The Governance and Mission Finance committees of the General Board reported some progress to the Administrative Committee of the General Board at its regularly scheduled fall meeting. The two committees of the General Board were tasked at the April board meeting to present reports to the fall meeting.
The Governance Committee has organized into five working groups, one of which studied the history of our current organization under The Design, our guiding document for the denomination. Other groups will be exploring other facets such as our theological and spiritual foundations, cultural context, best practices, and organizational culture.
The Mission Finance Committee is a standing committee of the General Board, and as such, is charged to ensure adequate resources for the work of the Church. The Committee is evaluating the effectiveness of communication and education across the Church about Disciples Mission Fund, and exploring how to increase participation in Disciples Mission Fund from congregations and individuals.
Since the Administrative Committee also acts as a board for the Office of General Minister and President, the body took time to review the 2019 budgets for the General Minister and President’s office which includes communications and promotions, Treasury Services, Center for Faith and Giving, Week of Compassion and Reconciliation Ministry.
In addition, those working on the 2019 General Assembly were able to share progress with the committee and excitement over the work of the Local Arrangements Committee and the Upper Midwest’s abundant hospitality to be experienced in Des Moines in July.