Thursday, April 12, 2012

A Closer Look at Connectional Table Legislation

The 2012 General Conference begins in less than two weeks! In preparation for our time together, the Connectional Table has prepared three briefing papers which take a closer look at three key points in proposed legislation to fulfill to the goal of creating vital congregations effective in making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Click on the titles below to read the PDF versions of these resources.

The UMC Non-Residential President of the Council of Bishops (COB) PDF

The proposed constitutional amendment calls for the President of the COB to be relieved of residential responsibilities during the time of holding office; the term would be increased from two to four years. The president would also be designated as the Ecumenical Officer of the COB. This briefing document explains the key role of the President of the Council of Bishops and the benefits to the church.

More Effective General Church Program Support by Consolidating Several Boards for Governance and Executive Administration PDF

The Connectional Table proposes to consolidate nine program and administrative agencies into one organization. The new Center for Connectional Mission and Ministry (CCMM) would be governed by a diverse and representative board of 15 directors. This briefing document outlines the proposed changes and the benefits of a smaller governing board.

An Increase in the Number of Vital Congregations PDF

This briefing document explores the Key Drivers of Vital Congregations, the importance of measuring vitality and how proposed Connectional Table legislation is critical in fulfilling the mission to create vital congregations over the next 10 years.

I invite you to review the documents and share them with your annual conference and church leaders as well as members of your delegation. More information is also available at www.umccalltoaction.org.

As Easter people in the service of the Risen Christ, may we be open to the Spirit’s leading! Please join me in daily prayers for the 2012 General Conference and United Methodist Church.