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Meditación Cuaresmal Miércoles de Ceniza (18 de febrero de 2015)

Meditación-Cuaresmal

Rev. Ines-Paul Baumann

Cuando alguno de ustedes ore, hágalo a solas. Vaya a su cuarto, cierre la puerta y
hable allí en secreto con Dios, su Padre, pues él da lo que se le pide en secreto.
Cuando ustedes ayunen, no pongan cara triste, como hacen los hipócritas.
A ellos les gusta que la gente sepa que están ayunando.
Les aseguro que ése será el único premio que ellos recibirán.
Mateo 6:6,16-17, Biblia en Lenguaje Actual


¡Toquen la trompeta en Jerusalén!
¡Que se reúna todo el pueblo!
¡Que vengan los ancianos y los niños,
y hasta los recién casados!
¡Que ayunen y se preparen para adorar a Dios!
Joel 2:15-16, Biblia en Lenguaje Actual

 

¡Qué no he hecho “en secreto”! ¿Qué no he hecho en mi habitación, a puertas cerradas, para no ser visto por los otros? Estas palabras en las lecturas de hoy, son campanas para mis oídos, que no proclaman a un Dios satisfecho con lo que he realizado. En cambio, “el Padre que lo ve todo” fue más una amenaza, “la recompensa” que también me espera.

Para algunas personas, el Miércoles de Ceniza en este contexto es una oportunidad para arrepentirse lo suficiente y escapar del castigo merecido. Los días previos, la gente en el carnaval de Colonia habían hecho mucho en público que solo suele hacerse en privado. Efectivamente, la mayoría de ellos disfrutaron de la mayor parte, pero ahora todos los miedos internalizados contraatacar, junto con el pensamiento racional que viene cuando la fiesta terminó. “¿Qué he hecho? ¿Esto es solo un resfriado, o estoy infectado? Mejor me hubiera quedado en mi recamara”.

Hay mejores maneras de manejar el “intercambio público” de “cosas privadas” que por medio de drogas y arrepentimientos. Un manejo más responsable puede ayudarnos a desarrollar dónde nos detenemos nosotros mismos, ocultando lo que tendemos a ocultar a los demás y a un Dios castigador.

En la agenda política, salir del closet es una cuestión clave. Además, a nivel personal: ser alguien diferente en público, a quien somos en privado probablemente causará problemas para nuestro bienestar en general. (No necesitamos un Dios castigando para que esto suceda). Algunas personas trans preferimos mantener una gran parte de nuestro pasado “en secreto”: lo que el público podría leer fuera de esto está muy lejos de quienes somos realmente.

La apelación a “ungir tu cabeza y lavar tu rostro” me recuerda una discusión de doble filo, sobre “los derechos” de las personas LGBT para luchar por la igualdad de derechos. Es un argumento común señalar: ¡Mira, somos tan normales como tú! Aquellos que aún buscan como practicantes de algo anormal escuchan el mismo consejo de sus comunidades así como de las iglesias “amistosas”: “¡Haz lo que quieras, pero no queremos saber!” (Por cierto, NO parece “normal” simplemente por el hecho de depender de lo que se mira “normal”.)

Una vez más, las personas trans a menudo tienen preocupaciones específicas acerca de “parecer normal”.

Para los cristianos dentro de algunas comunidades LGBT y movimientos políticos, hay otro aspecto: en medio de las personas que tan a menudo han tenido malas experiencias con las iglesias, a veces puede sentir apropiado (o ¿tentador?) orar “en secreto”.

Así que, con todo esto en mi mente, la invitación del profeta Joel, a que “todas las personas se reúnan” y a que “salgan del closet” suena bastante atractivo para mí!

¿Pero Jesús realmente quiere guardar silencio acerca de quién soy y qué hago? ¡No! ¿Jesús, exactamente, apoya la idea de no mirar y actuar ante el temor de lo “que piensan de mí ahora”?

¿Quiero ser como ellas, principalmente a causa de lo que piensan de mí? ¿Puedo unirme a sus hábitos, principalmente a causa de lo que piensan de mí?

Con Jesús, los actos espirituales pueden ser una oportunidad para liberarnos de la mímica y observancia (también religiosa):

1. Orando y ayunando podemos convertir las voces y “tesoros” que tan a menudo nos vendan más que sanarnos.

2. Podemos hacer una revisión interna y preguntarnos: ¿Por qué orar y ayunar ahora? ¿Quién necesita a fijarse con el fin de darle un valor?

Las prácticas espirituales no son para satisfacer las expectativas malsanas de los asistentes a la iglesia. Por el contrario, las prácticas espirituales pueden ayudarnos a crecer, saludables y amorosas, relaciones con Dios, con nosotros mismos y con el otro. Junto con esto, nuestras prácticas sobre a/sexualidad y actuaciones de género experimentarán una curación similar de observadores e imitadores.

Si tu decisión es unirte al ayuno en esta cuaresma o no. Deseo que entres en una experiencia gratificante.

  • Meditación Cuaresmal Segundo Domingo (1 de marzo de 2015)
  • Lenten Meditation for the Second Sunday (1 March 2015)
  • Meditación Cuaresmal Primer Domingo (22 de febrero de 2015)
  • Lenten Meditation for the First Sunday (22 February 2015)
  • Meditación Cuaresmal Miércoles de Ceniza (18 de febrero de 2015)
  • Lenten Meditation for Ash Wednesday (18 February 2015)
  • Meditación-Cuaresmal

    Lenten Meditation for Ash Wednesday (18 February 2015)

    Lenten Meditations

    by Rev. Ines-Paul Baumann

    But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door,
    pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret
    shall reward thee openly. (…) But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head,
    and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father
    which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

    Matthew 6:6,16-17, King James Bible


    Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:

    Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders,

    gather the children, and those that suck the breasts:

    let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.

    Joel 2:15-16, King James Bible


    What have I not already done “in secret!” What have I not already practiced in my room, the doors shut, in order to not be seen by others! These words in the readings ring bells in me that didn’t proclaim a God who was pleased with what I was doing there. Instead, the “Father who sees everything” was more a threatening one, the “reward” to expect also.

    For some, Ash Wednesday in this context is an opportunity to “regret hard enough to escape the deserved punishment.” The days before, people in the Cologne carnival had done a lot in public what you usually do in private. Sure enough, most of them enjoyed most of it, but now all the internalized fears strike back, along with rational thoughts coming back when the party is over. “What have I done! Is this just a cold, or am I infected? I had better stay in my chamber!”

    There are better ways to handle “public sharing” of “private things” than by drugs and regrets. A more responsible handling can develop where we stop hiding from ourselves what we tend to hide from others and from a “punishing God.”

    On the political agenda, coming out of the closet is a key issue. Also, on a personal level: Being someone different in public than in private will likely cause problems for our well-being in general. (We don’t need a punishing God for this to happen.)
    Some trans people might prefer to keep a big part from our past “in secret”: What the public might read out of it is too far from who we “really” are.

    The appeal to “anoint thine head, and wash thy face” reminds me of a two-edged discussion about the “rights” of LGBT-people to fight for equal rights. It’s a common argument to point out: “Look, we are as normal as you are!” Those still looking as practicing something “unnormal” then hear the same advice from their communities as from “friendly” churches: “Do whatever you like, but we don’t want to know!” (By the way, NOT looking “normal” just for the sake of it is still depending on the “normal” look.)
    Again, trans people often have specific concerns about “looking normal.”

    For Christians within some LGBT-communities and political movements, there is a further aspect: In the midst of people who so often had bad experiences with church, it might  sometimes feel appropiate (or tempting?) to pray only “in secret.”

    So, with all this in my mind, Joel’s call to “gather all people” and to “get out of the closet” sounds quite attractive to me!

    But does Jesus really want me to keep silent about who I am and what I do? No! Jesus exactly supports the idea to not look and act in the fear of “What do they think of me now?”

    Do I want to look like them, mainly because of what they think of me?
    Do I join their habits, mainly because of what they think of me?

    With Jesus, spiritual acts can be a chance to free us from (also religious) lookism and mimics:

    1. By praying and fasting we can turn from voices and “treasures” that so often bind us rather than heal us.

    2. We can do an “inner check” and ask ourselves: Why do I pray and fast now? Who needs to take notice in order to give it a value?

    Spiritual practices are not meant to meet unhealthy expectations of church-goers. Rather, spiritual practices can help us to grow healthy and loving relationships with God, with ourselves, and with each other. Along with this, our practices regarding a/sexuality and gender-performance will experience a similar healing of lookism and mimics.

    The diversity within MCC therefore is a real blessing. Who should I regard as “standard” to copy looks and behaviour? What a precious encouragement to look and act in truthful ways!

    It’s your decision if you want to join fasting this lent or not. Step into a rewarding experience!

  • Meditación Cuaresmal Segundo Domingo (1 de marzo de 2015)
  • Lenten Meditation for the Second Sunday (1 March 2015)
  • Meditación Cuaresmal Primer Domingo (22 de febrero de 2015)
  • Lenten Meditation for the First Sunday (22 February 2015)
  • Meditación Cuaresmal Miércoles de Ceniza (18 de febrero de 2015)
  • Lenten Meditation for Ash Wednesday (18 February 2015)
  • Leadership in Stewardship Listings Year-to-date, Dec 2014

    In these Stewardship Lists in which we recognize and congratulate MCC congregations for their achievements and leadership in generous giving and attendance. Below you will find 4 lists, each of which spotlights a particular aspect of Leadership in Stewardship for the year to date, as of Dec 2014.

