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Title: RISK-TAKING MISSION AND JUSTICE MINISTRIES


1
RISK-TAKING MISSION AND JUSTICE MINISTRIES
  • 2012 Ministry Plan

2
Risk-taking Mission And Justice Ministries Team
  • Andrea Paret Team Leader
  • Rev. Mara Bailey
  • Rev. Chad Boling
  • Judy Dangler (UMW)
  • Rev. Cesar Duran
  • Rev. Alan Gager
  • Savannah Murphy
  • Susan Perry
  • Rev. Fred Richart
  • Jamie Snyder
  • Sandy Sypherd
  • Rev. Harold Backus Cabinet
  • Rev. Carol Windrum - Staff

3
Executive Summary for our Ministry Plan
  • Our focus for 2012 is providing Conference
    resources and support to empower local churches
    to engage in risk-taking mission that challenges
    people to take risks leading to faithful action
    and to engage in justice ministries that strive
    to eliminate systems of oppression within our
    communities and the world.
  • Our primary energy will be focused on achieving
    outcomes that
  • Educate and involve local churches, clergy,
    laity, and young adults in risk-taking mission
    and justice ministries
  • Integrate concepts of RTMJ work into leadership
    development and congregational transformation
  • Align RTMJ work around the Conference and General
    Conference strategic initiatives.

4
2012 Outcomes for Our Ministry Plan
  • In 2012, we will be focused on achieving the
    following outcomes
  • Increase number of clergy and laity who are
    participating in hands-on risk-taking mission and
    justice ministries while sustaining acts of mercy
    and who are sharing their experiences (rtmj gmail
    account, UMConnect).
  • Risk-taking mission and justice ministries,
    including both local and global components, will
    be evident in the Discipleship Plans of 75 of
    our churches.
  • We have an increase in the number of small groups
    teaching and living out the United Methodist
    Social Principles and John Wesleys social
    holiness through risk-taking mission and justice
    ministries.

5
Alignment with Nebraska Conference Aspirations
  • The RTMJ priorities for 2012 align with the four
    aspirations of the Nebraska Conference from
    October 2010
  • Develop resources, leaders, and approaches to
    help rural churches envision being externally
    focused toward a more diverse mission field.
  • Develop resources and coaching to move
    large/medium churches to tell a new story.
  • and 4. Strong focus on development of lay
    leadership by clergy in every church, with every
    clergy having the capability and resources to
    develop lay leadership.

6
2012 Priorities for our Ministry Plan ( no
particular order)
  • Continue to strengthen young adult leadership
    opportunities by recruiting six young adults for
    the Micah Corps.
  • Create opportunities for reflection on systemic
    justice issues encountered by eight Volunteers in
    Mission (VIM) teams during their mission trips.
  • Continue to work with each District strategy
    group or team to increase opportunities for local
    churches to
  • witness to justice issues
  • learn more about RTMJ work
  • engage in risk-taking mission
  • collaborate with social justice organizations.

7
2012 Priorities for our Ministry Plan
  • 4. Promote discipleship, through education and
    action, in response to the Council of Bishops
    Gods Renewed Creation document.
  • 5. Increase the knowledge, networking, and
    advocacy skill capacity among clergy, laity,
    young adults and youth.
  • 6. Expand hands-on risk-taking mission and
    justice ministries opportunities for clergy,
    laity, young adults, youth and children.
  • 7. Empower eight new local congregations to
    engage in risk-taking mission and justice
    ministries with Justice Ministries Seed Money.

8
2012 Priorities for our Ministry Plan
  • 8. Continue the process of
  • Assessment
  • Evaluation
  • Accountability
  • of Risk-Taking Mission and Justice ministries and
  • programs funded by mission shares.
  • 9. Promote new and emergent ministries (possibly
    including faith-based community organizing and
    ecumenical ministry as tools of empowerment ) to
    further the mission and vision of the Nebraska
    United Methodist Conference.

9
Priority One Micah Corps
  • Focus of Priority
  • Recruit six young adults and create a covenant
    community to
  • explore their faith,
  • sharpen their leadership skills, and
  • integrate faith with action
  • share their enhanced understanding of risk-taking
    mission and justice ministries with local
    churches in all six districts.
  • Nebraska Conference Quadrennium Outcomes 1 6
    (see slide 34)
  • Timeline
  • Start January 2012 Complete October 2012
  • Resources Needed
  • RTMJ conference staff with conference support
    staff, advice of RTMJ Team material and travel
    expenses.
  • Conference and district communication to market
    the message

