In a long day of work on Saturday, Nov. 7, the 2015 Shenandoah District Conference debated and agreed to continue to work on the issue of Congregations Out of Agreement with Annual Conference Decisions.
The conference, with a delegate body of 285 voting delegates from 85 congregations, first rejected a recommendation to adopt a framework of response proposed by the District Leadership Team (DLT). After further discussion, the delegates adopted a second DLT recommendation that a resolution proposed by the Crab Run/Damascus congregations be used as a working document to craft a framework of response to a congregation in disagreement with an Annual Conference decision.
In earlier actions, the conference:
1. adopted a vision statement:
Together we reach out with Jesus...
To do the work of the great commission making disciples, baptizing, and teaching,
To continue ministries of healing, peace, justice and grace to all,
To encourage, challenge and equip our congregations for mission,
To nurture congregational life seeking the blessings of the Holy Spirit through prayer,
To identify the gifts of people and call them into ministry.
2. approved a 2016 budget of $351,095 (almost $3,700 below the current year's budget) and
3. approved a leadership slate:
Moderator-elect: J. Diann Whetzel (Front Royal)
Clerk: Bernie Fuska (Timberville)
Gifts Discernment and Calling Team: Mary Sue McDonald (Greenmount)
Program & Arrangements Committee: Anita Landes (Mill Creek)
Standing Committee: Jerry Funkhouser (Wakemans Grove)
Leadership Team Chair (one-year interim): Jonathan Prater (Mt. Zion/Linville)
Church Development & Evangelism Team Chair: Dave Chappell (White Hill)
Ministerial Leadership Team Chair: Jan Orndorff (Sugar Grove)
Outdoor Ministries Team Chair: Grant Simmons (Arbor Hill)
Conference by the numbers:
285 voting delegates, 80 non-delegates
Friday worship attendance, 268, and offering for the Nigeria Crisis Fund, $2,803.28;
Saturday attendance, 365, and offering for District ministries, $2,345.
The conference closed at 5:45 p.m. after a consecration service for 2016 Moderator David R. Miller (Montezuma) and Moderator-elect Diann Whetzel (Front Royal).
Look for more conference coverage in the weekly Shenandoah Update and in the conference review edition of the December/January Shenandoah Journal, due to be distributed at the end of November.