Board & Reports

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 2020 board meeting.

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Board Member Resignation

Bryan, RI Resource Board Member since 2015, requested to be released from his role as a Board member due to other increasing responsibilities. The Board unanimously voted to release him. The names of potential replacements have been sent to the CMC Executive Board and await their approval.

Church Planting Meetings

Jerry (VP of Finance) shared highlights from recent church planting meetings. The church planting team was inspired by the RI Mission’s Consultation, and has been discussing new potential approaches to church planting. Some ideas centered around engaging young people in church planting, including terminology used and ways to maximize integration with the REACH program.

Opportunities Amidst the Pandemic

Joe (President) shared ways that RI’s workers continue to share Jesus during the pandemic. Two specific examples involved a couple from North Africa that is finding creative ways to meet seekers during lockdown and the youth hostel in South Asia where three young men from Hindu background are being actively discipled while the other residents have returned home.

Short-Term Programs

Isaac (Director of Short-Term Programs) shared about the challenges faced in 2020, and the ways that God has been gracious in the midst of trials. The department is moving forward with the new vision of “Only Jesus” for the upcoming year. Isaac shared how his faith has grown through an unexpected donation that covered the entire cost of bringing back the REACH teams early.

Human Resources

Colleen (Director of Human Resources) shared about her concern for certain staff members who have taken the brunt of the stress during the pandemic, and the risk of burnout. This is a challenging season, with new workers facing challenges in fundraising, and with RI recently having implemented a hiring freeze. Despite this, God has reminded her that he has given us his Word to guide our steps.

LAMP

Larry & Dot (LAMP Coordinators) shared about their gratitude for a recent donation for William, Laura, Willie and Jonatan, and their disappointment related to Dina’s recent departure from Thailand.

Rosedale Business Group

Larry & Dot (RBG Directors) talked about the decrease in Hemisphere Coffee sales, which is directly related to many churches suspending their weekly services. A thrift store project has been put on hold for the time being.

Finances

Jerry (VP of Finance) gave an overview of RI’s financial situation. While giving was weak during the first quarter, RI was able to secure a Paycheck Protection Program loan, which has made up for most of the deficit. Most or all of the loan will be forgiven, provided that RI maintains the same number of employees through the end of June. There are concerns about future financial implications if giving continues to fall short of expectations, and Jerry discussed various expense reduction options with the Board.

Partner Development

Andrew (Director of Partner Development) shared how Ride for Missions is being reimagined for 2020. Instead of a multi-day group ride, constituents will be encouraged to host one-day rides in their home communities, abiding by local guidelines. The Development Team is also discussing ways to do a virtual Taste of Missions, in place of the program that usually happens at Multiply.

The Board strongly encouraged RI to find good ways to communicate with constituents during the COVID-19 crisis and keep them connected with RI’s work. Merlin (Board Chair) will work with Joe and the Communications Team to develop a video to communicate with our constituency.

Future Meeting Dates

  • July 30, 2020, RIC, Columbus, OH
  • November 9-10, 2020, RIC, Columbus, OH
  • February 15, 2021, Kalona, IA
  • May 3, 2021, RIC, Columbus, OH