    These lists are prepared from deposit records and data supplied by churches in the monthly assessment reports they have submitted to MCC’s administrative offices.  All currency amounts are in US$ and data is current as of 4 Feb 2015


    Leadership in Year-To-Date Generous In Faith Participation

    Network Church City Country / State Pastor  # months reported   # months paid  GIF Rate
     Pacific Northwest   Liberating Spirit MCC   Boise   US-ID  ILP Renee McCall 12 12 4.0%
     East Florida   Open Circle at the Villages MCC   Oxford   US-FL  Rev. Carol Chambers 12 12 2.0%
     East Florida   Church of Our Savior MCC   Boynton Beach   US-FL  vacant 12 12 2.0%
     Central US East   New Spirit MCC   Cincinnati   US-OH  Rev. Joy Simpson 12 12 1.3%
     West Florida   SunCoast Cathedral MCC   Venice   US-FL  Rev. Dr. Sherry Kennedy 12 12 1.0%
     Colorado / Nevada   MCC Family In Christ   Ft. Collins   US-CO  Rev. Ken Pilot 12 12 0.9%
     Australasia   MCC Melbourne   Melbourne   AU-VIC  Pastoral Leader Sue Townsend 12 12 0.7%
     Pacific Northwest   Emerald City MCC Seattle   Seattle   US-WA  Vacant 12 12 0.5%
     Northeast US   MCC of the Spirit   Harrisburg   US-PA  Rev. Lori Rivera 12 12 0.5%
     Carolinas   St Jude’s MCC   Wilmington   US-NC  Rev. John A McLaughlin 12 12 0.5%
     Europe   Northern Lights MCC   Newcastle   UK-GB  Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston 12 12 0.5%
     Northeast US   Imago Dei MCC   Gradyville   US-PA  Vacant 12 12 0.5%
     Europe   MCC Brighton   Brighton   UK-GB  Vacant 12 12 0.4%
     Colorado / Nevada   MCC Montana   Great Falls   US-MT  Rev. Micah G. Hartung 12 12 0.3%
     Pacific Northwest   River of Life MCC   Kenniwick   US-WA  Rev. Janet Pierce 12 12 0.3%
     Eastern US   Holy Redeemer MCC   College Park   US-MD  Rev. David North 12 12 0.0%
     Carolinas   MCC Charleston   Charleston   US-SC  Rev. Lorraine 11 12 2.7%
     New Mexico / Texas   MCC Austin at Freedom Oaks   Austin   US-TX  Karen Thompson 11 12 0.0%
     Australasia   MCC Auckland   Auckland   NZ  Rev. Doug McGee 12 11 2.8%
     North Central US   Angels of Hope MCC   Kaukauna   US-WI  Lay Led 11 11 2.7%
     Southwest US   Good Samaritan MCC   Whittier   US-CA  Rev. Gina L. Chapman 11 11 2.0%
     New Mexico / Texas   MCC Lubbock   Lubbock   US-TX  Tony Thieman-Somora 11 11 1.5%
     New Mexico / Texas   MCC San Antonio   San Antonio   US-TX  Rev. Mick Hinson 11 11 1.5%
     New Mexico / Texas   MCC Albuquerque   Albuquerque   US-NM  Rev. Judith Maynard 11 11 0.8%
     South Gulf Coast   MCC of New Orleans   New Orleans   US-LA  Rev. Alisan Rowland 10 10 0.5%
     Africa   Good Hope MCC   Capetown   SA  Pastor Beulah Durrheim 10 10 0.3%
     Australasia   CRAVE MCC   Sydney   AU-NSW  Karl Hand 12 9 0.3%
     Colorado / Nevada   Pike’s Peak MCC   Colorado Springs   US-CO  Interm Pastor – Rev. Jim Lynch 12 9 0.1%
     Australasia   CRAVE MCC Christchurch   Christchurch   NZ  Pastor Karl Hand 7 7 2.8%


    Leadership In Per Capita Giving (Year-To-Date)

