As reported by Dawn Hammond, Associate Conference Minister and Staff to the Board
To warm up for their February meeting, seven members of your Board of Directors went on a field trip. Along with six MACUCC staff, they attended the 2012 Woodbury Leadership Workshop at Andover Newton Theological School on Feb. 2. The workshop, “Pursuing the Vision: Leading toward Newness”, featured the leadership of Dr. Peter Senge and the Rev. Dr. Mary Luti.
- Conference Minister and President Jim Antal reported on progress toward a statewide Unified Fitness Review Team, which each Association will be able to join at its option. The hope is to relieve much pressure, particularly on smaller Associations, while ensuring that those dealing with fitness reviews are well-trained and resourced.
- Dr. Antal also reported that some program commission members had expressed concern over the proposed reorganization of volunteer groups (see December blog post). Board members remain concerned that the seven-commission structure adopted in 1988 has become unsustainable, and encouraged Jim to engage further with Commission members, inviting their input as to how the proposal might be improved.
- Walter Kreil, Treasurer, reported that Basic Support contributions for 2011 were 5% lower than in 2010, while Dues were slightly higher. Income from churches was under budget by about $30,000. (For more detail, please see news article: Conference 2011 income below expectations.) The Board voted changes to the 2012 operating schedule, as well as capital budget totals and restricted fund allocations for the year. They also indicated their intention that all unrestricted bequests received during the active phase of the Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Capital Campaign will be added to the proceeds of the campaign.
Dawn is the Executive Minister for Policy and Finance for the Southern New England Conference. She is primarily responsible for internal operational matters (such as accounting, office systems, retreat centers, personnel policies). She staffs the ...