The Mission Council of the Missouri Annual Conference was established at the 2007 Session. Between June 4, 2007 and June 9, 2008, it is a council composed of members of the Pathways Task Force that helped the conference reorganize its ministry. The following is the new council elected during the 2008 Session of the Missouri Annual Conference.
|Kevin Bruckrucker, At-Large||TBA, BOM Chair|
|Bob Courtney, At-Large||Kent Cable, Congregational Development Chair|
|Larry Fagan, At-Large||Franklin Walker, Creative Ministries Chair|
|Rev. Amy Gearhart, At-Large||Rev. Kendall Waller, Director|
|Grace James, At-Large||Rev. Bob Farr, Director|
|Rev. Monica Jefferson, At-Large||Rev. Sherry Habben, Director|
|Rev. Matt Miofsky, At-Large||Rev. Max Marble, Director|
|Connie Woods, At-Large|
|Brian Hammons, Lay Leader||TBA District Superintendent|
|Rev. Lynn Dyke, Finance Chair||Rev. Robert Schnase, Bishop|
The following members of the Mission Council comprise the Personnel Committee:
Cody Collier, Chris Dumas, Kendall Waller, Dixie Williams, Robin Roderick; Robert Schnase, staff.
The following information is from the 2007 Standing Rules of the Annual Conference
The Mission Council acts on behalf of the annual conference between sessions in order to give general direction, guidance, and alignment of resources in support of the mission and vision of leading congregations to lead people to actively follow Jesus Christ. It will focus on the goal of cultivating growing, vibrant, fruitful congregations that are changing lives for Jesus Christ. Its primary questions are: Are we leading congregations to lead people to actively follow Jesus Christ? What outcomes help us determine whether we are accomplishing our mission? What shall we do to more effectively accomplish our mission?
For corporate purposes, members of the Mission Council will be directors of the corporation of the Missouri Annual Conference.
The Mission Council assigns day-to-day management of the annual conference to the centers and offices described below. It may authorize changes in task forces, teams, and committees that work on behalf of the centers and offices as the need arises except those prescribed by the Book of Discipline or the conference standing rules.
The Center for Congregational Excellence is responsible for new church starts, congregational development, and collaborative learning among and across congregations. In addition, the Center will seek ways to help United Methodists in Missouri reach out to younger and more diverse constituencies, including college students and various cultural and ethnic communities.
The Center for Pastoral Excellence is responsible for enhancing clergy effectiveness through recruitment, training, continuing education, peer learning, and mutual accountability. In addition, the Center will emphasize the development of younger and more diverse pastoral leadership.
The Office of Connectional Ministries is responsible for assisting congregations by providing connections between and among congregations, the districts, the annual conference, and the general conference. At least the following teams and organizations shall be included: Core Practices Team, Council on Youth Ministries, Council on Young Adult Ministries, Lay Ministry Team, Commission on Communication, UMW, and UMM. Its Core Practices Team shall act as the Board of Discipleship on behalf of the annual conference.
The Office of Mission, Service, and Justice Ministries is responsible for assisting congregations to be effective in ministry beyond their walls through a variety of hands-on and direct relationships with people in need and through advocacy for just relationships in society. At least the functions of the following teams and organizations shall be included: Board of Global Ministries, Board of Church and Society, and the Commissions on Christian Unity, Status and Role of Women, and Religion and Race.
The Office of Administrative Services is responsible for maintaining systems of financial and property management that are efficient, secure, trustworthy, and transparent on behalf of the annual conference. At least the Council on Finance and Administration, Board of Trustees, Board of Pensions, Board of Ordained Ministry, Commission on Equitable Compensation, and the Commission on Archives and History shall be included.
Conference Personnel Committee: The Mission Council will form the Conference Personnel Committee from among its voting members. Through this committee, the Mission Council will work in consultation with the bishop, the director of connectional ministries, and the director of administrative services to design and align all conference staff positions. The Personnel Committee, in consultation with the bishop, is responsible for the employment of the directors of the centers and offices that are assigned to the Mission Council, except for the director of administrative services who is employed by the Council on Finance and Administration.
Conference Personnel: In consultation with the Conference Personnel Committee, the director of connectional ministries and director of administrative services are responsible for the employment and supervision, or delegation of supervision, of all conference personnel except for directors assigned to the Mission Council. Insofar as possible, employees of the Conference shall include women and men, persons of diverse racial and ethnic origin, lay and clergy, at every level. Ordained ministers on the staff are subject to being appointed by the presiding bishop in consultation with the Conference Personnel Committee.
The Mission Council shall work in consultation with the Conference Council on Finance and Administration in forming annual budgets that are recommended to the session.
The Mission Council reports to the session on behalf of the centers, offices, and their subsidiary teams, committees, councils, boards, commissions, and task forces, except for those assigned by the Book of Discipline to make direct reports to the session.
Membership from the conclusion of the 2007 session of annual conference to the conclusion of the 2008 annual conference: Members of the Pathways Task Force and directors of the Center for Pastoral Excellence, Center for Congregational Excellence, Office of Connectional Ministries, Office of Administrative Services, and Office of Mission Service, and Justice Ministries. [This paragraph will be automatically deleted at the conclusion of the 2008 session of annual conference.]
Membership [as of the closing of the 2008 session of annual conference]: Conference lay leader; chair of finance and administration; chair of the board of ordained ministry; chair of the congregational development team; chair of Global Connection Team; Eight at-large members nominated by the Conference Nominations Committee, at least 5 of whom shall be lay people; and the following non-voting members: bishop, who shall provide leadership for the council; 1 staff person from each of the two centers and three offices; and one district superintendent assigned by the appointive cabinet. The membership shall represent diverse and inclusive constituencies. [13 Voting, 7 Non-voting]
Between sessions of the Missouri Annual Conference, all teams, boards, commissions, and committees shall cooperate with and be amenable to the Council in matters relating to the development, implementation, and administration of their ministries.