    Network Church City Country /State Pastor # months rptd  # months paid  Total Income per Capita  
     Northeast US   MCC of the Spirit   Harrisburg   US-PA  Rev. Lori Rivera 12 12  $ 126.74
     West Florida   Church of The Trinity MCC   Sarasota   US-FL  Rev. Charles Tigard 12 12  $   94.79
     East Florida   MCC Key West   Key West   US-FL  Rev. Steve Torrence 12 12  $   81.60
     Northeast US   Imago Dei MCC   Gradyville   US-PA  Vacant 12 12  $   74.49
     Eastern US   MCC of Northern Virginia    Fairfax   US-VA  Rev. Dr. Danny Spears 12 12  $   73.97
     West Florida   New Day MCC of Naples   Naples   US-FL  Rev. Dr. Stephanie A. Burns 12 12  $   64.65
     Eastern US   MCC Rehoboth   Rehoboth Beach   US-DE  Rev. Dr. Dusty Pruitt 12 12  $   63.45
     New Mexico / Texas   MCC of El Paso   El Paso   US-TX  Rev. Kati L Houts 12 12  $   58.89
     North Central US   Divine Peace MCC   Pontiac   US-MI  Rev. Beth Rakestraw 12 12  $   54.17
     Eastern US   Open Door MCC   Boyds   US-MD  Rev. Miller J Hoffman 12 12  $   53.66
     North Central US   Reconciliation MCC   Grand Rapids   US-MI  Rev. Steph Maxson 12 12  $   53.18
     Eastern US   Holy Redeemer MCC   College Park   US-MD  Rev. David North 12 12  $   52.79
     Central US East   New Creation MCC   Columbus   US-OH  Margaret R. Hawk 12 12  $   52.05
     West Florida   Gentle Shepherd MCC   Tallahassee   US-FL  Rev. Elder Diane Fisher 12 12  $   51.92
     Eastern US   New Life MCC of Hampton Roads   Norfolk   US-VA  Rev. Mark Byrd 12 12  $   48.88
     Eastern US   MCC Washington D.C.   Washington   US-DC  J. Dwayne Johnson 12 12  $   46.48
     Colorado / Nevada   MCC Montana   Great Falls   US-MT  Rev. Micah G. Hartung 12 12  $   46.03
     Central US East   Appalachian MCC   St. Albans   US-WV  Michael Shields 12 12  $   45.14
     New Mexico / Texas   MCC of Greater Dallas   Dallas   US-TX  Rev. Colleen Darraugh 12 12  $   44.97
     East Florida   FirstCoast MCC   St. Augustine   US-FL  Rev. Ruth Jensen-Forbell 12 12  $   44.27
     Central US East   MCC Louisville   Louisville   US-KY  Rev. Colleen Foley  12 12  $   43.13
     Central US East   New Spirit MCC   Cincinnati   US-OH  Rev. Joy Simpson 12 12  $   42.94
     West Florida   St. John the Apostle MCC   Ft. Myers   US-FL  Rev. Stephen Filizzi 12 12  $   42.43
     Southwest US   Resurrection Beach MCC   Costa Mesa   US-CA  Robert Ty Bradley 12 12  $   41.55
     East Florida   Open Circle at the Villages MCC   Oxford   US-FL  Rev. Carol Chambers 12 12  $   40.50
     Northeast US   Christ the Liberator MCC   Highland Park   US-NJ  Rev. Dr. Thomas Bohache 12 12  $   39.66
     New Mexico / Texas   Trinity MCC (TX)   Arlington   US-TX  Curtis Smith/ Pastoral Leader 12 12  $   39.50
     South Gulf Coast   MCC of Baton Rouge   Baton Rouge   US-LA  Rev. A. Keith Mozingo 12 12  $   39.45
     West Florida   SunCoast Cathedral MCC   Venice   US-FL  Rev. Dr. Sherry Kennedy 12 12  $   39.45
     Southwest US   Valley Ministries MCC   Stockton   US-CA  Rev. Terri L. Miller 12 12  $   39.43
     Carolinas   St John’s MCC   Raleigh   US-NC  Rev. Brendan Y. Boone 12 12  $   39.29
     Colorado / Nevada   MCC Family In Christ   Ft. Collins   US-CO  Rev. Ken Pilot 12 12  $   38.44
     Southwest US   MCC of the Coachella Valley   Cathedral City   US-CA  Rev. Clinton Crawshaw 12 12  $   37.10
     Northeast US   MCC of the Lehigh Valley   Allentown   US-PA  Rev. Elizabeth J Goudy 12 12  $   36.55
     Carolinas   MCC Sacred Journey   Hendersonville   US-NC  Rev. Jan Nelson 12 12  $   36.28
     West Florida   Trinity MCC (FL)   Gainesville   US-FL  Rev. Kathy Beasley 12 12  $   35.79
     New Mexico / Texas   Central Texas MCC    Waco   US-TX  Rev. Charley Garrison 12 12  $   35.36
     Southwest US   Water of Life MCC   Tucson   US-AZ  Rev. Charlie Arehart 12 12  $   34.66
     Pacific Northwest   MCC of Portland   Portland   US-OR  Rev. Nathan Meckley 12 12  $   34.17
     West Florida   MCC of Tampa   Tampa   US-FL  Rev. Pressley Sutherland 12 12  $   33.94
     Europe   MCC South London   London   UK-GB  Rev. Dwayne Morgan 12 12  $   33.42
     Pacific Northwest   Emerald City MCC Seattle   Seattle   US-WA  Vacant 12 12  $   33.06
     Northeast US   MCC Hartford   Hartford   US-CT  Rev. Aaron Miller 12 12  $   33.01
     North Central US   Milwaukee MCC   Milwaukee   US-WI  Rev. Wendy Woodruff 12 12  $   32.89
     West Florida   Holy Cross MCC   Pensacola   US-FL  Dr Rev Jim Merritt 12 12  $   32.81
     Heartland   All God’s Children MCC   Minneapolis   US-MN  Rev. DeWayne Davis 12 12  $   32.01
     Central US East   LifeJourney MCC   Indianapolis   US-IN  Rev. Jeff Miner 12 12  $   30.22
     Carolinas   St Jude’s MCC   Wilmington   US-NC  Rev. John A McLaughlin 12 12  $   29.97
     North Central US   Heartland MCC   Springfield   US-IL  Rev. Gina Durbin 12 12  $   29.74
     Central US East   MCC of Paducah   Paducah   US-KY  Rev. Lillian Ferguson 12 12  $   28.60
     West Florida   King of Peace MCC   St. Petersburg   US-FL  Rev. Dr. Candace Shultis 12 12  $   28.52
     Europe   Northern Lights MCC   Newcastle   UK-GB  Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston 12 12  $   28.35
     East Florida   Church of Our Savior MCC   Boynton Beach   US-FL  vacant 12 12  $   27.58
     Southwest US   MCC San Diego   San Diego   US-CA  Rev. Daniel Koeshall 12 12  $   27.51
     New Mexico / Texas   Exodus MCC   Abilene   US-TX  Rev. Margaret Walker 12 12  $   27.33
     Europe   Living Springs MCC   Bath   UK-GB  Vacant 12 12  $   27.15
     New Mexico / Texas   MCC Amarillo   Amarillo   US-TX  Rev. Bernie Barbour 12 12  $   26.66
     East Florida   MCC Ocala   Ocala   US-FL  Rev. Janice Bowker 12 12  $   26.12
     Central US East   Eternal Joy MCC   Dayton   US-OH  Rev. Joy Simpson 12 12  $   25.70
     North Central US   MCC Detroit   Ferndale   US-MI  Rev. Roland Stringfellow 12 12  $   25.66
     Europe   MCC Brighton   Brighton   UK-GB  Vacant 12 12  $   24.32
     Southwest US   Founders MCC Los Angeles   Los Angeles   US-CA  Rev. Neil G Thomas 12 12  $   23.81
     New Mexico / Texas   Harvest MCC   Denton   US-TX  Rev. Jeannie George 12 12  $   22.65
     Australasia   MCC Melbourne   Melbourne   AU-VIC  Pastoral Leader Sue Townsend 12 12  $   22.56
     Southwest US   MCC Phoenix   Phoenix   US-AZ  Vacant 12 12  $   22.34
     Eastern US   Shenandoah Valley MCC   Winchester   US-VA  Rev. Gail Minnick 12 12  $   21.22
     North Central US   achurch4me? MCC   Chicago   US-IL  Rev Jennie Kitch 12 12  $   20.73
     Pacific Northwest   River of Life MCC   Kenniwick   US-WA  Rev. Janet Pierce 12 12  $   20.65
     Southwest US   Antelope Valley MCC   Lancaster   US-CA  Rev. Dr. Gale Smith 12 12  $   19.98
     Northeast US   MCC Boston   Boston   US-MA  Vacant 12 12  $   17.00
     Pacific Northwest   Liberating Spirit MCC   Boise   US-ID  ILP Renee McCall 12 12  $   16.71
     Georgia / Tennessee / Alabama   The Rock MCC   Chattanooga   US-TN  vacant 12 12  $   16.60
     Northeast US   MCC New York   New York   US-NY  Rev. Pat Bumgardner 12 12  $   16.02
     Colorado / Nevada   MCC of The Rockies   Denver   US-CO  Vacant 12 12  $   14.85
     Europe   MCC Torbay    Torquay   UK-GB  Rev. Maria Briggs 12 12  $   12.75
     East Florida   Sunshine Cathedral MCC   Ft. Lauderdale   US-FL  Rev. Dr. Durrell Watkins 12 12  $   10.87
     New Mexico / Texas   MCC Austin at Freedom Oaks   Austin   US-TX  Karen Thompson 11 12  $   38.02
     Carolinas   MCC Charleston   Charleston   US-SC  Rev. Lorraine 11 12  $   35.20
     East Florida   Joy MCC   Orlando   US-FL  Rev. Terri S. Steed 11 12  $   17.11
     Europe   MCC North London   London   UK-GB  Reverend Sharon Ferguson 11 12  $   13.58
     Georgia / Tennessee / Alabama   MCC of Our Redeemer   Augusta   US-GA  Rev. Rick Sosbe 12 11  $   32.43
     Canada   MCC London   London   CA-ON  Rev. Paul Whiting 12 11  $   26.85
     Southwest US   MCC San Francisco   San Francisco   US-CA  Rev. Robert K. Shively 12 11  $   23.14
     Australasia   MCC Sydney   Sydney   AU-NSW  Rev. Greg Smith 12 11  $   21.29
     Australasia   MCC Good Shepherd   Granville   AU-NSW  Rev. Robert Clark 12 11  $   19.24
     Australasia   MCC Auckland   Auckland   NZ  Rev. Doug McGee 12 11  $   17.95
     Europe   Salz der Erde MCC   Stuttgart   DE  Rev. Axel Schwaigert  12 11  $   13.59
     West Florida   Spirit of Life MCC   New Port Richey   US-FL  Vacant 12 11  $   13.20
     North Central US   Holy Covenant MCC   Brookfield   US-IL  Rev Tanya Guzman 11 11  $   51.06
     Heartland   MCC of Greater St. Louis   St. Louis   US-MO  Rev. Wes Mullins 11 11  $   46.06
     Heartland   First MCC of Kansas   Wichita   US-KS  Jackie Carter 11 11  $   43.42
     East Florida   MCC of the Palm Beaches   West Palm Beach   US-FL  Rev. Dr. Lea Brown 11 11  $   40.80
     Heartland   MCC of Topeka   Topeka   US-KS  Vacant 11 11  $   37.83
     Eastern US   New Light MCC   Hagerstown   US-MD  Vacant 11 11  $   33.51
     Eastern US   MCC of the Blue Ridge   Roanoke   US-VA  Rev. Joe Cobb 11 11  $   30.47
     Carolinas   Imani MCC   Durham   US-NC  Rev. Marilyn O Bowens, Pastor 11 11  $   29.90
     Carolinas   MCC Winston-Salem   Winston-Salem   US-NC  Ron LaRocque 11 11  $   28.17
     New Mexico / Texas   MCC Lubbock   Lubbock   US-TX  Tony Thieman-Somora 11 11  $   22.96
     New Mexico / Texas   MCC Albuquerque   Albuquerque   US-NM  Rev. Judith Maynard 11 11  $   21.73
