RI’s Board is made up of nine business and church leaders. They meet four times a year, providing guidance for RI’s operation, programs, personnel, and policy. The board works with administrative staff to shape RI’s vision and provide accountability for fulfilling that vision.
Highlights from the May 2021 board meeting.
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Joe (President) shared about his recent trips to Greenwood, DE, Lancaster, PA, and Harrisonburg, VA in which he visited donors, pastors, and other ministry partners. He mentioned the importance of staying connected with supporters in the absence of a Director of Partner Development. He then highlighted an invitation to add videos to CMC’s “Equipper” collection. We want to empower CMC pastors to lead their congregations in mission but without simply adding more tasks to their plates. Joe then drew attention to the Church Planting Catalyst report and Brian Hershberger’s restatement of the goal as: “We want to have 160 thriving CMC churches by 2030.” The Board took time to listen to Jesus and then discuss the questions: 1) What kind of steps should CMC be taking to encourage urban ministries or partnerships? and 2) What will it take to instill disciple-making into our DNA?
Tom (Asia Regional Director) shared that 2021 has been rocky due to a resurgence of COVID-19. Thailand’s restrictions have created difficulties for Jacob as he attempts to secure a long-term visa, but although their work and ministry are limited, the family continue to build relationships. The 58:12 Thailand team is very busy, and caring for several short-term placements in their children’s home. The team anticipates some transition as two families prepare for home assignment over the summer months. In Southeast Asia, the team continues their ministry of discipleship and evangelism. They are praising God for around 50 total conversions and 24 baptisms since the spring of 2020! In South Asia, Tom reported that although the team was able to resume many of their activities earlier in 2021, a new wave of COVID-19 has caused the region to return to lockdown. Although outreach is slowed, Tom highlighted positive developments out of the hostel, where several boys are being discipled.
Jerry (VP of Finance) presented the RI financial report for the first quarter of 2021. RI is in a solid financial position despite continuing challenges. Total income showed a significant increase while total expenses declined sharply. This decline was largely driven by the changes made in Short Term Programs due to COVID-19. Jerry anticipates that expenses for 2021 will be affected by the size and locations of the upcoming REACH training, and will start to increase when RI’s recent hires come on board. The Board also briefly discussed the allocation of funds for the RIC roof replacement project.
Colleen (HR Director) shared that travel continues to be challenging due to COVID-19. Thailand has presented difficulties as a number of workers plan to leave for home assignment and another hopes to return to Thailand. In North Africa, the team is happy to be together again as several workers returned or were deployed to the region in March. Colleen reported that Dawn has agreed to take over the member care role for the Mediterranean region. This transition allows Colleen to focus on the upcoming Calibrate module in June and will make her load more manageable going forward.
Isaac (Director of Short-Term Programs) shared about his recent trip to Utica, NY to visit the REACH team there. He was pleased with the vision of the church and the potential for outreach. He also stated that the Interns are doing very well this year. Unfortunately, due to a smaller pool of potential candidates, finding REACH team leaders and RI Interns for 2022 has been a challenge. Isaac requested prayer for health and safety for all who will be involved with City Challenge this year, as well as for the upcoming staff transitions which will take place later this summer.
Larry and Dot (RBG Directors) reported their experience attending the Business as Mission (BAM) Global Conference. Key themes included: 1) Everyone is called to be on mission, and 2) There is no sacred-secular divide. They also shared their plans to travel to Nicaragua to help oversee the distribution of the tin roofing materials for hurricane relief which were provided by CMC donations. While in Nicaragua, they will also work with Diego Chavarria, whose annual coffee output was diminished by recent hurricanes.
Larry and Dot (LAMP Coordinators) updated the RI Board on discussion around LAMP strategy. They stated that business skills may be very important for future LAMP workers. A board member shared the difficulty of hearing of the mishandling of funds by the Concilio in Ecuador, and highlighted the need for greater training for the Ecuadorian leaders.
- August 5, 2021, Clinton Mennonite School, Goshen, IN
- November 8, 2021, RIC, Columbus, OH
- February 14, 2022, Fairview Mennonite Church, Kalona, IA
- May 2, 2022, RIC, Columbus, OH