The Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board will meet March 11-13 at the denomination’s General Offices in Elgin, Ill., in person and via Zoom. Business will be led by chair Carl Fike, assisted by chair-elect Colin Scott and general secretary David Steele.
Open sessions take place Saturday, March 12, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Central time) with a break for lunch; and Sunday, March 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon (Central). Open sessions will be broadcast via Zoom webinar. Preregistration is required, go to https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_R5f1cZEUTkG-yJyX0BQvQg.
On the agenda
The board will receive numerous reports including financial updates on year-end outcomes for 2021 and year-to-date numbers for 2022, planning for this year’s Annual Conference and National Youth Conference, and staff reporting from the Organizational Resources area and Mission Advancement.
Updates on the Strategic Plan will include the Foreground Vision Initiative 6, “Each in Our Own Language (Plan for Recognizing Injustice),” and Foreground Vision Initiative 7, “By This All People Will Know (Understanding Discipleship).” The Stewardship of Properties Committee also will bring an update.
Staff will give an overview of the process for allocating grants from the Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) and Global Food Initiative (GFI) for the board’s information. The board will receive a recommendation on the Brethren Faith in Action (BFIA) fund.
This meeting’s board member education segment will be a training on “Active Listening” led by the Lombard (Ill.) Mennonite Peace Center on Saturday afternoon.
On Sunday, the morning worship service will be led by Christina Singh.
For a complete agenda of the board’s Spring meeting, go to www.brethren.org/mmb/meeting-info.
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