     Europe   River of Life MCC   Dorchester   UK-GB  Rev. Catherine Dearlove 11 11  $   21.16
     Southwest US   Good Samaritan MCC   Whittier   US-CA  Rev. Gina L. Chapman 11 11  $   20.05
     North Central US   Angels of Hope MCC   Kaukauna   US-WI  Lay Led 11 11  $   16.50
     New Mexico / Texas   MCC San Antonio   San Antonio   US-TX  Rev. Mick Hinson 11 11  $   15.72
     Canada   MCC Toronto   Toronto   CA-ON  Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes 10 11  $   21.01
     Heartland   Spirit of Hope MCC   Kansas City   US-MO  Rev. Dr. Carol Trissell 12 10  $   37.02
     Georgia / Tennessee / Alabama   Our Hope MCC   Athens   US-GA  Rev. Dr. Renee DuBose 12 10  $   24.41
     Southwest US   Peninsula MCC   San Mateo   US-CA  Terri Echelbarger 10 10  $   50.69
     South Gulf Coast   MCC of New Orleans   New Orleans   US-LA  Rev. Alisan Rowland 10 10  $   44.61
     Georgia / Tennessee / Alabama   MCC Knoxville   Knoxville   US-TN  Vacant 10 10  $   41.57
     Northeast US   MCC New Haven   New Haven   US-CT  Rev. Brian Hutchinson 10 10  $   36.04
     Carolinas   New Life MCC   Charlotte   US-NC  Rev. Dawn J Flynn 10 10  $   29.56
     Africa   Good Hope MCC   Capetown   SA  Pastor Beulah Durrheim 10 10  $     7.33
     Pacific Northwest   MCC of the Gentle Shepherd   Vancouver   US-WA  Ken Kerr 4 10  $   19.96
     Colorado / Nevada   Pike’s Peak MCC   Colorado Springs   US-CO  Interm Pastor – Rev. Jim Lynch 12 9  $   77.18
     Eastern US   MCC Baltimore   Baltimore   US-MD  Rev. Victoria L. Burson 12 9  $   32.87
     Australasia   CRAVE MCC   Sydney   AU-NSW  Karl Hand 12 9  $   16.84
     Europe   MCC Köln   Köln   DE  Ines-Paul Baumann 9 9  $   25.04
     Europe   Icon MCC East London   London   UK-GB  Rev Jak Davis 9 9  $   17.16
     Colorado / Nevada   MCC of Pueblo   Pueblo   US-CO  Rev. John Mark Hild 9 9  $   12.88
     North Central US   MCC Peoria   Peoria   US-IL  Ray W Barkey 9 9  $   11.44
     Southwest US   MCC of The Redwood Empire   Guerneville   US-CA  Rev. Elizabeth Middleberg 9  $         –
     Carolinas   MCC Charlotte   Charlotte   US-NC  Catherine Houchins 12 8  $   38.79
     Heartland   MCC Omaha   Omaha   US-NE  Rev. Tom R Emmett III 12 8  $   27.94
     Iberoamerica / Caribbean   ICM Cristo Sanador   Rio Piedras   PR  Rev. George Gonzalez Medrano 12 8  $     6.11
     Australasia   CRAVE MCC Christchurch   Christchurch   NZ  Pastor Karl Hand 7 7  $   11.93
     Southwest US   Christ Chapel MCC   Santa Ana   US-CA  Vacant 7 7  $     7.92
     Northeast US   Vision of Hope MCC   Mountville   US-PA  Rev Jen Glass 11 6  $   28.08
     New Mexico / Texas   Wichita Falls MCC   Wichita Falls   US-TX  Rev. Mel Martinez 8 6  $   67.67
     Southwest US   Open Arms MCC (HI)   Pahoa   US-HI  Rev. Dr. William H. Knight 6 6  $   21.78
     South Gulf Coast   Resurrection MCC   Houston   US-TX  Rev. Troy Plummer Treash 12 5  $   44.77
     North Central US   MCC Illiana   Portage   US-IN  Rev. Michael Cooper 12 5  $   19.50
     Northeast US   Open Arms MCC (NY)   Rochester   US-NY  Vacant – Jeff Myers – Vice Moderator 5 5  $   25.92
     New Mexico / Texas   Agape MCC   Ft. Worth   US-TX  Rev. S. David Wynn, Sr. 12 4  $   19.75
     Australasia   MCC Brisbane   Brisbane   AU-QLD  Rev. Dr. Leigh Neighbour 8 4  $   23.28
     Southwest US   MCC Las Vegas   Las Vegas   US-NV  Rev Wanda Floyd 4 4  $   17.52
     South Gulf Coast   Cornerstone MCC   Mobile   US-AL  Rev, Sandy O’Steen 3 3  $   25.94
     South Gulf Coast   MCC Corpus Christi   Corpus Christi   US-TX  Rev. Ed. Paul 7 2  $   49.61
     Northeast US   MCC Pittsburgh   Pittsburgh   US-PA  Rev. Todd Goewev 2 2  $   81.92
     Africa   MCC Nairobi   Nairobi   Kenya  Rev. Michael Kimindu 2  $         –
     Europe   MCC Hamburg     Hamburg   DE  Thomas Friedhoff  12 1  $   64.84
     Europe   communauté MCC Montpellier   Montpellier   FR  M Alingry 12 1  $   10.71
     Eastern US   MCC Richmond   Richmond   US-VA  Carolyn Mobley 10 1  $   33.69
     Georgia / Tennessee / Alabama   City of Light   Atlanta   US-GA  Rev. Dr. T. Paul Graetz 1 1  $   20.50
     Europe   Journey MCC   Birmingham   UK-GB  Rev Stephen Bentley 12  $         –
     Canada   MCC of Windsor   Windsor   CA-ON  Martha Daniels 12  $   31.84
     Brasil   ICM Vitória   Capela   BR-Vitoria  Rev. Eliana Ferreira Vilela 12  $     3.45
     Iberoamerica / Caribbean   ICM de Argentina   Buenos Aires   Argentina  Gregorio Tobar 12  $     2.81
     Brasil   ICM Belo Horizonte   Belo Horizonte   BR-MG  Sandro Aurelio Silva Brasileiro 4  $   15.18
     Brasil   ICM Rio – Comunidade Betel   Rio de Janeiro   BR-RJ  Dc. Marcos Luiz Oliveira da Costa 2  $   14.95
     Brasil   MCC Paraná Brasil   Maringá   BR-Paraná  Célio Camargo dos Santos 1  $         –
    Asia / Pacific Islands Open Doors MCC Seoul Korea Craig Bartlett 1  $     8.96
     Australasia   Church in Progress    South Auckland   NZ  Emily Worman  $         –
     Brasil   ICM Cariri   Juazeiro do Norte   BR  Marciano Saraiva  $         –
     Brasil   ICM Joao Pessoa   Joao Pessoa   BR  Clistem Corgellis Almeida Lima  $         –
     Brasil   ICM Bangú   Rio de Janeiro   BR  José Luiz Zeca  $         –
     Brasil   ICM Cabedelo   Cabedelo PB   BR-PB  Willians da Penha Silva  $         –
     Brasil   ICM Sao Paulo   Sao Paolo   BR-SP  Cristiano Valerio Moreira  $         –
     Brasil   ICM Fortaleza  #N/A #N/A Igor Simôes Moura Silva  $         –
     Brasil   ICM Teresina  #N/A #N/A Pr. Joâo Leite  $         –
     Brasil   ICM Mairiporá   Mairiporá   Brasil  Alexya Salvador, Evangelista      $         –
     Brasil   ICM Maceió   Maceió   Brasil  Anderson Vasconcelos  $         –
     Brasil   ICM Cuiabá   Cuiabá   Brasil  Cesar Loyola  $         –
     Brasil   ICM Caixas do Sul   Caixas do Sul   Brasil  Anderson Luiz Golin   $         –
     Brasil   ICM Divinopolis   Mato Groso   Brasil     $         –
     Iberoamerica / Caribbean   ICM Casa de Emmaus   Santiago   Chile  Pbro. Francisco / Javier Castro  $         –
     Iberoamerica / Caribbean   Ministerio Apostólico y Profético Emmanuel ICM   Cundinarama   Colombia  Carlomagno Rincon Casallas  $         –
     Iberoamerica / Caribbean   ICM Havana   Ciego de Avila   Cuba  Pastor Jimenez  $         –
     Iberoamerica / Caribbean   ICM Dominican Republic   Santo Domingo   DR  Wilkin Lara  $         –
     Iberoamerica / Caribbean   ICM Brazos Abiertos   SantaTecla   El Salvador  Luis Alonso Alvarenga  $         –
     Iberoamerica / Caribbean  ICM Honduras Tegucigalpa Honduras Rev. Berta Ramírez Colindrez  $         –
     Iberoamerica / Caribbean   ICM Casa de Luz   Monterrey   MX-NL  Mr. Alejandro Gonzalez  $         –
     Iberoamerica / Caribbean   ICM Guadalajara   Guadalajara   MX-NL  Juan García                                         $         –
     Iberoamerica / Caribbean   ICM Cristo en Tí   Monterrey   MX-NL  Nadia Lorena Garza   $         –
     Iberoamerica / Caribbean   ICM Misión Puebla   Puebla   MX-NL  Raul de la Puente  $         –
     Iberoamerica / Caribbean   ICM DCD Uruguay   Montevideo   UY  Dc. Alejandro Russi / Dc. Alba Betancurt   $         –
    Europe Comunita cristiana "Agape" Firenze – Chiesa della Comunita Metropolitana Florence Italy Andrea Panerini  $         –
    Europe Internationale Roze Kerk The Hague Netherlands Rev. Barbara Rogoski  $         –
     Europe   ICM Pan de Vida   Madrid   Espana  Dc Alejandro / Medel González   $         –
     Europe   MCC Bournemouth   Bournemouth   UK-GB  Rev. Dwayne Morgan  $         –
     Europe   MCC Glasgow   Glasgow   UK-SC  Rev. Jane Clark  $         –
     Africa   Glorious Light MCC   Pretoria   SA  ?  $         –
     Africa   Hope and Unity MCC   Johannesburg   SA  ?  $         –
     Africa   MCC Durban   Durban   SA  Sean Gunn  $         –
     Asia / Pacific Islands   MCC Philippines   Manila   PH  Edgardo "Egay" Constantino  $         –
     Asia / Pacific Islands   MCC Quezon City   Quezon City   PH  Ptr. Kakay Pamaran  $         –
     Asia / Pacific Islands   MCC Metro Baguio   Baguio   PH  Michael  $         –
     Asia / Pacific Islands   MCC Marikina   Marikina   PH  Bro. Jason Masaganda  $         –
     Asia / Pacific Islands   MCC Olangapo    Olangapo    PH  John  $         –
     Georgia / Tennessee / Alabama   New Hope MCC   Montgomery   US-AL  Rev. Jo Crisco  $         –
     Southwest US   A Church for All MCC   Sacramento   US-CA  Rev. Doretha Williams-Flournoy  $         –
     Southwest US   MCC in The Valley   North Hollywood   US-CA  Rev. Dr. Robert E. Shore-Goss  $         –
     Southwest US   Wasatch MCC   Salt Lake City   US-UT  Rev. Cindy Solomon-Klebba  $         –
     Eastern US   Empowerment Liberation Cathedral   Silver Spring   US-MD  Rev. Allyson Abrams  $         –
     North Central US   MCC of the Quad Cities   Davenport   US-IA  Rev. Rich Hendricks  $         –
     Central US East   MCC Elizabethtown   Elizabethtown   US-KY  Vacant  $         –
     South Gulf Coast   Joshua Generation MCC   Hattiesburg   US-MS  Sara Sills  $         –
     North Central US   MCC of Flint   Flint   US-MI  Rev. Edwin Yates  $         –
     Northeast US   Whosoever MCC   Philadelphia   US-PA  Jeffrey H. Jordan-Pickett  $         –
     Pacific Northwest   New Heart MCC/UCC   Tacoma   US-WA  ?  $         –
     Pacific Northwest   Rainbow Cathedral MCC   Yakima   US-WA  Pastor Bill Poores  $         –
     Iberoamerica / Caribbean   ICM Cristocéntrica de Restauracion Integral   Mayagüez   PR  Rev. José Alberto Rivera   $         –


