Spring breaks forth, as Hyacinths, Primrose, Forsythia and Tulips blossom from the good earth. A Compelling Vision for our church is also blossoming, from the good soil of multiple conversations involving thousands of Church of the Brethren folk from across our communion. This grass-roots, organic movement now culminates at the 2021 Annual Conference as we gather for a final time of conversation and prayer around the vision, which is now our central business item. As we do, we anticipate a continuation of God’s guidance, as the Holy Spirit leads us to the Lord’s call and vision for our beloved denomination!
--Moderator, Paul Mundey
Proposed Compelling Vision
“Together, as the Church of the Brethren, we will passionately live and share the radical transformation and holistic peace of Jesus Christ through relationship-based neighborhood engagement.
To move us forward, we will develop a culture of calling and equipping disciples who are innovative, adaptable, and fearless.”
There is much in this rich vision to unpack as we look to scripture to further interpret each significant phrase. We encourage everyone to read the full interpretive statement available by clicking here.
In preparation for engagement in the process that will continue to unfold at Annual Conference, we encourage people across the church to read the full document, study the scripture passages that undergird the document, engage in the Compelling Vision Bible Study, and reflect on the following questions:
How does the compelling vision reflect the soul of your congregation?
How does it reflect the soul of the Church of the Brethren?
What are the creative ways your congregation, your district, or the denomination as a whole, might embody this vision?
We also hope everyone will continue to bathe the process in prayer.
Compelling Vision Bible Study
The Compelling Vision Team has developed a 13-session Bible study series around the Compelling Vision available at no cost by clicking here.
When last year’s Conference was cancelled because of the pandemic, the Nominating Committee recommended deferring the 2020 ballot to 2021. Each person on the 2020 ballot has been asked their willingness to be considered in the 2021 vote. People holding positions elected by Annual Conference whose terms expired in 2020 have been asked their willingness to extend their terms until the election in 2021.
This has resulted in two ballots coming before the delegate body this year: the 2020 deferred ballot and the 2021 ballot.
Those elected from the 2021 ballot will serve the usual term for their office.
Those elected from the 2020 deferred ballot, except for the moderator-elect, will serve one year less than the usual term.
To view the ballots and details about the nominees click here.