The Missional Leadership Team is focused in reflecting on our current context and exploring future oriented questions:
What leadership gifts are needed for the future?
Appreciating the value of a team, the ability to live with differences, and valuing reconciliation were named along with our more practical gifts.
How are staff doing after reductions?
Staff morale is good. MLT celebrates the dedication of our staff.
Rejoicing in the fact that finances are in better condition than last year. The $100,000 drop from the 2014-15 anticipated income/expenses has been incorporated. There may be additional losses from congregations that withdraw from IN-MI Conference. As of the end of November, contributions are $5000 ahead of last year. Income is slightly ahead of expenses.
At the November 13th retreat we began to discern in sharing and prayer:
In light of our commitment to Connect, Credential and Celebrate…
What is most important to do to serve the needs of congregations and leaders in Indiana Michigan Conference?
- We plan to receive the Unity and Variance Task Group recommendation with gratitude.
- Fold the recommendation into our leadership plan for vision and direction for the conference which we will test at the March delegate regional meetings.
Experience together our June Annual Session in worshipful discernment centered on the Joy and Grace we experience through Jesus Christ.