    Leadership in Year-To-Date Contributions by Church Size

    Family Size Churches (up to 50 average weekly attendees)

    Network Church City Country /State Pastor # months rptd  # months paid  Year-to-Date Contribution YTD Average Weekly Attendance  Current Month Average Weekly Attendance 
     Eastern US   MCC of Northern Virginia    Fairfax   US-VA  Rev. Dr. Danny Spears 12 12  $ 19,191.89 42 33
     Eastern US   MCC Rehoboth   Rehoboth Beach   US-DE  Rev. Dr. Dusty Pruitt 12 12  $ 14,244.12 40 55
     West Florida   Gentle Shepherd MCC   Tallahassee   US-FL  Rev. Elder Diane Fisher 12 12  $ 11,472.48 36 29
     Eastern US   Open Door MCC   Boyds   US-MD  Rev. Miller J Hoffman 12 12  $ 10,360.13 34 42
     Southwest US   Water of Life MCC   Tucson   US-AZ  Rev. Charlie Arehart 12 12  $   9,603.99 49 55
     East Florida   MCC Key West   Key West   US-FL  Rev. Steve Torrence 12 12  $   9,437.04 44 61
     New Mexico / Texas   Trinity MCC (TX)   Arlington   US-TX  Curtis Smith/ Pastoral Leader 12 12  $   8,741.66 39 41
     North Central US   Divine Peace MCC   Pontiac   US-MI  Rev. Beth Rakestraw 12 12  $   8,739.84 31 36
     West Florida   Trinity MCC (FL)   Gainesville   US-FL  Rev. Kathy Beasley 12 12  $   8,268.57 39 41
     Southwest US   Resurrection Beach MCC   Costa Mesa   US-CA  Robert Ty Bradley 12 12  $   7,731.50 32 34
     Northeast US   Imago Dei MCC   Gradyville   US-PA  Vacant 12 12  $   6,938.35 20 27
     North Central US   Reconciliation MCC   Grand Rapids   US-MI  Rev. Steph Maxson 12 12  $   6,384.88 27 31
     New Mexico / Texas   MCC Amarillo   Amarillo   US-TX  Rev. Bernie Barbour 12 12  $   6,162.75 37 44
     Eastern US   Holy Redeemer MCC   College Park   US-MD  Rev. David North 12 12  $   6,037.29 23 26
     North Central US   Milwaukee MCC   Milwaukee   US-WI  Rev. Wendy Woodruff 12 12  $   5,897.84 34 44
     Central US East   New Creation MCC   Columbus   US-OH  Margaret R. Hawk 12 12  $   5,380.51 19 18
     North Central US   Heartland MCC   Springfield   US-IL  Rev. Gina Durbin 12 12  $   5,045.02 31 36
     East Florida   Church of Our Savior MCC   Boynton Beach   US-FL  vacant 12 12  $   4,957.83 37 35
     Pacific Northwest   Emerald City MCC Seattle   Seattle   US-WA  Vacant 12 12  $   4,910.17 25 32
     Southwest US   MCC Phoenix   Phoenix   US-AZ  Vacant 12 12  $   4,560.62 35 34
     Central US East   New Spirit MCC   Cincinnati   US-OH  Rev. Joy Simpson 12 12  $   4,517.58 17 17
     Carolinas   MCC Sacred Journey   Hendersonville   US-NC  Rev. Jan Nelson 12 12  $   4,493.46 46 42
     New Mexico / Texas   Central Texas MCC    Waco   US-TX  Rev. Charley Garrison 12 12  $   4,373.52 24 26
     Colorado / Nevada   MCC Family In Christ   Ft. Collins   US-CO  Rev. Ken Pilot 12 12  $   4,099.96 20 20
     Australasia   MCC Melbourne   Melbourne   AU-VIC  Pastoral Leader Sue Townsend 12 12  $   3,946.47 28 31
     Europe   Northern Lights MCC   Newcastle   UK-GB  Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston 12 12  $   3,799.21 37 50
     Northeast US   Christ the Liberator MCC   Highland Park   US-NJ  Rev. Dr. Thomas Bohache 12 12  $   3,781.92 16 15
     Central US East   MCC of Paducah   Paducah   US-KY  Rev. Lillian Ferguson 12 12  $   3,716.92 23 20
     East Florida   MCC Ocala   Ocala   US-FL  Rev. Janice Bowker 12 12  $   3,511.90 31 37
     North Central US   achurch4me? MCC   Chicago   US-IL  Rev Jennie Kitch 12 12  $   3,504.92 29 28
     Northeast US   MCC Hartford   Hartford   US-CT  Rev. Aaron Miller 12 12  $   3,144.66 34 48
     Colorado / Nevada   MCC Montana   Great Falls   US-MT  Rev. Micah G. Hartung 12 12  $   2,570.61 19 17
     Central US East   Eternal Joy MCC   Dayton   US-OH  Rev. Joy Simpson 12 12  $   2,555.26 21 25
     Europe   MCC Brighton   Brighton   UK-GB  Vacant 12 12  $   2,425.38 23 10
     Georgia / Tennessee / Alabama   The Rock MCC   Chattanooga   US-TN  vacant 12 12  $   2,343.92 27 24
     Eastern US   Shenandoah Valley MCC   Winchester   US-VA  Rev. Gail Minnick 12 12  $   2,321.09 22 25
     New Mexico / Texas   Harvest MCC   Denton   US-TX  Rev. Jeannie George 12 12  $   1,831.58 38 39
     Pacific Northwest   Liberating Spirit MCC   Boise   US-ID  ILP Renee McCall 12 12  $   1,796.13 19
     Northeast US   MCC Boston   Boston   US-MA  Vacant 12 12  $   1,602.18 16 17
     New Mexico / Texas   MCC of El Paso   El Paso   US-TX  Rev. Kati L Houts 12 12  $   1,494.04 16 18
     Southwest US   Antelope Valley MCC   Lancaster   US-CA  Rev. Dr. Gale Smith 12 12  $   1,402.56 11 13
     West Florida   New Day MCC of Naples   Naples   US-FL  Rev. Dr. Stephanie A. Burns 12 12  $   1,243.98 22 34
     Europe   MCC South London   London   UK-GB  Rev. Dwayne Morgan 12 12  $   1,168.51 10 13
     Europe   Living Springs MCC   Bath   UK-GB  Vacant 12 12  $   1,147.20 15 16
     Pacific Northwest   River of Life MCC   Kenniwick   US-WA  Rev. Janet Pierce 12 12  $   1,099.35 15 9
     Central US East   Appalachian MCC   St. Albans   US-WV  Michael Shields 12 12  $      859.72 6 7
     Europe   MCC Torbay    Torquay   UK-GB  Rev. Maria Briggs 12 12  $        58.26 6 4
     Canada   MCC London   London   CA-ON  Rev. Paul Whiting 12 11  $   6,069.73 47 43
     Australasia   MCC Good Shepherd   Granville   AU-NSW  Rev. Robert Clark 12 11  $   3,854.26 40 32
     West Florida   Spirit of Life MCC   New Port Richey   US-FL  Vacant 12 11  $   1,942.33 38 39
     Europe   Salz der Erde MCC   Stuttgart   DE  Rev. Axel Schwaigert  12 11  $   1,312.09 24 32
     Australasia   MCC Auckland   Auckland   NZ  Rev. Doug McGee 12 11  $      650.80 4 5
     North Central US   Holy Covenant MCC   Brookfield   US-IL  Rev Tanya Guzman 11 11  $   9,268.70 35
     Heartland   MCC of Topeka   Topeka   US-KS  Vacant 11 11  $   8,407.49 46
     Carolinas   MCC Winston-Salem   Winston-Salem   US-NC  Ron LaRocque 11 11  $   5,670.24 36
     Eastern US   New Light MCC   Hagerstown   US-MD  Vacant 11 11  $   4,332.54 28
     Southwest US   Good Samaritan MCC   Whittier   US-CA  Rev. Gina L. Chapman 11 11  $   3,705.44 28
     Carolinas   Imani MCC   Durham   US-NC  Rev. Marilyn O Bowens, Pastor 11 11  $   2,918.95 31
     Europe   River of Life MCC   Dorchester   UK-GB  Rev. Catherine Dearlove 11 11  $      986.44 15
     North Central US   Angels of Hope MCC   Kaukauna   US-WI  Lay Led 11 11  $      721.60 7
     Georgia / Tennessee / Alabama   Our Hope MCC   Athens   US-GA  Rev. Dr. Renee DuBose 12 10  $   4,262.02 40 32
     Africa   Good Hope MCC   Capetown   SA  Pastor Beulah Durrheim 10 10  $ 18,100.21 46
     Southwest US   Peninsula MCC   San Mateo   US-CA  Terri Echelbarger 10 10  $ 10,980.02 42
     South Gulf Coast   MCC of New Orleans   New Orleans   US-LA  Rev. Alisan Rowland 10 10  $   7,406.96 32
     Carolinas   New Life MCC   Charlotte   US-NC  Rev. Dawn J Flynn 10 10  $   3,093.76 21
     Northeast US   MCC New Haven   New Haven   US-CT  Rev. Brian Hutchinson 10 10  $   2,516.74 14
     Pacific Northwest   MCC of the Gentle Shepherd   Vancouver   US-WA  Ken Kerr 4 10  $   2,154.36 20
     Australasia   CRAVE MCC   Sydney   AU-NSW  Karl Hand 12 9  $   1,472.35 16 15
     Europe   MCC Köln   Köln   DE  Ines-Paul Baumann 9 9  $   1,144.21 19
     North Central US   MCC Peoria   Peoria   US-IL  Ray W Barkey 9 9  $      705.60 14
     Colorado / Nevada   MCC of Pueblo   Pueblo   US-CO  Rev. John Mark Hild 9 9  $      612.20 10
     Europe   Icon MCC East London   London   UK-GB  Rev Jak Davis 9 9  $      346.08 7
     Southwest US   MCC of The Redwood Empire   Guerneville   US-CA  Rev. Elizabeth Middleberg 9  $   2,025.00
     Australasia   CRAVE MCC Christchurch   Christchurch   NZ  Pastor Karl Hand 7 7  $      332.25 5
     Northeast US   Vision of Hope MCC   Mountville   US-PA  Rev Jen Glass 11 6  $   1,001.84 31
     New Mexico / Texas   Wichita Falls MCC   Wichita Falls   US-TX  Rev. Mel Martinez 8 6  $   2,128.29 17
     Southwest US   Open Arms MCC (HI)   Pahoa   US-HI  Rev. Dr. William H. Knight 6 6  $   1,913.81 33
     North Central US   MCC Illiana   Portage   US-IN  Rev. Michael Cooper 12 5  $   1,100.64 24 32
     Northeast US   Open Arms MCC (NY)   Rochester   US-NY  Vacant – Jeff Myers – Vice Moderator 5 5  $   4,279.47 49
     Australasia   MCC Brisbane   Brisbane   AU-QLD  Rev. Dr. Leigh Neighbour 8 4  $   1,385.70 25
     South Gulf Coast   MCC Corpus Christi   Corpus Christi   US-TX  Rev. Ed. Paul 7 2  $      634.63 27
     Northeast US   MCC Pittsburgh   Pittsburgh   US-PA  Rev. Todd Goewev 2 2  $   1,330.90 17
     Africa   MCC Nairobi   Nairobi   Kenya  Rev. Michael Kimindu 2  $      160.00
     Europe   MCC Hamburg     Hamburg   DE  Thomas Friedhoff  12 1  $   1,031.59 9 11
     Europe   communauté MCC Montpellier   Montpellier   FR  M Alingry 12 1  $      204.74 7 10
     Canada   MCC of Windsor   Windsor   CA-ON  Martha Daniels 12  $             – 17 20
     Iberoamerica / Caribbean   ICM de Argentina   Buenos Aires   Argentina  Gregorio Tobar 12  $             – 34 31
     Brasil   ICM Vitória   Capela   BR-Vitoria  Rev. Eliana Ferreira Vilela 12  $             – 10 10
     Europe   Journey MCC   Birmingham   UK-GB  Rev Stephen Bentley 12  $             –
     Brasil   ICM Belo Horizonte   Belo Horizonte   BR-MG  Sandro Aurelio Silva Brasileiro 4  $             – 13
     Brasil   ICM Rio – Comunidade Betel   Rio de Janeiro   BR-RJ  Dc. Marcos Luiz Oliveira da Costa 2  $             – 17
     Brasil   MCC Paraná Brasil   Maringá   BR-Paraná  Célio Camargo dos Santos 1  $             –
    Asia / Pacific Islands Open Doors MCC Seoul Korea Craig Bartlett 1  $             – 34
     Australasia   Church in Progress    South Auckland   NZ  Emily Worman  $             –
     Brasil   ICM Cariri   Juazeiro do Norte   BR  Marciano Saraiva  $             –
     Brasil   ICM Joao Pessoa   Joao Pessoa   BR  Clistem Corgellis Almeida Lima  $             –
     Brasil   ICM Bangú   Rio de Janeiro   BR  José Luiz Zeca  $             –
     Brasil   ICM Cabedelo   Cabedelo PB   BR-PB  Willians da Penha Silva  $             –
     Brasil   ICM Sao Paulo   Sao Paolo   BR-SP  Cristiano Valerio Moreira  $             –
     Brasil   ICM Fortaleza  #N/A #N/A Igor Simôes Moura Silva  $             –
     Brasil   ICM Teresina  #N/A #N/A Pr. Joâo Leite

