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 November 2020 board meeting.
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Joe (President) and Isaac (Director of Short Term Programs) both shared about how well the REACH 2020 DTS is going, despite the drastically altered program. Dan leads the participants in manuscript Bible studies multiple days per week, and the young people are engaging deeply with scripture and catching a vision for how to replicate this approach in different settings.
Jerry (VP of Finances) stated that RI is on track to end 2020 with a small net income if year-end giving is strong. The RI recommended budget for 2021 is $2.8 million, the same amount as for the past three years. It is yet unclear how the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic may affect income and expenses. Jerry also recommended changes to improve RI’s equity program, particularly for overseas workers who have served with RI for an extended period. The board approved both the 2021 budget and the improvements to the equity program.
Andrew (Director of Partner Development) noted that the 2020 Ride for Missions raised approximately $102K from 78 riders. This is encouraging, considering what we expected. Last year’s ride brought in $104K from 44 riders. Additionally, the Multiply Missions Offering brought in approximately $70K from 79 givers. This was done exclusively by mail and online contributions. Last year’s offering at the Multiply Conference was $19K from 51 donors.
In Colleen’s absence, Joe shared about several recent hires.
Hannah began working in August as the Administrative Assistant for the Short Term Programs department. Mim has transitioned from her role as Prayer Coordinator to that of Volunteer Intercessor. Joel was hired in October to serve as Prayer Coordinator. Madalyn began serving as Media Coordinator in mid-November. We are grateful for these young leaders whom God has brought to RI.
Larry and Dot (Rosedale Business Group Directors) reported that COVID-19 restrictions are affecting their plans to have an in-person RBG board meeting, and may also impact the upcoming 2021 BOOST Retreat. They also mentioned that Nicaragua is increasing government scrutiny of incoming foreign funds, and they are concerned that this may impact RBG projects.
- February 15, 2021, Kalona, IA
- May 3, 2021, RIC, Columbus, OH
- August 5, 2021, Goshen, IN
- November 8, 2021, RIC, Columbus, OH