10
Priority One Micah Corps
  • What will be your general approach?
  • Recruitment of six young adults (providing summer
    stipends)
  • Direct supervision support from RTMJ Conference
    staff
  • Small covenant group dynamics
  • Deepening faith experience by exploring different
    prayer practices, spiritual guidance and
    reflection
  • Linking faith, grounded in the Bible, with acts
    of justice
  • Learning advocacy skills from experienced social
    justice advocates
  • Experiencing a week with national leaders in
    Washington, D.C.
  • Collaborating with social justice groups and the
    Nebraska Districts
  • Connecting with local churches across Nebraska
  • Sharing in leadership at Annual Conference, Youth
    Annual Conference, Childrens Annual Conference

11
Priority One Micah Corps
  • What other teams do you need to work with to
    accomplish this priority?
  • Leadership Development Team
  • Funding Needed (Conference Budget)
  • 30,000 from the Conference Budget for stipends
    and expenses for interns, plus salary, travel and
    material expenses for RTMJ conference staff and
    support staff volunteer travel expenses.
  • Measure of Success
  • Six young adults recruited and engaged in Micah
    Corps activities and interaction with at least 60
    local congregations across all six districts.

12
Priority Two VIM Social Justice Reflections
  • Focus of Priority
  • To enrich and deepen Volunteers in Mission (VIM)
    experience through an intentional focus on
    systemic justice issues.
  • Nebraska Conference Quadrennium Outcomes 1, 3,
    5 6
  • Timeline
  • Start January 2012 Complete December 2012
  • Resources Needed
  • RTMJ conference staff, advice of VIM coordinator,
    RTMJ team members and experienced VIM mentors
    material and travel expenses.
  • Conference and district communication to market
    the message

13
Priority Two VIM Social Justice Reflections
  • What will be your general approach?
  • Promote VIM opportunities in 2012
  • Identify eight VIM teams, including young adults
    youth to promote the use of the Bread for the
    World Advocacy Guide and other appropriate
    resources
  • Facilitate in-service opportunities prior to VIM
    team trips
  • De-brief with VIM team members and local
    sponsoring church pastors after the team returns
    that leads to acts of justice in their local
    community or in the context of the VIM trip

14
Priority Two VIM Social Justice Reflections
  • What other teams do you need to work with to
    accomplish this priority?
  • None
  • Funding Needed (Conference Budget)
  • Salary, travel and material expenses of the RTMJ
    conference staff volunteer travel expenses.
  • Measure of Success
  • Eight VIM teams use curriculum to reflect on
    social justice issues, deepen their understanding
    of risk-taking mission and justice ministries and
    act upon it.

15
Priority Three District Strategy Teams
  • Focus of Priority
  • Continue to work with districts to develop and
    implement risk-taking mission and justice
    ministries.
  • Nebraska Conference Quadrennium Outcomes 1, 3,
    5 6
  • Timeline
  • Start January 2012 Complete December 2012
  • Resources Needed
  • RTMJ conference staff with conference support
    staff or RTMJ intern, RTMJ team members, and
    collaboration with social justice organizations.
  • Conference and district communication to market
    the message

16
Priority Three District Strategy Teams
  • What will be your general approach?
  • RTMJ conference staff, support staff or RTMJ
    intern, and team members will be in regular
    contact with each district strategy group and
    continue to explore new opportunities to engage
    in risk-taking mission and justice witness.
  • Recognizing that each church and district will
    have unique insights and challenges, there will
    be an effort to present a common vision of
  • risk-taking mission taking risks that leads to
    faithful action
  • justice ministries striving to eliminate
    systems of oppression
  • through the Conference staff and RTMJ Team.
  • Collaborate with social justice organizations
    consistent with the UMC Social principles to
    address significant issues or develop specific
    plans.
  • Empower a RTMJ intern to resource and network to
    strengthen the relationship between RTMJ and
    local churches.

17
Priority Three District Strategy Teams
  • What other teams do you need to work with to
    accomplish this priority?
  • None
  • Funding Needed (Conference Budget)
  • Salary, travel and material expenses for RTMJ
    conference staff and staff support or RTMJ
    intern volunteer travel expenses
  • 12,000 to fund RTMJ intern(s) and stipends for
    social justice organizational staff time.
  • Measure of Success
  • Regular contact with six district strategy
    groups showing communication and collaboration
    for risk-taking mission and justice activities in
    each district.

