The morning of August 25 Executive Committee members from across Wisconsin convened for their first in-person meeting since COVID-19 began. Ex officio member Carmelo Mercado, General Vice-President for Lake Union, opened the meeting with a meaningful devotional thought on the Biblical story of the woman at the well.
Conference President Titus Naftanaila, chairman of the committee, shared his report with a slide show highlighting various ministry activities happening across our conference, and outlining some broad-based visionary goals.
Then Executive Secretary/Treasurer Brian Stephan presented a financial report indicating a 10.3% tithe increase from last year. Taking out the special gift from last year’s comparison, tithe had about a 14% gain. Overall, he reported a stronger financial position than last year.
Ministerial Director Adam Case noted we currently have 26 employed pastors with their average age being 44.9, and the average district has 3 1/3 churches per pastor. We also have 7 volunteer lay pastors and 3 Bible workers in our conference. The pastoral team is looking at doing a state-wide evangelism event in 2021.
Wisconsin Academy Principal Rosalee Rasmussen shared they have begun a good school year with an initial enrollment of 72 students. Precautionary COVID measures are being taken. She also shared some stirring student stories of what Jesus can do in a life..
The Executive Committee discussed and voted to:
-Accept Plant and Endowment Fund statements
-Approve funding of a van purchased by Wisconsin Academy
-Approve the Baptism/Membership list
-Approve Wisconsin Conference teacher Tiffany Meulemans to serve on the Board of Education
-Welcome Yin Schaff as the new Health Ministries Coordinator for our conference
-Approve John Ramsey to serve on the Finance Committee
-Accept the retirements of Richard Bergeson, Lester Carney III, Karen Kind, Kenneth Smith, and Willyta Wamack
Reporting and photos by:
Wisconsin Conference Communication Department