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  1. FALL CLUSTER 2014

  2. AGENDA • Devotions • Affirmations from Special Delegate Session • Introduction of Coordinator of Volunteers • Constituency Leaders Council Reporting • Financial Reports • Congregational Reports

  3. LEADERSHIP TEAM AFFIRMATIONS • The Confession of Faith continues to be our guiding document for conference • Mountain States Mennonite Conference’s actions stand outside our understanding of the Confession of Faith • Our Credentialing Ministry Team would not issue a license as did MSMC • Leadership Team supports the Executive Board’s consideration of some kind of action with respect to MSMC

  4. COORDINATOR OF VOLUNTEERS • Alysa Short is the new Coordinator of Volunteers • She began on 10 October 2014 in this half-time assignment • A brief biography is in the latest issue of Delegate News – alysashort@gmail.com; 419-572-1348 (cell)

  5. CLC REPORT • We heard a preliminary report from the pastors’ survey; a full report from Conrad Kanagy will likely be available by the end of the year • We heard congregational and conference reports on the issue of homosexuality • An ad hoc committee to look at denominational structures has been appointed to look at structure and polity issues • Two new associate groups were welcomed • A new moderator-elect nomination was affirmed • Jewel Gingerich Longenecker offered two presentations on communal Bible study

  6. COMMUNAL BIBLE STUDY • If we confess that the Bible is the center of our faith, why do only 17% of us study it together? • The value of “mixed company” Bible study • The Bible as a guide for our everyday life, not just an “answer book” for certain issues • The experiences of 6 congregations who have given themselves to regular weekly Bible study

  7. LEADERSHIP CONSIDERATION • Affirm the centrality of the Bible as the source and guide for our corporate life together • Commit ourselves to providing, at the congregational level, weekly Bible study opportunities • Rather than determining membership and affiliation by positional statements we commit ourselves to the shared practice of Bible study and discernment

  8. FINANCIAL REPORT • Where we are in this year’s spending plan • Where we are with respect to the Five-Year plan (spent $28,062 of $63,000 available 1st year; spent $43,960 of $51,000 available 2nd year; spent $14,406 of $45,000 available 3rd year)

  9. CONGREGATIONAL REPORTS • Hearing from you