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  1. THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT “A model for doing and being mission, ABC style.”

  2. WHAT ARE WE DOING? • Restructure of representative process • Restructure of governance bodies of ABCUSA

  3. WHY NOW… • We seek to enable quick responses to mission opportunities with a streamlined board structure.

  4. WHY NOW… • We seek to reduce costs of representational system.

  5. WHY NOW… • We seek to resolve tension for general board representatives caused by wearing multiple board hats.

  6. WHY NOW… • We seek to create a mission venue that allows greater flexibility, networking, focus and accountability.

  7. MANAGING THE TENSION… AUTONOMY INTERDEPENDENCE MISSION MOVEMENT INSTITUTION

  8. PROPOSED MODEL REVIEW

  9. Cooperating Churches Region Annual or Biennial Meeting** Region Boards* NEC National Secretaries SLC Staff Leadership Council ABCUSA Representatives/General Board Mission VisionPlanning TF GEC Denominational Secretaries REMC Regional Secretaries OGS ABHS MMBB BNM BIM Current Representative Process of ABCUSA National Program Boards * National Nominations for approximately one - fourth of ABC/USA ** Regional Nominations for ABC/USA Representatives (pursuant to Representatives (supplied by ABC/USA Nominating Committee e) Region plan monitored by Credentials & Caucus Committee)

  10. THE PROPOSED NEW STRUCTURE Regions Associated Ministry Organizations and Caucuses

  11. Biennial/Mission Summit THE PROPOSED NEW STRUCTURE Regions Associated Ministry Organizations and Caucuses

  12. THE PROPOSED NEW STRUCTURE Regions Associated Ministry Organizations and Caucuses Biennial/Mission Summit Mission Table

  13. THE PROPOSED NEW STRUCTURE Regions Associated Ministry Organizations and Caucuses Biennial/Mission Summit Mission Table Board of General Ministries (BGM)

  14. National LeadershipCouncil American BaptistHistorical Society THE PROPOSED NEW STRUCTURE Regions International Ministries National Ministries MMBB Associated Ministry Organizations and Caucuses Biennial/Mission Summit Mission Table Board of General Ministries (BGM)

  15. National Nominating Committee American BaptistHistorical Society THE PROPOSED NEW STRUCTURE Regions International Ministries National Ministries MMBB Associated Ministry Organizations and Caucuses Leadership Pool Biennial/Mission Summit Mission Table Board of General Ministries (BGM) National Leader Council

  16. SUMMARY IMPLICATIONS OFPROPOSED MODEL

  17. WHAT WOULD END… • Legislation as a primary emphasis in our governance • Large numbers in our board structures • Inter-locking board structures • General Board concept

  18. WHAT WOULD REMAIN THE SAME… • ABC commitment to a gospel based mission • ABC commitment to the local church • Representation is still important, although not in the same ways • National Boards: NM and IM and MMBB

  19. WHAT WOULD BE NEW… • Mission Summit and Mission Table • Mission as primary emphasis • Smaller boards chosen for skills and diversity and greater use of technology to facilitate meetings resulting in reduced costs • Ability to respond more quickly to mission opportunities • Development of diverse leadership pool • Board of General Ministries

  20. Biennial/Mission Summit BIENNIAL/MISSION SUMMIT • Purpose • Celebration of mission • Dynamic preaching & worship • Showcase ABC heroes/heroines • Networking • Training, education, sharing best practices • Theological Reflection on important issues • Listening to constituency • Governance tasks

  21. Biennial/Mission Summit Mission Summit • Held in conjunction with the BiennialAims: • Awareness of critical trends & practices • Receive local church input on key issues • Offer educational pieces on timely topics • Create opportunities for networking • Generation of ideas and programs • Focus to our ABC-wide mission

  22. National Nominating Committee Biennial/Mission Summit Mission Table American BaptistHistorical Society THE PROPOSED NEW STRUCTURE Regions International Ministries National Ministries MMBB Associated Ministry Organizations and Caucuses Leadership Pool Board of General Ministries (BGM) National Leader Council

