Mission Council Draft Proposal 2017-2020

 

North Central Jurisdiction Program Funding

NCJ Mission Council

July 2016

 

 

Proposal Title:  Zero-Based Restart of all non-disciplinary NCJ Program Ministries for the 2017-2020 Quadrennium

Purpose of the NCJ Mission Council

The Jurisdictional Mission Council shall consult with the College of Bishops and the North Central Jurisdiction Association of Conference Directors of Connectional Ministries in order to:

  • articulate a vision of the Church within the jurisdiction and develop models for implementing the vision
  • clarify the vision to the annual conferences within the jurisdiction through conference directors of connectional ministries
  • enable and support networking throughout the jurisdiction
  • constantly test the structures against the stated purpose and the vision
  • establish criteria for funding and evaluate programs funded by the jurisdiction
  • prepare a financial budget for the succeeding quadrennium for the operation of the Jurisdictional Mission Council
  • set a budget, allocate funds, and oversee the investments within the jurisdiction

 

Rationale

Many of the NCJ-affiliated agencies began in an era where there was little annual conference support for ethnic or specialized ministries. Currently, annual conferences and general agencies are providing a more effective platform for the delivery of both ethnic and specialized ministries than the jurisdiction. With the exception of a few, there is woefully little activity among the funded agencies at the jurisdictional level. Most often the ministry activities are contained within an annual conference. In addition, there seems to be a lack of understanding in annual conferences that NCJ help is available, or why it is offered in some instances and not offered in others. The current financial system provides some with significant assistance and others receiving none. Several agencies have become inactive, even stretching into the last quadrennium. It is also getting more difficult to recruit persons to take an active role in jurisdictional ministries or governance due to time, travel and distance.

By instituting a zero-based restart of all non-disciplinary required NCJ Program Ministries for the 2017-2020 Quadrennium, this will allow the NCJ to take a step back and reconsider and/or redefine of the role of the jurisdiction.

 

 

Objectives

  • To strengthen the partnership of the NCJ Mission Council with the College of Bishops and the NCJ Conference Directors of Connectional Ministries
  • To improve the quality and cost effectiveness of ministry of funded agencies within the NCJ by partnering with the NCJ Directors of Connectional Ministries to develop a system of evaluation giving primary responsibility for the evaluative process to the DCM in the annual conference where the ministry is located
  • To do away with the current ineffective liaison system of evaluation
  • To reset funding of all non-disciplinary NCJ program ministries to a “zero-based” restart approach to allow equal footing for all programs, both present and future in applying for NJC program funding
  • To provide a new system of block grants for Ethnic Ministries, Supportive Ministries, and Emerging Ministries which would utilize an application process in support of the mission and vision of the NCJ and a submission of strategies and benchmarks for ministry

 

Background

If the North Central Jurisdiction ceased funding for all program ministries, these functions would still require funding:

  1. The cost of the Jurisdictional Conference session ¶519
  2. An audit of the Jurisdictional treasury ¶520
  3. Jurisdictional Committee on Episcopacy ¶524
  4. Jurisdictional Conference Journal ¶528
  5. Inter-jurisdictional Committee on Episcopacy ¶512
  6. Jurisdictional Nominating Committee ¶705.1
  7. Jurisdictional Committee on Appeals ¶27.6
  8. Jurisdictional Mission Council ¶530

 

The following agencies are required, but a method of funding is not delineated:

  1. Archives and History ¶532
  2. Youth Ministry Organization ¶533
  3. Jurisdictional United Methodist Women ¶536
  4. Jurisdictional United Methodist Men ¶537

Optional organizations:

  1. Young Adult Organization ¶534
  2. Committee on Ordained Ministry ¶535

Strategies/Methodologies

Planning Phase:

The NCJ Mission Council, the NCJ College of Bishops, and the NCJ Conference Directors of Connectional Ministries design an application and evaluation process for funding of non-disciplinary NCJ program ministries.

