Moderator’s District Q+A
These ZOOM sessions were for districts, focusing on the “state of the church”; all districts were invited and encouraged to participate. The sessions were held between October, 2020 and February, 2021. Both laity and clergy were urged to participate. The sessions utilized a Q&A format, with an emphasis on listening to the hearts of our constituency; any and all questions are were invited. All total, 24 Q+A sessions were held in 14 districts; some districts held more than one Q+A session.
Joining Moderator Paul Mundey were the other Annual Conference Officers: Dave Sollenberger, Moderator Elect, and Jim Beckwith, Annual Conference Secretary.
Normally, the Annual Conference Moderator visits Districts in the course of her/his tenure, engaging in conversation related to life of the church. Given the continuing pandemic, these ZOOM Q+A sessions sought to provide an alternative platform for this kind of conversation.
Frequently Asked Questions on the “State of the Church,” related to Q+A Sessions
Links Recommended, emerging from Q+A Sessions
- Biblical Authority
- Centrality of Jesus
- Centrist Approach to Theology
- Change management for churches
- Compelling Vision
- Covenant Brethren Church
- Human Sexuality
- On Earth Peace and SCN
- Response to Events of January 6, 2021 – General Secretary’s statement
- Same Gender Marriages
- Shortage of Pastors – What Can Be Done
- Wildwood Recognition at 2017 Annual Conference – Leadership Team Statement video by 2018 Moderator Samuel Sarpiya (9/21/2017)
Statements from the Moderator
- Inaugurating Jesus as Lord: Moderator’s Message Amid National Upheaval
- Moderator’s Christmas Message 2020 – “Surely!” (Facebook)
- Moderator’s Statement – “The Murder of George Floyd: A Time for Piercing Candor…Letting the Victims Instruct” (Facebook)
Moderator’s Town Hall
What Will Be the ‘New Normal’?
Featuring Mark DeVries, president of Ministry Architects, and epidemiologist Dr. Kathryn Jacobsen, this Town Hall explores what the future might hold in light of the COVID-19 crisis and the possible shape of a “new normal.” Topics include: the current state of the pandemic, when and how churches can safely resume in-person activity, the importance of hybrid (in-person plus online) approaches to ministry to ensure accessibility for all, navigating ongoing tensions and headlines related to the pandemic, facing into the loss and grief of the COVID-19 crisis, how to support both parishioners and pastors, the future trajectory of the pandemic, and how best to equip ourselves for tomorrow. A recording of the Town Hall is available upon request. Interested persons can make their requests by emailing: email@example.com.
Today’s Headlines, Yesterday’s Wisdom study guide
0.1 CEU for watching the video
Featured resource persons are Brethren historians Carl Bowman, William Kostlevy, Stephen Longenecker, Carol Sheppard, and Dale Stoffer. Learn more about them. The focus of the Town Hall, “Today’s Headlines, Yesterday’s Wisdom. Historical Insights for the Contemporary Church,” includes considering various issues confronting the church: Accountability, Biblical Authority, Compelling Vision, Division, and Nationalism. Though every era is unique, there is much to learn from the experience of history. The Brethren historians explore the richness of our heritage, highlighting the depth of our tradition and offer practical learnings applicable to today’s church. The intent is not to return to the past but to profit from history’s wisdom as we strive to transform the contemporary church.
0.5 CEU for watching the video
“The Global Church: Current Happenings, Future Possibilities.” Carol and Norm Waggy, Interim Directors of Global Mission for the Church of the Brethren, and Moderator Paul Mundey dialogue around this theme.
“Faith, Science and COVID-19.” Kathryn Jacobsen, epidemiologist and Professor of Public Health at George Mason University, and Moderator Paul Mundey dialogue around this theme. A recording of the Town Hall is available upon request, along with an accompanying study guide. Interested persons can make their request/s by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Innovative Ideas for a Hard Season.” Mark DeVries, president and founder of Ministry Architects, and Moderator Paul Mundey dialogue around this theme.
“Leading in a Time of Crisis.” Phil Stone, President emeritus of Bridgewater College and Moderator Paul Mundey dialogue around this theme.
“Racism: Deeper Awareness. Bolder Action.” Andrew Young, former U.N. Ambassador and civil right icon, and Moderator Paul Mundey dialogue around this theme.
Moderator’s Video Messages and Sermons
This Sabbath rest-themed sermon prepared by Moderator Paul Mundey is designed to provide a resource to congregations to enable them to support their pastor taking time away from the responsibilities of preaching.
First aired for the first virtual denominational worship gathering in 2020, this meditation features Moderator Paul Mundey addressing the theme: “Our Kinsman, Redeemer.” It is a message of encouragement and hope amid challenging days.
Though originally prepared as a greeting from Moderator Paul Mundey to districts, the video quickly moves to a message of hope that is applicable to congregations and individuals as well. Taped at the historic Joseph Sherfy House at the Gettysburg Military Park.
Though originally prepared by Moderator Paul Mundey as an Easter message (“God’s Glad Surprise”) in 2020, it is relevant for any season, stressing a message of hope that arises out of the cycle of death and resurrection. Taped at the historic Dunker Church at the Antietam Battlefield.