18
Priority Four Environment/Green Teams
  • Focus of Priority
  • Promote discipleship, through education and
    action, in response to the Council of Bishops
    Gods Renewed Creation document.
  • Nebraska Conference Quadrennium Outcomes 1 6
  • Timeline
  • Start January 2012 Complete December 2012
  • Resources Needed
  • RTMJ conference staff with conference support
    staff or RTMJ intern
  • Collaboration with UMW
  • Conference and district communication to market
    the message

19
Priority Four Environment/GreenTeams
  • What will be your general approach?
  • Encourage congregations to study the Council of
    Bishops document Gods Renewed Creation.
  • Work with Nebraska UMW to encourage and support
    local churches in obtaining Green Team
    Certification.
  • Provide worship and Sunday School resources for
    churches to help them obtain Green Team
    Certification.
  • Encourage congregations to use Interfaith Power
    and Lights Cool Congregations Calculator or
    similar tools to determine their carbon
    footprint.
  • Encourage congregations that become certified to
    contact state and federal policy makers about
    environmental issues.

20
Priority Four Environment/Green Teams
  • What other teams do you need to work with to
    accomplish this priority?
  • None
  • Funding Needed (Conference Budget)
  • RTMJ conference staff with conference support
    staff or RTMJ intern, material and travel
    expenses advice, input and collaboration with
    UMW and the RTMJ Ministries team.
  • Measure of Success
  • 24 local churches become Green Team certified by
    Dec. 2012.

21
Priority Five Capacity Building
  • Focus of Priority
  • Expand core of laity, youth, young adults and
    clergy who have grown in their understanding and
    commitment to risk-taking mission and justice
    ministries.
  • Nebraska Conference Quadrennium Outcomes 1, 5
    6
  • Timeline
  • Start January 2012 Complete December 2012
  • Resources Needed
  • RTMJ conference staff with conference support
    staff or RTMJ intern, advice and input from the
    RTMJ Ministries Team.
  • Conference and district communication to market
    the message

22
Priority Five Capacity Building
  • What will be your general approach?
  • Organize a Come to the Hill retreat or similar
    conference-wide event
  • Provide scholarships to the Schools of Christian
    Mission
  • Empower a RTMJ intern to resource and network to
    strengthen the relationship between RTMJ and
    local churches.
  • Collaborate with The Youth Common Table and Young
    Adult Network.
  • What other teams do you need to work with to
    accomplish this priority?
  • Leadership Development Team

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Priority Five Capacity Building
  • Funding Needed (Conference Budget)
  • 9,000 program costs plus salary, travel and
    material expenses for RTMJ staff with conference
    support staff or RTMJ intern volunteer travel
    expenses.
  • Measure of Success
  • One Come to the Hill retreat or similar
    conference-wide event
  • Scholarships awarded to the Schools of Christian
    Mission
  • Leadership development opportunities provided

24
Priority Six Hands-on RTMJ Ministry
  • Focus of Priority
  • Promoting ministry with the poor and global
    health (General Conference FOCI).
  • Building relationships between local churches and
    existing RTMJ programs and ministries.
  • Nebraska Conference Quadrennium Outcomes 1, 3
    6
  • Timeline
  • Start January 2012 Complete December 2012
  • Resources Needed
  • RTMJ conference staff with conference support
    staff or RTMJ intern material and travel
    expenses advice and input from the RTMJ Team.
  • Conference and district communication to market
    the message

25
Priority Six Hands-on RTMJ Ministry
  • What will be your general approach?
  • Provide support for existing and new ministries
  • Building relationships and capacity between local
    churches and existing RTMJ programs ministries
    through criteria established in funding
    agreements
  • immigration justice programs,
  • Nigeria / Nebraska Partnership,
  • rural community and farmer support programs, and
  • projects of the Missouri River District and
    Elkhorn Valley District ministries.
  • Create a RTMJ presence at Annual / Young Adult
    Network / Youth / Children Conference to provide
    opportunity for acts of mercy and justice.

26
Priority Six Hands-on RTMJ Ministry
  • What other teams do you need to work with to
    accomplish this priority?
  • Leadership Development Team Congregational
    Transformation Team
  • Funding Needed (Conference Budget)
  • 449,200 from the Conference Budget for existing
    RTMJ programs and ministries, plus salary, travel
    and material expenses for RTMJ conference staff
    and staff support or RTMJ intern volunteer
    travel expenses.
  • 600 for RTMJ presence at Annual Conference
  • Measure of Success
  • During this year 100 clergy and 100 laity take
    action in risk-taking mission and justice
    programs and ministries, and publish these
    actions on the rtmj gmail account.

