The nine people who will make up the Compelling Vision Process Team have been named. The team’s first meeting will be April 17-19 at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill.
Through recent Annual Conference decisions, the Leadership Team of the denomination along with the Council of District Executives were called to develop a process through which the church will engage in conversations that lead to a “compelling vision” for our life together. The Compelling Vision Process Team will work during Annual Conference 2018 and 2019 and alongside district gatherings to engage the denomination in conversations generating themes that lead to the “compelling vision.”
Members of the team for 2018-19 are Michaela Alphonse of Miami, Fla.; Kevin Daggett of Bridgewater, Va.; Rhonda Pittman Gingrich of Minneapolis, Minn.; Brian Messler of Lititz, Pa.; Alan Stucky of Wichita, Kan.; Kay Weaver of Strasburg, Pa.; Annual Conference moderator Samuel Sarpiya; Annual Conference moderator-elect Donita Keister; and Annual Conference director Chris Douglas.
Previously, a Compelling Vision Working Group was created including general secretary David Steele, Sarpiya, Keister, Douglas, and district executives Colleen Michael and John Janzi. The 2020 moderator will join the group following the 2018 Annual Conference. In recent months, this group has set in place the process by which the denomination will be led through this time of visioning.