  23. Mission Table MISSION TABLE • Purpose • Leveraging resources for greater mission impact Creative Networking Hearing the Voice of the Local Church Brainstorming Ideas Prioritizing Mission Emphases Sharpening our Focus Mutual Accountability

  24. Mission Table MISSION TABLE MAKE-UP • 33 Local Church laity and clergy (1 from each Region) • President of ABCUSA and General Secretary + 3 others from the Office of the General Secretary • Executive Director + 3 each from IM and NM • Executive Director + 1 from MMBB • 33 Regional Executive Ministers

  25. Mission Table MISSION TABLE MAKE-UP (continued) • 8 Representatives from ABC Caucus Network • One each from: AB Men, American Baptist Assembly, American Baptist Historical Society, ABEC, and American Baptist Homes & Caring Ministries • Executive Director & President of American Baptist Women’s Ministries and the Ministers Council • 3 Reps from ABC Seminaries & 3 Reps from ABC Colleges

  26. Leadership Pool National Nominating Committee Mission Table Board of General Ministries (BGM) American BaptistHistorical Society THE PROPOSED NEW STRUCTURE Regions International Ministries National Ministries MMBB Associated Ministry Organizations and Caucuses Biennial/Mission Summit National Leadership Council

  27. Board of General Ministries (BGM) BOARD OF GENERAL MINISTRIES • Purpose • Seek welfare for whole denomination through vision, leadership and coordination • Legal Board for ABCUSA • Calls and evaluates performance of General Secretary • Formation and celebration of ABC Identity • Support for stewardship and fundraising • ecumenical functions • Staffs Missional Summit, Biennial, Missional Table, National Leadership Council and Covenanting Partners • Supports Regional Ministries

  28. Board of General Ministries (BGM) BOARD OF GENERAL MINISTRIES • 30 Members • 18 Board Members - Selected By Nominating Committee & Elected by Biennial Delegates • 3 Officers - Elected by Biennial Delegates(President, Vice-President, Budget Review Officer) • 5 Board Members Selected By BGM(For Diversity and Skill Sets Needed) • 3 Ex-Officio Members With Full Rights(Past President, President of Inter-Caucus Group and General Secretary) • 1 Director elected jointly by IM, NM & MMBB

  29. Leadership Pool National Nominating Committee National Leadership Council American BaptistHistorical Society THE PROPOSED NEW STRUCTURE Regions International Ministries National Ministries MMBB Associated Ministry Organizations and Caucuses Biennial/Mission Summit Mission Table Board of General Ministries (BGM)

  30. Leadership Pool NATIONAL LEADERSHIP POOL • Purpose • Identify present & emerging leaders for denominational service • Develop leaders through training and orientation events • Nomination Process • Every ABC entity submits names & identifies key persons for leadership opportunities

  31. National Leadership Council NATIONAL LEADERSHIP COUNCIL (NLC) • Purpose • Relationship building • Continuing education for executive role • Facilitate implementation of ideas from mission table • Self-evaluation of progress on identified priorities • Conduct trend analysis • Participate in theological reflection

  32. National Leadership Council NATIONAL LEADERSHIP COUNCIL (NLC) • Membership • Regional Executive Ministers • BNM, BIM, & MMBB—Executive Director + 3 others • General Secretary + 3 other staff from OGS • Executive Directors of Associated Ministry Organizations • American Baptist Women Ministries • Ministers’ Council • American Baptist Assembly • ABEC • Interim Ministries • American Baptist Foundation • American Baptist Historical Society • President of ABC/USA

  33. National Nominating Committee National Leadership Council American BaptistHistorical Society THE PROPOSED NEW STRUCTURE Regions International Ministries National Ministries MMBB Associated Ministry Organizations and Caucuses Leadership Pool Biennial/Mission Summit Mission Table Board of General Ministries (BGM)

  34. National Nominating Committee NATIONAL NOMINATING COMMITTEE MAKE-UP • ABCUSA President and Immediate Past President • 3 Appointed by Regional Executive Ministers Council • Inter-Caucus President • 6 Representatives from Board of General Ministries (3 clergy / 3 lay)

  35. National Nominating Committee Mission Table NATIONAL NOMINATING COMMITTEE FOR MISSION TABLE – FUNCTION • For the Region Representative at the Mission Table, each Region will suggest 5 people to the National Nominating Committee • National Nominating Committee will provide one for each Region from the five to select a total group which is representative of the denomination.

