Presiding Bishopric Financial Update, Summer 2017
In the second of three financial updates promised this year the Presiding Bishopric expresses its gratitude to church members for their generosity. The Bishopric shares details about the church’s current economic situation and decisions that were made at the June meeting of the World Church Finance Board.
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Scripture Resources Page Updated
Tony and Charmaine Chvala-Smith have revised an extensive list of study tools on www.CofChrist.org.
Several new titles were added to a collection of others that have proved their usefulness. Perhaps most important, the materials are aligned with "Scripture in Community of Christ.”
The list, Reliable Tools for Serious Scripture Study, is one of the many resources on the site. The volumes described are for personal or congregational use and include Bibles,
Tony Chvala-Smith is a Community of Christ Seminary professor and Charmaine Chvala-Smith is the seminary chaplain. Both are scripture and theology consultants at International Headquarters.
Saying Yes to Love and Hope, No to Fear and Doubt
When the World Church Finance Board arrived for its 3-4 June meeting at the Temple in Independence, Missouri, USA, members encountered more than 50 financial reports, numerous concerns, and multiple warnings about disturbing trends.
When the board left, it had a Worldwide Mission Budget of nearly $18.7 million for
Response to USA Withdrawal From Paris Climate Agreement
In response to the announcement of the withdrawal of the USA from the Paris Climate Agreement, the First Presidency said:
"An Enduring Principle of Community of Christ, based on numerous insights in scripture, is Sacredness of Creation. This fundamental principle of our faith calls us to join with God as stewards of care and hope for all of creation. In Doctrine and Covenants 165:1d we are called to “Pursue Peace on and for the Earth.” Today and in the future, Community of Christ will be faithful to our calling to protect and heal our environment as a mission priority."
International Youth Forum-USA Plans Underway
Plans are underway for 2018 International Youth Forum-USA (IYF USA). This is an international gathering where youth from around the world come together to celebrate and claim their place in Community of Christ. The event, held once every four years, is an awesome experience at the Community of Christ Temple in Independence, Missouri, USA that each youth has one chance to attend.
This special event will be July 19-20, 2018, for youth who have finished grades 9-12 (ages 15-19). Learn more.
April Contribution Update
Through April, we are almost $350,000 behind our 2017 Worldwide Mission tithing goal. Our ability to maintain current staffing and ministry levels depends on meeting this important goal. Please prayerfully consider making a gift in addition to your regular tithing contributions to help close the gap and sustain Christ’s mission, our mission.
Updated Congregation Pages Available
Expanded congregation pages on www.CofChrist.org/find-a-congregation are available. This provides an opportunity for congregations to share more information about themselves with website visitors.
New sections of the congregation page:
- Welcome — a statement welcoming visitors and seekers to their congregation
- Share with us — a list of worship and gathering times
- Our ministries — youth group, English as a Second Language courses, etc.
- Social media links — Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram
Current sections of the congregation page:
- Congregation contact information (phone, e-mail)
- Website link
- Leadership contact information
- Google map
- Mission center association
Visit the Liberty Congregation page for an example of an expanded congregation page.
Commentary on Principles From the First Presidency
The First Presidency has released commentary regarding priesthood morality in response to a referral from the 2016 World Conference.
The commentary is based
Priesthood Status Categories Update Arrives
Priesthood Status Categories is the second recent document supplied by church officials. It describes the Community of Christ ministry structure, which encourages faithfulness and is responsive to changing personal circumstances. Similar information can be found in the July/August Herald.
Child/Youth Worker Registration Required for Camp Staff
Mission center officers, youth ministers, and camp directors: Ensure 2017 camp staff members complete youth worker training and registration as soon as possible.
Registered Child and Youth Worker applications submitted well in advance of a camp’s start date will help avoid potential staff shortages or registration delays caused by a flurry of last-minute submissions. Applications are available at www.CofChrist.org/children-and-youth-worker-registration. Use rcywapps@CofChrist.org to submit completed RCYW applications for approval and registration.
The Office of General Counsel recently began offering the Child Protection – Quick Review for camp counselors and staff. This training was developed to provide a brief review of critical child protection issues that can be used as part of camp staff preparation and orientation. The Quick Review supplements, but does not replace, Child Protection Core Training. Many mission centers have received a copy of the Quick Review training from their field support minister. For more information, contact your FSM or legalservices@CofChrist.org.
Thank you to all mission center, congregational, and camping staff for your continued efforts ensuring that any person working with children and youth at Community of Christ events has received the youth worker Core training and has been registered as a youth worker on Shelby, the church’s membership database.
Community of Christ World Conference Resolutions
The 2016 World Conference authorized the First Presidency to make a selection of the resolutions that have current force and effect for the management of the church and further authorized the Presidency to make necessary editorial changes to bring the language into current usage.
The World Conference Resolutions are presented to give church leaders easy reference to them and for those who might be investigating Community of Christ to see the actions of our highest legislative body and know what the church stands for. A log of all World Conference enactments with copies are maintained in the church’s archives for the use of historians and researchers. The document will be housed in the Resource database on the church's website.
Submission of 2019 World Conference Resolutions
Resolutions to be considered by the 2019 World Conference should address significant issues that would concern the entire church. Resolutions should propose actions that are clearly defined, capable of being readily implemented, and aligned to directly address the concerns raised.
Resolutions submitted early in the inter-Conference period will benefit from having ample time for translation, collaborative review by church leaders and mission centers, and more thorough church-wide discernment.
World Conference Resolution 1308 “Time for Introduction
Resolved, That for legislation to come before World Conference, such legislation must be submitted to the First Presidency no later than one year before the opening of each World Conference.
The deadline for mission centers to submit items for 2019 World Conference consideration is April 6, 2018. Submissions should be sent to Susan Sloan, World Church secretary, at Community of Christ International Headquarters or to ssloan@CofChrist.org.
Letter Regarding Political Climate
The First Presidency and USA Apostles released a letter about the political climate in the USA:
If you are a congregational leader, we invite you to share this letter with your congregation.
Thank you for everything you do to support Christ’s mission!