     $             –
     Brasil   ICM Mairiporá   Mairiporá   Brasil  Alexya Salvador, Evangelista      $             –
     Brasil   ICM Maceió   Maceió   Brasil  Anderson Vasconcelos  $             –
     Brasil   ICM Cuiabá   Cuiabá   Brasil  Cesar Loyola  $             –
     Brasil   ICM Caixas do Sul   Caixas do Sul   Brasil  Anderson Luiz Golin   $             –
     Brasil   ICM Divinopolis   Mato Groso   Brasil   $             –
     Iberoamerica / Caribbean   ICM Casa de Emmaus   Santiago   Chile  Pbro. Francisco / Javier Castro  $             –
     Iberoamerica / Caribbean   Ministerio Apostólico y Profético Emmanuel ICM   Cundinarama   Colombia  Carlomagno Rincon Casallas  $             –
     Iberoamerica / Caribbean   ICM Havana   Ciego de Avila   Cuba  Pastor Jimenez  $             –
     Iberoamerica / Caribbean   ICM Dominican Republic   Santo Domingo   DR  Wilkin Lara  $             –
     Iberoamerica / Caribbean   ICM Brazos Abiertos   SantaTecla   El Salvador  Luis Alonso Alvarenga  $             –
     Iberoamerica / Caribbean  ICM Honduras Tegucigalpa Honduras Rev. Berta Ramírez Colindrez  $             –
     Iberoamerica / Caribbean   ICM Casa de Luz   Monterrey   MX-NL  Mr. Alejandro Gonzalez  $             –
     Iberoamerica / Caribbean   ICM Guadalajara   Guadalajara   MX-NL  Juan García  $             –
     Iberoamerica / Caribbean   ICM Cristo en Tí   Monterrey   MX-NL  Nadia Lorena Garza   $             –
     Iberoamerica / Caribbean   ICM Misión Puebla   Puebla   MX-NL  Raul de la Puente  $             –
     Iberoamerica / Caribbean   ICM DCD Uruguay   Montevideo   UY  Dc. Alejandro Russi / Dc. Alba Betancurt   $             –
    Europe Comunita cristiana "Agape" Firenze – Chiesa della Comunita Metropolitana Florence Italy Andrea Panerini  $             –
    Europe Internationale Roze Kerk The Hague Netherlands Rev. Barbara Rogoski  $             –
     Europe   ICM Pan de Vida   Madrid   Espana  Dc Alejandro / Medel González   $             –
     Europe   MCC Bournemouth   Bournemouth   UK-GB  Rev. Dwayne Morgan  $             –
     Europe   MCC Glasgow   Glasgow   UK-SC  Rev. Jane Clark  $             –
     Africa   Glorious Light MCC   Pretoria   SA  ?  $             –
     Africa   Hope and Unity MCC   Johannesburg   SA  ?  $             –
     Africa   MCC Durban   Durban   SA  Sean Gunn  $             –
     Asia / Pacific Islands   MCC Philippines   Manila   PH  Edgardo "Egay" Constantino  $             –
     Asia / Pacific Islands   MCC Quezon City   Quezon City   PH  Ptr. Kakay Pamaran  $             –
     Asia / Pacific Islands   MCC Metro Baguio   Baguio   PH  Michael  $             –
     Asia / Pacific Islands   MCC Marikina   Marikina   PH  Bro. Jason Masaganda  $             –
     Georgia / Tennessee / Alabama   New Hope MCC   Montgomery   US-AL  Rev. Jo Crisco  $             –
     Southwest US   A Church for All MCC   Sacramento   US-CA  Rev. Doretha Williams-Flournoy  $             –
     Southwest US   MCC in The Valley   North Hollywood   US-CA  Rev. Dr. Robert E. Shore-Goss  $             –
     Southwest US   Wasatch MCC   Salt Lake City   US-UT  Rev. Cindy Solomon-Klebba  $             –
     Eastern US   Empowerment Liberation Cathedral   Silver Spring   US-MD  Rev. Allyson Abrams  $             –
     North Central US   MCC of the Quad Cities   Davenport   US-IA  Rev. Rich Hendricks  $             –
     Central US East   MCC Elizabethtown   Elizabethtown   US-KY  Vacant  $             –
     South Gulf Coast   Joshua Generation MCC   Hattiesburg   US-MS  Sara Sills  $             –
     North Central US   MCC of Flint   Flint   US-MI  Rev. Edwin Yates  $             –
     Northeast US   Whosoever MCC   Philadelphia   US-PA  Jeffrey H. Jordan-Pickett  $             –
     Pacific Northwest   New Heart MCC/UCC   Tacoma   US-WA  ?  $             –
     Pacific Northwest   Rainbow Cathedral MCC   Yakima   US-WA  Pastor Bill Poores  $             –
     Iberoamerica / Caribbean   ICM Cristocéntrica de Restauracion Integral   Mayagüez   PR  Rev. José Alberto Rivera   $             –
     Asia / Pacific Islands   MCC Olangapo    Olangapo    PH  John  $             –

    Pastor Size Churches (from 51 to 150 average weekly attendees)

