Brothers and Sisters in the NCD,
First, let me share our updated plan for the 2020 NCD District Conference. This two-part plan has come together through prayer, collaboration between our district staff & board of directors, and consultation with trusted EFCA leaders (especially related to the legal issues that are involved).
- Part 1: We will gather online on Monday, June 1st at 10:00 am. The purpose of this virtual meeting will be to share our proposed 2020-21 district budget, to allow time for feedback & questions, and to encourage NCD pastors and church leaders. Since our bylaws do not have a provision authorizing the conduct of business by the conference by remote communication, we will not require registration and will not be holding any electronic votes. After listening to feedback, our district board will provide initial approval of our 2020-21 NCD budget (to be later ratified by our conference). In light of recent events, we anticipate presenting a flat budget (with spending levels equal to those previously affirmed by the 2019 NCD conference).
- Part 2: We will gather in-person on Monday, August 31st (12:00 pm -5:00 pm). This meeting will include a worship service, fellowship, affinity gatherings, box lunch (if possible) and a special business session to ratify the 2020 budget and vote on other important matters before our NCD family. Registration will be required and will open on June 1st after our virtual meeting (location TBD).
Next, I want to let you know that our NCD Directors remain available for one-on-one encouragement and support by text, email, phone or video conference. Likewise, we would love to encourage your congregations by “visiting” your online staff meetings, board meetings or worship services.
Finally, I want to share a brief word regarding the anticipated easing of “stay at home” restrictions in the months ahead. All of us are understandably eager to resume in-person congregational gatherings. However, our district encourages each NCD congregation to listen for further information from the Minnesota Department of Health before making fixed plans. In addition, we anticipate that there will be an orderly easing of social distancing restrictions that will begin with small groups being allowed to meet in person, move toward fellowship groups under 50, and then finally allow for Sunday morning congregational gatherings of more than 50 people. We are available to help you think through each of these areas, as well as other issues related to the easing of social distancing guidelines.
Godspeed as you look to Jesus for patience, wisdom and energy for service in the days ahead.
Brian Farone | District Superintendent | North Central District