27
Priority Seven Empowering Local Churches
  • Focus of Priority
  • Creative and bold actions by eight local churches
    that model risk-taking mission and justice.
  • Nebraska Conference Quadrennium Outcomes 1, 3,
    5 6
  • Timeline
  • Start January 2012 Complete December 2012
  • Resources Needed
  • RTMJ conference staff with support staff or RTMJ
    intern, advice and input from the RTMJ Ministries
    Team.
  • Conference and district communication to market
    the message

28
Priority Seven Empowering Local Churches
  • What will be your general approach?
  • Funding priorities from the social justice
    statements of the Social Principles of the UMC
    will be identified by the RTMJ Team
  • Local churches or affiliated programs will be
    invited to submit proposals to be funded
  • Up to eight 1,000 proposals will be funded.
  • What other teams do you need to work with to
    accomplish this priority?
  • Will explore collaboration with the other two
    teams

29
Priority Seven Empowering Local Churches
  • Funding Needed (Conference Budget)
  • 8,000 plus salary, material expenses for RTMJ
    conference staff and conference support staff or
    RTMJ intern volunteer travel expenses.
  • Measure of Success
  • Eight local social justice projects meeting the
    proposal criteria are funded. Reports are shared
    across the Conference.

30
Priority Eight A Process of Accountability
  • Focus of Priority
  • An effective process of assessment and
    accountability of RTMJ ministries and programs
    related to RTMJ outcomes.
  • Nebraska Conference Quadrennium Outcomes 1, 3,
    5 6
  • Timeline
  • Start January 2012 Complete December 2012
  • Resources Needed
  • RTMJ conference staff with support staff or RTMJ
    intern, advice and input from the RTMJ Team and
    stakeholders.
  • Conference and district communication to market
    the message and use of virtual meeting
    technologies.

31
Priority Eight A Process of Accountability
  • What will be your general approach?
  • Review quarterly reports that incorporate the use
    of SMART goals, outcomes, and indicators of
    success.
  • What other teams do you need to work with to
    accomplish this priority?
  • None
  • Funding Needed (Conference Budget)
  • Until there is funding for administrative support
    staff, the RTMJ intern is assisting the RTMJ
    conference staff and team with the assessment
    process.
  • Measure of Success
  • Accountability reports, using SMART goals,
    demonstrate alignment with risk-taking mission
    and/or justice and General Conference foci.

32
Priority Nine Emergent Ministries
  • Focus of Priority
  • Promote new and emergent ministries to further
    risk-taking mission and/or justice within and
    beyond the Nebraska Methodist Conference.
  • Nebraska Conference Quadrennium Outcomes 1, 3,
    5 6
  • Timeline
  • Start January 2012 Complete December 2012
  • Resources Needed
  • RTMJ conference staff with conference support
    staff or RTMJ intern, advice and input from the
    RTMJ Ministries Team
  • Conference and district communication to market
    the message

33
Priority Nine Emergent Ministries
  • What will be your general approach?
  • Using social media including the Conference
    website we will invite generative thinking and
    action for new expressions of risk-taking mission
    and/or justice.
  • What other teams do you need to work with to
    accomplish this priority?
  • Leadership Development Team
  • Congregational Transformation Team

34
Priority Nine Emergent Ministries
  • Funding Needed (Conference Budget)
  • 15,000
  • Measure of Success
  • Accountability reports, using SMART goals,
    demonstrate alignment with risk-taking mission
    and/or justice and General Conference foci.

35
Nebraska Conference Outcomes for the Quadrennium
  • Clergy and lay leaders grow in spiritual depth,
    practice of disciplines, live in accountable
    covenant community, tell the story and practice
    acts of mercy and justice.
  • Ten new faith communities, four of which are
    Latino are created.
  • The six signs of discipleship are evident in 75
    of our churches.
  • Capacity for mission and ministry increases by
    50.
  • We have an increase in the number of small
    groups.
  • We see an increase in the number of people who
    are participating in hands-on mission and
    justice.

36
Funding Summary for 2012
Priority Funds Needed
1. Recruit six young adults for the Micah Corps 30,000
2. VIM team reflections on justice 0
3. Resourcing District strategy groups 12,000
4. Environment 0
5. Justice focused leadership capacity building 9,000
6. Hands-on RTMJ experiences 449,800
7. Justice Ministries Seed Money 8,000
8. Assessment and accountability 0
9. Emergent ministries 15,000
RTMJ Meetings/Administration 4,000
RTMJ Staff Position Conference Personnel Budget
Total Funds Requested 527,800
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Ministry Plan Summary
  • A bold and creative Conference-wide ministry that
  • Creates opportunities for clergy, laity, young
    adult, youth and children to deepen their faith,
    collaborate, and build their capacity to be
    disciples who can make a difference and
  • Empowers local churches
  • to engage in risk-taking mission that challenges
    people to take risks leading to faithful action
    and
  • to engage in justice ministries that strive to
    eliminate systems of oppression within our
    communities and the world.
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