    Network Church City State Pastor # months rptd  # months paid  Year-to-Date Contribution YTD Average Weekly Attendance  Current Month Average Weekly Attendance 
     West Florida   Church of The Trinity MCC   Sarasota   US-FL  Rev. Charles Tigard 12 12 $ 44,838.64 149 204
     West Florida   Holy Cross MCC   Pensacola   US-FL  Dr Rev Jim Merritt 12 12 $ 23,557.64 135 241
     Carolinas   St John’s MCC   Raleigh   US-NC  Rev. Brendan Y. Boone 12 12 $ 22,606.32 87 71
     West Florida   MCC of Tampa   Tampa   US-FL  Rev. Pressley Sutherland 12 12 $ 20,245.55 123 140
     Carolinas   St Jude’s MCC   Wilmington   US-NC  Rev. John A McLaughlin 12 12 $ 20,117.56 111 105
     West Florida   St. John the Apostle MCC   Ft. Myers   US-FL  Rev. Stephen Filizzi 12 12 $ 17,505.90 107 127
     North Central US   MCC Detroit   Ferndale   US-MI  Rev. Roland Stringfellow 12 12 $ 17,129.07 107 108
     Southwest US   MCC of the Coachella Valley   Cathedral City   US-CA  Rev. Clinton Crawshaw 12 12 $ 16,984.04 77 115
     East Florida   FirstCoast MCC   St. Augustine   US-FL  Rev. Ruth Jensen-Forbell 12 12 $ 16,184.11 73 97
     East Florida   Open Circle at the Villages MCC   Oxford   US-FL  Rev. Carol Chambers 12 12 $ 16,084.88 77 87
     Northeast US   MCC of the Lehigh Valley   Allentown   US-PA  Rev. Elizabeth J Goudy 12 12 $ 15,947.99 99 136
     West Florida   SunCoast Cathedral MCC   Venice   US-FL  Rev. Dr. Sherry Kennedy 12 12 $ 15,792.70 85 87
     Eastern US   New Life MCC of Hampton Roads   Norfolk   US-VA  Rev. Mark Byrd 12 12 $ 14,409.21 62 68
     Pacific Northwest   MCC of Portland   Portland   US-OR  Rev. Nathan Meckley 12 12 $ 14,300.00 111 156
     Northeast US   MCC of the Spirit   Harrisburg   US-PA  Rev. Lori Rivera 12 12 $ 12,865.18 63 67
     South Gulf Coast   MCC of Baton Rouge   Baton Rouge   US-LA  Rev. A. Keith Mozingo 12 12 $ 12,743.96 61 79
     Central US East   MCC Louisville   Louisville   US-KY  Rev. Colleen Foley  12 12 $ 12,683.91 57 60
     Southwest US   Valley Ministries MCC   Stockton   US-CA  Rev. Terri L. Miller 12 12 $ 12,227.81 58
     New Mexico / Texas   Exodus MCC   Abilene   US-TX  Rev. Margaret Walker 12 12 $ 9,763.77 61 79
     New Mexico / Texas   MCC of Greater Dallas   Dallas   US-TX  Rev. Colleen Darraugh 12 12 $ 2,642.52 64 67
     Carolinas   MCC Charleston   Charleston   US-SC  Rev. Lorraine 11 12 $ 12,803.33 76 64
     Europe   MCC North London   London   UK-GB  Reverend Sharon Ferguson 11 12 $ 1,181.28 83 71
     Australasia   MCC Sydney   Sydney   AU-NSW  Rev. Greg Smith 12 11 $ 11,657.54 89 87
     Southwest US   MCC San Francisco   San Francisco   US-CA  Rev. Robert K. Shively 12 11 $ 10,461.29 121 119
     Georgia / Tennessee / Alabama   MCC of Our Redeemer   Augusta   US-GA  Rev. Rick Sosbe 12 11 $ 10,117.73 61 84
     East Florida   MCC of the Palm Beaches   West Palm Beach   US-FL  Rev. Dr. Lea Brown 11 11 $ 20,417.17 145
     New Mexico / Texas   MCC Albuquerque   Albuquerque   US-NM  Rev. Judith Maynard 11 11 $ 11,278.81 92
     Heartland   First MCC of Kansas   Wichita   US-KS  Jackie Carter 11 11 $ 10,509.80 61
     New Mexico / Texas   MCC Lubbock   Lubbock   US-TX  Tony Thieman-Somora 11 11 $ 10,378.50 83 79
     Eastern US   MCC of the Blue Ridge   Roanoke   US-VA  Rev. Joe Cobb 11 11 $ 8,545.81 67
     Heartland   Spirit of Hope MCC   Kansas City   US-MO  Rev. Dr. Carol Trissell 12 10 $ 13,219.60 81 105
     Georgia / Tennessee / Alabama   MCC Knoxville   Knoxville   US-TN  Vacant 10 10 $ 14,296.78 75 83
     Colorado / Nevada   Pike’s Peak MCC   Colorado Springs   US-CO  Interm Pastor – Rev. Jim Lynch 12 9 $ 6,015.24 68 66
     Eastern US   MCC Baltimore   Baltimore   US-MD  Rev. Victoria L. Burson 12 9 $ 4,410.78 65 63
     Carolinas   MCC Charlotte   Charlotte   US-NC  Catherine Houchins 12 8 $ 9,409.64 79 87
     Heartland   MCC Omaha   Omaha   US-NE  Rev. Tom R Emmett III 12 8 $ 9,176.40 119 125
     Iberoamerica / Caribbean   ICM Cristo Sanador   Rio Piedras   PR  Rev. George Gonzalez Medrano 12 8 $ 1,123.37 54 54

     Southwest US 

     Christ Chapel MCC   Santa Ana   US-CA  Vacant 7 7 $ 1,576.92 70
     New Mexico / Texas   Agape MCC   Ft. Worth   US-TX  Rev. S. David Wynn, Sr. 12 4 $ 1,696.41 78 85
     Southwest US   MCC Las Vegas   Las Vegas   US-NV  Rev Wanda Floyd 4 4 $ 2,817.95 144
     South Gulf Coast   Cornerstone MCC   Mobile   US-AL  Rev, Sandy O’Steen 3 3 $ 3,080.24 81
     Eastern US   MCC Richmond   Richmond   US-VA  Carolyn Mobley 10 1 $ 1,618.55 84
     Georgia / Tennessee / Alabama   City of Light   Atlanta   US-GA  Rev. Dr. T. Paul Graetz 1 1 $ 471.35 115

    Program Size Churches (from 151 to 350 average weekly attendees)

    Network Church City State Pastor # months rptd  # months paid  Year-to-Date Contribution YTD Average Weekly Attendance  Current Month Average Weekly Attendance 
     West Florida   King of Peace MCC   St. Petersburg   US-FL  Rev. Dr. Candace Shultis 12 12 $ 48,302.31 290 361
     Eastern US   MCC Washington D.C.   Washington   US-DC  J. Dwayne Johnson 12 12 $ 43,898.33 201 195
     Southwest US   Founders MCC Los Angeles   Los Angeles   US-CA  Rev. Neil G Thomas 12 12 $ 34,612.43 262 357
     Southwest US   MCC San Diego   San Diego   US-CA  Rev. Daniel Koeshall 12 12 $ 32,076.17 195 201
     Heartland   All God’s Children MCC   Minneapolis   US-MN  Rev. DeWayne Davis 12 12 $ 28,128.72 170 195
     Northeast US   MCC New York   New York   US-NY  Rev. Pat Bumgardner 12 12 $ 13,457.77 252 302
     Colorado / Nevada   MCC of The Rockies   Denver   US-CO  Vacant 12 12 $ 4,763.28 179 188
     New Mexico / Texas   MCC Austin at Freedom Oaks   Austin   US-TX  Karen Thompson 11 12 $ 46,016.51 241
     East Florida   Joy MCC   Orlando   US-FL  Rev. Terri S. Steed 11 12 $ 16,463.77 202 266
     Heartland   MCC of Greater St. Louis   St. Louis   US-MO  Rev. Wes Mullins 11 11 $ 19,862.15 166
     New Mexico / Texas   MCC San Antonio   San Antonio   US-TX  Rev. Mick Hinson 11 11 $ 13,931.81 165

    Corporate Size Churches (over 350 average weekly attendees)

    Network Church City State Pastor # months rptd  # months paid  Year-to-Date Contribution YTD Average Weekly Attendance  Current Month Average Weekly Attendance 
     Central US East   LifeJourney MCC   Indianapolis   US-IN  Rev. Jeff Miner 12 12 $ 42,355.03 372 409
     East Florida   Sunshine Cathedral MCC   Ft. Lauderdale   US-FL  Rev. Dr. Durrell Watkins 12 12 $ 15,517.48 438 745
     Canada   MCC Toronto   Toronto   CA-ON  Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes 10 11 $ 53,616.43 514
     South Gulf Coast   Resurrection MCC   Houston   US-TX  Rev. Troy Plummer Treash 12 5 $ 18,071.27 423 390


