The Coordinating Council received an initial report on the Conference plan being formed in response to the impact of COVID-19 on Indiana churches. This plan is compatible with and accelerates the work previously done by the Blue Ribbon Taskforce, named by Bishop Trimble in July 2019. While some aspects of the pandemic have revealed encouraging possibilities, the Master Plan Team report represents Phase One in a series of steps that will be necessary to respond and stay ahead of the significant effects on the Conference in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In response to the work of the Master Plan Team, Bishop Trimble made it clear, “We’re addressing the moment without sacrificing the mission.” The Master Plan summary creates the foundation that establishes the missional priorities upon which the adaptive work will be done as leaders address the trend that shows a reduction of tithes received by the Conference. The Phase One report will shape more detailed plans and decisions to be made in weeks to come.