Presentensions and the future of the Church with Phyllis Tickle and David Fitch
May 20 – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm


General Conference
May 20 – Registration: 3:30 to 6:30 pm

May 23 – Adjournment – 3:00 pm
 
GENERAL CONFERENCE AGENDA  [DOWNLOAD PDF]

FRIDAY MAY 20, 2011
  
PM  3:00 – 6:30  Registration 

7:00 – 8:15  Worship
Bishop Keith Elford and the National Leadership Team Report

8:15 – 8:45  Organize Conference
Goals for General Conference
• Worship and pray
• Inspire involvement/ Build momentum
• Teach leaders/influencers
• Build relationships
• Celebrate diversity/accomplishments
• Attend to matters of the Corporation

Nominating Committee report (Election of the General Conference Secretary)

8:45 – 9:45 Study Team Resourcing Sessions
1.  Systems Analysis Task Team
2.  Board of Administration
3.  Developing Leaders for Today and Tomorrow Study Team (NMEGaP) 

Prayer Room available 24 hours 

SATURDAY May 21, 2011

AM 7:00  Cash and Carry breakfast in foyer

8:00 – 8:30  Worship/Prayer

8:30 – 9:15 Word: Bishop David Roller (Teaching #1)

9:15 – 9:45 ● Roll Call, orientation to the day
  ● Systems Analysis Task Team Report
 
9:45 – 10:15  Coffee break

10:15 – 11:45 Systems Analysis Task Team Report (continued)

11:45 –12:00 Healthy Churches – Here and Beyond Study Team – Intro

PM  12:00 – 1:00  Lunch

1:00 – 1:45  Worship and Memorial Service

1:45 – 2:15 BOA Report
2:15 – 3:00 Election of the Bishop

Nominating Committee report (Election of BOA, SCOD, NMEGaP)

Healthy Churches – Here and Beyond Study Team – 2

3:00 – 3:30  Coffee Break

3:30 – 5:20 “Developing Godly, Competent Leaders for Today and Tomorrow” Study Team Report
  (National Ministerial Education Guidance and Placement Committee-NMEGaP)

5:20 – 5:30 Announce election of Bishop results

Announcements

5:30 – 7:00  Dinner (on your own) (BOA caucus)

7:00 – 8:00 Study Team Resourcing Sessions
 1. Healthy Churches – Here and Beyond Study Team
 2. Careful Thinking about God’s Truth Study Team (SCOD)
   
Sunday May 22, 2011
AM 10:00 – 12:00 Worship Service
   Bishop – Message and Communion
 
PM 12:00 – 2:30 Lunch (on your own)
   Retirees Luncheon  
 
 2:30 – 5:00 Workshops and Displays
   ● 2:30 – 3:30 Session 1 Workshops
   ● 3:45 – 4:45 Session 2 Workshops

 5:00 – 6:30 Dinner (on your own)
 
 7:00 – 8:30 Service: 
  Worship
  Word:  Bishop David Roller (Teaching #2)
 

Monday May 23, 2011

AM 7:00 Cash and Carry breakfast in the foyer

 8:00 – 8:30  Worship/Prayer

 8:30 – 9:15 Word:  Bishop David Roller (Teaching #3)

 9:15 – 9:30 ● Roll Call
  ● Nominating Committee Report – election results

 9:30 – 10:00 Coffee Break

 10:00 – 11:15 “Careful Thinking About God’s Truth” Study Team Report
   (Study Commission on Doctrine – SCOD)

 11:15 – 11:45 Foundations (Free Methodist Foundation, Lorne Park College) Reports 
 
 11:45 – 12:00 Announcements

PM 12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
  
 1:00 – 1:15 Worship

 1:15 – 2:45  Healthy Churches – Here and Beyond Study Team – 3

 2:45 – 3:00  Complimentary Resolutions – Miscellaneous

 3:00  Adjournment & closing worship 

 

GLOSSARY OF TERMS (ACRONYMS)

BOA – Board of Administration

NLT – National Leadership Team
• Bishop Keith Elford
• Administrative Services – Mark Molczanski
• Global and Intercultural Ministries – Dan Sheffield
• Growth Ministries – Jared Siebert
• Personnel – Kim Henderson
  
NMEGaP – National Ministerial Education, Guidance and Placement Committee

SCOD – Study Commission on Doctrine

CEUsOne of The Free Methodist Church in Canada core values is life-long learning.  Since September 2004 Continuing Education Units are required for all members of conference (except retired ministers) and all honourary members who have completed their tracking (Commissioned Ministers).

ICCM – International Child Care Ministries

JDPAS – Job Description Performance Appraisal System is a process used to evaluate the pastor according to the fulfillment of his/her job description

LDP – Leadership Development Plan is a parallel approach to the MEGaP process for discerning the suitability and readiness for candidates to be considered for credentialed ministry, where the local church helps  carry the responsibility of conducting interviews in a timely manner
 
LifePlan is a user-friendly process developed to help churches evaluate their ministries.  It is a cycle that focuses on six key areas. These involve research, prayer and fasting, conversations as a community, dreaming and planning, focusing the pastor’s job description according to the plan, and staying focused.

Ministry Map is a simple group exercise designed to discern where a church’s ministry energy is going.  Once completed this overview shows areas of under focus and over focus which is helpful when navigating toward a more healthy profile.

MCDUFF (Major Cities Designated Urban Footholds Fund) is a fund established in 2005 to help urban churches get a foothold in the core of our major cities by subsidizing a portion of their rental expenses for a limited number of years.

NCD – Natural Church Development is a survey that churches use to measure eight characteristics of health within their congregations.  It is one of several tools used for evaluating where the church is at when using the Lifeplan.

Network Leader is a pastor who leads a group of pastors for the purposes of meeting on a regular basis for fellowship and encouragement, accountability, and the reviewing of five key themes.

A Network Leader Mentor coaches several Network Leaders, receives updates on the pastors and churches in their networks and communicates with the Bishop on how the networks are going.

PLTF – Pastoral Leadership Task Force is chosen by the local board of a church in transition to work with the Director of Personnel in the selection process of a new lead pastor. 

SATT – Systems Analysis Task Team

 

 

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