NM Conference News
April 8 - 14, 2019
In this Issue
  • 2019 Appointments
  • CBO Position Announcement
  • Pre-Conference Meetings Scheduled
  • New Church Development Micro-Grants
  • Dr. Dave Ring Publishes Book of Devotionals
  • Denomination's Future Under Discussion - Quietly
  • West Virginia Conference Asks "What if" the Church Confronted the Opioid Crisis
  • Upcoming Events
2019 Appointments
Today's List of Appointments:
District: El Paso   
Clergy: Amy Wilson-Feltz (FE) 
Appointed To: El Paso, St. Paul UMC    
Appointed From: Abilene, Aldersgate UMC - Associate    
Former Appointee: Daniel Armstrong   
Announce Date: 4-7-19  
Effective Date: 7-1-19
District: Lubbock     
Clergy: Sammy Espinosa (FL)
Appointed To: Olton, FUMC/Spade UMC   
Appointed From: Lubbock, St. Matthew UMC/Lubbock, La Trinidad UMC    
Former Appointee: Neely Landrum   
Announce Date: 4-7-19  
Effective Date: 7-1-19
District: Amarillo     
Clergy: Heath Gaines (PL)
Appointed To: Amarillo, Trinity UMC   
Appointed From: Amarillo Covenant Fellowship Church - Associate    
Former Appointee: Manish Shirley   
Announce Date: 4-7-19  
Effective Date: 7-1-19
District: Amarillo     
Clergy: Jeff Matsler (FE)
Appointed To:  Clinical Ethicist (Bioethicist) - WellStar Health System, Atlanta, GA - (Ext. Min. - 344.1b)   
Appointed From: Bioethicist for US Army - Walter Reed Medical Center and School, Bethesda, MD 
Effective Date: 3-19-19 
District: Amarillo     
Clergy: Paul Bauernfeind (FE)
Appointed To: Retired    
Appointed From: Amarillo District Superintendent    
Effective Date: 7-1-19
District: Clovis     
Clergy: Margot Thompson (FE)
Appointed To: Retired    
Appointed From: Cornelius UMC/Banks Community UMC (346.1 - Oregon-Idaho)
Effective Date: 7-1-19
District: El Paso   
Clergy: America Rojas (PE) 
Appointed To: Leave of Absence   
Appointed From: Odessa, Highland UMC    
Effective Date: 3-1-19
Conference Benefits Officer Position Announcement
The New Mexico Annual Conference Office
of The United Methodist Church
relevant, passionate, life-changing churches
Position Announcement:  Conference Benefits Officer
Reports to:                           New Mexico Board of Pension and Health Benefits and NMAC Provost
Effective:                              May 20, 2019
Directly Supervises:            N/A
FLSA:                                   Exempt/Salaried/Full-Time
Compensation:                    Starting at $53,000/year (plus benefits: health insurance, pension, life insurance), for a Probationary Period of 6 months, to be followed by a performance review.
Summary:  The New Mexico Annual Conference (NMAC) is an entity that oversees churches and clergy serving in New Mexico and West Texas. The Conference Benefits Officer works closely with the NM Board of Pension and Health Benefits, the NMAC, and Wespath (to facilitate the administration of pension and health benefits for clergy, certain of their family members, and eligible lay employees of the NMAC. A detailed job description is attached hereto for reference.
Qualifications and Experience :
·     Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in business or related field or equivalent work experience (Note: human resource or benefits background desirable)
·     Experience with basic accounting practices
·     Familiarity with the ministries, structures, and practices of The United Methodist Church
·     Ability to travel for work (on occasion)
·     Flexibility in working with a variety of individuals in different settings/contexts
·     Highly organized, detail oriented, and can work independently
Application Materials Requested:  Interested applicants should complete and submit the following information:
·     letter of interest, which includes responses to these questions:
  • What is it about this position that appeals to you the most?
  • How has your past work experience prepared you for a role such as this?
·     current resume, detailing qualifications and past work experience
All resumes and information, as well as any questions, should be submitted to Mark Ewing: mark@stpaulslascruces.com.
Dru Ann Kuntz is retiring. We need a CBO replacement ASAP.
Pre-Conference Meetings Scheduled
Pre-Conference meetings have been scheduled:
  • April 27th at 11:00 am at University UMC, Las Cruces
  • April 27th at 3:00 pm at The Ridge, El Paso
  • May 4th at 10:00 am at Asbury UMC, ABQ
  • May 11th at 10:00 am at Asbury UMC, Odessa
  • May 11th at 6:30 pm at Trinity UMC, Roswell
All meetings are on Saturday. Provost, Randall Partin will present information about Annual Conference to be held June 13-14th in ABQ. Please share the advertising graphic as needed.
New Church Development Micro-Grants
The New Church Development (NCD) Team wants YOU to pitch a way to reach new people for Jesus Christ. They will offer $5000 to the church or person who comes up with the most creative idea. There will be a time scheduled at Annual Conference for participants to make their 2 minute pitch to the NCD team.

