The Current Week in Review
August 24, 2018
Brown selected as new DCM

Bishop Frank J. Beard has announced the appointment of the Rev. Dr. Curtis Brown as the new Director of Connectional Ministries, effective Oct. 1. Brown will succeed the Rev. Dr. Thomas Logsdon who went on medical leave June 30.

Brown emerged from a field of more than 20 candidates in a nationwide search in which six finalists were selected. A pastor, church planter, consultant and coach who has worked with hundreds of churches and leaders across the United States, Brown currently serves as strategist for the Western Jurisdiction for Path One, the church planting office for Discipleship Ministries (formerly the General Board of Discipleship).
Charge Conference forms on church portal page

The forms for the 2018 Charge Conferences are now available through the Church Portal page on the IGRC website.

Churches can access them by clicking on the Church Portal Page link on the IGRC Homepage. Click on the appropriate District from a dropdown menu. Select the appropriate church from a second drop-down menu and then enter the six-digit GCFA code as your password. Once on the Church Portal Page, select 2018 Charge Conference Forms, which will provide links to all of the forms.

Please note: complete ALL forms that apply to your congregation. Some forms (such as Parsonage Report, Pastor’s Report or Lay Servant Report) are listed as optional, but are required if you own a parsonage; each pastor needs to complete a pastor’s report as do lay servants.

Links to all of the “paper” forms which attach to the electronic forms are also provided for download and completion. Please attach these forms on the appropriate form.

A training event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Aug. 28 at the Conference Center. This session will be recorded and made available for playback. All other training events will be coordinated through your District offices.

Please contact your District Offices with any questions.
Covenant Keepers 2019 speakers announced
Bishop Frank J. Beard has announced that Dr. Mark Rutland and Dr. Joy Moore will be the keynote speakers for Covenant Keepers 2019 which will be Jan. 28-29 at the Regency Convention Center in O'Fallon.

Online registration will begin on or around Nov. 1. Watch for further announcements as the date nears.

Rutland of Atlanta, Ga. is a pastor, speaker, and New York Times bestselling author and columnist for Ministry Today magazine. He is president of both the National Institute of Christian Leadership and Global Servants. Rutland also serves on the preaching team at Jentezen Franklin's Free Chapel Church. His radio program is the number one Christian teaching broadcast in Atlanta.
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A native of Chicago, Moore is associate professor of homiletics and Christian ministry at Indiana Wesleyan University. Joining the IWU staff in 2017, Moore, previously was at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif. She is an ordained Elder in the Michigan Conference of The United Methodist Church. While at Fuller, she served as an assistant professor of preaching and was the founding associate dean of the William E. Pannell Center for African American Church Studies. Prior to that, Moore served as associate dean for Black Church Studies and Church Relations at Duke University, where she also was a visiting professor of preaching.port your topic.
Rose Booker-Jones update

Aug. 21 was Rose Booker-Jones' birthday. Please remember to lift Rose up in prayer. She remains at the rehab center and is semi-conscious. No visitors are allowed yet, but cards may be sent to Rose at Select Specialty Hospital, 3015 N Ballas Road, Room 529, St. Louis, MO 63131.

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