Ken you were away the early part of May, what was the purpose?
It was the annual meeting of the General Council of the NAB conference, held in Folsom, California. The SBA was represented by myself, Area Minister and Rev Doug Armbruster, Moderator. It included those people who are elected or appointed to govern and administrated between triennial. In between triennial the constitution requires a body with authority to govern and conduct the business of the conference.
Who was in attendance?
In attendance were the Vice Presidents from the International Office, our Intern Executive Director, Dan Hamill, Regional Ministers, and representation from our cooperating organizations, Sioux Falls and Taylor Seminar. As well there was the Executive Committee, which is the smaller representation charged with leadership from the General Council. In total there were 54 people. All Regions and Associations had representation.
What were some major things that were discussed?
Reports were received from all ministries; financial representative, Tony Dunaway, seminary reports, NAB foundation and CEIF.
What were some decisions made or voted items?
Major discussion has occurred over the last year, as a result of General Council direction given in 2013, to address the issue of structure and how we operate in all areas of the North American Baptist Conference.
In 2013 a General Council Task Force was appointed to produce and present a proposal to General Council in 2014 which would address some of these issues. A presentation was made to General Council in May 15, 2014 by the Task Force and it was reviewed by General Council. The presentation included discussion on 2 major points. The first dealt with how we relate and behave between all the various groups within NAB. This included discussion about behaviour principles which included spiritual, connection, clarity, documents, decision making and leadership.
The second part of the Task Force proposal dealt with clarifying roles and responsibilities. Discussion involved the role of the Executive Director, the Executive Committee, Regional Ministers, General Council and the cooperating organizations.
Agreement was reached in regards to the direction of the behaviour principles which will guide us and move us forward as we seek to further explore what re-structuring will look like. After much discussion about the clarification of roles and responsibilities the Task Force was reappointed to bring back a model to General Council in 2015. The goal is to bring a restructuring model to Triennial in July 2015.
A decision was also made to appoint to a search committee to gather names for the Executive Director position.
How will this impact the local church?
The impact will be felt at the local church level as the International Office and the restructuring model goal is work with the various Associations and Regions to train and resource the local church so it can better reflect the NEXT priorities in its ministries.
Article written by Cathy Winkler