Recently, a team of 15 representatives from Associations and Conference forwarded a report to the Board of Directors. That report imagined different ways to shape the Ohio Conference and its Associations.
The Vision Team declared to the Board of Directors that we need to become “one nimble and responsible judicatory that is faithful in mission and responsible in stewardship.”
The Board agreed. And that’s where you come in. (Read Moderator’s report on the recent Board meeting here.)
You are invited to study two documents prepared by the Vision Team. Let them provoke your own creative ideas for how we can become that “nimble and responsive judicatory.”
The Vision Team offers two documents for starters. One is titled “For Such a Time as This.” The authors comment, “We are called to reimagine and reconstruct an organizational model of the church that faithfully fills the vision God has placed on our hearts: a connected, covenantal church, living the vision of Jesus Christ throughout our communities, states, and local regions.”
You will find reflections of how our present structure for a Conference evolved and information about our current realities.
A second document is titled “Conference Structure Process.” It offers an example of how a restructure effort could take place. While the report makes several observations about consolidation of programming, staff and resources, the Board stresses that this document is a “concept” intended to initiate a broad discussion and is not a plan which it has adopted.
Next steps recommended by the Board are for all of us throughout the Conference, in our Associations, in our congregations, and in any of our gatherings, to study these two reports and share ideas with the Vision Team for how to be a “new Ohio Conference.”
Here’s how to find the documents:
For Such a Time as This (PDF)
We welcome your comments and ideas below. Correspond with interim Conference Minister John Gantt at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your thoughts will be forwarded to the Vision Team which continues to challenge us to “boldly choose to declare a new way of being church together for just such a time as this.”