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Required Reports Page Ann Arbor District Council on Ministry ..................................................................................................158 Blue Water District Council on Ministry.................................................................................................159 Crossroads District Council on Ministry................................................................................................161 Detroit Renaissance District Council on Ministry..................................................................................162 Marquette District Council on Ministry ..................................................................................................163 Saginaw Bay District Council on Ministry .............................................................................................164 Conference Leadership Team Personnel Committee...........................................................................166 Conference Staff Policy Committee (no report received) .....................................................................167 Conference Leadership Development Committee (no report received) ...............................................167 Conference Director of Connectional Ministries ...................................................................................167 New Church Development Committee .................................................................................................169 Conference Council on Youth Ministry (no report received) .................................................................170 United Methodist Men...........................................................................................................................170 United Methodist Women .....................................................................................................................171 Committee on Standing Rules..............................................................................................................172 Conference Council on Finance and Administration.............................................................................173 Board of Ordained Ministry (no report received) ..................................................................................174 Board of Pension and Health Benefits..................................................................................................174 Steps to Retirement..............................................................................................................................181 Board of Trustees .................................................................................................................................188 Board of Christian Education................................................................................................................188 Board of Church and Society................................................................................................................189 Board of Discipleship............................................................................................................................190 Board of Global Ministries ....................................................................................................................195 Michigan Area Loan Fund.....................................................................................................................203 United Methodist Foundation................................................................................................................204 Methodist Children’s Home Society (no report received) .....................................................................205 United Methodist Retirement Communities (no report received)..........................................................205 Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry.................................................................................205 Adrian College .............................................................................................................................205 Africa University ...........................................................................................................................206 Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary...................................................................................207 Perkins School of Theology .........................................................................................................209 United Theological Seminary .......................................................................................................210 Wesley Theological Seminary ......................................................................................................211 Board of Outdoor and Retreat Ministries (no report received)..............................................................212 Commission on Communications (no report received).........................................................................212 Commission on Equitable Compensation.............................................................................................212 Commission on Archives and History ...................................................................................................213 Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns ...............................................................214 Commission on the Laity ......................................................................................................................215 Commission on Religion and Race ......................................................................................................216 Committee on Episcopacy....................................................................................................................217 Committee on Memoirs ........................................................................................................................217 Committee on Hispanic/Latino Ministry ................................................................................................219 Committee on Native American Ministry...............................................................................................220 Ethnic Local Church Concerns Committee (no report received) ..........................................................221 Disability Concerns Committee ............................................................................................................222 Conference Protection Policy Committee.............................................................................................222 Michigan Area Reporter (no report received) 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DISTRICT LEADERSHIP COUNCILS ANN ARBOR DISTRICT The ministries of the congregations of the Ann Arbor District continue to thrive and grow; there is a strong partnership of the clergy and laity in making disciples for Jesus Christ. In 2012 there was continued emphasis on the ANN ARBOR DISTRICT HIGH FIVE PLUS FIVE PROGRAM, with goals: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Show a 5% growth in membership for 2012; Have a 5% growth in local church giving and Annual Conference apportionment giving; Become a praying and Word-driven church carrying out its witness and ministry; Show a 5% growth in Sunday morning worship attendance; and, If you are not growing, DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT!

At 2012 DETROIT ANNUAL CONFERENCE, it was reported that the Ann Arbor District had: 1. 2.

The greatest growth in membership, and The greatest growth in worship attendance.

The Ann Arbor District promotes equipping the laity and a LEADERSHIP TRAINING DAY was held January 21 at Chelsea First UMC. The keynote speaker was Betsy Marvin, Director of High School and Young Adults Ministry at Cornerstone Church in Grand Rapids. Six workshops were offered: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Irresistible Worship Set the Temperature on WARM (“Offer Hospitality Without Grumbling”) Reaching the Heart & Mind Through the Eyes (better use of media) Meetings that Matter Why Small Churches Matter Building a Youth Ministry

There are active mission projects in the Ann Arbor District and in many churches within the District. The LIBERIA TASK FORCE is in the twelfth year of covenant with the Liberia Annual Conference. We were fortunate to have Rev. Jacob Nathan of Rivercess District, Liberia, as a visitor to the Ann Arbor District in May. We were blessed to hear about his passion for the youth of Rivercess, his churches, and his commitment to do something substantive to help the spouses and families of the Rivercess UMC pastors. In addition, the Ann Arbor District has a strong covenant with the Methodist Church of HAITI to work with them and the people of Haiti in various ways. The Hot Lunch Program, school supplies, medical supplies, sewing supplies and joining Volunteers in Mission (VIM) teams are among the many things our churches have helped with. The Ann Arbor District has an active LAY SERVANT MINISTRIES program (formerly called LAY SPEAKING MINISTRIES) with courses offered twice a year. The Spring 2012 School was held at St. Paul’s UMC in Monroe on April 14 and 28. In addition to basic and refresher courses, advanced courses were offered in Small Group Ministry and Next Church Now. The Fall 2012 School was held at First UMC of Ypsilanti on Oct 20 and Nov 3. In addition to basic and refresher classes, advanced classes were offered 158

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in Living Our United Methodist Beliefs and From Your Heart to Theirs: How do you give an effective sermon? A very successful BISHOPS DAY for the Ann Arbor District was held at First United Methodist Church in Saline on March 10, 2012 with over 200 attending. The day highlighted health and healthcare with an emphasis on new ways for the church to minister in the world. The two keynote speakers were: Molly Kaser, CEO of the Center for Family Health in Jackson, MI. CFFH has advocated for access to health care particularly to the poor and underserved in the Jackson area for over 20 years. Ms. Kaser’s experience with CFFH since 1990 gives her a unique perspective concerning the challenges in healthcare. She spoke about those needs and the ways that congregations can help. Nyahah Dunbar has worked with UMCOR since 2009, and currently serves as the Grants Officer for the United Methodist “Imagine No Malaria” initiative. Her previous experience while in Africa as Health Programs Coordinator with UMCOR and also as a Peace Corp volunteer have given her real understanding of the ongoing health crises in Africa. Her keynote focused on the impact that any size congregation can have on saving lives in the name of Jesus Christ. The District has outstanding leadership among both clergy and laity, who are frequently recognized. In 2012 Susan Walker of Belleville First United Methodist Church was awarded the HARRY DENMAN LAY AWARD for evangelism at Detroit Annual Conference. The ANN ARBOR DISTRICT PALOOZA was held on July 28 at Brighton FUMC. It was well attended with several church music groups providing entertainment and District Superintendent Mark Spaw grilling the hot dogs. A chance for clergy and laity to relax in Christian fellowship; it was good food, good friends and good music! UNITED METHODIST WOMEN is very active in the Ann Arbor District (please see the UMW report.) UNITED METHODIST MEN has not been as active. Seeking to revitalize UMM in the Ann Arbor district, a gathering of men from the nine churches in Livingston County Cluster is being planned. Churches within the Ann Arbor district are creative and outgoing in reaching disciples for Jesus Christ in their area. As one example an engaging project at Canton Friendship UMC was called “The Church Has Left the Building” or T.C.H.L.T.B. They advertised this with the headline “Local Church Closes its Doors.” They met at the church for a brief devotional, and then went out to the community for service projects with a goal of 100% participation of the congregation. To learn more about the ministries occurring in the Ann Arbor District, check the monthly newsletter at the district website: John Wharton, Ann Arbor District Lay Leader

BLUE WATER DISTRICT “Rethinking Blue Water” was the theme for the BWD (Blue Water District) in 2012 as we embarked upon a District Restructuring process. 159

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A Restructuring Taskforce under the direction of Rev. DeAnn Dobbs had their first information meetings with the members of the local churches in October of 2011. From these meetings were gathered responses for areas of repeated interest and insights from the people who attended the meetings. The three words which were mentioned over and over again during the informational meetings were connecting, support & training. After much prayer and work the Restructuring Taskforce presented a proposal to the churches in the Blue Water District in early May 2012. This proposal developed around a Leadership Team that would be the central “Hub” for the new structure, to which the local churches connect. “Where visions are cast, objectives are defined and Christ is honored!” Parts of the old structure required in the Book of Discipline remained along with the new structure consisting of the Leadership Team, Training, Connecting, Supporting, and Financing Teams. On September 9, 2012 at the Blue Water District Conference the new structure and Team members were presented and approved by the membership. Clergy Retreat: The Blue Water District held their annual clergy retreat at the Lake Huron Retreat Center January 24 and 25, 2012 with 53 clergy in attendance. Rev. John Thornburg was the keynote speaker. Rev. Thornburg shared his vast experience in music teaching the attendees how to encourage their congregations to learn new songs. Bishop’s Day: “Stamping out killer diseases of poverty by improving health globally.” was the focus of Bishop’s Day. It took place at Port Huron: First UMC on March 3, 2012. Rev. Dr. William Dobbs shared a moving worship message. Dr. G. Scott Morris was the keynote speaker. He started the Church Health Center (CHC) in Memphis, Tennessee. The CHC’s mission is to seek to reclaim the Church’s biblical commitment to care for your bodies and spirits. Over 425 people attended and a special offering of $1,775 was collected for the CHC. Praise God for such a great turnout and out pouring of love! Christian Education: Christian Education in the Blue Water District continues to grow with renewed energy! Our focus for the year was to make sure that churches were educated in child protection safety holding a minimum of one training per month throughout the district. The district also continues to provide support for local churches through new and recycled Sunday School material, bible studies for all ages, and VBS materials. This year our Christian Education Department also partnered with the local agencies to provide CPR training for free to our church members. Our Youth Lay Speaking weekend retreat was held in Snover, MI, where we had a great time learning and fellowshipping with each other. We were also able to rejoice when our first two youth received their certified youth lay speaking certificates. As the momentum of supporting our youth throughout the district continues to grow we will be introducing new youth leadership programs in 2013. Praise be to God and his children as we join together in the BWD to bridge the generations together within God’s love. Free Stores: 2012 was a busy year for the two Free Stores in the district. They continue to thrive and grow. By God’s Grace, the Zone 1 UM Free Store expanded to allow additional room to store furniture. The Blue Water UM Free Store expanded and moved to a new location out growing their latest location very quickly. Praise God that there are folks willing to serve the Lord as the hands and feet in this vital ministry!


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UMM: The Blue Water District (BWD) United Methodist Men (UMM) held their Spring Rally on May 6, 2012 at Port Huron: First UMC. Mr. Greg Arnold, a retired UMM worker from Missouri, was the guest speaker. The annual meeting in the fall was at Port Sanilac UMC on October 14, 2012. The men enjoyed a dinner and entertainment from a choral group that evening as well. UMW: “Spending Time Taking Care of Ourselves” was the theme for the Blue Water District UMW’s spring retreat. Rev. Joanne Bartelt, District Superintendent, was the retreat leader. The women still fondly recall what fun they had and how much their spirits were renewed. The 26th annual prayer breakfast “Here I am Lord” was held at North Street UMC. Various female clergy from around the district were the special speakers. Rev. Faith Fowler, pastor of Cass Community UMC and Director of Cass Social Services Agency, was the keynote speaker of the BWD UMW’s annual meet at Lexington UMC in October. District Superintendent: District Superintendent, Rev. Joanne Bartelt’s focus in 2012 was on healthy life, both physically and spiritually. She encouraged churches to serve healthy snacks at events and brought in speakers throughout the year that focused on renewing the spirit and developing a healthy body. Rev. Bartelt hosted her annual pig roast at North Street UMC in August, where clergy and laity from around the district and outside the district gathered in fellowship and enjoyed great food. The annual clergy and laity Christmas parties were planned for December 7th and 20th, respectively, at the DS’s home. The clergy party was welled attended. Five District Superintendents from both conference stopped by to enjoy the festivities. Unfortunately, bad weather led to the cancelation of the laity party that will be rescheduled for a later date. 2012 was a great year for the BWD. God blessed us with many opportunities and walked us through the valleys. We look hopefully and expectantly toward the future praising God all the way. Respectfully submitted by, Reverend Thomas Sayers DBOM & CE Chair (2012) and Leadership Team Chairperson (2012-present) Reverend Linda Fuller

CROSSROADS DISTRICT The Crossroads District is on a mission to thrive as healthy, holy, whole people of God. We desire to see each local church connected to Christ, who is the life-giving Vine, and connected to one another as we share in the labor which produces fruit that is good. In Holy Conversation at the invitation of Rev. Dr. Tara Sutton, clergy and laity gathered to share hopes for the ministry of our district. Three task forces were formed: Refreshing the Vision, Discerning Critical Areas of Opportunity, and Establishing Missional Insight. The visioning process resulted in a fresh mission / vision statement: The mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world calls us to envision a transformed Crossroads district of connected spiritual leaders and churches fully reflecting the kingdom of God. Five core values have been identified, and further work around these values will allow us to resource local churches in focused, critical areas of opportunity through which we will share the good news of Jesus Christ with unbelievers and lead believers in deepening discipleship. These areas of opportunity are 1) Living Christ-centered; 2) Forming healthy leaders; 3) Embracing Intentional


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Diversity; 4) Developing Collaborative Relationships; 5) Connecting Congregations to Communities. We continue to explore these opportunities as we seek to establish strategies which will help us do two things: resource local churches within their particular mission field and call local congregations to participate in the connectional sharing of ministry assets, passions, and gifts for the greater good of God’s Kingdom. In May we shared together in a District Day of prayer. In June 2013 we will follow up on our 2011 mission in rural areas of Genesee County as Crossroads UMC now goes on mission in Flint. We are coordinating with the Haiti/Liberia Task force to send two district mission teams to Haiti in the fall of 2013. Through recent leadership transitions, we know that our God is faithful and our God able. God works all things together for the good of those who are called according to God’s purpose! Each leader has sown seeds of faith in good soil, and those seeds are taking root and growing. We are served faithfully and well by our District staff Cheryl Rentschler, Administrative Assistant; Rev. Kristen Parks, Youth Consultant; Lynn Manderville, Christian Education Consultant; and Carl Kinney, Treasurer. This team is blessed to be a blessing. I celebrate them as we join with our District Superintendent Rev. Dr. Tara Sutton in joyful service to the Lord and the people of the Crossroads District. Please continue to pray with us for the lost and the hurting. May the Lord give us increase by new converts to the faith. May we share the gospel of Jesus Christ with passion and conviction as we share our lives with those we encounter on our way. May we be attentive to the promptings of God’s Holy Spirit and watch for the miracles which reveal God’s glory. May we all witness to the light, and prepare the way of the Lord. Know God, Serve Christ, Share Hope! Rev. LuAnn Rourke, Crossroads District Leadership Team Chairperson Rev. Dr. Tara Sutton, District Superintendent

DETROIT RENAISSANCE DISTRICT In its second year as the Detroit Renaissance District, we have continued to strive toward the goal of fully being the hands of God bringing renaissance to the metropolitan Detroit area while strengthening and resourcing the churches of our district. Among the many significant things that took place in our district in the past year… •


Our district launched the Hands4Detroit event which brought our churches together to celebrate our oneness in Christ and our common commitment to be faithful to our missions in the City of Detroit. This event helped to transform neighborhoods as well as witness the transformation of personal lives. We welcomed a total of 1,000 participants for the day and hosted a mission fair that enabled churches to learn about various established missions in the city and provided ways to connect with them for future ministry as United Methodists. Immediately following the event, we have had inquiries from other groups who showed interest in partnering with us for our next Hands4Detroit, which is scheduled for October 5, 2013.

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Chuck Gaidica, who took part in the planning of Hands4Detroit, invited the churches of our District to sell “Cuddle Bears” and his book “Tommy Starts Something Big” for Christmas as a common way to raise funds to support their efforts to be in mission for others. It was a very gracious offer and opportunity for us as a district.

Our Leadership Team provided support, along with the Methodist Union, for a Missionary in Residence program bringing Rev. Mark Stephenson from Cape Town, South Africa to the Detroit area, and a Visioning and Strategic Planning project bringing Rev. Phil Schroeder from Atlanta, Georgia to work with eleven south Oakland County churches.

Our Mission Inspiration Team reorganized and expanded, and determined the direction for the next four years establishing its focus to be on 1. Liberian Pastoral Support; 2. enable all Churches to be in Mission; and 3. to promote a specific project in one of our Partner Districts every four years. In support of our covenant with Haiti, Rev. Dan Hart and Ruby Anderson were supported financially on a fact finding trip to Haiti. In support of our partnership with Liberia, a motor bike was purchased for the superintendent of the Tappita District. This committee is looking forward to having its Liberian Prayer Book on sale at District functions and at Annual Conference with the proceeds going toward a Liberian project.

At the beginning of Advent we held a Clergy District Christmas Brunch at Farmington: First UMC to celebrate our life together with our clergy families and leadership team.

In addition, United Methodist Women, United Methodist Men, Youth, and Lay Servant ministries all continue to grow and thrive.

