In the last issue of “Momentum,” we outlined seven stiff challenges that our Church, as a family, is facing at this time.
(For a recap of those challenges, click here.)
These issues were discussed by members of Leadership Council and General Conference Board in back-to-back meetings held this past week. In the coming days, a special edition of Momentum, dedicated solely to reporting on what was discussed, as well as action steps that will be taken, will be assembled and sent out. These will then shape the business of General Conference 2012, coming up this July.
In the meantime, we ask that you pray for the members of Leadership Council and General Conference Board, especially as they work out the implications of congregational contributions to CM in 2011 that were significantly lower than the previous year. Within the next several weeks, by teleconference meetings, church leaders will spend time discussing these matters. Please ask the Spirit to provide wisdom, insight, encouragement, and humility as these brothers and sisters seek Jesus and lead His Church.
WRAPPING UP 2011
Last call: 2011 end-of-year reports
Each BIC congregation in the U.S. is responsible for submitting end-of-year reports—including a Financial/Statistical Report, a Personnel Report, and (in some cases) a Regional Conference Report— to the General Church Offices and the appropriate Regional Conference. These reports were sent out by Regional Conferences early last month and were due on January 31, 2012. If, for some reason, your church has not yet completed these reports, please do so immediately. Contact your Regional Conference with any questions.
Last call: CM commitments
Cooperative Ministries is one way to support our Transformation 2020 vision, as well as the Transformation 2012 goals set for the General Church this year. Churches were asked to submit their CM commitment forms online by January 31, 2012. If your church has not yet completed this form, please do so immediately. Without knowledge of your commitments, the BIC Church cannot create a budget.
Registration opens for GC 2012
Registration is now open for General Conference 2012, which is taking place July 6–9 at the Ontario (Calif.) Convention Center. Each congregation is required to send its assigned pastor(s) and is entitled to one delegate for each 100 members or fraction thereof. GC 2012 is shaping up to be a time of fellowship, as well as active discussion about the many issues facing the BIC Church today.
2012 Impact Seminar
“Healing: Finding wholeness in Christ,” the 2012 Impact Seminar, will discuss how we minister the healing grace of Jesus to those who have physical and emotional wounds, as well as to those who have been wounded by well-meaning ministries.
The first Seminar will be held on March 10, so click here to learn more or sign up »
Global Prayer Day 2012 slated for March 11
Hopefully many have already marked the date for BIC Global Prayer Day, coming up on March 11, 2012, with a special focus on the Middle East. Please watch this week for the congregational resource email with links to printable materials and media. Congregations are also receiving a printed color poster and bulletin insert by mail. Thank you for sharing this with your leaders and congregation as we prepare to unite in prayer.
For questions or technical support, please contact BICWM at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Planning summer missions trips
Is your church looking to go on a missions trip over the summer? Whether you'd like to travel around the world or across the U.S., short-term opportunities are now available through BIC World Missions!
Changes to BIC health plan, effective 2012
Caring for the health and well-being of pastors and other church workers is important to the Brethren in Christ Church. For congregations in the U.S., that includes access to a denominationally sponsored health insurance program. While the plan itself has not changed, D. H. Evans is now the Third Party Administrator (TPA) for our self-insured plan, effective January 1, 2012.
Job opening: Associate bishop
Eduardo Llanes, bishop of the Southeast Conference, plans to conclude his service in that role on July 31, 2012. A selection committee has begun the work of searching for an associate bishop to serve the Hispanic congregations of the Southeast Conference.
Find out more about the position on the Employment Opportunities page »
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“Allow hope to rise up within you. And when it seems that hopefulness is the least appropriate response in this situation, let it rise up even more. Whisper your hope when you lie down at night; scream your hope when you wake in the morning.”
—Mark Palmer (1974-2006), pastored The Landing Place (Columbus, Ohio)
A portion of Cooperative Ministries monies goes to fund the work of General and Regional Conference employees. To provide a better sense of who these workers are and how they can serve you, we'd like to introduce you to...
Church: The Table (Lampeter, Pa.)
Role: Mobilization administrator for BIC World Missions
What I do: I mobilize people and churches to get involved in missions through internships and short-term trips offered by BICWM.
See me if: You or anyone in your church has any interest whatsoever in missions. Also, if you'd like someone to share about BICWM with your church or youth group, just ask!
Fun fact: I’ve done 13 half-marathons. (One of my favorites was the Diva Run, where all women received a tiara and pink feather boa at mile 12.)
Contact me: 717.697.2634, ext. 5407 or email@example.com.