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Rocky Mountain Conference leaders re-elected at Constituency Session »
The 2017 Constituency Session of the Rocky Mountain Conference of Seventh-day Adventists convened July 23 at Life Source Adventist Fellowship, Denver, Colorado. Delegates voted to re-elect Ed Barnett, Eric Nelson, and George Crumley, as president, vice president for administration, and vice president for finance, respectively, for the next quinquennium.
The Constituency Session convened under the theme “Living for His Return” and brought nearly 570 delegates from 130 churches in Colorado, Wyoming and part of New Mexico. In his opening devotional message, Barnett emphasized that as Adventists “we believe that Jesus is coming soon and we need to share Him with everyone who lives in our territory.”
The delegates accepted the reports on the state of the church in RMC. Responding to presentations by the RMC officers, delegates offered a commentary on issues, which they feel should be addressed by the church within the conference.
Lining up at the microphones, delegates emphasized a need to see a greater involvement of young church members in the work of the church, helping them understand how tithes and offerings are being spent. This was seen as a strategic area for the Conference to address.
“I encourage our administrative officers to look closely, in their strategic planning for the next five years, at our current use of church funds, the percentages that go to various line items, and the amount we send up the chain to the Union, Division and GC, and to include our younger, more financially savvy members, on the committees that decide how our funds are allocated,” said Mark Johnson, a delegate from Boulder.
Several delegates spoke about a need for a more active involvement of the church and its educational leaders in issues central to contemporary Adventist education, channeled through the K-12 Board with greater frequency and attention.
The RMC leaders were also asked to re-establish continuing financial support for the Student Literature Evangelism program. What was once supported from budgetary appropriations now relies on fundraising. Bob Kenison, a delegate from Cheyenne, proposed that the Conference consider re-funding the program. This proposal was approved by delegates.
The last agenda item of the Session included presentations by Alex Bryant, secretary of he North American Division, and Gary Thurber, president of Mid-America Union Conference, on the current world church discussion about the General Conference’s Unity of Mission document. In preparation for the Session, delegates were provided with documents commenting on the Unity in Mission document, which aims to addresses the question of policy compliance by church entities and procedures in church reconciliation when entities are out of step with policy.
A discussion centered on a motion proposed by Ed Reifsnyder, a delegate from Campion, for the Session “take no action on the Unity in Mission document, and the Rocky Mountain Conference’s statement regarding it.” Several
delegates expressed concerns about the potential implications of the adoption of the document by the upcoming Fall Council of the church in October.
The Session also elected new membership for the RMC Executive Committee, Property and Trust Committee, By-Laws Committee and K-12 Board, and voted adjustments to the By-Laws of the Conference.
In his closing remarks, Ed Barnett thanked the delegates for their input and reminded them that as a church “we’ve got to be focused on the mission we’ve been entrusted with.”
[RMCNews; photos by Rajmund Dabrowski]
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