Advise “funded agencies” of the draft proposal one year in advance of the NCJ 2016 meeting so that they can begin to prepare for such a transition.

Advise the annual conferences of the new zero-based restart funding approach for all non-disciplinary NCJ program ministries to allow for a broader base of applications for the funding of program ministries that would serve the jurisdiction beyond the boundaries of the annual conference and which would align with the mission and vision of the NCJ.

Implementation:

The proposed changes to the NCJ Budget will take place on the first day of January 2017.

Budget Implications

Acct.# and Description 2013-2016

Budget

Budget Implications

for 2017-2020

Proposed Funding
51100 Jurisdictional Conference Expense $274,000 $274,000 Funding required ¶519
51300 Jurisdictional Conference Secretary $12,500 $12,500 Funding required ¶528
51400 Jurisdictional Conference Treasurer $12,000 $12,000 Funding required ¶520
51500 Jurisdictional Court of Appeals (Misc) $5,000 $5,000 Funding required ¶27.6
52100 Mission Council $40,000 $60,000 Funding required ¶530
52200 Committee on Episcopacy $60,000 $60,000 Funding required ¶524 (Jurisdictional)

and ¶512 (Interjurisdictional)

52300 Archives & History $800 $800 Required ¶532 but funding not required
52400 Rueben Job Center/DWU Ctr for Christian Leadership $90,000 $0 Discontinued ministry

 

 

 

Acct.# and Description 2013-2016

Budget

Budget Implications

for 2017-2020

Proposed Funding
52500 Town & Country Network $12,000 $0 See Ethnic, Supportive and Emerging Ministries block grants.
52550 Urban Network $12,000 $0 See Ethnic, Supportive and Emerging Ministries block grants.
52600 Volunteers in Mission $25,000 $0 See Ethnic, Supportive and Emerging Ministries block grants.
53100 Korean Ministries $150,000 $0 See Ethnic, Supportive and Emerging Ministries block grants.
53300 Hispanic Ministry Center of the NCJ $45,000 $0 See Ethnic, Supportive and Emerging Ministries block grants.
53350 Hispanic Caucus $44,000 $0 See Ethnic, Supportive and Emerging Ministries block grants.
53400 Native American Ministry $35,000 $0 See Ethnic, Supportive and Emerging Ministries block grants.
53450 Native American IC NE Region $30,000 $0 See Ethnic, Supportive and Emerging Ministries block grants.
54100 Youth Ministry $15,000 $0 Required ¶533 but funding not required

 

54150 Asian American Fellowship $35,000 $0 See Ethnic, Supportive and Emerging Ministries block grants.
55100 Religion and Race $20,000 $0 See Ethnic, Supportive and Emerging Ministries block grants.
56100 Continuing Consultation $70,000 $0 See Ethnic, Supportive and Emerging Ministries block grants.
57100 Midwest Mission Distribution Center $5,000 $0 See Ethnic, Supportive and Emerging Ministries block grants.
58100 General Conf. Expense for Host A/C $0 $200,000  
58200 Jurisdictional Conf. Expense for Host A/C $0 $0 Funding discontinued in 2013
59100 Transitional Assistance – MN/Dakotas $125,000 $0 Funding to be discontinued in 2016
59900 Emerging Ministries $0 $0 Funding discontinued in 2013
Jurisdictional United Methodist Women $0 $0 Required ¶536 but funding not required
Acct.# and Description 2013-2016

Budget

Budget Implications

for 2017-2020

Proposed Funding
Jurisdictional United Methodist Men $0 $0 Required ¶537 but funding not required
Ethnic, Supportive and Emerging Ministries:

 

$500,000 Up to $50,000 would be allocated as jurisdictional block grants. Applications should be in support of the mission and vision of the NCJ. Funding not limited to current NCJ program ministries. Submission of strategies and benchmarks for ministry would also be required.
TOTAL EXPENSES $1,117,300 $1,124,300  

 

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