Is there a part of your community that you would reach out to if you had more resources? Do you want to grow a program or group that already exists at your church? Do you know someone that has gifts and graces that you would like to support, but they need more resources to do so effectively? Rise up to the challenge!

If you are interested or have questions, please contact Rev. Dustin McEwen at dustin@ruidosocumc.org . We look forward to hearing all your creative ideas!
Dr. Dave Ring Publishes Book of Devotions
After nearly a decade in the writing, retired NM Conference pastor, Dave Ring's first book, Reflections 365 , is in print and, as of March 15th, available on Amazon. It is a Bible-based collection of daily reflections suitable as an annual daily devotional guide.  Dave seriously doubts it will supplant Oswald Chambers'  My Utmost for His Highest  but nonetheless submits it to God's glory. 

If anyone is interested in acquiring a copy, simply type "Reflections 365 David Z Ring" into an Amazon.com search box, and it should pop up.
Denomination’s Future Under Discussion — Quietly
by Sam Hodges, UMNS
Discussions about the future of The United Methodist Church are quietly occurring among leaders, after a recent special session of General Conference that underscored deep divisions over homosexuality.

A group of centrists and progressives — including some U.S. bishops — are meeting to consider options for the “broad center,” said the Rev. Adam Hamilton. He’s founding pastor of the Leawood, Kansas-based United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, the denomination’s largest U.S. congregation in weekly attendance.

Meanwhile, the Rev. Keith Boyette, president of the Wesleyan Covenant Association that successfully pushed for strengthening restrictions against same-sex unions and ordination of openly gay clergy, said he’s been part of difficult dialogue with leaders on the other side.

Boyette said the talks are about dealing with the denomination’s conflict, including avoiding at General Conference 2020 in Minneapolis the kind of rancor that characterized the Feb. 23-26 meeting held in St. Louis. 
The Rev. Adam Hamilton speaks March 28 at the Perkins Theological School for the Laity, at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology, in Dallas. His topic: “The Future of a Divided Church.” Photo by Sam Hodges, UMNS .
WV Conference Asks ‘What If’ the Church Confronted the Opioid Crisis
by Joey Butler, UMNS
Ann Hammond, a member of United Methodist Temple in Clarksburg, West Virginia, and a recovering heroin addict, said that her church was one of the only places she still felt some comfort during her struggle with addiction.

“Churches can help break the stigma and support families of addicts. Acknowledge that it can be any family; addiction knows no class,” said Hammond, who’s now 12 years clean and works as a peer recovery coach for First Choice Services, an addiction resource center.
Ann Hammond tells the Rev. Barry Steiner Ball of her plans for creating a recovery house for women living with addiction in an older home on the grounds of United Methodist Temple in Clarksburg, W.Va. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS .
Upcoming Events
  • Judicial Council meets - April 23-26 - Evanston, Illinois
  • Pre-Conference Meeting - April 27 - University UMC, Las Cruces
  • Pre-Conference Meeting - April 27 - The Ridge, El Paso
  • Pre-Conference Meeting - May 4 - Asbury UMC, ABQ
  • Pre-Conference Meeting - May 11 - Asbury UMC, Odessa
  • Pre-Conference Meeting - May 11 - Trinity UMC, Roswell
  • Annual Conference - June 13-14 - Crowne Plaza, ABQ
  • Youth 2019 - July 10-14 - Kansas City, MO