Invitation from Executive State Pastor,
Rev. Dr. Doug Talley:
Dear Minister, Staff and Congregation,
I have never experienced a year more irregular than 2020! I suspect you feel the same way. It has been so difficult to make plans and keep them. Everything seems to be changing from week to week, and sometimes even changing from day to day. And the level of uncertainty that we are feeling is through the roof. In spite of what all is happening with COVID-19, the Indiana Ministries bylaws says we will hold our annual meeting on the first Monday of October of each year. I guess that means there is one thing we can count on amidst the uncertainty of these times—annual meetings.
Quite honestly, I am excited about our annual meeting. This year we are offering two ways you can attend: in person and virtually. Yep, just like church on Sunday mornings. There is always the chance that we may have to shift and be totally virtual, but at this point our speaker is planning to be here in person. Fortunately, Madison Park Church is large enough that we can safely physically distance. Even though we strongly urge everyone to wear a mask, we recognize that some will not be comfortable attending in person. No worries. Just be sure to register in advance so that you will receive login information.
Our speaker is Mark DeYmaz, founding pastor of the Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas. Mark is a thought-leading speaker and writer and a recognized champion of the Multi-ethnic Church Movement. Mark has written several books, including books on multi-ethnic churches and a book on church economics. He is well qualified to speak to us about two of the most pressing realities that have been brought to the forefront by the COVID-19 pandemic—racial and economic diversity and how both affect the local church.
This is your invitation to join me for the Indiana Ministries annual meeting on Monday, October 5th at Madison Park Church in Anderson. Along with Mark DeYmaz, the staff will be sharing about key elements of IM’s mission and vision. Check-in will begin at 8:45 a.m. EST and the meetings will go from 9:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST. As is our habit, the annual business meeting will be at lunch.
Though voting at the annual business meeting is limited to ministers (licensed or ordained) and lay delegates (more info here), others from your congregation or ministry are invited to attend the general sessions. All persons attending must be registered in advance since we cannot accommodate walk-in registrations this year.
Please register by September 29th. You will be asked to select in person or virtual attendance options. If you will be attending in person, you will also need to select a meal entree. Cost is dependent on the option you select.
Rev. Dr. Douglas Talley
Executive State Pastor