March 2017 update

News from the MCC Toronto Board of Directors

As part of our commitment to more regular, transparent and timely communication with the Congregation we want to highlight some of our recent activities. We meet bi-monthly and will provide you with the key points arising from our meetings. In addition, on our Board website , you can find a variety of Board documents, including the Board Roles and Responsibilities, our role as a “Policy” Board, our slate of individual responsibilities, and our strategic plan.

March 8, 2017 Board meeting

Senior Pastor Selection update

On March 6 we formally launched the public stage of our Senior Pastor Search with ads and applications on our own new MCC Toronto Board website, our global denominational website http://mccchurch.org/connectnow/jobs/ and in both the March print version of the United Church Observer and on the on-line version   http://www.ucobserver.org/classifieds.  We are encouraging people to share this information with those in your network who you think may be good candidates or who can help us identify good candidates.

Applications will be open until Friday April 7th.  After that the Senior Pastor Search committee will go through a process of screening and interviews that will lead the Board to the decision on a final candidate who will be presented to the congregation, after which all members in good standing will be invited to cast their vote. We will be providing the current list of voting members in April so you can verify your status.

In the background we have been proactively identifying and reaching out to several qualified individuals who may be interested in applying.

We are committed to being open and embracing our core values in our search – spirituality, advocacy and diversity.  We will not be limited based on gender, orientation, nationality, denomination or cultural background.  We are a vibrant, inclusive and progressive Christian church community and we will live these values in our discernment.

We are also fine-tuning our communications plan to gather input and engage the staff and congregation.  We will fully utilize our various communication vehicles to communicate and seek input.  We in the process of developing a FAQ (“Frequently Asked Question”) sheet which will be available on the Board website soon.  If there are any questions or insights you want to share, please contact any of the Search committee directly in person or via our email address: BofD@mcctoronto.com

Financial update

We had previously approved a balanced Operating Budget for 2017.  Revenues and expenses are predicted to rise by 2%.  Our budget, while attempting to reflect the reality of our financial situation, is none the less a bit disheartening in terms of postponed investments in our people and infrastructure that inhibits our ability to move ahead more ambitiously with the work we are called to do.

An Infogram (visual depiction of revenues and expenses) has become a popular format for communicating our financial health and is included as an appendix to this document

DATES TO PUT IN YOUR CALENDAR

Sunday March 19: Rev. Rachelle Brown will preach at all three of our Sunday services.

Rev. (Elder) Rachelle Brown is the third global leader for Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) since its founding in 1968. The denomination’s Governing Board elected Rev. Brown in 2016 to serve a three-year term as Interim Moderator.

Rev. Brown is an educator and theologian. Since 1996, she has been an instructor, trainer, facilitator, adjunct professor, and guest lecturer at Chicago Theological Seminary, Eden Theological Seminary, Missouri State University, and University of Phoenix. Rev. Brown explores intersections of queer ethics, human sciences, and communications with a deep understanding regarding the historiography of modern religious thought and practices.

Rev. Brown has a background in media and marketing where she oversaw and participated in strategic planning, project and budget management for national, regional, and local consumer and business-to-business clients.

Sunday March 19 12:45am : Town Hall with Rev. Rachelle Brown

Sunday June 18, 12:45 pm: Annual Congregational Business Meeting

If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to contact any of us. You can also contact us via email at BofD@MCCToronto.com.

We welcome your feedback and engagement. Together, God has called us to do great things.

Lori Boyce,
Chair, Governance Committee