A process statement regarding Unfunded Conference Mandates jointly written by an Annual Conference Committee and the General Board was approved by the General Board of the Church of the Brethren at its meeting of October 21-22, 1996, for recommendation to the Annual Conference Standing Committee.
The statement was approved, as written, by the Standing Committee in its meetings immediately prior to the 1997 Annual Conference in Long Beach, California. The paper was then scheduled for presentation to the 1998 Annual Conference delegate body, which would be meeting in Orlando, Florida. However, at the Long Beach Conference in 1997 and the Orlando Conference in 1998, several actions were taken regarding the structure and accountability of the General Board and other agencies in relation to Annual Conference which rendered the wording of the original process statement obsolete. In their awareness of these past and pending actions of Annual Conference, the 1998 Standing Committee recommended to the 1998 delegate body that they, "accept the intent of the paper, refer it to Standing Committee for revision in line with current organizational life and structure, and report back to the 1999 Annual Conference." This recommendation was adopted by the delegate body.
Standing Committee, through the Annual Conference Officers, appointed a commit tee of three members of Standing Committee to follow through with revisions to the process statement to be brought back to the 1999 Annual Conference. Those appointed to the revision committee were: John David Bowman, Lititz, PA; Gayle Hunter Sheller Springfield, OR; and Paul Schrock, Indianapolis, IN. John David Bowman later resigned from the committee.
Action of the Revision Committee
Although the business item had been referred specifically to Standing Committee for revision, the Conference officers and the revision committee recognized that consultation with the General Board and other agencies accountable to Annual Conference during the rewrite was vitally important in arriving at a workable process statement. To this end, the boards of each of the agencies accountable to Annual Conference were informed and were asked to participate in reworking the process statement.
The revision committee also recognized that the actions of the General Board in 1996, the Standing Committee in 1997 and the Annual Conference in 1998 affirmed the intent of the process statement * to establish a climate of informed consent for delegates to Annual Conference so that they can make decisions with full awareness of the costs and impacts associated with proposed programs. The following document retains the basic elements of the original process statement while addressing the recent changes in the organizational life and structure of the Church of the Brethren.
1999 Revised Report
|Whereas:||Annual Conference is the highest human authority in Church of the Brethren polity, and|
|Whereas:||there are various program and administrative arms of the Church of the Brethren, and|
|Whereas:||program decisions made by Annual Conference should be systematically worked into the program and budget processes of the various agencies1 reportable to the Annual Conference (hereinafter referred to as "Agencies"), and|
|Whereas:||careful stewardship of God-given resources is an historic tradition within the Church of the Brethren,|
|Therefore, Standing Committee (in consultation with the Agencies) asks the Annual Conference to adopt the following:|
This report was revised by the 1999 Standing Committee.
Action of the 1999 Annual Conference: The revised report of the Study Committee was presented by Gayle Hunter Sheller, committee member. The delegate body adopted the report by a two-thirds majority vote.