Updates on the many-splendored proposals to GC 2012. Call to Action/Structure Worldwide Nature Ministry Study Et cetera. Listen prayerfully…. Let’s first go through the entire presentation. Jot down your questions as we go. Clarify, explore, challenge.
Call to Action/Structure
Adopt “vital indicators” for congregations and clergy.
Create a set-aside bishop to lead‘adaptive challenge.’
“ To direct the flow of [most denominational] attention, energy, and resources … to increase the number of vital congregations effective in making discipleships of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”
The Women’s Division and the General Board of Global Ministries are bringing legislation to make Women’s Division a separate, self-funded agency.
Annual conferences, caucuses, individuals also bringing proposals.
The three largest annual conference delegations to General Conference will be North Katanga(52), Cote D’Ivoire(40), and Nigeria (30).
U.S. conferences North Georgiaand Virginia have 26 delegates each.
>At least one annual conference has yet to ordain a single woman.>African clergywomen said Feb. 2, 2012 that sexual violence and gender discrimination are major hindrances in the congregations and conferences they serve.>Denomination spends millions adjudicating discrimination and sexual misconduct cases each year.>More than half of all UMC members are women, yet women account for only 19% of elders. >The world we serve is increasingly under 40, poor, other-than-English-speaking, female and nonwhite. Do our church structures and financial priorities reflect the mission field?
Constitution does not specify ‘gender’ as protected class.
United Methodist Women is a U.S.-base agency.
Current WWN covenant does not list or require GCSRW nor Religion and Race as “global agencies.”
It’s all up in the air!
Church Systems Task Force—
Four Areas of Focus/I.O.T.