|Last weekend, Pastor Tim and Pastor Marsha participated in Synod Assembly. There, Bishop Tim Smith shared his report on the NC Synod. Take a moment to read a recap of Bishop Tim's remarks.
Bishop Tim Smith began his remarks to the gathered assembly on Friday afternoon with an expression of thanksgiving and personal privilege. "A lot has changed personally in the last three years. I went from having no grandbabies and a momma and a dad to having three grandbabies and no mom and dad. I want to say thank you to you on a personal level. I certainly felt-and feel-a lot of support for the crazy work of grief...I have had the privilege of being with you all and a lot of people sharing different things that they've been through and I really appreciate y'all sharing so much with us."
Promising to speak more about the new vision at a later time in the agenda (read about the new vision here), the bishop said that he believes the church is being called to find ways to be more nimble...and more innovative. A churchwide initiative called "Holy Innovations" is one way that is happening across the church and in our own synod. For instance in looking at parish models, we're looking again at yoking congregations for sharing pastors, part-time pastors, and certification for lay preachers. The grant for our synod is $62,000 and we're moving forward with these innovations and more to see what we can learn.
Stewardship for All Seasons is another piece of Holy Innovations and we have 20 congregations taking advantage of this program this year. Congregations have had really good results using this-including a $45,000 increase in annual giving in one congregation; and $100,000 in another.