2019 Plan for Ministry

A copy of the slides presented by Tom Kokjer, Diocesan Treasurer, to the 2018 Diocesan Convention.

Tom Kokjer Ten-minute read.   Resources

The presentation was followed by a video Building Community in West Missouri which provides examples of how diocesan grants and funds are being used throughout the diocese.

Breakdown of the Ministry Plan

2009 vs 2019

Sources of Income 2009 vs 2019

History of Covenanted Portion Changes

2006 to 2019 Covenanted Portion

What We Learned from the Metrics Work Team

  • The metrics on the Annual Parochial Reports (APR) represent concrete measures of membership, participation and financial support.
  • The metrics on the APR in The Diocese of West Missouri mirror those of The Episcopal Church. For most there is a downward trend over the last several years.
  • The mirroring of national trends is true for both small and large churches.
  • Clergy leadership desires more ‘qualitative’ metrics, not currently considered on the APR.
  • Qualitative measures are more difficult to obtain and often require indirect measures to determine progress.
  • The Diocesan Council is currently engaged in examining the 2019 Plan for Ministry through a more qualitative lens to better drive desirable impact for the parishes across the diocese.

Comparing The Diocese of West Missouri to Similar Dioceses

Examples of Qualitative Lenses

From Natural Church Development by: Schwartz

  1. Empowering Leadership
  2. Gift Based Ministry
  3. Passionate Spirituality
  4. Effective Structures
  5. Inspiring Worship Services
  6. Holistic small groups
  7. Need–oriented Evangelism
  8. Loving Relationships

Detailed Breakdown

Breakdown of Administration & Governance

Significant Changes to Draft Budget

  • $68k in new budget reductions
  • $71k increase in investment income with utilization of Expansion Fund
  • Salary, wage & benefits include 1.5% COLA adjustment and 8.5% increase in health insurance expense.
  • $214k reduction (15%) in covenanted portions versus status quo.
    • Parochial reports positive
    • Investment performance positive

2019 Covenanted Portion Formula

  • Formula uses Operating Revenue less outreach for the prior two years.  The base is either the average of the two years or the prior year, whichever is lower.
  • The calculation on the base is:
    • 10.52% of the first $50,000
    • 11.37% of the next $50,000
    • 12.22% of the next $50,000
    • 13.92% on anything over $150,000      

Tom Kokjer is the Diocesan Treasurer.

Building Community in West Missouri

People from across the diocese tell their stories of how diocesan grants and funds are being used in their ministries and outreach.

Gary Allman 15 minute read.   Resources

2018 Gathering Presentations

Brief notes and useful links relating to the three Diocesan Convention Gathering presentations.

Five-minute read.   Resources

What We’re Learning About The Episcopal Church That Can Help Us Grow Spiritually

The Rev. Jay Sidebotham discusses where the church is going. Image: Gary Allman

The church, that wonderful and sacred mystery, is a community brought together by grace, as gift, not because of what church members have done, but because of what God has done in Christ. And the grace is just the starting point. The story doesn’t end there. As Annie Lamott says, the grace of God loves us enough to meet us where we are, but loves us too much to leave us there. So let me pose a few questions we must ask, prompted by the letter to the Ephesians: What is the way of life that lies before us? What is that way for our congregations, for our leaders, lay and clergy? What is the way for each person’s spiritual journey?

Resources

Inspiring Legacy Giving

John Hoskins provides information on establishing legacy giving. Image: Gary Allman

No additional information on legacy giving was available at the time of publishing. We’ll update this article when details are available.

Human Trafficking and the Sex Industry:  A Moral Challenge For The Church

Brittany Zampella details the horrific number of people involved in human trafficking. Image: Donna Field

Our Diocesan Convention was blessed to have Brittany Zampella as our speaker on Sex Trafficking.   She delivered an impassioned presentation imploring individuals to become aware of the “insidious injustice” of sex trafficking and the damage it does to trafficked victims, their families and our society.  Brittany emphasized the importance of abolishing the entire sex industry if we hope to rid ourselves of the horrific evil of young girls and women trafficked for the sole purpose of greed and male sexual gratification. 

Attendees were leaving the room after her presentation shaking their heads in disbelief that the problem of sex trafficking was so severe. Bravo and thanks to Brittany for a making a complex subject understandable. A  job well done. 

Mike McDonnell

Diocesan Convention in Pictures

The people and events of the 129th convention of The Diocese of West Missouri.

Five-minute read.   Resources
Friday, November 2. It wouldn’t be a diocesan convention if we didn’t take a group picture of all the assembled clergy (and clergy to be). Image: Gary Allman

People

Donna Parker, St. Mary Magdalene, and the Rev. Kary Man, Priest in Charge at Trinity Independence. Image: Gary Allman

The Gathering

The Rev. Jay Sidebotham discusses where the church is going. Image: Gary Allman

Convention Eucharist and Ordinations

Opening Eucharist of the 129th Convention of the Diocese of West Missouri. Image: Gary Allman

Banquet

Convention Banquet. Image: Donna Field

Business Session

Fr. Sid gets elected (we’re not sure what for…) Image: Gary Allman