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Mission Activities and RMC Finances Evaluated at Executive Committee »
During the February 26 Executive Committee meeting, members heard reports by directors regarding their departments–literature evangelism, education, and ministerial--but considerable time was spent reviewing the financial health of the Rocky Mountain Conference.
George Crumley, VP for finance reported that gross tithe for 2018 totaled $17,213,289, which was a 5.29 percent increase over 2017 tithe. “Our Rocky Mountain Conference Advance offerings totaled $231,250 for 2018, which amounted to a slight increase of 0.29 percent over 2017,” Crumley said. He also reported that the RMC operating fund ended with an unaudited gain of just under $200,000. Committee members were also apprised that the Adventist Book Center continues to struggle with their revenues eroded by other distribution sources for the products that they sell.
The Conference’s revised budget for 2019 was approved. “Basically, for 2019 the conference is budgeting 98.50 percent of 2018 base tithe, which is slightly more conservative than the 2018 budget that was voted,” Crumley stated.
During his President’s report, Ed Barnett shared information about Campion Board taking steps to stabilize the school financially, building up their endowment. “With funds from the sale of the industrial park invested, they have already realized $75,000 from this asset,” he stated. He also expressed his hope that Mile High Academy's debt will soon be eliminated. “They are working hard to eliminate that debt,” he commented before the Committee members paused for a moment of prayer.
Eric Nelson, VP for administration informed the committee of efforts to fill three open pastoral Cañon City and the Gillette district. The Committee approved a request to recognize closure of the Douglas, Wyoming church based on membership attrition, as nearly all church members have left the area and worship in nearby churches.
The Committee voted a recommendation to the MAUC to approve ordination for Andy Nash, pastor of LifeSource Fellowship, and Michael Morss, associate pastor from Campion.
In his report about Literature Evangelism, director Matt Hasty introduced to Committee members a YOUTH RUSH, a program created to involve, motivate, and train young people in literature ministry. Campion Academy currently has six students working five afternoons a week, and three students work three mornings per week.
“Their stories are very encouraging,” and their enthusiasm speaks well of their engagement in this mission, he said. Hasty also reported on emphasis in the Glow Track training for small literature distribution. He has visited six churches and handed out some 9,000 tracts. His goal is to involve a total of 15 churches this year.
During the presentation on Adventist Education in RMC, superintendent Lonnie Hetterle spoke about five goals for the education department, listing several areas of priority, including seeing Mile High Academy's debt eliminated; to have $10 million in the Campion endowment; to increase the core values of CHERISH; to increase distance learning within RMC; and increasing the professional development of teachers.
Michelle Velbis, school principal in Pueblo and coordinator of the Encounter Bible teaching program shared testimonies of students of how the program has not only increased their Bible knowledge, but also strengthened their spiritual outlook.
In his Ministerial and Evangelism report, director Mickey Mallory informed the group of a recent workshop by Ron Price, Executive Committee member from Farmington, New Mexico, who presented conflict resolution and prevention to our pastors from throughout the conference. He also explained the plan for s Lay Pastor Training Workshop to be held in the fall of 2019. Plans are also being put in place for VOP Discovery Center resources to be used in 2020 for evangelism by our churches.
The RMC Executive Committee voted to support Adventist World Radio in the production of the Navajo Radio Project along with North American Division and other conferences in the Four Corners area. Still being developed, this will be part of their worldwide effort to reach and evangelize special people groups.