As we look ahead to this next year, our district leadership team plans, with District Superintendent Rev. Melanie Carey’s leadership and God’s help, to build on the successes of the past and continuing the work of stimulating a renaissance of faith, respect, care, and growth in our greater community and the world. Respectfully submitted by Rev. Robert Brenner, District Leadership Team chairperson

MARQUETTE DISTRICT Like the life-giving waters of the Great Lakes, the Marquette District ministers through her people and the churches of her communities. As congregations spread far and wide across both the Upper Peninsula and Northern Tip of the Lower Peninsulas, we share in a connectional bond well worth celebrating. The 2012 District Learning Fair gathered Methodists from across the District at Marquette First UMC, for an informative celebration entitled, “Tools for Enhancing Your Ministry”. Keynote speaker, Margaret Madison, Missionary with the General Board of Global Ministry (and former Church and Community Worker with God’s Country Cooperative Parish) offered her warmth with familiar graciousness as she shed with the assembly. All applauded too the success of the date change to the first Saturday in October, avoiding the winter snows.


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The last Bishop’s Day was celebrated at Ishpeming Wesley UMC, March 17th, with Michaela Barnhart an officer of the Conference Youth as the keynote speaker. The First District-wide Confirmation Retreat was celebrated at Camp Michigamme. Rev. Scott Lindenberg, lead Confirmands, mentors, and clergy in a two day Christian formation experience May 4th and 5th. All greatly enjoyed the camaraderie of the event and plans are underway for next year’s gathering. In June the district bid farewell to District Superintendent Rev. Grant Lobb and his wife Debi at Gladstone Memorial UMC. Rev. Lobb served the district seven fruitful years. September 22nd marked Camp Michigamme Day. Rev. Bill Verhelst preached at the annual worship, social, and fundraising event. Members of the Negaunee Men’s Chorus gospel quartet provided special music for the gathering. Also in September we celebrated the installation of our new District Superintendent Rev. Elbert Dulworth. The installation, held at Marquette First UMC, was presided over by newly appointed Bishop, Bishop Deborah Kiesey. Rev. Dulworth was presented symbolic gifts representing the diverse cultures and locations throughout the UP. He and his wife Dawn greeted assembled laity and clergy at the social which followed. In November Gladstone Memorial UMC hosted the annual Double-Header meeting of the District Board of Missions and District Conference. Together we honored the legacy of Salisbury UMC and in its closing remembered the many families and individuals who were served faithfully through the congregation’s life. We are excited, looking to the coming year, at the fresh breezes blowing across the waters drawing Methodists from all parts of Michigan, both near and far, into closer ministry together. Respectfully submitted Rev. Scott Harmon, DECC Chair

SAGINAW BAY DISTRICT Our District Council on Ministry started 2012 with several new leaders and members, as well as a dedicated few from previous years. Our team includes the District Superintendent, Lay Leader, Ministry and Education Facilitator and the Training and Supporting Congregations (T.A.S.C.) chairperson. In addition, we have a leader for each of the following ministry areas: Children’s Ministries, Youth Ministries and Young Adult Ministries. We are constantly seeking ways to support, encourage and resource the local church in making Disciples for Jesus Christ. Training and Supporting Congregations (T.A.S.C.) – One exciting way we are currently supporting our local churches and church leaders is through the expansion of the “To-Go” Ministries. The T.A.S.C. team, responding to requests from those groups, has created a “Leadership Training - To-Go!” Pastors and laity take training modules to the local churches, and in a workshop/lecture format, provide training in the areas of Finance, SPRC, Administration, Evangelism, Marketing, Missions, Lay Leaders, Trustees, Worship, Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, Young Adults’ Ministry, Women’s Ministry, and Men’s Ministry as well as Out of the Box Thinking. These modules run from 90 minutes to a half-day, depending on the session. In addition, each event includes a session 164

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on “How to Run a Meeting” and each participant receives a CD full of valuable resources to take home. In our geographical area where we have hundreds of miles separating our churches, we are providing on-site training. We are responding to the call to provide the tools needed by the local churches to fulfill the Great Commission. T.A.S.C. also has an exciting Bishop’s Day planned for March 16th this year. They have scheduled Rev. Bob Farr, author of Renovate or Die: 10 Ways to Focus Your Church on Mission. We are also excited to have Bishop Deborah Kiesey scheduled to join us. Ministry and Education Facilitator, Melene Wilsey, is the sparkplug behind the rest of our To-Go Ministries. She continues to generate new and valuable ideas, working with other team members, pastors and laity. Worship Arts - To Go Ministry - A worship arts team that creates and networks with the local church in the usage of worship arts. A worship service is the most common entry point into the life of a church; therefore a meaningful worship experience can equip leaders and transform lives. The ministry seeks to support the local church in their spiritual journey by providing a variety of free worship arts. These worship arts include visual worship arts such as woodworking, sculpting, weaving, fabric draping, painting – water and oil, plus chalk, mechanical movement, etc. to be incorporated into worship art themes. Also included are banners, music and video for each worship theme. This ministry will continue to look for ways to incorporate new and innovative ways to support, encourage and resource the local church in making Disciples for Jesus Christ through worship. V.B.S. – To Go! - Vacation Bible School continues to be used as a mission field for Christ! Even though Vacation Bible School offerings have declined by 12% since 1997, many churches in our district have overcome the primary reason for this decline by focusing on supporting their pastors, leaders and teachers. Our district asked the question, “Would the offering of a Christian Education - Visual Resource Center be beneficial to your church? The overwhelming support from the district churches confirmed the need for a new ministry called V.B.S. - To Go! This Vacation Bible School ministry started with the concept of saving the local church time and money, by incorporating a Christian Education Visual Resource and Prop Center facility. In order to serve our district churches, a variety of themes are offered. The themes include Surf/Beach, Camp/Hiking, Jungle, Western, Cooking, World’s Fair, etc. along with a variety of V.B.S. curriculum kits, music and assembly DVD’s, visual resources and props. The expansion of this ministry includes an on-line viewing of themes, Biblical stories/scriptures for each curriculum kit, selecting and listening to V.B.S. theme songs and a variety of prop pictures offered based on V.B.S. themes. It has been exciting to see how God has used V.B.S. - To Go to resource leaders in the church, so they feel supported and empowered to continue the outreach ministry of V.B.S. in their community Christmas Program – To Go! Being aware of the spiritual impact children can have in our churches as they share the Good News of Jesus Christ in a Christmas program, a need to help the local churches became apparent. It can be a powerful mission ministry but the reality is that many churches no longer provide this opportunity for their churches or their children. Based on this information, our District developed The Christmas Program - To Go, which includes a fun environment of learning and celebrating Jesus birth, through worship arts for children.


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Each Christmas Program - To Go includes upbeat music and worship arts elements, such as the Roman Soldier Stomp, fiber-optic light dance, trash can band (Song - We Three Kings), liturgical dance, steamer dance, puppet and drama. The children are invited to attend and learn a Christmas Program in one Saturday workshop day. After that, with only two more practices at their local church, they are ready to share this Christmas Worship Arts Christmas Program with their church! The scripts, choreograph descriptions, worship arts elements, props and music are given to each church at The Christmas Program - To Go event. This program changes every year and can be easily adapted to fit a wide range of children, youth and adults. It is an al-a-carte program, as you can pick and choose what portions of the program you will incorporate into your program. In November, Melene hosted a Children’s Christmas Worship Festival in Midland. During the event, she introduced the current Christmas-to-Go Program. The event involved seventy-nine participants from thirteen churches, with four of the churches being firsttime attendees. This ministry continues to grow and touch our local congregations. Lay Speaking Ministries - Our District is blessed to have 109 Certified Lay Servants and 67 Local Church Lay Servants. This active committee hosts training events across our large geographical area, and hosts special weekend events for our youth and young adults. Safe Sanctuaries - We continue to support the Detroit Conference Protection Policy by offering approximately 10 trainings per year. These 3 hour trainings cover the certification process and practical safety procedures for overcoming physical and sexual abuse. Loons Baseball Game – The leadership team strives to foster community spirit throughout the District by hosting events to build relationships. In August, 550 people of all ages from across our District attended a Loons baseball game In Midland. This exciting crossgenerational event brought smiles to everyone, and was so well-received that we will host another baseball game this year. Respectfully submitted by Pat Gruber, Chairperson, District Council on Ministries and Melene Wilsey, Ministry & Education Facilitator

CONFERENCE LEADERSHIP TEAM CONFERENCE LEADERSHIP TEAM PERSONNEL COMMITTEE During the past year, the Detroit Annual Conference Leadership Team Personnel Committee has focused on continuing to staff our annual conference in such a way as to help us more effectively live out our mission statement “to create and nurture dynamic and fruitful congregations who make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” We place an emphasis on the Detroit Conference Three Vision Pathways. We address the issue of how the mission and vision of the conference shapes our conversation about staffing for the conference and we keep this as one of the objectives as we do the work of the church. 166

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We have updated the job description of the support staff administrative assistant/data management/receptionist and created a new position of part time receptionist. We continue to make support staff adjustments as needed. We forecasted and constantly monitor the annual budget that funds our program and support staffs. Our committee meets quarterly. We also met with the program directors and support staff members in September, 2012. The committee truly appreciates the work and leadership provided by the Rev. Elbert Dulworth who is the former chairperson of the DAC Leadership Team Personnel Committee and is now serving as District Superintendent of the Marquette District. The Detroit Annual Conference Leadership Team Personnel Committee remains deeply grateful for the many gifts and graces that each of our staff brings to strengthen the ministries of the DAC and our local churches. Respectfully submitted, Rev. Jean Snyder Chairperson-CLT Personnel Committee



CONFERENCE DIRECTOR OF CONNECTIONAL MINISTRIES The vision of the Detroit Annual Conference is to create and nurture dynamic and fruitful congregations that make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Much of the work of the past year has focused particularly on aligning the agencies, staff and financial resources of the conference around fulfilling the vision of the Detroit Annual Conference. In that capacity I have worked directly with the Conference Leadership Team and several task groups that we established to facilitate the work. I give supervision to nine staff people, collaborate with the Conference Treasurer and the Council on Finance and Administration for vision-compelled balanced budgeting, engage ideas around congregational vitality with the members of the Full Cabinet, participate in several Michigan Area collaborative ministry efforts and conversations, preach occasionally in our local churches and at district events, develop strategic ideas with program staff, link with general agencies when appropriate, etc. I also provide some leadership to the broader jurisdictional and general church connection.


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Our program staff people continue to respond to opportunities to strengthen local churches and our connectional ministries. Rev. Dr. James Parkhurst has worked closely with the Board of Outdoor and Retreat Ministries to develop our existing sites and camping programs while also engaging a Michigan Area strategic consultation using Run River Enterprises as a consulting firm. New marketing and collaboration ideas are already being formulated. Rev. Dirk Elliott has given training, coaching and oversight to the launching of three new church start efforts in 2012 using different models for growth. He continues guiding the rapid growth of our Vital Church Initiative, a process for transformation of local congregations. Four districts now have churches involved in this indepth process toward vitality and growth. Sonya Luna continues in her role as National Hispanic Plan Missionary, helping us expand our partnerships, educate our churches, and connect this growing population in Michigan. Her work now is expanding to also resource a beginning effort in the West Michigan Conference. A new form of collaboration is taking shape. Ang Hart continues in her role with youth and young adult ministries, but has reduced her time on staff so that she could accept a part-time position with a vital arts and theatre program working with youth in the city of Detroit. Her time was adjusted so that the Mission Intern program will now be cared for in a different way. Paul Thomas continues to keep our Detroit Connection and website moving, sharing current and vital information with all our clergy and local churches. At his request he reduced his time on staff to pursue candidacy and licensing as a Local Pastor. We anticipate a possible change in his status in response to this call to ministry. Our support staff people continue to carry the daily work load, bringing many gifts to the team. Claudia Bowers gives vital daily support to my office and the Conference Leadership Team, and helps supervise the other support staff. Cheryl Poole is our camp registrar and available as support to other efforts. Jessica Browning, one of our newer staff, shares the receptionist role and gives support for our Vital Church Initiative. Angela Watkins shares the receptionist role and gives support as a part-time person on our team. Together this team of four makes the larger ministry efforts flow like a living stream. We risked a new venture that was approved at our 2012 annual conference by creating three pooled funds within the program budget, each centered on one of the three Vision Pathways: 1. 2. 3.

Creating new places for new faces and revitalizing existing congregations Developing effective Christian leaders for the church and the world Engaging local churches in mission partnerships and community transformation

The 2013 year will be our first cycle of living into inter-agency collaborative planning and ministry implementation. It is a far more innovative and fiscally responsible way to use the resources entrusted to us through your local church commitment to our shared apportioned giving. The Detroit Conference is definitely on a new and fruitful pathway to fulfilling God’s vision in our time. Thanks be to God. One of the long-term core values of our Detroit Conference is our missional DNA. In addition to the multiple local church/community outreach efforts together we are committed to two key covenants. We have multiple team going to Haiti every year, and several also going to Liberia. I was blessed to be invited to be the conference preacher for the Liberia Annual Conference in February 2013. In addition to preaching three of the six days, I was able to join with three West Africa Central Conference bishops in the laying on of hands for 15 newly ordained elders. I travelled with two DAC colleagues, 168

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Rev. Dr. William (Tom) Robinson and Rev. Dr. Charles Boayue. We met with multiple key leaders to strengthen the directions of our covenant relationship and look forward to vital years ahead. Respectfully submitted, Rev. Dr. Jerome (Jerry) DeVine Director of Connectional Ministries

NEW CHURCH DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE - NCD The New Church Development (NCD) Committee embodies the vision of the DAC: To create and nurture dynamic and fruitful congregations who make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. The purpose of the NCD Committee is to collaborate with the Cabinet Representative, the Conference Director of New Faith Communities and Congregational Development, the Conference Staff, the Director of Connectional Ministries, and the Conference Leadership Team to start new congregations and to promote, encourage and resource healthy congregations in new ministries. The goal of the NCD Committee is not only to create and nurture new faith communities that reflect the diverse ministry setting of the Detroit Annual Conference, but to offer adequate training and support to sustain these ministries. By training church planters and those who support them, the NCD Committee seeks to equip the DAC to create “new places for new faces.” The specific goal for this committee, as set by the DAC is to assist in establishing a minimum of two new faith communities per year. In 2012-2013, the NCD Committee offered leadership support and financial grants for these new faith communities: Faithway: Midland; Fenton UMC’s sundaysatsix; Metro Detroit Hispanic/Latino New Church Plants and Redford:Aldersgate/West Outer Drive UMC. In addition, the NCD Committee is sponsoring a two-year New Faith Community Academy which began in the fall of 2012. This academy is training clergy from the DAC and the West Michigan Conference for future new church start leadership. The Committee’s goal is to train and assess a minimum of six persons per year for new church plants. The NCD Committee also hosted a one-day conference for church leaders considering planting extension faith communities. Sadly, the NCD, in consultation with DAC leadership, decided to discontinue the church plant, Faithway, as of June 30, 2013. The planting pastor will be reappointed and the Faithway’s equipment and supplies will be used for other church plants. In 2013-2014 the NCD Committee will continue to offer grants for new faith communities. One of those churches will be DownRiver UMC, the DAC’s first Vital Merger. The NCD will also provide support and fund coaching for church planters currently working in new faith communities (established prior to 2014) and for those that begin new faith communities in 2014. As the NCD Committee trains church planters and assists in establishing new faith communities, it will communicate the vision of new church development and lead the Detroit Annual Conference in developing a vibrant culture of new church development. Rev. Dr. Sherry Parker, chairperson New Church Development Committee 169

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CONFERENCE UNITED METHODIST MEN – UMM The Conference has 90,324 members of which 30,000 are probably men. Only 281 have up to date EMS (Every Man Serving in Evangelism-Missions-Spiritual Growth) membership with the General Commission of United Methodist Men. There are 454 churches but only 58 are chartered with the GCUMM. To finance men’s ministry our request is for men to become EMS members and then to donate $15.00 to the Conference ( of the $15.00 one dollar will go to each of the following units: Society of St. Andrew, Strength for Service, Upper Room Prayer line, Scouting, NCJUMM, Spiritual Growth Programs in the districts, Conference UMM endowment fund ). Men are asked to provide $10.00 to fund District UMM programs. The total financial request for men is $70.00 annually. Ann Arbor District is in the process of organizing their UMM in 2013. Bluewater District has two annual meetings and one is a “potato drop” to raise money for Meals for Millions of the Society of St. Andrews. Men from the district made two trips to Haiti to take part in rebuilding. The district has sent $3500 to help rebuild Brakeman College. Right now the Free Store is closed. This spring (2013) the First United Methodist UMM are planning a trip to New Jersey to help rebuild after the Sandy storm. Mel is trying to get Marine City/Algonac to re-register as well as St. Clair. Crossroads District has an annual fund raiser in January for charity. Flint Bethel UMM has a Brotherhood Breakfast in February and this year the District sponsored a Men’s Spiritual Gathering at Lake Fenton High School. The Executive Board meets the first Monday of each month at Flint Hope UMC. The men of Flint Hope and Flushing UMC meet the second Saturday for breakfast, devotion and speaker of interest to men. Ed Noll of Goodrich UMC and UMM from Flushing and Clarkston volunteered to help in the assembly of PET units. During the year 2012 the UMM Detroit Renaissance District continued to work to unite the local units of two merged districts (Detroit East & West). Meetings were held on the second Saturday of each month at various churches across the District. Each meeting begins with a breakfast prepared by the host church UMM followed by a short devotion by a member of the host unit. Next comes a guest speaker or program followed by a business meeting. Collections were taken for various charities, especially the Society of St. Andrew. Traveling attendance awards (fishing poles) were presented to the 1st and 2nd highest unit attendance (other than host church) and to a youth attendee. We average about 40 members in attendance at each meeting. Speakers included pastors from district churches, Conference and District “subject area directors”, members of Volunteer in Mission trip and a Bible study. One of the meetings is special in that men are encouraged to bring their wives and there is a special speaker. The attendance was about 80. In October, the Annual UMM Concert present eight musical individual/groups for a two hour program honoring God. A good time was had by all. The $3,700 annual budget for