  36. National Nominating Committee Board of General Ministries (BGM) NATIONAL NOMINATING COMMITTEE – BGM FUNCTION • Nominates a slate for 3 designated ABC officers that meet current rotation of male/female and lay/clergy • Nominates a slate for 18 persons elected for 4 year terms with opportunity for an additional term (max. 8 years service) • Nominating petition endorsed by at least 50 congregations may be used to bring name before Biennial for any offered by slate.

  37. National Nominating Committee American BaptistHistorical Society THE PROPOSED NEW STRUCTURE Regions International Ministries National Ministries MMBB Associated Ministry Organizations and Caucuses Leadership Pool Biennial/Mission Summit Mission Table Board of General Ministries (BGM) National Leadership Council

  38. UNDERLYING PRINCIPLES OF EFFECTIVE GOVERNANCE… • Smaller boards • Focus on skill and expertise in selection of board members • Representation still valued

  39. SMALLER PROGRAM BOARDS • International and National Ministries would both become sized to meet their responsibilities • Both would find members to accomplish their missions • Both would be protected by membership to assure their ABC relationship

  40. RELATIONSHIP OF NATIONAL BOARDS TO EACH OTHER • Interrelated but NOT Interlocking

  41. Board of National Ministries (BNM) Board of Int’l Ministries (BIM) Ministers and Missionaries Benefit Board 2 TYPES OF DIRECTORS SERVE ON NATIONAL BOARDS Regular Director If bylaw change affects relationship with ABCUSA… Authority to conduct affairs of corporation including revision of bylaws… Special Director Board of General Ministries (BGM)

  42. ASSURING RELATIONSHIP OF NATIONAL BOARDS • National Program Boards IM, NM and MMBB will have two types of Directors. Usual business will be handled by Regular Directors elected to their positions on the program boards. • In cases of consideration of the ABC relationship, members of the General Ministries Board become Special Directors of the particular program Boards with full vote.

  43. GENERAL SECRETARY • Head of communion continue to be known as General Secretary • Responsible for implementation of responsibilities of the Board of General Ministries • Elected by Board of General Ministries upon nomination by National Nominating Committee augmented by member chosen by NM, IM & MMBB • Serve with no set term of office.

  44. PUBLIC WITNESS STATEMENTS • Currently known as Policy Statements & Resolutions, current ones remain as official ABCUSA statements. • Under new structure, to become an ABC Statement, it must be proposed by a National or Regional Board and approved by ¾ of covenanting Regional and National Boards (with exception of MMBB). • BGM responsible for voting process & publishing statements approved.

  45. ASSURING DIVERSITY – CORE VALUE • National Nominating Committee will encourage names based on the following: • urban, suburban, rural, • large, small, and mega church; • race; • gender; • age; • geography; • language; • culture; • clergy/Lay; • physical ability; • and economic class.

  46. ASSURING DIVERSITY – JOINT BOARD NOMINATING REVIEW COMMITTEE • MAKE UP • President of ABCUSA • Presidents of IM, NM, MMBB • Chair of REMC • Presidents of Ministers Council and American Baptist Women’s Ministries • Chair of Inter-Caucus

  47. ASSURING DIVERSITY – JOINT BOARD NOMINATING REVIEW COMMITTEE • FUNCTIONto examine makeup of national boards and Mission Table to determine if they reflect the makeup of the Denomination • REPORT to the NLC and Nominating Committees

  48. ASSURING DIVERSITY • The National Nominating Committee will be mandated to ensure that the diversity of the Mission Table accurately reflects or mirrors the diversity of ABCUSA • The Nominating Committee will review names for diversity and report back to each Region & NCL. • We will be intentional about building and strengthening leadership capacity

  49. WHAT IS COST OF NEW STRUCTURE?2008 Rep Process Budget Components

  50. CURRENT STRUCTURE VS. PROPOSED… PROPOSED STRUCTURE • ABC Mission Table • General Ministries Board • NLC