCC from about 34 to 350. As important as that has been, it still does not begin to meet our needs as we have tried to expand the resources for our denomination and churches.
Our consultant told us in no uncertain terms that we have to create aninfrastructure for developing donors – individuals and foundations — that can supplement the faithful giving of our churches.
Secondly, we were told that we have to re-imagine a development office as a ministry of partnership with our local churches. In other words, our denominational development office will not only raise funds for the denomination, but, in partnership with our local churches, will be a resource for you and your development needs as well. WE ARE STRONGER TOGETHER.
Last, the consultant told us we need a development office to help uscontinuously make the case for giving to MCC at all levels – through stewardship, donors, and legacy giving. There are so many who would give to MCC if they really knew what we did, who we serve, and the difference we have made and will continue to make in our world! I knowyou know that is true. I am proud of the effort of our Office of Church Life and Health to make Stewardship resources a priority and hope you take advantage of them!
I am pleased to announce two things:
- The Governing Board went out on faith to authorize this new position, mid-year, that was unfunded in our budget. We worked together to increase our own giving, and to reach out and ask specifically for funds for this position. I am pleased to announce that we recently received a very generous donation to help fund the upstart of the Development Office as well as New Church starts. We are currently planning on how we can best leverage this donation to significantly advance MCC. We are thrilled for the person who caught the vision and who has made a very key contribution at this time in our history! Thanks be to God!
- I have hired our new Development Director who has already started work this month.
Emily Gaylor-Abernathy is a Certified Fundraising Professional, and most recently worked for the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, where she learned a great deal about the promise, tensions, and possibilities of the local church/denominational relationship. She is eager to make a difference for our denomination and local churches in attracting new donors and resources to our life-changing ministry.
Emily resides in Tulsa, with her young son, and describes herself
as a proud, heterosexual ally of the LGBT community, and proud
to work for a church that has an expanding commitment to inclusion and justice. Emily is an accomplished development strategist and planner, has implemented many successful fund raising campaigns
in non-profit organizations, and has a gift for developing and sustaining donor relationships. She is very excited to work
with MCC in this time in our history.
Emily has a Masters in Public Administration, and is a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer. She also volunteers in a number
of organizations in her community.
Grace and Peace,
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson
Global Moderator, Metropolitan Community Churches
PS: With all this very good news, I also challenge us that currently our churches contribute 80% of our income to the denomination through assessments and offerings. We had a little surge of catching up on assessment in April, in advance of our virtual General Conference. That was very encouraging. Unfortunately, giving has been lower than anticipated for the most recent three months. Your assessments, on time, to the denomination, are still our lifeblood. Please make sure that your keep that commitment as we also make good faith efforts to expand our resources – for your church, and for the denomination worldwide.