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the year helped support UMM programs, District charities and hunger fighting organizations as well as funding district programming. During the Federal Government employees charitable-giving drive in the fall, district UMM represented the Strength for Service devotional to encourage donations from the individual employees during 2013. Marquette District is a very large area and plans are being made to start UMM groups. There are a few churches that have groups but they have not made a common connection. Mitchell UMC has raised money to update a cabin at their church camp. They are going to assist men in other churches to do the same. Chuck Johnson has spoken to many pastors for a date to speak at their church on the subject of developing an UMM group. Requests have not come in. Saginaw Bay District has become un-organized. I believe the upper area of the District is still working on assembling PET’s (personal energy transport units). For further information contact James C. Walker, President at

CONFERENCE UNITED METHODIST WOMEN – UMW Who in the world are United Methodist Women? Our Detroit Annual Conference report time told from the various microphones on the floor of DAC just who in the world we are – what we do and why we exist! Who in the world are United Methodist Women? We’ll let you know that this year, as we seek new members, new mission, new ideas and new comfort zones. Our 2012 year began with community building at our January Mission Team meeting at the Flint conference office as we began to plan and implement our program planning. The 2012 theme for the Schools of Christian mission under the direction of Dean Rene Johnson was That All May Have Life. There were two different sessions of Schools of Christian Mission. School of the South, our one day “drive in“ event met at Livonia Newburg UMC with Jackie Euper leading the Haiti study, Rev. Paul Perez leading the Immigration and the Bible study, and Rev. Faith Fowler the study on Poverty. Attendance was more than 150. Youth were able to come for free, and had their own study session with Ruby Anderson. The School by the Lake met at Lake Huron Retreat Center with Rev. Paul Perez leading the spiritual growth study Immigration & the Bible, Rev. Faith Fowler the social issue study Poverty and Haiti the second year geographic study was led by Jackie Euper. Our study leaders and conference officers attended Midwest Regional School of Mission in Des Moines, Iowa for mission study, officer update, and School of Christian Mission planning. The District Annual Celebrations were held the beginning of October, beginning with Marquette, followed by Saginaw Bay and Ann Arbor on the first Saturday, and Blue Water, Crossroads, and Detroit Renaissance on the following Saturday. I attended Marquette, Saginaw Bay, Detroit Renaissance, and Blue Water meetings; Ann Arbor and Crossroads were visited by Vice president Mary Fayerweather. 171

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The 39th Conference Annual Celebration “Never underestimate the power of United Methodist Women!” was held on Saturday, October 27 at Saginaw First. Each attendee received a red & black Detroit Conference UMW grocery tote at registration.The Sanctuary overflowed with attendees, all of whom were introduced by standing as conference and district leadership, and the most important of all, the women of locals. If mission doesn’t happen locally, it doesn’t happen! We were pleased to introduce Bishop Deborah Kiesey, as well as the District Superintendents in attendance. They, along with district presidents served Communion to conclude the day. Keynote speaker Joanne Bartelt, Blue Water District Superintendent spoke of her experience sharing in the ministry at Glide Memorial UMC in San Francisco, a congregation that truly ministers to all. She inspired us to look in our own communities for those in need of the church. Saginaw’s Old Town Christian Outreach was overwhelmed with the In-gathering project of blankets, brought by those attending the celebration. As I complete my tenure as President of Detroit Conference United Methodist Women, I thank God for this opportunity to serve, share, and seek new ways and wisdom to lead this “community of women whose PURPOSE is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.” Linda A Schramm, President Detroit Conference United Methodist Women

COMMITTEE ON STANDING RULES The Committee on Standing Rules believes it assists conference agencies to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world by ordering the life of the annual conference for effective ministry through its continued work of perfecting the conference rules and structure. The committee met on October 17, 2012, and January 23, 2013, did some business by email January thru March and took the following actions: 1. 2. 3.

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Alphabetized the Structure section so that Structure and Nominations listing of agencies would be the same. Considered several requests from the Nominations Committee for clarification of rules and structure related to their work. Acted on a request from the Conference Program Committee to revise Rules IV. Conference Session U. Legislative Sections and V. Consent Calendar to reflect the change of name of Legislative Sections to LEAD Groups - gatherings for Legislation, Exploration, And Deliberation on matters of faith and practice. Acted on a request from Paul Thomas and Jerry DeVine to revise the Lay Equalization to take effect in 2014. Acted on a request from the Committee on the Episcopacy to make a few adjustments to their structure.

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We are grateful for the service of William McBride for the last eight years as secretary and compiler of the Rules and Structure. Paula Timm will serve as secretary for the next conference year. Lee Hunter will work on the compilation. In the next year, in addition to making changes to the rules and structure as a result of action by the annual conference, the committee will continue the work of perfecting the rules and structures. Diana Spitnale Miller, Chairperson, Conference Committee on Standing Rules

CONFERENCE COUNCIL ON FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION – CFA 2012 brought continued economic growth to Michigan. This new economic growth impacted not only the business community, but families and churches as well. CFA was pleased by apportion receipts of 81.03%, though it was a little less than the 81.1% of 2011. Additional investment income allowed us to add to the Connectional Ministries and Administration (CMA) and Conference Leadership Team (CLT) reserves. CFA appreciates how hard each congregation worked in 2012 to pay their apportionments. Two hundred ninety (290) churches of every size – approximately 65.9% of the 440 congregations in our annual conference - paid 100% of their apportionment contribution. Many other congregations endeavored to pay at least something beyond their pension apportionments. Twenty-four (24) congregations made no payment toward their common budget apportionments in 2012. As we consider our financial commitment to the general church, an additional amount of $118,550.00 was added to our World Service Fund apportionment, to bring the total paid to 100%. All other general church apportionments were paid at 76.3%, the actual level of receipts. Our new treasurer, David Dobbs, has completed his first year. CFA and David have worked diligently together during this transition period. We have appreciated his financial leadership, commitment, and work ethic as he strives to serve local churches and the Annual Conference. There are many financial challenges ahead for the Detroit Annual Conference. The increasing cost of health care continues to impact local churches’ ability to meet their apportionments. Our commitment to pay the Episcopal Fund at 100% and to provide for a large number of pastoral moves continues to be a challenge when we only receive 81% of our apportionments. We appreciated the continued support of the Board of Pensions in providing funds for retirees’ moves in 2012. The support of every local congregation is appreciated and essential. Together we can make a difference in the world. Thank you to the churches of the Detroit Annual Conference for your support and faithfulness. Carol J. Johns President of CFA


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CONFERENCE BOARD OF PENSION AND HEALTH BENEFITS – CBOPHB Section A: Pension Committee PENSION & HEALTH INSURANCE DELINQUENCIES: The total 2012 Detroit Conference pension apportionment payments received from our local churches equaled 96.8% of the actual amounts billed in 2012, representing a 2.5% increase over 2011. Of the 438 churches apportioned, 403 churches paid 100%, an increase of six from 2011. Further, only four churches paid 0% as opposed to nine in 2011. Over $42,000 was also received in 2012 from local churches toward previous year outstanding pension apportionment balances. As required, permanent records are kept on file with the intention to recover the balances. Outstanding balances for both pension apportionments and health insurance balances (also listed below) become part of a local church’s financial plan when a local church considers building expansion, merger, or closure. Please contact the Conference Benefits Officer, Rev. Donald Emmert, for further details or to discuss payment options for prior year pension and health insurance balances.


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2012 Benefits-Related Special Grants/Payments of the CBOPHB Prior Year Pension Apportionment Balances written-off as uncollectible: Discontinued Churches Subtotal Grants approved for Conference Incapacity Benefits: Liles, Mangum Less disability plan reimbursements Subtotal Payments from Accounts at GBOPHB


7,172 (11,207) (4,034) $97,562

2012 Payments to Churches whose clergy were granted Temporary Medical Leave BC Fremont Ave $400 Pontiac St John 800 Bentley 600 Livonia St Matthew 800 179

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Durand PH New Beginnings AuGres Iron Mountain Trinity Painesdale Clawson Subtotal Grants approved for: 2012 Retiree Moving expenses Health Premiums for Clergy on Leave Categories Special Medical Situations Subtotal Payments from Accounts at DAC Total 2012 Special Grants/Payments from all CBOPHB accounts

400 800 600 600 400 600 $5,800

$39,451 27,569 7,520 $74,540 $80,340 $177,902

Disciplinary Question #22: Who have been discontinued as local pastors (¶320.1)? Cook, Paul 09/01/12 Disciplinary Question #44: What full members on honorable location are to be granted the status of honorable location-retired (¶359.3)? Ford, Harold G 07/01/13 Herndon, Leon 08/15/12 Disciplinary Question #52: What action has been taken concerning disabled ministers and lay pastors (¶357)? A. Granted medical leave since the 2012 Annual Conference (¶357.2) Mangum, Lester 11/01/12



Medical leave terminated since the 2012 Annual Conference (¶357.3) Butters, Terry 07/01/05 Start 07/01/13 Retired


Granted medical leave at this session of Annual Conference (¶357.1) Date of Medical Leave Name Brown, Colon 02/01/06 Donelson, Linda 10/01/00 Elliott, John 04/01/02 Frank, Nancy 08/01/05 Gentile, Michelle 06/15/90 Hamilton, John 07/01/04 Hawkins, Rhonda 06/01/00 Liles, Lynda 07/01/11 Love, Mary Jean 01/01/11 Mangum, Lester 11/01/12 Mayo, Judith 12/05/07 Mehl Jr., John 01/01/09

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Meyers, Patricia Stover, Colin P VanWormer, Patricia

08/01/06 01/01/11 11/15/95

Disciplinary Question #53: What members in Full Connection have been retired (¶358) A. Deacons Buchholz, Pamela L 09/01/13 B.

Elders Brenner, Robert D Buck, Steven J Clark, Saundra J Dunlap, Susan DeFoe Green, Patricia A Greer II, James E Hanson, Alan J Harnish, John E Kellermann, James G Lee, Hoon K Munger, Marjorie H Regan, Jeffery D Strobe, David R Veska, Rony S Vincent, Alonzo E Wallace, Joyce E

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Disciplinary Question #54: What Associate Members have been retired (¶358)? None Disciplinary Question #56: Who has been recognized as a retired Local Pastor (¶320.6)? Adams, L Cecile 07/01/13 Barnett, James E 07/01/13 Butters, Terry 07/01/13 Frey, Bonnie M 07/01/13 Harris, Carolyn 07/01/13 Host, Margery H 07/01/13 Kivisto, Margaret A 07/01/13 Kreger, Robert I 07/01/13 Sporleder, Cherrie A 02/01/13 Williams Jr, Henry D 08/01/12

Steps to Retirement The following information should be examined by anyone contemplating retirement within the next five years. Often it takes significant time to correct a special situation or service record error. 1.

Attend a pre-retirement seminar (next seminar set for February 2014 with less than ten years of service; a seminar for those within ten years of retirement is tentatively scheduled for February 2015).


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Review the 2012 Book of Discipline pertaining to retirement Notify, in writing, as early as possible (at least 6 months prior to retirement) the following: A. Bishop Deborah Kiesey B. Your District Superintendent C. Rev. Don Emmert, Conference Benefits Officer D. Rev. Mark D. Miller, Chairperson of Committee on Conference Relations of the Board of Ordained Ministry Materials regarding pension payment options are sent from the General Board of Pension & Health Benefits after receiving notification of a participant’s intention to retire. A pension projection is available anytime through the General Board of Pension & Health Benefits at 800-851-2201 or (Benefits Access) Health Insurance: At age 65, you are eligible for Medicare. You MUST enroll in Part A and B to qualify for the Conference Retiree Group Coverage. If you opted out of Social Security earlier, you must arrange to purchase Medicare Benefits in order to be eligible for coverage under the Conference Retiree Group Coverage. PLEASE REVIEW THE INSURANCE RULES RELATING TO THE RETIREE GROUP COVERAGE!!! Supply photocopies of Medicare cards for you and your spouse to the Conference Benefits Officer, Rev. Don Emmert, at the DAC Flint Regional Office, 1309 N. Ballenger Hwy. Suite 1, Flint, MI 48504; Fax (810)233-0558. Review all beneficiary designations on your Pension Accounts at the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits.

General Information: 1. Each pastor is advised to check with the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits periodically to make certain that his/her service record is accurate. This is especially important with respect to pre-1982 service and the CRSP Plan effective January 1, 2007 since these benefits are calculated based upon years of service. 2. Each person is encouraged to check his/her own Social Security record every 3 years to be certain that all payments have been properly credited. The Social Security Administration is not required to correct errors over 3 years old! 3. Each person is encouraged to arrange for his/her UMPIP contribution to be remitted to the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits, beginning as early as possible in their career, in order to maximize the benefits of compound interest.

Section B: Committee on Health Benefits The Detroit Conference Group Health Plan was changed by Special Conference action on February 15, 2003, to Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPO Option 4. Dental coverage is provided through Guardian Insurance, with an optional choice of vision coverage. Prescription drug coverage is provided through CVS Caremark. A prescription mail order program through Extended Care Pharmacy is encouraged for recurring/maintenance prescriptions. These plans are designed to safeguard the health and well being of covered members and their families. The medical plan covers a wide range of medical expenses related to the more routine accident and illness situations, as well as the sudden unexpected medical expenses related to a major accident or illness that can generate thousands of dollars in expense in a short time frame. Your benefits booklets describe the features of these plans in full detail. Review the booklets to gain an understanding of the plans, and keep them available for ready reference in the event you require care. 182

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Active Plan Benefits: The medical and dental care plans are designed to cover eligible active participants and their eligible dependents during their working years. Insurance premiums are shared by the Local Church/Conference-approved salary paying unit and appointed clergy/conference lay employees according to the premium sharing schedule approved at the 2006 Annual Conference. Retiree Plan Benefits: Blue Cross/Blue Shield Complementary Benefits Coverage is designed to provide secondary medical expenses of retirees and their eligible dependents as a supplement to Federal Medicare (Part A and Part B). Dental, prescription drugs and vision (optional) coverage is also available to retirees. Note: Retiree status related to eligibility, time in service, Detroit Annual Conference appointments to a local church, etc., will determine how the plan premiums are shared. Full details appear in the Retiree Plan section of this report. Plan Administration: Beginning April 1, 2003, both the Active and Retiree plans are centrally administered by BenePro, Inc. 1423 E Eleven Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI, 48067 where enrollment and premium billings are processed. BenePro and/or the Conference Benefits Officer are available to answer your questions about the plans. Who is Eligible: Active Plan: Eligible classes include the following: 1. All full-time active employees as defined, of the Detroit Annual Conference, local churches, agencies, or institutions of the United Methodist Church are eligible. Active full-time employees age 65 through age 72, including nonworking spouses 65 to 72 (regardless of the employee’s age) are also eligible until Federal Medicare becomes effective. 2. All eligible employees, as defined, of the above eligible participating groups may also become eligible as retirees. Refer to the Retiree Group Section for details and conditions relating to retired employees. 3. All surviving spouses and dependents of covered deceased employees, as defined, of the above participating groups are eligible. Premiums are paid by the Detroit Annual Conference. 4. The divorced or legally separated spouse is eligible for group insurance coverage subject to the following conditions: a. Coverage of the spouse will be eligible for continuation until the earliest of the following occurs: i. Acquisition of group health insurance from another source ii. Remarriage of the divorced spouse iii. Three years have elapsed following the date of the divorce decree or legal separation b. The divorced or legally separated spouse shall be responsible for payment of the monthly premium to the Conference Treasurer’s Office. c. Laid-off employees who are no longer eligible because of termination of employment (for other than gross misconduct) may continue in the group for eighteen (18) months provided they apply for continuation within 60 days of termination date and pay premiums promptly to the Conference Treasurer’s Office. Effective Date: The date you commence work on a full time basis. Full-time is considered working at least 30 hours per week in your position.


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Eligible Dependents: Dependents who are eligible are: 1. Your spouse 2. Your children under 26 years of age. (Effective January 1, 2011 dependent children may remain on a participant’s policy through the end of the month in which they turn age 26 in accordance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010.) 3. A dependent not enrolled at the time of their eligibility will have the opportunity to enroll annually during open enrollment. 4. A dependent may enroll immediately in the case of a life-qualifying event. If a dependent does not enroll within 30 days of a life-qualifying event they must wait until the next open enrollment period. Note: Any changes in family status – additions, terminations, births, marriage, have an important impact on eligibility. Changes MUST be communicated to the Benefits Officer, Rev. Don Emmert, 1309 N Ballenger, Suite 1, Flint, MI 48504, WITHIN 30 DAYS of the date the change occurs. Any delay in notification can mean a delay in insurance coverage by the carrier, or a delay in processing a claim, and potential loss of eligibility. When your insurance commences: You will be insured on the date you become eligible if you have completed the required health insurance enrollment materials to the Conference Benefits Officer and provided you are not away from work due to disability on that date. If you are not actively at work due to disability, your insurance will not start until you return to active full-time work. Each of your eligible dependents will be covered on the date you become eligible for the insurance or the date such person becomes a dependent, whichever is later, provided you have enrolled for benefits for your eligible dependents.

