Thursday, February 11, 2010

ADCM Meeting Marks Milestone

Last week, I attended the annual meeting for the Association of Directors of Connectional Ministries in San Antonio. As a former Director of Connectional Ministries for the North Texas Conference, I’ve been attending these rich meetings of worship, learning and fellowship for a dozen years now. But last week’s meeting marked a milestone.

The Association has been limited to persons who serve annual conferences in the DCM position from the United States. Over the years, we’ve talked about our desire to truly reflect the global nature of our church by including DCMs from annual conferences outside the United States. This year, it happened!

Rev. Moses Patrick Conteh, who serves as Assistant to the Bishop and Director of Connectional Ministries for the Sierra Leone Annual Conference, was able to attend the meeting. Thanks to a good “conference to conference “ connection between Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference and Sierra Leone Annual Conference, Rev. Conteh has been on a month-long visit to the United States.

“During his stay with us he has seen a campus ministry, visited a conference camp, seen first-hand a few of our conference outreach ministries, sat in with our Cabinet and a variety of other conference meetings in addition to his trip to San Antonio,” said Kent Lolling, Director of Connectional Ministries, IGRC. “He has attended a couple district leadership training events as well as attended a Martin Luther King Day celebration. He has seen some of our largest churches as well as a few smaller rural churches. He seemed impressed by how much our conference does and made some valuable contacts with the heads of various ministries in which he hopes to stay in contact with when he returns to Sierra Leone.”

Moses’ attendance at the ADCM meeting certainly enriched the gathering as he shared with the group about the ministries of the Sierra Leone Annual Conference, and offered a special insight into the Global Health presentation as he told of his own struggles with the disease of malaria. Here’s a short video of Moses sharing the work of the UMC in Sierra Leone:

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

“One of the essential functions of The Connectional Table is to collaborate with the General Council on Finance and Administration about the development of the budget. This is a process that invites participation and input from various groups across the connection. I had an opportunity to meet with a group of treasurers for our boards and agencies and GCFA staff last week to discuss the process that GCFA and CT have adopted for this quadrennium. It’s exciting to me that our conversation focused on the mission of our church---to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world---as the starting point for alignment of our resources.

What’s the starting point for budget discussions in your annual conferences and local churches?”

Please see the below video of Sherri Thiel, Treasurer of United Methodist Communications, as she talks briefly about this process.