I am pleased to report that the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ saw a pre-audit operating surplus of $37,861. This is excellent news, especially given that the budget anticipated a deficit of $50,000 – the positive variance totals $87,861.
More than 10 percent of Massachusetts Conference churches have opted into United Church Mission, the Conference's new funding system, and those doing so have expressed enthusiasm for the change.
More than 25 churches in the Massachusetts Conference have thus far opted into United Church Mission, the new system for funding our common mission through the Conference and the National setting of the UCC that was approved at Annual Meeting last June.
The 215th Annual Meeting authorizes United Church Mission as a new mechanism for giving to the Massachusetts Conference and the National setting of the United Church of Christ.
It was a message repeated again and again to the more than 500 people who attended the 215th Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Conference this weekend: dare to go forth and do "greater works" even than those done by Jesus Christ.
By Tiffany Vail Associate for Communication The Massachusetts Conference Board of Directors is asking churches to join them in making a bold move – replacing a funding system that dates back more than 150 years with something brand new. The Board hopes to ask Annual Meeting voters next June to replace the current dual-stream system – in which ...