RETIREE GROUP MEDICAL/DENTAL CARE PROGRAM Introduction This special section of the conference group medical and dental care plan sets the conditions for coverage and costs. Conditions take into account length of time in local appointments and covered service in the Detroit Conference pension plan. It is very important that you understand the specific rules relating to whom, when, and how you become eligible for coverage under the Retiree Plan benefits. How the cost of the program is shared is also an important factor to determine from the information that follows. You have a right to have your questions answered, as well as a responsibility to convey them in writing to the Board of Pension & Health Benefits for a response. The board is ready, willing and able to assist you in understanding this important program in advance of your retirement date. We ask that you not rely on verbal responses to general questions raised in informational meetings or provided by representatives other than the Board of Pension & Health Benefits, or coming about through pre-retirement seminars not dealing exclusively with the subject. If you have had several appointments during your career, some beyond the Local Church, through another Annual Conference or another career path, it is important that you determine your eligibility for retiree coverage and how the cost will be shared early in your appointment to a local church in the Detroit Annual Conference. You will then be in a position to plan for the future. 184

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**POST RETIREMENT MEDICAL/DENTAL CARE BENEFITS FOR CLERGY WHO RECEIVED THEIR FIRST APPOINTMENT IN THE DAC PRIOR TO 2007** Provides for continuing coverage in the event of death, disability, and retirement. 1. In order for coverage to continue in the event of death, disability, or retirement, the clergy person (including eligible dependents) must have been an active participant in the health insurance coverage since the most recent open enrollment period, except in the case of death or disability in which case the clergy person must have been actively participating since the most recent Annual Conference. If a participant or eligible dependent terminates their coverage subsequent to the participant’s retirement, they may not re-enroll in the health insurance plan at a future date (including open enrollment periods.) 2. Definitions. a. The “Health Insurance Coverage” shall mean the health insurance benefit package as approved by the Detroit Annual Conference. b. The phrase “with pension credit from the Detroit Annual Conference” means that the Detroit Annual Conference through the apportionment system made the contributions to the General Board of Pension & Health Benefits for retirement benefits. You are eligible depending upon age and years of service. 3. Retirement at age 65 or with 40 years of service If the clergy person has served 25 years or more under Episcopal appointment with pension credit from the Detroit Annual Conference, then the Detroit Annual Conference will pay the full cost of the health insurance coverage for the clergy person and eligible dependents, provided that the clergy person will have served under Episcopal appointment with pension credit from the Detroit Annual Conference for five (5) years immediately preceding retirement. If the clergy person has served less than 25 years under Episcopal appointment with pension credit from the Detroit Annual Conference, then the Detroit Annual Conference will pay a pro-rata share of the cost of the health insurance coverage for the clergy person and eligible dependents the numerator of which will be the number of years of service under Episcopal appointment with pension credit from the Detroit Annual Conference and the denominator of which will be 25; provided that the clergy person shall have served under Episcopal appointment with pension credit from the Detroit Annual Conference for the five (5) years immediately preceding retirement. Years served under Episcopal appointment with pension credit from the West Michigan Conference shall be counted in determining the calculations under the 25-year rule and the five (5) year rule. Both the clergy person and the clergy person’s spouse must enroll in Medicare Parts A & B at the first date of eligibility. Health Insurance coverage shall be provided for the clergy person, the clergy person’s spouse who was married to the clergy person at the time of retirement, and any children of the clergy person who are eligible to be covered under the health insurance coverage. The clergy person’s eligible dependents are determined as of the date of retirement. 4. Retirement at age 62 or with 30 years of service If the clergy person has served 25 years or more under Episcopal appointment with pension credit from the Detroit Annual Conference, then the Detroit Annual Conference will pay the full cost of the health insurance cov-


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erage for the clergy person and eligible dependents, provided that the clergy person will have served under Episcopal appointment with pension credit from the Detroit Annual Conference for five (5) years immediately preceding retirement. If the clergy person has served less than 25 years under Episcopal appointment with pension credit from the Detroit Annual Conference, then the Detroit Annual Conference will pay a pro-rata share of the cost of the health insurance coverage for the clergy person and eligible dependents the numerator of which will be the number of years of service under Episcopal appointment with pension credit from the Detroit Annual Conference and the denominator of which will be 25; provided that the clergy person shall have served under Episcopal appointment with pension credit from the Detroit Annual Conference for the five (5) years immediately preceding retirement. Years served under Episcopal appointment with pension credit from the West Michigan Conference shall be counted in determining the calculations under the 25-year rule and the five (5) year rule. Both the clergy person and the clergy person’s spouse must enroll in Medicare Parts A & B at the first date of eligibility. Health Insurance coverage shall be provided for the clergy person, the clergy person’s spouse who was married to the clergy person at the time of retirement, and any dependents of the clergy person who are eligible to be covered under the health insurance coverage. The clergy person’s eligible dependents are determined as of the date of retirement. Retirement under the Twenty-Year Rule under Episcopal Appointment A clergy person (less than age 65), the clergy person’s spouse who was married to the clergy person at the time of his/her retirement, and any dependents of the clergy person who are actively participating in the health insurance coverage at the time of retirement under the Twenty-Year Rule shall be eligible to continue the coverage but the clergy must pay the premium in full. Failure to remit the premium in a timely fashion will result in the coverage being terminated. At age 65, the clergy person will be eligible for the benefits as provided for and subject to the conditions set forth in paragraph three (3) above provided that the clergy person will have served under Episcopal appointment with pension credit from the Detroit Annual Conference for five (5) years immediately preceding retirement. Years served under Episcopal appointment with pension credit from the West Michigan Conference shall be counted in determining the calculations under the 20-year rule and the five (5) year rule. Both the clergy person and the clergy person’s spouse must enroll in Medicare Parts A & B at the first date of eligibility.



All eligibility requirements, including the five year pension credit rule, are the same as Clergy appointed in the DAC prior to 2007. In the event all eligibility requirements are satisfied, the DAC will provide a maximum of 90% of the premium cost in retirement for 30 years of service and 3% per year credit for careers less than 30 years.

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CLERGY PLACED ON CONFERENCE DISABILITY LEAVE If the clergy person (and eligible dependents) was actively participating in the health insurance coverage at the time of being placed on disability leave, the conference will provide and pay for health insurance coverage for the clergy person and the clergy person’s eligible dependents at the time of being placed on disability leave. If the clergy person remains on disability leave until retirement, then the clergy person shall be eligible for the health insurance coverage as provided in paragraph three (3) above and the years on disability leave shall be counted in determining the application of the 5-year and 25-year rules. Both the clergy person and the clergy person’s spouse must enroll in Medicare Parts A & B at the first date of eligibility.

DEATH OF A CLERGY PERSON SERVING UNDER EPISCOPAL APPOINTMENT WITH PENSION CREDIT FROM THE DETROIT ANNUAL CONFERENCE If the deceased clergy person was participating in the health insurance coverage at the time of death, the Detroit Annual Conference will provide and pay for health insurance coverage for the eligible dependents of the clergy person. The surviving spouse must enroll in Medicare Parts A & B at the first date of eligibility. a. In the case when a clergy person marries or remarries after retirement or being placed on disability leave, the surviving spouse will be covered under the health insurance coverage at his/her own cost and may continue to be covered until his/her death. Failure to remit the premium due in a timely manner will result in the coverage being cancelled. b. The event of remarriage of a surviving spouse who was covered by the health insurance coverage, shall in no way change the covered status of such a person. However, the surviving spouse’s new spouse shall not be entitled to coverage by the health insurance coverage unless such person is so eligible by virtue of his/her own status. In the event any of the above provisions need to be interpreted, the Committee on Health Benefits is authorized to make any needed interpretation which will be considered final unless appealed to the full Board of Pension & Health Benefits, which will have the final authority to decide any issue. In the event of any dispute or disagreement by a participant, the Committee on Health Benefits is authorized to negotiate and settle the matter subject to the terms and conditions of the underwriter of the coverage and review by the Board of Pension & Health Benefits. In the event any person is required to pay part of the premiums for health insurance coverage, the Detroit Conference Treasurer or conference administrative agency shall promptly bill such person for the appropriate dollar amount. Presented by The Detroit Conference Board of Pension & Health Benefits Mr. Fred Gray, President Rev. Donald J. Emmert, Conference Benefits Officer


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CONFERENCE BOARD OF TRUSTEES Since the Corporate Session of 2012 the Board of Trustees has held two meetings with a third one scheduled before our 2013 Corporate Session. At our fall meeting we elected officers for the 2012/2013 session. President is Rev. Brent Webster, Vice-President is Mr. Rob Long, and Secretary is Rev. Faith Green-Timmons. At this meeting we held a risk management review with Church Mutual Insurance Company. Church Mutual reviewed some of the major losses that churches incurred during the past year. They also mentioned that there is information on their website that might help church reduce the chance of risk and suffering a loss. We encourage churches to check out their website: We also approved improvements to be made at the Flint Regional Office. At our winter meeting we reviewed the inspections that were conducted a two of the four conference owned parsonages. The third review should be made at our spring meeting. We discussed repairs that been made and made recommendations concerning future repairs. The fourth parsonage is not being used by conference staff at this time. We agreed that we would contact a realtor and place the unused parsonage on the market. A realtor has been contacted and hopefully by the time members of the conference read this report we will have sold the house. We discussed our role when a church closes, merges, or is abandoned. We reviewed Disciplinary requirements, and we will be making recommendation to the District Superintendants concerning our involvement in such events. This conversation was the result of the abandonment of the and an issue with the United Methodist logo being left on the former sign when the church was sold. We are continuing to explore options to remove the logo from the sign. Rev. Brent L. Webster President of the Conference Board of Trustees

BOARD OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION In 2012 the Board of Christian Education continued to be working towards ways to empower, equip, inspire, invite, and nurture churches throughout the conference. We have continued the “consulting” program where Christian Education leaders in the conference provide information, resources, materials and support to local churches. We again provided the “free resource” table at Annual Conference and invited people to “like” our Facebook page and enter into a drawing for “Christian Education Toolboxes” that were filled with resources and tools for Christian Education. The board continued its efforts to have an on-line presence through the Detroit Conference website. The fall of 2012 was busy for the board. We partnered with Lake Louise Christian Community who held a retreat for Christian Education Workers and the board provided scholarships and speakers for the retreat. The board provided scholarship for six individuals to attend the National Christian Educators Fellowship Conference in Green Lake, WI. These individuals provided articles about their experience and about the workshops they attended to be posted on the website. The board also tried working in co-operation


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with the six district superintendents to distribute information during local church/charge conferences. Part of the information was a survey that churches could complete to be entered into a drawing for a Cokesbury gift cards. We received some very helpful feedback from the surveys. As we proceed into 2013, we will continue to use the Annual Conference as a platform to reach the greatest number of leaders in Christian Education and the Church. We are also committed to our consulting program, the BCE website, financial partnering with local churches and district Christian Education needs, financial support of Christian Education in Liberia, and continuing to improve communication through social media and other avenues. The Board of Christian Education is confident that these ministries are using our financial resources creatively and responsibly in an effort to effectively facilitate Christian Education throughout the Conference. Please keep the board in your thoughts and prayers as we continue to help Christian Educators throughout the Conference and connection. Respectfully Submitted, Rachel Benton and Rev. Kathy Pittenger, co-chairs

BOARD OF CHURCH AND SOCIETY In 2012 there was a new chairperson nominated to the role of Chairperson. Rev. Steve McCoy stepped down after many years of strong leadership. The role is now being handled by Rev. Dr. Jill Hardt Zundel. The Board of Church and Society for the Detroit Conference continues its work of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world through our work in the areas of advocacy and action. We do this through our roles of education, communication and advocacy for social justice within the church and throughout the world. We co-sponsored the Keep Making Peace conference held in Lansing again this past year. This is an amazing way we can help address and train people for advocacy and action in their local churches. The Board once again has chosen to sponsor the important work of Justice for Our Neighbors of Southeast Michigan. As immigration continues to be an issue our society and our church need to address, this ministry is in the fore front of helping and advocating for immigrants. Also sponsored in the past year was a grant given to Redford:Aldersgate and West Outer Drive UMCs as they continue their work to people struggling. This grant will be used for a community garden in their area. Another grant was given to the Forgiven Ministries, which is located in North Carolina. They sponsor a program titled “One Day With God” where prisoners are reunited with their children for the day and there is a time of forgiveness, worship and praise. While this activity is going on at the prison, the care givers of the children are given a mini retreat at a local church. The committee’s grant was given for a “One Day With God” camp help this year at the Macomb Correctional Facility. We continue to help transgender men and women with their driver’s licenses and provide funds for those who cannot afford to change their identification as they identify with


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a new gender. Because of this funding, men and women are able to find employment that they would otherwise be unable to attain without the proper identification. At our Church and Society dinner at the 2013 Detroit Annual Conference, we will be hearing from Rev. Amy Delong, a United Methodist pastor serving in the Wisconsin Annual Conference. She is a voice that witnesses passionately for the full inclusion of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender people in the life and ministry of the Church. Amy will be awarded the Harold Stanton Peace with Justice Award at the dinner. As I close, I end with the same words as our previous chairperson that “we continue to embrace Wesley’s creed that there is no justice but social justice, no holiness but social holiness and engaging in the world for its transformation in Jesus Christ.” Rev. Dr. Jill Hardt Zundel Chairperson

BOARD OF DISCIPLESHIP The Board of Discipleship continues to be challenged in how best to encourage local churches to understand our identities as disciples and live that out. Authentic disciples are greatly needed in this challenging time. To that end, the Board of Discipleship report is as follows: The 2012 Hearts Strangely Warmed was offered in a workshop format and was re-located to the Saginaw Bay district to better serve the northern area of the Detroit Conference. Rev. Dr. Brad Kalajainen from West Michigan Conference offered teachings on ways that worship can connect with the culture as well as how to develop small groups in the local church. However, registration numbers were so low that the November event was cancelled with heavy hearts. The goal of this event was to streamline the number of topics offered to narrow down to what is most important for congregations to embrace at this critical time. Again, one cannot make disciples unless, first, one is a disciple. A similar event is being offered in March 2013 in the Detroit Renaissance District with hopes of strong participation. The spring event will offer how to create pathways to discipleship in the local church as well as offering worship that connects with the surrounding culture. It does appear that the days of interest in the large event may be waning and perhaps this will press the Board of Discipleship to re-evaluate new ways to engage congregations in pursuit of authentic discipleship. This may include: website development, facebook presence and online educational formats. This board is not immune from the challenges of holding high the goal of being radically sold-out disciples in a fast-paced, ever-changing culture that is more and more technologically based. The Harry Denman Award for Evangelism was given to Susan Walker, laity, and Rev. Tom Anderson, clergy. The 2013 Hearts Strangely Warmed will be held on Saturday, March 16 with an emphasis on how local churches can create pathways to discipleship, or how they can set up


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a process that works in their context. Rev. Dr. Brad Kalajainen from the West Michigan Conference will lead a workshop. In the Lord’s Service, Rev. Dr. Margaret E. Bryce Chairperson, Board of Discipleship

UNITED METHODIST UNION OF GREATER DETROIT 8000 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48202 Every Good Report Must Begin Somewhere In the process of drafting these words, it occurred to me that I was writing my 50th annual report. The first such document was written for the Charge Conference of the Nichols United Methodist Church of Trumbull, Connecticut. At that time, I was a first year student at Yale Divinity School and the Nichols Church was my field work assignment. My responsibilities were in the area of Youth Ministries, although I also did a minimal amount of preaching and pastoral care. Every Sunday morning I drove down the Merritt Parkway shortly after the crack of dawn. After teaching Sunday school and participating in worship, a family in the congregation took me home for Sunday dinner. Then I returned to the church for planning and MYF meetings, followed by the drive back to Yale. I adhered to that program for two years. During my third and final year I ran a weekday Christian education module in inner city New Haven, a job which also required an annual report. United Methodist pastors have been writing such summaries since the days of John Wesley. Every one of my predecessors at the Union has followed suit. So it is simply a slice of my denominational DNA that occasions this report (my fourth to you, but my 50th over a career). I assumed this position on December 1, 2008. As I have mentioned before, I only expected to be here a few weeks. But who knew? God is full of surprises. The timing of my arrival was far from fortuitous. Rev. Ken Christler had just been eulogized and laid to rest a few days previous. The December 1, 2008 Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 8,149 which, while better than the 7,552 of November 20, 2008, wasn’t very good. Worse yet, I was pre-scheduled for hernia surgery during the week of my arrival. Thinking that the words “outpatient surgery” meant “piece of cake,” I scheduled my first week with a number of appointments. Again, who knew? Now I am closing in on my four-year anniversary. Ironically, United Methodists like to mark time in four year segments. They call such units of measurement by the name “quadreniums.” Even more ironic is the fact that 2008-2012 coincides with the most recent quadrennial demarcation. So I suppose a four year review is not only timely, but appropriate. But how should such a review be written? Should it include a list of accomplishments? If so, how many? Well, beginning with Moses and continuing with David Letterman, the average list contains 10. So have there been 10? I’ll let you be the judge. Ten Accomplishments 1. Our Return To Detroit - In October 2010 we closed our offices in Southfield and relocated to Metropolitan UMC on Woodward Avenue in Detroit. The office building in Southfield was in foreclosure. Occupancy had dwindled. Rent was high. Service was low. Traffic in the building was minimal. Our presence had no real or symbolic impact. In collaboration with the Detroit East and Detroit West District offices, we decided to move. We set three goals. We would go back to the city. We would locate


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in a church. And we would make the move together. As relocations go, this one was seamless. We hired an architect to create surroundings that were both beautiful and functional. We lowered our rental expense, while creating a financial boon for Metropolitan. Better yet, we belong in a church and finally made it to our “true home” for the first time in 93 years. Traffic in the building has increased dramatically. Every visitor comments favorably. As decisions go, we put our dollars and our bodies where our hearts and our mission are. It was one of those rare win/win decisions for everyone involved. 2.

