2017 Realignment Announcement
Bishop Julius C. Trimble, in collaboration with the Extended Cabinet and with affirmation from the Conference Coordinating Council, has announced the following updates in the alignment of the Indiana Conference structure and ministry resources alongside the Conference mission, vision, and core values.
At the beginning of 2017 the Extended Cabinet, (comprised of the bishop, Executive Assistant to the Bishop, Conference Superintendents, Conference Directors, and the Communications Director) met over the course of three days to reflect on the ministry of the Indiana Conference and plan for the new quadrennium. Throughout the retreat, each ministry area shared glory sightings, hopes, concerns, and worked to establish a common language that guides this ministry with the bishop to the Conference.
As the time concluded the Extended Cabinet created a new set of core values of our mission and ministry within Indiana and throughout the world, as well as established a goal of being fully missional by 2020. The Core Values set in this work are as follows:
Missional, Accountable, Call, Connectional (MACC)
We seek to reach the mission field glocally. (global and local)
Matt. 28:18-20 (NRSV), Acts 1:8 (NRSV)
We strive for fruitfulness.
John 15:8 (NRSV)
We are all called.
2 Timothy 1:8b-9 (The Message)
We are stronger than one.
Eph. 4:11-13 (NRSV), I Cor. 12:12-14 (NRSV)
Throughout this conference year, Bishop Trimble has also worked with our Conference Lay Leader, the Coordinating Council, the Conference Council on Finance and Administration, the Extended Cabinet, and other staff and ministry leaders to connect in dialogue about the state of the Conference and its missional outlook.
Through the work of transition and with a new set of eyes to look at who we are as Indiana United Methodists, the bishop and Extended Cabinet continued to discover opportunities for Indiana to live into our God-given potential to impact our neighbors, communities, and the world abroad. This work allowed leadership to see new possibilities, to align our resources and ministry teams to more efficiently achieve our mission of “making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world by equipping the local church for ministry and providing a connection for ministry beyond the local church all to the glory of God.”
The intention in realignment is to provide thoughtful and efficient leadership to the Conference in a more sustainable model that allows us to better implement the Four Areas of Ministry Focus of The United Methodist Church across Indiana and the world. This shift is essential to Engage in Ministry with the Poor, Improving Global Health, Developing Principled Christian Leaders, as well as Creating New and Renewed Congregations.
As of May 1, 2017, Church Development and Leadership Development will have the following areas of responsibility as apart of the body of their work:
Church Development will continue to develop and plant existing and new vibrant congregations that are missional, multiplying; team based; so that our congregations are producing faithful disciples, fruitful leaders, and transformed communities. This area also includes revitalization and renewal for existing congregations and faith communities through resources and training. This ministry will also establish partnerships to engage a Discipleship Resource Team to equip local congregations to create systems that welcome those who have not yet formed a relationship with Jesus into their own discipleship experience, as well as provide disciples with opportunities for continued spiritual growth.
Leadership Development will continue to discover, develop, and deploy fruitful leaders through the work of Ministerial Services, Lay Leadership Development, as well as Clergy Leadership Development. Also, Leadership Development will have responsibility for the newly developed area of Emerging Leaders by caring for the development of children, youth, young adults and those that work alongside them.
In all of this work, we invite prayer for the process and dialogue in all areas of the Conference, districts, churches, and our ministries as we explore what it means to be fully engaged missionally.