Proverbs 20:29 “The glory of young men is their strength, and the splendor of old men is their gray head.” NKJV
Many of you who have been following this blog have noticed that the emerging issues centered around this year’s constituency meeting are becoming ever so evident. Term limits, pastoral advocacy, a new strategic plan to be released to our conference and more. The one issue that has not been highlighted is how our youth can be effected by this election. It is no secret that youth participation in events has dwindled over the past 15 years. What many of us don’t see is that soon we will no longer be able to lead with that energetic fire that we remember all too well. Our youth will be the group to carry on the torch. Are they ready? Do they know what’s at stake? I am sadly disappointed that very few youth are involved in the selection of our conference officers. Many of our young professionals who have much to contribute should be actively recruited and mentored in all areas and functions of our church. WE WILL NOT LIVE FOREVER! I say that with enthusiasm! To know that soon my soul will be at rest. It would be advantageous for us to involve them in the development of the long term goals our conference seeks to achieve. What subcommittees do we have to address the specific concerns of our youth? Shouldn’t we start there? Wouldn’t that be a great way to get our youth involved in this process? How can we know that the programs we offer are truly making an impact if there is no one to review them and collect data? Below is a list of all subcommittee’s for this conference. Other than education, there are no committee’s designed to directly impact the needs of our young people posted on the SWRC website. Think about it… I welcome your participation, suggestions, and recommendations in this discussion. As we approach constituency meeting as delegates think about the programs that we need to build to keep and bring our youth to the Lord.
Supervises and manages all building projects within the Southwest Region Conference.
|Concerned Care Practitioners Pool
A group voted December 14, 2008, comprised of qualified appointees from which Sexual Ethics Committees can be selected as needed.
|Constitution & Bylaws Committee
Receives recommendations / requests for updates to the Constitution & Bylaws for the North American Division.
|Divorce & Remarriage Committee
Handles issues related to divorce and remarriage as it relates defined policy.
|Education K-12 School Board
Provides general overview and counsel on the K-12 system of education within the North American Division, with special emphasis on curriculum development.
Reviews financial reports / statements, receives / manages financial requests for recommendation to the executive committee.
|Financial Audit Review Committee
Receives / reviews annual audit results and instigates the required actions to ensure a clean opinion.
|Grievance & Appeals Committee
A committee voted April, 2008, by the Executive Committee to develop a grievance policy and manage employee grievance issues for the conference.
A committee voted December 14, 2008, responsible for developing sound and consistent investment objectives, policies and guidelines.
|Lay Advisory Committee
Designed to assist the local church in maximizing its potential for reaching the community with the Gospel.
|Lone Star Camp Board
Manages the operations of the Lone Star camp ground.
|Lone Star Executive Committee
Receives requests for ordination of pastors for recommendation to the executive committee.
Handles issues relative to employees (new hires, promotions, etc.) for recommendation to the executive committee.
|Strategic Planning Committee
A committee voted by the Executive Committee in December, 2007 to handle the development of a strategic plan for the conference.