A Modest Restructure in Governance That Actually Worked - Our Board of Trustees is, by charter, unusually large. But for years, the Full Board met infrequently, with an Executive Committee handling matters during each interim. It soon became clear that many trustees felt a disconnect during the months they were away from the table. But would the average Board member come to 10 meetings a year? We decided to find out. First, we moved the meetings from Saturday mornings to late Wednesday afternoons. Second, we changed the location of the meetings to Metropolitan UMC (at the vortex of nearly every expressway in the metro area). The results speak for themselves. Attendance is consistently high. Trustees feel connected to each other and to every item on the agenda. Less time is spent “bringing people up to speed.” And most trustees walk away each month with a sense of accomplishment. Said one trustee (a forty year veteran of denominational committee work): “I always feel my time has been well spent.”


The Improvement of Connectional Chemistry - In a denomination that would sometimes rather preach “connection” than practice it, much effort has gone into strengthening relationships between the Union and other parts of the United Methodist structure. As Executive Director, I count it a privilege to serve as a member of the Bishop’s Full Cabinet, grateful for the opportunity to discuss matters that do not relate to the appointment of pastors. But I would be remiss if I let this moment pass without saying an appreciative word for the efforts of our District Superintendent, Rev. Melanie Carey. Taking the reins of a brand new district has been an enormous challenge. But, by all measurements, she has exceeded expectations. With our offices side by side at Metropolitan UMC, it is a rare week when we do not strategize over matters of mutual concern. A pair of new ministries have been launched. Problems have been addressed. Funds have been approved. Both pastors and lay persons have remarked on the “team approach” to problem solving. Building this relationship is one of the delights of my job, and sustaining this relationship will be one of the things that keeps me on this job.


Re-friending the Churches - After working in the trenches for 40 years, I am acutely aware that local congregations (and, often, their pastors) view “the system” with mixed feelings. Many find it tempting to employ “we/them” language to describe the relationship. Sensitivities run high on both sides, with no party clearly at fault. It is simply the way things are. The United Methodist Union has a record of service that is acknowledged and admirable. Yet even in a culture of respect, feelings get bruised. Upon taking the reins of leadership in December 2008, it became clear to me that some fences needed to be mended. Re-chewing past history offered little prospect of success. But other strategies proved more promising. In churches where the connection had chilled, conversations were held. In every case but one, a thaw has taken place (and a new pastoral appointment in that congregation has opened the door to warming). In the past four years, I have provided some useful


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service (loans, grants, consults, sermons, etc.) in every district church but seven. Last year, all but 10 churches paid their full United Methodist Union Apportionment. Only five paid nothing at all. Those numbers will continue to improve. 5.

The Reduction of the Annual Budget and The Expansion of Ministry - It seems impossible to believe that an organization could cut its annual budget by nearly $100,000, yet do more ministry than ever before. But that’s exactly what has happened. In October 2008, a budget of $681,816 was approved for the calendar year 2009. At tonight’s Annual Meeting (October 11, 2012) you will be asked to approve a budget for 2013 of $587,954. Smoke and mirrors? Hardly. Much of the reduction has come in administrative overhead. In short, we are running “leaner” than ever before. As mentioned earlier, rent has been reduced by our move to Metropolitan. Utility costs and other operational line items have also been trimmed. But the two largest areas of cost-cutting involve employee compensation and property management. As a less-than-full-time retiree, my compensatory package (while still quite comfortable) saves the Union nearly $60,000 a year. As concerns costs associated with property management, we have systematically reduced the number of properties we hold, in effect extricating ourselves from real estate speculation and trimming the costs associated with aged and under-maintained structures. There was a day when the Union made a nice income in real estate. That day is history. More to the point, we have minimal skills in the property management business. Idle properties consume multiple dollars. Those dollars can be better spent supporting and strengthening ministries in many of our churches. Read on.


A Major Paradigm Shift - For much of our history, we were in the business of making loans to churches. Early on, the focus was on starting new churches. As that initiative went by the wayside, loans were made to churches seeking to expand their square footage. But in recent years, we have made loans primarily for capital repairs (call it the “roof, boiler and parking lot business”). During most of our 93 years, grants to churches were a small portion of the Union budget. If you are a regular reader of these reports, you know that our grant budget has mushroomed during the last four years. In the budget you will approve this evening, over $260,000 will be allocated to various grants, the majority of which will fall in the category known as “Ministry and Mission Initiative Grants.” This means that 45% of our budget could be called “gift money”. A stretch goal would take us to the 50% mark. The key word in the grant line item is the word “initiative”. We are in the business of helping churches grow. We are not in the business of helping churches survive. To be sure, there will always be a need for short-term rescue funding. But such sustenance ought to be time-limited. I am not comfortable being associated with the term “ecclesiastical euthanasia.” I do not like helping churches die. But not every church should continue to live if it consistently consumes resources that could help other churches grow. Again I say, read on.


Transformational Ministries Worth Celebrating - During the last four years, the Union has identified several churches experiencing a renaissance. In each situation, years of attrition were replaced by stirrings of growth. It would be a stretch to say that, in each of these cases, the Union was trying to “catch a wave.” Instead, we were trying to “catch a ripple” and turn it into a wave….at least a small wave. Generally speaking, the turnaround in these churches was directly attributable to an energized and creative pastor. So we worked collaboratively with those pastors, identifying the kinds of dollars that could best assist their momentum and move-


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ment. In each case, our grant dollars supported additions in staffing. The grants were for three years and (when coupled with matching dollars from the churches) made staff expansion possible. In every case, the bet paid off. And, as churches exit the three year period, there will be room for others. The harder task will be to find places where the “ripple” is visible and the leadership is agreeable. 8.

A New Sanctuary in the City - In the year 1975, a new sanctuary was dedicated at the corner of Eight Mile Road and Indiana Avenue and was known as St. Paul UMC. On December 25, 2011 a new sanctuary was dedicated at the corner of Plymouth and Greenfield Roads under the name Scott Memorial UMC. To save you from doing the math, allow me to tell you that 36 years passed in the city of Detroit between these two events. The Union has been involved in Scott’s building program from day one. I first started meeting with their leaders in 2009. I helped them frame their proposal, solicit their pledges and negotiate their loan. I have both worshipped and preached in their new sanctuary, rejoicing in its fullness. This is the kind of investment that makes my job exciting.


Summer Programs for Kids - Union Trustees have always had a soft spot in their hearts for kids. As far back as I can remember, the Union made a handful of modest grants to churches hosting kid-friendly programs. In the last few years the number of those grants has doubled. In 2012, we had dollars invested in nine such enterprises. All of them had a missional component to them. While I love traditional Vacation Bible Schools (and could once sing every camp song….complete with hand motions and guitar chords), I have little interest in paying the freight for a traditional VBS. This is something every church should do for itself. But, to the degree that a particular program has a primary outreach and/or evangelism component, I am generally willing to partner in the expense. Among recent grants, I would highlight Motown Mission and Urban Methodist Youth Camp. This year, Motown Mission had 588 teens and collegians (from all over the Conference and country) arrive to do one-week work camps in the city. They stayed here at Metropolitan UMC and worked primarily in the Joy-Southfield neighborhood. Credit Carl Gladstone and Rodney Gasaway for incredible leadership. As concerns the Urban Methodist Youth Camp, over 100 kids spent a week at Judson Collins Camp under the deanship of Cliff Stallings. Obviously, we place a premium on programs that involve more than a single church, but we do partner with individual congregations who are doing summer ministries of a cutting-edge nature.

10. So What’s New on the Street? - Let me highlight two major programs that represent a leap forward for the Union. The first is our involvement ($100,000 over the next five years) in bringing Rev. Patricia Gandarilla from Nebraska to do full-time Hispanic ministry at both El Buen Pastor UMC and a New Hispanic Faith Community at Lincoln Park: First UMC. She is a breath of fresh air in both places. The second involves another five year commitment ($140,000) to the vital merger of Redford Aldersgate UMC and West Outer Drive UMC. Linked together under the leadership of Rev. Jeff Nelson and Rev. Frederick Sampson III, this has an exciting “feel” to it and a lot of “buzz” surrounding it. Assuming it works (notice I did not say “if it works”), it could serve as a model for future adoptive relationships that could both save churches and expand ministries. All Good Reports Must Come to an End I don’t know what kinds of marks you would give my listings. But I do care. Not because I need your applause, but because I covet your connection. We are in this together. And 194

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the first time it doesn’t feel that way, I am sure you will tell me. You are my colleagues, my customers and, in a growing number of instances, my friends. You are also far from bashful. Biblically speaking, I am called to be both faithful and fruitful. The first has to do with how I posture myself. The second has to do with what I produce. I am more than willing to be evaluated on both counts. I also want to splash a little spillage from my overflowing cornucopia of gratitude. To Connie Perrine and Carolyn Nichols, who understand that every church is unique, every pastor is important, and that every request carries Kingdom implications, thank you. To every Board member who proves, month after month, that seats can be filled, voices can be heard, and decisions can be hammered out in two hours or less, thank you. To Dick Johns, who left us for heaven, Rev. Dr. Margie Crawford, who left us for another district (if there be such a thing), Emery Burk, Kirstin Karoub and Rev. David Kim, who left us for schedule relief, and Art Christy, who left us for retirement, thank you. To Rev. Len Clevenger, Sam Dallas, Mike Fisher, Pearl Lewis, Rev. Willie Smith, Alice Tucker and Rev. Marsha Woolley who cheered us on by signing up, thank you. To Rev. Melanie Lee Carey, who dumped more gifts at our doorstep than any of us had a right to expect, thank you. To pastors and parishioners who continue to do improbable things against impossible odds, thank you. And to my dear wife, Kris, who listens to me vent, reminds me to rejoice, and shares my conviction that churches and pastors matter….greatly, thank you. All things considered, this is still a good gig. To God be the Glory!

Rev. Dr. William A Ritter Executive Director

CONFERENCE BOARD OF GLOBAL MINISTRIES - CBGM Rev. Don Gotham, Chair, CBGM – The following reports highlight the work and passion of the CBGM over this past year. The passionate commitment to mission continues to be a hallmark of the Detroit Annual Conference, and it is a privilege to serve as the chairperson. VIM – Volunteers-in-Mission – John Walls, Coordinator – Detroit Conference volunteers-in-mission continue to be ready to respond to the needs of others; helping flood victims in the mid-west, making repairs to dwellings here in Michigan, in Louisiana, Mississippi and Missouri; building/repairing structures throughout the world; and tending to


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medical needs to relieve suffering. Volunteers have witnessed their faith by serving others and they have learned about and experienced the connectional system of the United Methodist Church. In 2012, VIM sites in Michigan hosted over 3700 volunteer-days of work performed within the Conference by teams from several states who spent over $179,000 in personal and project expenses. In 2012, Volunteers from Detroit Conference reported over 1900 volunteer-days of labor within the United States, in Michigan, Tennessee, North Dakota, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Indiana, spending over $20,000 in personal and project expenses. In 2012, Volunteers from Detroit Conference reported over 2400 volunteer-days of labor internationally in Zimbabwe, Haiti, Jamaica, Costa Rica, Kenya, Peru and Honduras spending over $230,000 in personal and project expenses. In 2012, twenty-four people were trained as Volunteer-in-Mission Team Leaders in the Detroit Conference. Volunteer teams are planning trips to Haiti, Mexico, Jamaica, and various sites within the U.S. Increased emphasis on reporting of Volunteer activity is necessary to more accurately capture the total involvement of DAC in missions. Goals for next year: Train an additional 50 VIM Team Leaders; use all the MJ1316 receipts for scholarships and team insurance; increase the use of the conference VIM web connection to advertise future VIM trips. Let us all celebrate Volunteers-in-Mission in 2013, with a special offering for Ministry Jubilee MJ1316. Through your generosity, leaders can be trained, scholarships can assist volunteers that need a little financial help, and teams can be reimbursed for health and accident insurance. Thanks in advance for the support for MJ1316 and for sending and supporting individual volunteers and teams from your churches. Let’s see if we can report all Volunteer activity during 2013 to show what Detroit Conference really does to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Hunger/UMCOR – Rev. Duane Miller – At the 2012 Annual Conference Shannon Trilli, Director of Global Health programs for UMCOR did a teaching session on overseas health conditions and the Imagine No Malaria program. A “love offering” was received for Imagine No Malaria of $7,613. We also raised $12,132.25 for a truck for the Liberia Annual Conference. This brought the total for this project to $53,500. Arrangements for the truck are being completed in February 2013 at the Liberia Annual Conference. Town & Country – Deaconness Katie Peterson – This past year has seen an increased awareness of who we are as Town and Country. We are enhancing awareness within our Detroit Annual Conference Cooperative and Collaborative Parishes. As a committee we are striving to be more supportive within our own districts and then the conference level of each other and what resources are available internally and nationally.


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Health & Wellness – Mary Solterman, RN, MSN – 1. The vision of the Detroit Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church is to create and nurture dynamic and fruitful congregations who make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. 2.

The purpose of the Board of Global Ministries is to seek to express the total mission of the church in the context of a global setting.


The purpose of the Health and Wellness Committee is to develop the concept of holistic health care as it relates to clergy, laity, and all levels of community.

By exploring the concept of holistic health care as it relates to clergy, laity and the community at large, the Health and Wellness Committee will begin to develop the concept of congregation as a place of health, healing and wholeness, thus equipping them to go out into the world as whole persons and disciples of Jesus Christ. Conference Secretary of Global Ministries – Jacqueline Euper – Detroit Conference churches had the privilege of hosting the Rev. Alex Awad and Brenda Awad, General Board of Global Ministries’ Missionaries, August 12 – 23, 2012. The Awads spoke at the following churches: Petersburg, West Deerfield, Tecumseh, Lapeer Trinity, Frankenmuth , and Livonia St. Matthews UMCs as well as Camp Kinawind. The Awads shared their stories of life in Bethlehem, where he is professor at Bethlehem Bible College and pastor of a church in East Jerusalem. Brenda assists with ministries at the church as well as at college. Another GBGM Missionary, Beatrice Gbanga, itinerated August 21 – September 5, 2012. Beatrice is the Medical Coordinator for the Sierra Leone Annual Conference, and she supervises the work of Kissy Hospital and its seven medical clinics in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Ms. Gbanga shared her mission story with 7 churches: Oxford, Detroit Conant Avenue, Detroit Second Grace, Saline First, Brighton First, Milan Marble Memorial and Clarkston UMCs. DAC was alerted that Mark and Rebecca Smallwood are considered Red Bird Missionaries. Support for them should be sent directly to Red Bird Mission. Last summer, we were informed of the death of retired GBGM Missionary, Rev. Herbert Zigbou, former missionary to Liberia. Herbert’s wife, Mary Randall Zigbou, continues to work for GBGM, coaching missionaries in the area of communications and fundraising. As of October, 2012, Charissa Shawcross, church and community worker, (formerly serving Joy-Southfield Health Clinic and the N.O.A.H. Project) is now the Mission Interpreter in Residence for the North Central Jurisdiction. We are blessed to have her living within our conference boundaries. We have added the following missionaries to our Detroit Conference listing: Princess Jusu who is serving at the UMW Training Center in Monrovia Liberia; Helen Roberts-Evans who is serving as Director of General Education & Ministry for the United Methodist Church in Liberia In 2013, the following missionaries will be itinerating: Princess Jusu, Daniel Gabler, Rachel Gabler and Dr. Simeon Kashala.


