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Reporting to the RMC Executive Committee on April 3, Ed Barnett, president, said that “for the next five years, we will push to reclaim our former church members,” a vision which recently was also addressed at the pastors’ meetings. Plans include providing local churches and pastors with materials that would address the issues, he said.
He also said “We’ve got to seek to make our churches loving congregations.” Among the issues to make this happen, Barnett stated that local church “power struggles have to change.”
Concluding his President’s Report, he expressed a challenge for the church. “We’ve got to share Jesus throughout our territories,” he stated. Remarking about his upcoming local evangelistic meeting in Sheridan, Wyoming, he also commented that “one of the outgrowths of the metro meeting with Shawn Boonstra has been discussion by various regions to have one in other metro areas,” including one in the Northeast, Colorado Springs and Grand Junction areas.
In his financial report, George Crumley, RMC VP for finance, said that “through the first two months of our new fiscal year, the conference operating fund is performing better than budgeted. The primary reason for this is the return of a strong tithe, an unanticipated revenue inflow and expenses being under what was budgeted.”
Crumley commented that it is still early in the fiscal year, but so far operations are giving RMC a positive outlook. Additionally, the Campion Warehouse is under contract and is on track for a potential closing the first part of May. “If, indeed, this ends up being sold, it will have a positive impact on both the conference and Campion Academy,” Crumley added.
As reported at a previous meeting, the ABC year end statement had a loss of around $31,000. Crumley shared that “the loss was around $13,000 instead of the larger amount initially reported because of an overstatement of cost of goods sold on the original report. Even though we still had a loss, it was not as large as was initially thought.” He commented that the “main challenge will be knowing how to increase revenue for our ABC since expenses are being managed carefully.”
In an update about the future of the RMC literature evangelism program, conference administration plans a consultation with Matt Hasty, coordinator of a similar program in Illinois. According to Eric Nelson, RMC VP for administration, RMC is committed to providing continuing funding for the program. Personnel change requires consultation.
The committee approved the transition of Nueva Esperanza Church in Arvada to full church status.
The meeting concluded with three reports. On behalf of the RMC Youth Department, Shannon Werner, student evangelism and programs coordinator reported on the 2018 Kaleo mission trip to La Vida Mission, in Farmington, New Mexico. Participants held a Vacation Bible School and week of prayer as well as work projects on houses and dorms.
Kiefer Dooley, assistant youth director shared information about preparation for Summer Camps involving 65-70 young adult staff mainly recruited from Adventist colleges. The on-line registration is going well with more than 300 of the expected 600 camp registrations already in, Kiefer said. He also informed the committee members about the upcoming “Love Reality Tour” evangelism in Greeley and Grand Junction this summer. These outreach events are aimed at attracting youth and young adults.
A second report was given by Mickey Mallory, RMC ministerial director, who has just competed five months of ministry in the conference. “I have been getting to know pastors and churches. We also just completed the organization of my first pastors meeting at GVR,” he reported.
Don Reeder, principal of Campion Academy gave the final report of the meeting, sharing three goals for the academy. “Our objectives are to draw our students, teachers and staff closer to Jesus, as per John 12:32; aim for solid academics; and secure financial stability for the school,” Reeder stated. Among immediate plans is for students to provide the week of prayer this year. “These are the same students who will be preaching for the summer Wildfire evangelism outreach,” he added.
The next Executive Committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 5.
--RMCNews; photo by Rajmund Dabrowski