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The six District Secretaries of Global Ministries (DSGM) will be helpful in arranging for a missionary to come and speak at your church. They are as follows: Ann Arbor - Robert King, Blue Water – Ann Timm, Crossroads – Brenda DuPree, Detroit Renaissance – TBA, Marquette – Rev. Trevor Herm, and Saginaw Bay – Kayte Aspray Many thanks to Rev. Suzanne Walls (former Renaissance SGM), Curtis Bartz (former Ann Arbor SGM) and Rev. Dr. David Fleming (former Crossroads SGM) for their years of mission service. We encourage each district to recruit a task force or committee to create a mission celebration event. I am available to assist any of the districts which are ready to begin the plans. Thank you for your support of the global mission of the United Methodist Church through the paying of apportionments, participating in the Advance and becoming a Spotlight Church. Your faithfulness is making a difference and bringing hope around the world. Conference Committee on Mission Personnel – Jacqueline Euper The Detroit Conference is blessed to have several missionaries who serve among us within the conference borders: Kathleen Peterson, a deaconess and church & community worker, continues to serve at God’s County Cooperative Parish in the Upper Peninsula. She hosts mission teams, from Michigan and other states, who do projects within the communities of GCCP. Sonya Luna, a church and community worker, serves the Detroit Conference in Latino and Hispanic Ministries. Joseph Bradley was a mission intern working as the communications and volunteer coordinator for the Southeast Michigan Justice for our Neighbors (SEMIJFON) program for part of 2012. Devin Hanson, a US-2 young adult missionary, completed his 2 year assignment at the N.O.A.H. Project at Detroit Central UMC during the summer. Brandon Powell from North Carolina, also a US-2, is now serving at the N.O.A.H. Project. Charissa Shawcross served as a registered nurse and a church & community worker at the Joy-Southfield Health Clinic and the N.O.A.H. Project until October when she became the North Central Jurisdiction Mission Interpreter. She still lives among us, serving us and the other 10 conferences in our jurisdiction. May our Detroit Conference churches find numerous ways to partner with our resident missionaries so that, together, we might do Christ’s work here in Michigan. God’s Country Cooperative Parish – Deaconness Katie Peterson MISSION STATEMENT OF GOD’S COUNTRY COOPERATIVE PARISH God’s Country Cooperative Parish is to bring together people of the seven churches to provide mutual love and support for a greater impact serving Christ, community, and mission to all. God’s Country Cooperative Parish continues to reach out to their neighbors in need and our congregations around our 2500 square mile parish. We continue to reach out in the following ways: A. B. C.


Develop Lay Leadership Provide Mission Education and Coordinate the Experience Promote community fellowship within the Cooperative Parish through shared worship and fellowship.

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Share expenses of ministry whenever cost effective to reduce operational costs (i.e. Secretarial expenses, insurance cost, office expenses, devotional and educational material, contract services for pianos and organs). Support information, communications and worship ministries to churches of God’s Country Cooperative Parish.

We assisted 30 families and agencies with minor home repairs and new roofs this summer. During the Christmas season we collectively assisted close to 400 children, youth, and adults with food, clothing, toys, and gifts. From October to April with donations from our supporting UMCs all over the state, we are able to provide between 50-75 pairs of hats, mittens, sweatpants, shirts, socks, and underwear to our 4 school systems for emergency supplies. We have assisted 50 families in need with spiritual and emotional support and also helped them meet their immediate needs – gas cards, clothing, utility assistance, hygiene items. Missionary Report – Charissa Shawcross ( – I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as a missionary within the General Board of Global Ministries. I have served within the Detroit Annual Conference at the Joy-Southfield Center and the N.O.A.H. Project at Central UMC for the past eight years. I began service as Mission Interpreter for the North Central Jurisdiction on October 27, 2012. I continue my connection with the Detroit Annual Conference United Methodist Churches throughout Michigan demonstrated our connection through support of both the projects I served through Covenant relationship with me and through support of the Advance and Ministry Jubilee. As Methodists we share in the opportunity, and expectation, to serve.


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In 2011 we saw 3000 patient visits. We provided over One Million Dollars in services with an annual budget of $134,000. We offered adult primary and preventative health care, school physicals, gynecology, lab and diagnostic services and an on-site pharmacy to provide approximately 700 medication prescriptions each month for our clients who could not otherwise afford them. We added pediatric, dental, mental health and obstetrical services in 2012. Through partnership of Motown Mission, we modified the interior space from four exams to six. This allowed us to increase capacity without adding hours. We continued to develop partnerships • We offered Health Education classes each month to members of the community. • We were selected as the first site to offer “Telehealth Medicine” with a nephrologist working with our Family Nurse Practitioners. • St. Mary Hospital in Livonia provides lab and diagnostic testing • Our partnership with other Free Clinics allows us to purchase supplies and medication at significantly reduced prices. In 2011 we dispensed over half a million dollars worth of prescriptions. • Working the University of Michigan School of Public Health we offer support groups for adults with Diabetes • Working with Johnson & Johnson, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Metro Solutions, we are aggressively attacking childhood obesity. • Working with the Detroit Wayne County Health Authority, and the Michigan Minority Health Coalition we are working to increase access to healthcare for all Michigan residents At the N.O.A.H. Project, 2011 saw a stabilization in the number of new homeless. True to Wesleyan teachings, the Networking, Organizing, Advocating for the Health of the Homeless, partnerships are the force behind what we do. Members of the congregation started feeding the hungry more than 40 years ago. Though contacts within the City and State, we provided counseling and service to those who came to our door. We provided more than 22,000 lunches, 1500 bus tickets, 700 medical interventions, prescription assistance and various services including eye-glasses, dental evaluations and treatment. Most of all, we offered compassion, the love of Jesus Christ, and unconditional support for those trying to break the cycle of drugs and alcohol addiction, crime and despair. For many, we are the family they have never known. We build relationship with the person We were instrumental in “connecting” other churches and agencies providing services to the homeless in Downtown Detroit. The Downtown Detroit Circle of Care was recognized as a model for collaborative efforts in serving ‘the least of us’. Through grants from two foundations, we were able to provide prescription assistance, eye exams and glasses to our clients. We also track the homeless in their adherence to chronic disease management. John Wesley described Christian Perfection as a “heart habitually filled with the love of God and neighbor and having the Mind of Christ and walking as he walked.” The church calls us to connect in mission and transform the world. Thank you for walking with me in service.


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Looking Glass Community Services – Rev. Melanie Young Rev. Melanie Young was named the new Director in June. Dawn Dulworth was the Administrative Assistant for a number of years, and in 2010, she became the Interim Director until June 2012. It was confirmed in March that no CCW would be assigned to LGCS. With that change, LGCS is restructuring to become more locally supported. LGCS is doing some projects, but is becoming more of a coordinator of area church and agency outreach programs. Contact Information Rev. Melanie Young, Director of Ministries Email: Ph: 517-625-5427 Office Address: 639 N Main St, Perry MI 48872 Mailing Address: PO Box 466, Laingsburg MI 48848 LGCS Board of Directors Tom Emery, President; Carolyn Kirkby, LGCS Treasurer Dave Draggoo Jack Karr Retta Parsons THE ADVANCE – Rev. Karen Williams – In 2012 $892,039 was given through the Advance by churches in the Detroit Conference. This amount includes: $45,989 IMAGINE NO MALARIA, $14,095 Liberia Pastors Salary Support, $62,560 Haiti Hot Lunch, and $64,059 Hurricane Sandy Relief. All of these contributions are in addition to those given by local churches to Apportionments, Ministry Jubilee, and other local projects in our communities. This year 136 churches have 1) Paid Apportionments in full, 2) given to Ministry Jubilee projects, 3) provided Missionary Salary Support, 4) supported Advance Global Mission, 5) supported Advance U.S.A. Mission, 6) UMCOR or Poverty Projects, and 7) supported our partner churches in Haiti or Liberia; these churches are recognized as Spotlight Churches for 2012. This year there were 30 new Spotlight Churches. Thank you and congratulations to each of the 136 churches who are honored as Detroit Conference Spotlight Churches 2012. DAC SPOTLIGHT CHURCHES 2012 ANN ARBOR Adrian First Ann Arbor First Blissfield Emmanuel Brighton First *Chelsea First Commerce Denton Faith Dexter Dixboro Erie Hardy *Highland Howell First

Monroe Heritage Monroe St. Paul North Lake Petersburg Plymouth First Saline First *South Lyon First South Rockwood Walled Lake Weston Ypsilanti First


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BLUE WATER Akron *Armada Bethel *Bethel Worth Twp. Forester *Heritage Howarth Kilmanagh Kingston Lapeer Trinity Lexington Mayville CROSSROADS *Byron Chesaning Trinity Clarkston *Columbiaville *Davison *Duffield Flint Asbury Flint Bethel *Flint Bristol Flushing *Fostoria Genesee Grand Blanc *Halsey Laingsburg *Lake Fenton DETROIT RENAISSANCE Birmingham First Dearborn Good Shepherd Farmington First Farmington Orchard *Grosse Pointe Livonia St Matthews

MARQUETTE *Amasa Grace Engadine *Escanaba First Gladstone Memorial Gwinn Hancock First Hulbert Tahquamenon Ironwood Wesley Ishpeming Wesley L’Anse 202

Memphis Lamb *North Branch First Omard Paint Creek Peck Port Huron First Pigeon Salem Sandusky First Sebewaing Trinity Sutton Sunshine

Lennon Linden Middlebury *Millington *Montrose Morrice New Lothrop Ortonville Otisville Owosso First Phoenix South Mundy Swartz Creek Thetford Center West Forest

Trenton Faith Troy Big Beaver Utica Warren First *West Bloomfield Wyandotte Glenwood

Manistique *Munising Faithorn Ontonagon Greenland Rockland St. Paul Sidnaw Stephenson White Pine Community

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SAGINAW BAY *Aldersgate Midland Alger Alpena First *AuGres Beaverton Caro Coleman Faith Fairgrove Garfield *Gladwin First Good Shepherd of the North Gordonville *Harrisville Houghton Lake

LaPorte Mapleton Mio Oscoda *Ossineke Pinconning Poseyville Saginaw First Wagarville Watrousville *West Branch First Whittemore *Wilber *Wisner

MICHIGAN AREA LOAN FUND Michigan Area Loan Fund of the United Methodist Church Missions & Church Extension Fund 2012 was an encouraging year for the Michigan Area Loan Funds in spite of pressures from the weak economy, the regulatory climate, and struggles for congregational finances. The Loan Fund operations continued steady and met the challenges of both investor and borrower relationships. Dr. Wayne Barrrett, CFP速, serves as Resident Agent of the Fund. He serves as Chief Executive of the Fund and brings certification in financial planning and a Series 63 securities license from the State of . He directs the operations of the Fund from his office. Rev. Denny Buwalda serves as Loan Officer. Rev. Buwalda handles all loan inquiries as well as providing the linkage between the several parties involved in processing church loans. Office operations are directed by Marian Coles and from the office. Ms. Coles handles correspondence and operational management while Ms. Yoder is staff accountant. While Ms. Yoder retired from her duties with the United Methodist Foundation in October, we are pleased that she continues to serve the loan fund. Our website,, is being used by prospective investors and borrowers alike. You are invited to visit our site for updates on interest rates. Investors were rewarded during 2012 with a rate of return that was attractive in comparison to many similar investment options. Investors earned 3.00% on their investment accounts. Larger accounts ($100,000 or more) earned 3.25%. Effective January 2013 these rates will decline a bit to 2.75% and 3.00% accordingly. This fund offers both investment opportunity for congregations and individuals within the state of and a loan source for the 920 congregations of the in . Mortgage loans are available with a variety of amortization schedules and a current rate of 5.24%. Promissory notes are also available for smaller funding needs at a rate of 5.75%.


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The Fund is registered with the Securities Bureau of the State of and is managed by its Resident Agent. As of December 2012 the loan portfolio included 30 loans and mortgages with a total value of approximately $7,295,052. Investments burgeoned during 2012 and exceeded $10,000,000 for the first time in the fund’s history. A complete audit of the Fund is available upon request from the administrative office, PO Box 6247, Grand Rapids, MI 49516. The future of the Fund looks strong in spite of weakened loan demand. The financial strength of the Fund should be secure as the net corpus of Fund assets continues to grow and allow the Fund to serve the needs of Michigan United Methodist congregations. The Board continues to look for ways to expand our fund base so we may be competitive in the broader loan market. Congregations as well as individual United Methodists are invited to invest in our Fund. The Fund is grateful for the leadership of a fine volunteer Board of Trustees that guides the vision of our ministry. George House, President Dr. Wayne Barrett, Resident Agent

UNITED METHODIST FOUNDATION The United Methodist Foundation of Michigan is privileged to serve so many congregations and United Methodist organizations throughout the Michigan Area. The Foundation has continued to partner with an ever-growing number of churches. Together with these local churches, we seek to assist and to inspire congregations in fulfilling their ministry. The Foundation offers a wide continuum of financial stewardship, investment management, and donor-focused services for local churches, districts, conferences, agencies, and institutions and their constituents. We are called to serve all. We are called to be mission-driven and mission-focused. Our staff provides service to Michigan Area churches of wide-ranging demographics. We strive to serve all in our Michigan Area of The United Methodist Church. Fundamentally, all affiliated organizations of The United Methodist Church share a common goal. Our ultimate mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. The Foundation’s call in this transformative process is to encourage the spiritual discipline of generosity – to transform lives through the practice of Christian stewardship. We serve the Church at the macro level by offering systemic services that meet the financial stewardship priorities of local churches, districts, conferences, and agencies. One of these services is asset management through an investment portfolio that is faithful to the Social Principles of The United Methodist Church. At the micro level, we provide an array of donor-directed opportunities for the mutual benefit of the donor and the local church. The Foundation has been faithful to these goals since our founding in 1926. We keep this wider church mission in the forefront as we interact with constituents. For many years, United Methodist foundations considered their primary outcome to be the delivery of financial services to congregations and people. Leading-edge foundations, like the United Methodist Foundation of Michigan, are shifting to a new outcome-


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based approach. The new paradigm seeks the desired outcome of vital leaders and congregations committed to the Church’s mission. In other words, our deliverable is less about any product or service and more about the transformation of lives in the name of Jesus Christ. We are well on our way! The Foundation is an organization with an established ministry model and thoughtful investment and governance policies that place us in a key position to help the Church fulfill its mission and vision for God’s future. Indeed, our rich history and asset strength allow us strategically to offer excellent financial stewardship services to our constituents. Yet, this service alone is not enough. More importantly, our ministry is premised on the belief that our work – helping faithful people live generous lives – will lead, in part, to making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We thank God for the opportunity to partner with each of you as together we pursue this shared ministry. Respectfully Submitted, David S. Bell, President & Executive Director Terry Groesser, Board Chairperson



BOARD OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND CAMPUS MINISTRIES ADRIAN COLLEGE Adrian College continues its nationally-recognized theological leadership in several ways. We are committed to street-level, student-centered ministry, and we combine this movement with academic depth. We don’t say that we have been a part of the Wesleyan family since 1859 without taking the claim seriously. We lead through concrete, living expressions of the tradition. There are eight different spiritual life groups on campus and weekly chapel services. Our staff includes one chaplain and fourteen student ministers. Chaplain Chris Momany teaches as a member of the philosophy/religion department and publishes in both academic and popular church journals. Dr. Momany’s work appears in the national edition of the United Methodist Reporter, in the online resource Ministry Matters, and in Circuit Rider magazine. His book on the Wesleyan/Holiness ethic of love is titled, Doing Good: A Grace-Filled Approach to Holiness and is published by Abingdon Press.


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The Adrian College Chaplaincy is grounded in a theological commitment to the intrinsic worth of all people. This conviction guides our approach to campus community and drives our current witness against “human trafficking” or modern-day slavery. Highlights of this year’s ministry include: • • • •

A Wednesday Noon Chapel Series focusing on “Old Testament Heroes” (Fall) and “New Testament Heroes” (Spring) Dr. Momany’s presentation to White House staff and others in Washington, D.C. regarding Adrian’s unique approach to fighting human trafficking An annual journey by our “Not for Sale Campaign” (anti-trafficking) organization to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati Continued growth of our Major Cole Pre-Seminary Association

Our student-led pre-seminary emphasis is one of the best in the Connection. In March of 2013, Chaplain Momany joined scholars from several seminaries in presenting to the Wesleyan Theological Society, Seattle, Washington. Momany will also be the featured teacher at the August 2013 Michigan Area School for Pastoral Ministry. For more information about Adrian College’s ministry, contact Dr. Chris Momany at 517265-5161, ext. 4211. To tour the campus and meet with an admissions representative, call 800-877-2246 or 517-265-5161. Christopher P. Momany Chaplain, Part-Time Professor, and Director of Church Relations

AFRICA UNIVERSITY For Africa University, 2012 marked an important milestone. As 20th anniversary celebration events unfolded, they showcased the university’s contributions and the relationships that are the basis of its success. Thanks to the generous contributions of local congregations and individuals across the United Methodist connection, Africa University has trained and nurtured more than 4,700 graduates. Among them are leaders like Sylvie Ngoie Kamuze from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Kamuze, who majored in health services management, graduated in June 2012. She now serves as a projects administrator with Christians for Peace in Africa, a non-profit based in South Africa. Although she’s been on the job for less than a year, Kamuze is an advisor to the Johannesburg Mayor’s Office and is emerging as a caring and effective advocate for refugees and migrants living in South Africa. “I’m always appreciated in the work that I do because of the knowledge that African University has put in me,” says Kamuze. “My study abroad experience has changed the way I view others, the world and myself.” Demand for an Africa University education remains strong. Although more than 1,200 qualified applicants sought admission in August 2012, the university had space for only 400 freshmen. Africa University continues to equip women for leadership. This


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year, women account for 52% of the total enrollment, which currently stands at 1,386 students and there are 25 African nations represented in the student body. Scholarships and financial aid grants are vital to access. Many gifted students gain admission, and then fail to register for classes. The primary reason for this is the lack of financial resources. More than 90% of the students at Africa University need assistance—scholarships, financial aid grants and work study—in order to pay their tuition and other fees. For the vast majority, a direct or endowed scholarship award made possible by your second mile giving is their only means of attending university. Students, faculty and staff rely on the church’s ongoing investment, through the Africa University Fund (AUF), to meet the day-to-day and operational expenses of the institution. The university community is deeply thankful for these gifts. They keep the lights on and help to ensure that Africa University has dedicated faculty members who inspire, train and guide its students. In 2012, twenty-seven annual conferences invested in the Africa University Fund (AUF) by meeting 100% of their general church asking for Africa University. For the second consecutive year, overall giving to the AUF increased and is now at 93.35%. However, with an investment of 75.67% in 2012, the Detroit Annual Conference fell short of its asking for the AUF. The gap between the asking and the conference’s actual contribution, $8,267, would fund tuition for at least three students for a year. This year, please encourage your local congregation to close the gap and help bring the Detroit Conference’s annual investment in the Africa University Fund to 100%. If your church is already at 100%, consider working to raise a second mile gift designated for scholarships. Africa University needs your investment to help more young people to realize their dreams of service that uplifts communities. James H. Salley, Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement

GARRETT-EVANGELICAL THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY In 2013, Garrett-Evangelical celebrates 160 years of creating skilled, bold, and articulate leaders for the church, the academy, and the world. We remain committed to our core purpose: to know God in Christ and, through preparing spiritual leaders, help others know God in Christ. Garrett-Evangelical is the result of the interweaving of three institutions: •

Garrett Biblical Institute, the first Methodist seminary in the Midwest, was established in 1853 by largely the same church people who founded Northwestern University. Chicago Training School, established in 1885, was an important force for women in ministry and for developing service agencies throughout Chicago. Chicago Training School merged with Garrett Biblical Institute in 1934. Evangelical Theological Seminary, located in Naperville and founded as a seminary of the Evangelical Church (later the Evangelical United Brethren) in 1873, joined with Garrett Theological Seminary in 1974 to form Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.


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Last fall the seminary welcomed 107 new students, raising total fall enrollment to 390— the third consecutive year of increase. The average age of the entering Master of Divinity student is 31. Fifty-one percent are women. The ethnic/racial profile is 52% white; 20% black; 5% Asian; 3% Hispanic/Latino. Thirteen percent of the students are international. More than 30 religious traditions, four continents, 12 countries and 32 states are represented in the student body. Two hundred twenty-four students are United Methodist. Thirty-four additional students come from other Pan-Methodist denominations. Garrett-Evangelical’s commitment to making seminary education affordable is reflected in the awarding of more than $2 million in institutional financial aid to students each year. The seminary as created the Linked in Ministry Scholarship program. This 100 percent scholarship is awarded to the first student admitted to Garrett-Evangelical from his/her United Methodist annual conference who maintains a 3.3 GPA or above and who is a registered candidate for UMC ministry. In January, Garrett-Evangelical completed a successful campaign to fund the Rueben P. Job Endowed Chair in Spiritual Formation. One of the first chairs in spiritual formation among Protestant seminaries, the award is named in honor of Garrett-Evangelical’s distinguished alumnus Rueben P. Job, retired bishop of The United Methodist Church. The position is a legacy to Bishop Job’s lifelong work and will ensure that Garrett-Evangelical continues to prepare well-formed spiritual leaders for many generations. Garrett-Evangelical has long been at the forefront of Protestant seminaries in this area. The seminary proposed the curriculum structure for United Methodist certification in spiritual formation, formally adopted by the denomination in 2000. Since the, GarrettEvangelical has adopted a specialized Master of Arts degree in spiritual formation and evangelism as well as a Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Direction. Funds now are being received to permanently endow the Rueben Job Institute in Spiritual Formation. Information about the Institute can be found at <>. Dr. Dwight Judy, Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Formation, retired at the end of 2012. He continues to serve the seminary and church through his work as Director of the Institute. Several initiatives to support clergy and lay education are under way. During the spring semester, fifteen academic classes were offered in an online format, some with a continuing education option. During the next several months, new programs—online, on campus, and in congregational settings will begin. Plus is a first-of-its-kind cooperative executive education program of Garrett-Evangelical and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. The two-year leadership certification program for seminary graduates and other professionals in ministry includes eight days of seminars led by experts in non-profit leadership. Intersection is an innovative continuing education opportunity incorporating readings, online presentations by seminary faculty, and reflection on contemporary issues of life and ministry, providing an intersection of academic studies with the concern for practical ministry. Topics range from theology, biblical interpretation, and church history to ethics


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and the church in society. Continuing education credit is available. Additional information is available at The expanded Doctor of Ministry program offers four tracks of study: Congregational Leadership, African American Congregational Leadership, Spiritual Direction, and Mission in the Contemporary United States. The Garrett-Evangelical DMin program is also a portal to the Association of Chicago Theological School’s (ACTS) DMin program in preaching. Garrett-Evangelical serves over 550 students in degree-related courses, certificate programs and the summer Course of Study School. We encourage you to visit our website,, and to visit us on campus. We are grateful to serve The United Methodist Church and the church at large. Philip A. Amerson, President

PERKINS SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY Perkins School Of Theology Southern Methodist University Dean’s Report Perkins received positive evaluations from all three of our accrediting bodies during the past year: The Association of Theological Schools, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and University Senate of The United Methodist Church. New faculty and staff members are strengthening our mission of preparing women and men for faithful leadership in Christian ministry. D. Max Whitfield was named Bishop in Residence for 2012-2016 while Dr. Brad R. Braxton joined our faculty as Lois Craddock Perkins Professor of Homiletics and Dr. James Kang Hoon Lee joined our faculty as assistant professor of the History of Early Christianity. Dr. Arlene Sánchez Walsh, associate professor in the Graduate School of Theology at Azusa Pacific University, was 2012-2013 visiting professor. Dr. Mark W. Stamm, Christian Worship, and Dr. Rebekah Miles, Ethics and Practical Theology, were promoted to full professor. Rev. Connie Nelson was selected as director of Public Affairs and Alumni Relations, and Dr. Rebecca Frank Bruff became director of our Center for Religious Leadership. Dr. Ruben Habito, professor of World Religions and Spirituality, was named Interim Coordinator of the Spiritual Formation and Spiritual Direction programs, an administrative transition shifting these important responsibilities to a highly qualified full-time faculty member. Searches for new faculty members in the fields of History of Christianity and Christian Theology have resulted in candidates with exceptional promise, and we anticipate filling those positions for the start of the 2013-2014 academic year. Our 2012 entering class has a median age of 29 – the first time in nearly a decade that the median age has been under 30. Among all Perkins students, more than two-thirds are United Methodist and more than one-third are persons of color. The Doctor of Ministry program continues to grow with new cohorts of students from southern Asia taking classes in Singapore and in Dallas. Our Ph.D. program, one of only two highly rated doctoral programs among the 15 at SMU, includes two Latino Ph.D. students supported through a grant from the Luce Foundation to Perkins’ Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions. To be sure, Perkins is not immune from the challenges of declining revenues and enrollment faced by schools of theology and seminaries across the United States. How209

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ever, we are blessed with gifted faculty and staff members, inspiring students, beautiful facilities, and vibrant ministries. We thank our many colleagues, friends, and alumni/ae across the connection for continuing generous support, including referrals of prospective students. Grace and Peace, William B. Lawrence Dean and Professor of American Church History

UNITED THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY Is God calling you or someone you know to the ministry of Jesus Christ? If so, we invite you to explore how United can assist you in fulfilling God’s purposes for your life and how you can help others in this journey. Come and check us out in person or online at! United is one of the fastest growing, accredited seminaries in North America. Why are Christian disciples and leaders signing up for our traditional and online programs? They are doing so because United is committed to teaching the Bible and the historic Christian faith, cultivating spiritual formation for personal and social holiness, and renewing the Church for the mission of Jesus Christ in the world. What could be more important or exciting? In addition to expanding our service in the Midwestern US, United will continue to enhance its use of technology to deliver theological education in underserved regions in North America and beyond. United’s hybrid/online UMC FLEX Master of Divinity degree was designed specifically to meet the requirements of the UMC for ordination and it is accessible anywhere with good Internet service. Our hybrid/online UM Course of Study is expanding each semester, along with UM Certification offerings. What’s new at United? Three new professors joined our excellent team of faculty in 2012 and a search is underway for yet another. United and Aldersgate Renewal Ministries have developed a new partnership, and we have piloted a new certification program focused upon ministries with persons with disabilities. Each year, United’s doctoral program adds new mentors and focus groups for advanced ministry study. Please let us know if you have questions about how we can best assist you or, if you would like to help make it possible for an American or international student to study at United. Enrollment at United continues to grow, and we invite you to call or visit soon! For more information, please contact Thank you for your prayers, partnership, service and support in the ministry of Jesus Christ! Wendy J. Deichmann, President United Theological Seminary, 4501 Denlinger Road, Dayton, OH 45426


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WESLEY SEMINARY As a new residence hall rises on the home campus, Wesley is building an institution that fosters vital churches for the next generation. We have developed a vision for what the church of the future should be, and have become a new kind of seminary. More than a good graduate school, we have become like a research university dedicated to serving the church. The Lewis Center for Church Leadership continues to expand its programs and the readership of the premier online resource for churches: Leading Ideas. Through the Center, we are administering three new programs funded by grants from the Lilly Endowment. One enables us to continue our Lewis Fellows program, an intensive postseminary leadership training initiative for young clergy. Another will reach pastors, five to ten years beyond seminary. They will engage with thought leaders in Washington, D.C. on the subjects of courage, doing good well, generosity and well-being to help expand their field of vision and lead their churches to engage more effectively in their communities. The third program takes a hard look at the economic challenges facing future ministers. We will conduct research into our graduatesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; debt, analyze information about current compensation packages, and review the consequences of debt on the wellbeing of graduates. We will review our own economic and funding strategies and improve institutional practices while creating educational programs that better prepare future pastoral leaders as managers of personal and congregational finance. Our extension campus in downtown Washington, D.C. at Mount Vernon Square is developing as a center for missional churches as we help churches turn inside out in mission evangelism, community transformation and public theology. Our work there is spiritually and physically centered on an intentional living community of students and of faculty and church partners ministering in the shadow of Capitol Hill. We are engaging in hands-on learning/serving experiences in urban communities through our Urban Fellows and Missional Fellows programs. The biggest new development is the Heal the Sick Initiative (HTS) developed in partnership with three hospital systems and the White House Office of Faith-Based Initiatives. In HTS, Wesley will be the catalyst and educational partner in the development of a pilot program of parish-based health care in the Baltimore-Washington-Northern Virginia Region modeled after several successful programs nationwide. The HTS will prepare ministry leaders to support their congregations in the development of health ministries which include care and support for their membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; overall well-being, as well as care for their neighbors, particularly the poor. Wesley became the only seminary to be a charter member of the Maryland-DC Campus Compact which unites institutions of higher education that participate in service learning programs with the goal of making these programs more fruitful for both the students and the communities in which they work. Wesley is actively recruiting the kind of students who want to be Disciples of Jesus Christ and transform the world at all levels of ordained and lay ministry. We have continued to increase financial aid while holding down the cost of tuition. We launched a new 36-hour Master of Arts degree in the fall which uses a flexible curriculum to enable students to acquire a basic theological education. And the Wesley Course of Study has been re-designed to accommodate both weekend and summer students. Wesley has entered into two dynamic partnerships this year. The first is with the Center for Disci-


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pleship at Southwestern College in Winfield, KS, and makes unique lay study courses developed by Wesley in its Wesley Ministry Network available to the public on a large scale. And, Wesley is now partnered with Pfeiffer University and Union Presbyterian Seminary to make it possible for United Methodist students to complete their Master of Divinity degrees at Union Presbyterian Seminaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Charlotte, NC campus. Meanwhile, Wesley has become a truly global seminary so that we may serve the church where it is growing the most and that we might benefit from the spiritual vision and vitality of global Christianity. We completed the final two class terms of a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) program for 14 West African leaders engaged in educating persons for pastoral ministry in Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Cameroon. And we began our sixth Global Asian D.Min. track. In addition, there are currently 22 international students from around the globe studying in Masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree programs. And, we have established new relationships in China and India. The Wesley faculty remains very productive in its scholarship for the church including new books this year by Kendall Soulen, The Divine Name and the Holy Trinity, Eileen Guenther, Rivals or a Team? Clergy-Musician Relationships in the Twenty-First Century, Lucy Hogan, The Six Deadly Sins of Preaching, Scott Kisker, Longing for Spring: A New Vision for Wesleyan Community, and Lovett Weems, Focus: The Real Challenges That Face the United Methodist Church. The coming year will bring more exciting changes to Wesley as we continue our efforts to develop strong and dynamic leaders for the church and the world. Rev. Dr. David McAllister-Wilson, President Meet us at



COMMISSION ON EQUITABLE COMPENSATION The Commission on Equitable Compensation continues to be blessed to be able to support the ministry of many churches that are in need of salary support for their pastor. The number and amount of the requests increased a lot this year. We pray for these churches and hope that these grants will allow them to continue in vital ministry. With the help of The Methodist Union, we were able to give some assistance to all churches requesting grants. Funds from other agencies continue to be needed to meet the needs of the churches who have requested grants for 2012. I have served on the Commission on Equitable Compensation for 8 years. It has given me the opportunity to meet United Methodists around the country and throughout our 212

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conference. My term is up. Rev. Mark Zender will be taking over as Chairperson, Ruth Sutton will be serving as Vice-Chair and Rev. George Covintree will be serving as secretary. Rev. Beth Titus, Chairperson

COMMISSION ON ARCHIVES AND HISTORY In December 2011, the Commission on Archives and History held interviews to hire a permanent archivist for the Conference. After the conclusion of the interviews, the Commission decided to make interim archivist Rebecca McNitt the permanent archivist. She began her tenure as archivist on January 1, 2012. Rebecca has continued to work on the projects that she began before her title was changed. She is still maintaining normal reference services, creating and publishing an archive newsletter, and creating exhibits for annual conference. Between her work and that of her volunteers, all acquisitions that were located in the office area have been either processed or placed into the annex for future processing. The Conference Journals obituary index, first created by James and Charlotte Simmons, is now complete based on the journals of the Detroit Conference and its predecessor conferences. Our Annual Conference Commission meeting took place on May 17, 2012. Our speaker was Rev. John Park, who spoke about the church postcards he has collected over the years and donated to the archives. The archives were open during Annual Conference from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 16 through May 19. Several researchers made extended or repeat visits to examine a variety of projects. In July, Commission members Linda Schram and Marilyn McNitt, archivist Rebecca McNitt, volunteer William McNitt, and General Commission on Archives and History member Diana Miller attended the North Central Jurisdictional Convocation in Indianapolis, Indiana. While at the convocation, the members attended historical sites, churches, and luncheons. The Detroit Conference led the way in technological expertise once again with its digital presentation! The Detroit Commission also brought up the issue of digitization of church vital records by the company The Detroit Conference Archives had been approached in the spring by this company, but the Commission decided to bring it to the attention of the Jurisdiction to determine what the other conferences had decided. Only the Great Rivers Conference of southern Illinois had expressed a strong interest in working with, but the contract they received was different than what had been offered to us. Since that time has been purchased by The Detroit Conference Commission on Archives and History will once more discuss the new contract with We launched our Facebook page over the past year ( Our new website is still a work in progress, but we hope to have it live within the calendar year. We need to finish some final pages and work out some issues with the location of the pages. Please let us know if you have any suggestions for our Facebook page or website. 213

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Acquisitions this year included: • • •

Detroit Conference Statisticians Records Ann Arbor District Records More materials from: • Pontiac First • Riverview • Sault Sainte Marie Central Wooden Shoe

We have cut our processing backlog in half, but still have several large collections to complete. Recently processed collections include: •

Churches • Carleton • Columbiaville • Detroit: Christ • Detroit: Redford • Eastern Thumb Cooperative Parish • Flint: Trinity • Gilford • Inkster: Christ • Milan: Marble Memorial Districts • Ann Arbor • Detroit East • Detroit West • Marquette Conference • Michigan Area Episcopal Office

Marilyn McNitt, Chair

COMMISSION ON CHRISTIAN UNITY & INTERRELIGIOUS CONCERNS An “Act of Repentance for Indigenous People” worship service was held on April 27 during the 2012 General Conference, as part of a charge to the United Methodist Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns (CCUIC) by church legislators in 2008. The United Methodist Church is the first national denomination in the U.S. to take this sense of responsibility seriously and to make a statement about the history of violence against indigenous people that most Americans ignore. The CCUIC submitted a resolution to the 2012 General Conference asking the denomination to continue the process of healing relationships with indigenous persons. The legislation (which passed) calls on annual conferences to be in dialogue and to hold their own Act of Repentance service, which will continue to be promoted by the Detroit Conference CCUIC. After several hundred years of separation, members of six Pan-Methodist denominations have committed to ministry together. The United Methodist Church adopted the full communion agreement, which was celebrated May 1 during the 2012 General Conference. The full communion agreement establishes a new relationship among the African Methodist Episcopal, African Methodist Episcopal Zion, African Union Methodist 214

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Protestant, Christian Methodist Episcopal, Union American Methodist Episcopal, and The United Methodist Church denominations. The denominations, which already cooperate on issues such as children and poverty, will now have an opportunity to pursue a broader mission agenda together. The Detroit Conference CCUIC will be promoting that the “real work” of the agreement happens at the local church and community level by building individual relationships and commit to finding ways to break down barriers and promote justice together. The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church marked an important organizational transition in the denomination on January 1, 2013 by launching an Office of Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships (OCUIR). Following action by the 2012 General Conference, the new office replaces a General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns and consolidates the ecumenical and interfaith ministries within the Council of Bishops. The rationale for the change is to strengthen the United Methodist ecumenical religious witness around the world through the leadership of the bishops. The new office provides us an opportunity to rethink our current relationships and create a new future that supports the denomination-wide goal of creating more vital congregations through local ecumenical and interfaith outreach; communicating and cooperating with other Christian denominations to work toward unity and peace. The Detroit Conference CCUIC will work closely with the OCUIR to align our 2013-2015 goals with the goals of the OCUIR to strengthen interreligious relationships, which enable community building. Until these goals are published, there are still plenty of opportunities to become involved with an area “Ecumenical Association” or “Interfaith Council” to work together for common goals of unity, peace, and justice that meet the needs of the community. In particular, look for opportunities to participate together in the January 2014 “Week of Prayer for Christian Unity” linked with the World Council of Churches. Stop by the CCUIC table at the Detroit Annual Conference Mission Fair for more information. Leonard A. Clevenger, Chairperson

COMMISSION ON THE LAITY The scriptural theme for 2013 Annual Conference is II Timothy 1: 3-14. We are inspired with confidence in his statement “God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self discipline.”(v.7) These words can be the motto of our faith and love in action as we minister to a world in need through our clergy and laity partnerships- lay leader and pastor, district lay leader and superintendent, and conference lay leader and Bishop. Individually and collectively, the members of the Commission on the Laity strive to empower laity so they are better able to partner with clergy in making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. 2012 is a time of transition in the Commission on the Laity. We welcomed Bob Hampton, new Director of Lay Speaking (soon to be Servant) Ministries, Bonnie Potter, Crossroads District Lay Leader, and Kay Mowery, President of UMW. We said thank you to Mike Clark, Conference Lay Leader and Bonnie Lentz, Director of Lay Speaking Ministries, for their leadership, dedication, and outstanding service. We mourn the passing of Patricia Donaldson, UMW representative, and Jeff Murdock, Crossroads District Lay Leader. Their gifts and graces are missed. 215

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For our conference to be a vital organism, the role of the laity must be renewed and expanded. Our Methodist heritage includes active lay leadership in spreading scriptural and social holiness throughout the land. It is the responsibility of laity and clergy to meet, plan, and work together and use their spiritual gifts to love and serve God and neighbor. We can foster awareness of the ministry of the laity through their ministry in the home, workplace, community, and the world. Awareness can be accomplished by recognizing and celebrating laity through Laity Sunday observance – 2013 theme is Developing Effective Lay Leaders; Recognition of Lay Servants; bulletin board displays of ministry; and recognition of groups and individuals serving through mission and service projects. At the 2013 Association of Annual Conference Lay Leaders, David Lowes Watson shared laity and clergy must live a balance in works of mercy and works of piety. If one only concentrates on works of compassion, one gets burned out; if one only concentrates on acts of justice, one becomes impractical; if one concentrates only on worship, it may be only once a week; if one only concentrates on acts of devotion, one becomes snobbish. I pray clergy and laity work together and live in balance as we serve our Lord in making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. As I begin as conference lay leader, I want to thank those who have been mentors to me in faith and practice in serving Christ and the United Methodist Church; many, but especially Wayne Middleton, Shirley Cook, Cathy Hazen, and Mike Clark. Wayne Bank, Conference Lay Leader

COMMISSION ON RELIGION & RACE NCJCORR Annual Learning Event in Bloomington, IL was held October 19-21, 2012. The Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference was the host conference. The conference began with a welcome from IGRC resident bishop. The theme was “Living into the Vision-The Beloved Community.” It was only a glimpse into various opportunities to avail ourselves when we dare step out in faith, believing unconditional love is not a stretch or a dream but actually possible. Living into the Vision-The Beloved Community offered us three opportunities: 1. 2. 3.

Explore how to cultivate multicultural spaces where appreciation differences provide opportunities for sharing faith. Participate in cross cultural training and gain new cultural competence. Broaden the conversation and dialog through a variety of viewpoints and add depth to the discussion, perhaps provide context for the next steps.

Living in the Vision of the Beloved Community can become a reality with competent lay and ordained leaders, when they are empowered to go and change constructively and faithfully, diversity that one might find among themselves. General Commission on Religion and Race General Secretary Erin Hawkins stated, “Our intent in gathering multiple voices, including those who have not been traditionally engaged with this work, was to throw the doors open and welcome everyone in. We are deeply focused on dramatically reinventing and transforming the work of the agency not just for GCORR’s sake, but for the sake of the Church, focusing attention throughout


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the Church on developing specific objectives and action plans that accomplish greater justice, equity and diversity at every level.” More than 100 leaders from across the Church representing the U.S. and Central Conferences gathered in Chicago from November 29-December 1 to envision and begin developing strategies for the Church to reach more people, younger people and more diverse people. Respectfully submitted by Samuel Carter, CORR Chairperson

COMMITTEE ON EPISCOPACY The Michigan Area Committee on the Episcopacy is comprised of members of the Detroit Conference and the West Michigan Conference. Our work in 2012 focused on planning farewells for Bishop Keaton and welcomes for Bishop Kiesey. In July at the North Central Jurisdictional Meeting, Bishop Keaton was assigned to the Illinois Great Rivers Conference. That appointment began on September 1, 2012. The Michigan Area Committee on the Episcopacy planned two farewell events for Bishop and Mrs. Keaton: St. Ignace and DeWitt Redeemer. The people of the Michigan area gathered to express their thanks to the Keatons for their ministry among us, and a gift of remembrance was presented to them. Bishop Deborah Kiesey was assigned to serve the Michigan Area. She previously served the Dakotas Area for eight years and began her ministry with us on September 1. The Area committee planned three events to welcome Bishop Deb and her husband Brad: Kalamazoo First, Indian River, and Clarkston. These worship experiences were followed by social hours where people could greet Bishop Deb and Brad. Our committee gives thanks for Bishop Keaton and his ministry among us. We wish him God’s blessing as he leads the United Methodists of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference. We also are grateful for the leadership of Bishop Kiesey and her Clergy Assistant, Rev. Bill Dobbs. We look forward to Bishop Deb’s time with us as together we make disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Genie Bank, Chair

COMMITTEE ON MEMOIRS It is the responsibility of the Committee on Memoirs to collect memoir information for the Journal when the death occurs of clergy, diaconal ministers, lay members of the previous annual conference, laypersons of the conference support staff and ministry team, dependent children of clergy members, missionaries related to the conference and others recommended by the Committee on Memoirs. This is accomplished by contacting family members through the use of the death notices published by the Detroit Annual Conference. The committee also assists with the presentation at the Memorial Service. Whenever possible, families provide statements to be read during the service. If the family is unable to provide this, a statement is prepared by the committee with the assistance of their 217

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obituary and their local church. Families are invited to attend and asked to RSVP so that we may have a committee member greet them in the chapel prior to the service. A program is published for the Memorial Service listing those who are being remembered. This past year we also incorporated pictures, when they were available, in a Power Point presentation during the service as tributes were read. At the 2012 Detroit Annual Conference Memorial Service, we honored 18 clergy, 16 spouses of clergy, and 7 laity: CLERGY Rev. James Balfour Rev. Ira Bush Rev. Judith Darling Rev. Margo Dexter Rev. Johnnie Dyer Rev. Donald Francis Rev. Terry Gladstone Rev. George Hawk Rev. John B. Heim Rev. Willard King Rev. Donald Kraushaar Rev. Marion A. Pohly Rev. Lewis Redmond Rev. Delbert Rose Rev. Dorothy J. Rossman Rev. Homer Van Buren Rev. Carol S. Walborn Rev. June Westgate

February 17, 2012 September 2, 1011 March 24, 2012 April 22, 2012 June 16, 2011 March 10, 2012 November 6, 2011 November 7, 2011 March 17, 2012 April 29, 2012 September 3, 2011 January 19, 2012 December 17, 2011 January 22, 2012 July 12, 2011 October 1, 2011 May 3, 2012 November 16, 2011

CLERGY SPOUSE Diane Barteld Emily Bristah Virnelle Cookingham Dortha Griffith Judith Hall Marian Lumsden Billie McCabe Marietta Montgomery Doris Parker Syma Poobus Jeannette Ransom Susan Rose Harriet Ryan Jeannette B. Safran Edythe Wessel Janet Woodruff

March 8, 2012 October 1, 2011 March 20, 2012 April 4, 2012 November 12, 2011 May 20, 2011 March 5, 2012 April 17, 2011 August 18, 2011 July 4, 2011 June 27, 2011 July 19, 2011 June 12, 2011 April 16, 2012 July 2, 2011 September 12, 2011

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Harry Piper Jane Schairer Harold Stanton Virginia Zink

September 5, 2011 November 6, 2011 March 16, 2012 May 26, 2011

As with so many things, this committee is a work in progress. The Memoirs Committee and I appreciate the Conference’s patience and support as we continue shaping this ministry into the blessing intended for those families experiencing a great loss in their lives. The Committee members and I consider it a privilege to service by helping our DAC remember and honor these loved ones who have passed onto glory. Peace and blessings, Mary A. Whitman, Chairperson

COMMITTEE ON HISPANIC/LATINO MINISTRIES The vision of the Conference Committee on Hispanic/Latino Ministries is: Hispanics/Latinos will be an integral part of the Detroit Annual Conference at the conference, district, and local level and will work to make disciples to transform the world. We have outlined three strategic directions to achieve this vision. 1. Strengthening Leaders and Congregations 2. Strengthening Community Empowerment 3. Strengthening Cultural Connectional Relationships In 2011, the Conference Committee received a three year matching grant for $50,000 from the National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministries. The grant will go towards achieving the three strategic directions. Strategic Direction: Strengthening Leaders and Congregations In 2011, the Conference Committee on Hispanic/Latino Ministries started a Sowing Seeds Academy (Academia Sembrando Semillas) for the development of Hispanic/ Latino ministries. As part of the Sowing Seeds Academy the following workshops were offered in 2011 and 2012: • • • • •

Pentecost Journey National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministries Module 2 Spanish Language Classes for Clergy and Lay Leaders Spanish Language Lay Speaking Classes How to Tackle Immigration Needs as a Church or Community Leader

In 2011, the Conference Committee on Hispanic/Latino Ministries also started the Network for Leaders of Hispanic/Latino Ministries. The network was created to support leaders who serve Hispanic/Latino ministries. The network meets three to four times a year and is connected by a monthly e-newsletter. There are currently 18 leaders from 9 different ministries involved in the network. In 2013, the Conference Committee on Hispanic/Latino Ministries plans to start a Hispanic/Latino Youth Network. The vision of the Hispanic/Latino Youth Network is His219

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panic/Latino youth will have opportunities to grow in their relationship to God, as followers of Christ, and as leaders. Strategic Direction: Strengthen Community Empowerment The Conference Committee on Hispanic/Latino Ministries has supported Justice for Our Neighbors-Southeastern Michigan and has partnered with them in offering workshops and presentations. The Conference Committee on Hispanic/Latino Ministries has also supported the work of Justice for Our Neighbors-Southeastern Michigan through their work with the Immigrant Welcoming Congregations Program. Strategic Direction: Strengthen Cultural Connectional Relationships The Conference Committee on Hispanic/Latino Ministries is continuing to support the existing eight Hispanic/Latino ministries and is partnering with other boards and agencies to do so. In 2013, the Conference Committee is also going to be partnering with the New Church Development Committee to develop a Lay Missionary Planting Network with the goal of developing five additional Hispanic/Latino ministry sites.

COMMITTEE ON NATIVE AMERICAN MINISTRY (CONAM) The following activities were in alignment with our established goals and objectives: For Year 2012: The Committee on Native American Ministry met in the spring of 2012 at the Annual Conference and September in Flint, MI. A special gathering of the Michigan area Committee on Native American Ministryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s was held. Those represented was the Detroit Conference and West Michigan Conference â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Indian Workers Conference. The gathering took place in December with Bishop Kiesey. This historical gathering marks a time of great awareness and provided a venue for much desired dialogue between the Methodist Anishinabe People of Michigan and the United Methodist Church leadership. Our Detroit Conference Indian Church/Missions: Zeba, Oscoda and Saganing have historically been active as voting members of the West Michigan Conference - Indian Workers Conference since 1954. As in the past, we will continue our fellowship in celebration of our interconnectedness as Anishinabek serving our Creator. The Detroit Conference CONAM worked towards accomplishing our identified goals by; seeking to equip leaders with appropriate training, sponsor Native American ministries throughout the Detroit Conference and increase congregational awareness of the Committee on Native American Ministry, Indian Churches and Missions and other Native American Ministries. During the Annual Conference in May, an informational booth offered literature and displays representing the ministries that were sponsored and/or supported through the Committee on Native American Ministry.


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The Nominations Committee recommended and appointed members to serve on the Committee. As a result of the nomination the Committee was operating at full capacity in 2012. Financial support was approved for a clergy representative to attend a grant writing training in Florida. The training was held in December. A report will be presented at our regular meeting in May 2013. The expectation is that the representative be available to assist and/or write a grant for this committee in the future. A representative attended the West MI – Indian Workers Conference (CONAM) at the Mt. Pleasant Chippewa Indian Church in October. We had six committee members attend the special gathering with the Bishop in December with support being provided for two. A request for action was made for the Detroit Conference CONAM to sponsor four Detroit Conference area Native American youth to attend the Flying with Eagles Native American Youth Leadership Training to be held May 2013 in Oregonia, OH and accompanying chaperones. The training is sponsored by the Native American International Caucus of the United Methodist Church, Northeast Region and North Central Regions. The training is titled “Peg-leg Flamingos”. The training is to focus on the “challenges of the 21st. century” including teachings of local Native American culture and traditions. The training targets youth in grades 7 – high school. The Committee is charged with finding Native American United Methodist youth interested in attending the training. We continue to move forward on the development of promotional materials to increase awareness within the Conference. A tri-fold brochure was drafted and items were submitted for posting to the Conference website. We are hopeful that in the future a CONAM specific webpage can be developed highlighting all the Indian Churches and Missions. The Native American Ministries Sunday collection in 2011 for use in 2012 was $12,594.22, half, $6,297.11 was sent to the General Church to provide scholarships for Native American seminary students and to fund Native American Urban Initiatives. The half that was retained by our Conference was divided into four equal shares ($1,574.27) and sent to the three Indian Missions/Churches and to the Committee’s cumulative fund, which provides for other programs or ministry projects relating to Native Americans. Over the past few years, the CONAM has seen a continual decline in the giving. This decline is consistent with what has been identified throughout the Nation. The collections between 2010 and 2011 declined significantly. We see an increase in the 2012 giving. Megwetch (thank you) of the generous giving of the local churches in support of the ministries managed through CONAM. The resources provided by the Native American Ministries Sunday offering and the support given through the Ministry Jubilee projects empowers our Native American Missions, Churches, Communities and future generations. On behalf of the Committee on Native American Ministry, Amy F. Alberts, CONAM Chairperson/Member



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CONFERENCE PROTECTION POLICY COMMITTEE The Conference Protection Committee administrates and oversees the Detroit Conference Protection Policy for Children, Youth, and Vulnerable Persons. The committee works with various groups and events of the Detroit Conference to ensure that proper protection for our members is in place. The committee also trains and certifies adults within the conference to work with children, youth and vulnerable persons. This last year the committee has not only continued to process an increasing number of certification applications, but has also given itself to the updating and modernizing of our educational materials used in our “Training the Trainers” Teacher’s Packet for full incorporation the of anti-bullying additions to the policy from last year and a few other issues in need of further attention. Accompanying this update, the committee has developed both Trainer continuing education requirements to maintain certification and a formal process for people seeking to become new Trainers. This application to become a Trainer includes a statement of commitment which all Trainers agree to support and adhere too. The committee continues to seek ways to reach new people regarding our protection issues and help our conference be more successful at protecting children, youth and vulnerable persons. In the coming year we hope to streamline our methods for processing applications for certification and to further explore how technology can assist us in this endeavor given the wide geographical expanse of our Detroit Annual Conference. This vital ministry is only possible due to the dedicated members of the Conference Protection Policy Committee, the support of our conference staff, our Trainers, and the many local church volunteers who are committed to our District and Conference level ministries. Rev Timothy Dibble. Chair – Detroit Conference Protection Committee

MICHIGAN AREA REPORTER No report received.


DETROIT ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH REPORT ON FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (with supplementary information) YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2012 (with comparative totals for the year ended December 31, 2011)

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