    Leadership in Average Weekly Attendance

    Network Church City Country /State Pastor  # months rptd   # months spaid   YTD Average Weekly Attendance   Current Month Average Weekly Attendance 
     East Florida   Sunshine Cathedral MCC   Ft. Lauderdale   US-FL  Rev. Dr. Durrell Watkins 12 12 438 745
     Central US East   LifeJourney MCC   Indianapolis   US-IN  Rev. Jeff Miner 12 12 372 409
     West Florida   King of Peace MCC   St. Petersburg   US-FL  Rev. Dr. Candace Shultis 12 12 290 361
     Southwest US   Founders MCC Los Angeles   Los Angeles   US-CA  Rev. Neil G Thomas 12 12 262 357
     Northeast US   MCC New York   New York   US-NY  Rev. Pat Bumgardner 12 12 252 302
     Eastern US   MCC Washington D.C.   Washington   US-DC  J. Dwayne Johnson 12 12 201 195
     Southwest US   MCC San Diego   San Diego   US-CA  Rev. Daniel Koeshall 12 12 195 201
     Colorado / Nevada   MCC of The Rockies   Denver   US-CO  Vacant 12 12 179 188
     Heartland   All God’s Children MCC   Minneapolis   US-MN  Rev. DeWayne Davis 12 12 170 195
     West Florida   Church of The Trinity MCC   Sarasota   US-FL  Rev. Charles Tigard 12 12 149 204
     West Florida   Holy Cross MCC   Pensacola   US-FL  Dr Rev Jim Merritt 12 12 135 241
     West Florida   MCC of Tampa   Tampa   US-FL  Rev. Pressley Sutherland 12 12 123 140
     Pacific Northwest   MCC of Portland   Portland   US-OR  Rev. Nathan Meckley 12 12 111 156
     Carolinas   St Jude’s MCC   Wilmington   US-NC  Rev. John A McLaughlin 12 12 111 105
     West Florida   St. John the Apostle MCC   Ft. Myers   US-FL  Rev. Stephen Filizzi 12 12 107 127
     North Central US   MCC Detroit   Ferndale   US-MI  Rev. Roland Stringfellow 12 12 107 108
     Northeast US   MCC of the Lehigh Valley   Allentown   US-PA  Rev. Elizabeth J Goudy 12 12 99 136
     Carolinas   St John’s MCC   Raleigh   US-NC  Rev. Brendan Y. Boone 12 12 87 71
     West Florida   SunCoast Cathedral MCC   Venice   US-FL  Rev. Dr. Sherry Kennedy 12 12 85 87
     Southwest US   MCC of the Coachella Valley   Cathedral City   US-CA  Rev. Clinton Crawshaw 12 12 77 115
     East Florida   Open Circle at the Villages MCC   Oxford   US-FL  Rev. Carol Chambers 12 12 77 87
     East Florida   FirstCoast MCC   St. Augustine   US-FL  Rev. Ruth Jensen-Forbell 12 12 73 97
     New Mexico / Texas   MCC of Greater Dallas   Dallas   US-TX  Rev. Colleen Darraugh 12 12 64 67
     Northeast US   MCC of the Spirit   Harrisburg   US-PA  Rev. Lori Rivera 12 12 63 67
     Eastern US   New Life MCC of Hampton Roads   Norfolk   US-VA  Rev. Mark Byrd 12 12 62 68
     South Gulf Coast   MCC of Baton Rouge   Baton Rouge   US-LA  Rev. A. Keith Mozingo 12 12 61 79
     New Mexico / Texas   Exodus MCC   Abilene   US-TX  Rev. Margaret Walker 12 12 61 79
     Southwest US   Valley Ministries MCC   Stockton   US-CA  Rev. Terri L. Miller 12 12 58
     Central US East   MCC Louisville   Louisville   US-KY  Rev. Colleen Foley  12 12 57 60
     Southwest US   Water of Life MCC   Tucson   US-AZ  Rev. Charlie Arehart 12 12 49 55
     Carolinas   MCC Sacred Journey   Hendersonville   US-NC  Rev. Jan Nelson 12 12 46 42
     East Florida   MCC Key West   Key West   US-FL  Rev. Steve Torrence 12 12 44 61
     Eastern US   MCC of Northern Virginia    Fairfax   US-VA  Rev. Dr. Danny Spears 12 12 42 33
     Eastern US   MCC Rehoboth   Rehoboth Beach   US-DE  Rev. Dr. Dusty Pruitt 12 12 40 55
     West Florida   Trinity MCC (FL)   Gainesville   US-FL  Rev. Kathy Beasley 12 12 39 41
     New Mexico / Texas   Trinity MCC (TX)   Arlington   US-TX  Curtis Smith/ Pastoral Leader 12 12 39 41
     New Mexico / Texas   Harvest MCC   Denton   US-TX  Rev. Jeannie George 12 12 38 39
     East Florida   Church of Our Savior MCC   Boynton Beach   US-FL  vacant 12 12 37 35
     Europe   Northern Lights MCC   Newcastle   UK-GB  Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston 12 12 37 50
     New Mexico / Texas   MCC Amarillo   Amarillo   US-TX  Rev. Bernie Barbour 12 12 37 44
     West Florida   Gentle Shepherd MCC   Tallahassee   US-FL  Rev. Elder Diane Fisher 12 12 36 29
     Southwest US   MCC Phoenix   Phoenix   US-AZ  Vacant 12 12 35 34
     Eastern US   Open Door MCC   Boyds   US-MD  Rev. Miller J Hoffman 12 12 34 42
     Northeast US   MCC Hartford   Hartford   US-CT  Rev. Aaron Miller 12 12 34 48
     North Central US   Milwaukee MCC   Milwaukee   US-WI  Rev. Wendy Woodruff 12 12 34 44
     Southwest US   Resurrection Beach MCC   Costa Mesa   US-CA  Robert Ty Bradley 12 12 32 34
     North Central US   Divine Peace MCC   Pontiac   US-MI  Rev. Beth Rakestraw 12 12 31 36
     East Florida   MCC Ocala   Ocala   US-FL  Rev. Janice Bowker 12 12 31 37
     North Central US   Heartland MCC   Springfield   US-IL  Rev. Gina Durbin 12 12 31 36
     North Central US   achurch4me? MCC   Chicago   US-IL  Rev Jennie Kitch 12 12 29 28
     Australasia   MCC Melbourne   Melbourne   AU-VIC  Pastoral Leader Sue Townsend 12 12 28 31
     Georgia / Tennessee / Alabama   The Rock MCC   Chattanooga   US-TN  vacant 12 12 27 24
     North Central US   Reconciliation MCC   Grand Rapids   US-MI  Rev. Steph Maxson 12 12 27 31
     Pacific Northwest   Emerald City MCC Seattle   Seattle   US-WA  Vacant 12 12 25 32
     New Mexico / Texas   Central Texas MCC    Waco   US-TX  Rev. Charley Garrison 12 12 24 26
     Eastern US   Holy Redeemer MCC   College Park   US-MD  Rev. David North 12 12 23 26
     Europe   MCC Brighton   Brighton   UK-GB  Vacant 12 12 23 10
     Central US East   MCC of Paducah   Paducah   US-KY  Rev. Lillian Ferguson 12 12 23 20
     West Florida   New Day MCC of Naples   Naples   US-FL  Rev. Dr. Stephanie A. Burns 12 12 22 34
     Eastern US   Shenandoah Valley MCC   Winchester   US-VA  Rev. Gail Minnick 12 12 22 25
     Central US East   Eternal Joy MCC   Dayton   US-OH  Rev. Joy Simpson 12 12 21 25
     Northeast US   Imago Dei MCC   Gradyville   US-PA  Vacant 12 12 20 27
     Colorado / Nevada   MCC Family In Christ   Ft. Collins   US-CO  Rev. Ken Pilot 12 12 20 20
     Central US East   New Creation MCC   Columbus   US-OH  Margaret R. Hawk 12 12 19 18
     Colorado / Nevada   MCC Montana   Great Falls   US-MT  Rev. Micah G. Hartung 12 12 19 17
     Pacific Northwest   Liberating Spirit MCC   Boise   US-ID  ILP Renee McCall 12 12 19
     Central US East   New Spirit MCC   Cincinnati   US-OH  Rev. Joy Simpson 12 12 17 17
     Northeast US   Christ the Liberator MCC   Highland Park   US-NJ  Rev. Dr. Thomas Bohache 12 12 16 15
     New Mexico / Texas   MCC of El Paso   El Paso   US-TX  Rev. Kati L Houts 12 12 16 18
     Northeast US   MCC Boston   Boston   US-MA  Vacant 12 12 16 17
     Pacific Northwest   River of Life MCC   Kenniwick   US-WA  Rev. Janet Pierce 12 12 15 9
     Europe   Living Springs MCC   Bath   UK-GB  Vacant 12 12 15 16
     Southwest US   Antelope Valley MCC   Lancaster   US-CA  Rev. Dr. Gale Smith 12 12 11 13
     Europe   MCC South London   London   UK-GB  Rev. Dwayne Morgan 12 12 10 13
     Central US East   Appalachian MCC   St. Albans   US-WV  Michael Shields 12 12 6 7
     Europe   MCC Torbay    Torquay   UK-GB  Rev. Maria Briggs 12 12 6 4
     New Mexico / Texas   MCC Austin at Freedom Oaks   Austin   US-TX  Karen Thompson 11 12 241
     East Florida   Joy MCC   Orlando   US-FL  Rev. Terri S. Steed 11 12 202 266
     Europe   MCC North London   London   UK-GB  Reverend Sharon Ferguson 11 12 83 71
     Carolinas   MCC Charleston   Charleston   US-SC  Rev. Lorraine 11 12 76 64
     Southwest US   MCC San Francisco   San Francisco   US-CA  Rev. Robert K. Shively 12 11 121 119
     Australasia   MCC Sydney   Sydney   AU-NSW  Rev. Greg Smith 12 11 89 87
     Georgia / Tennessee / Alabama   MCC of Our Redeemer   Augusta   US-GA  Rev. Rick Sosbe 12 11 61 84
     Canada   MCC London   London   CA-ON  Rev. Paul Whiting 12 11 47 43
     Australasia   MCC Good Shepherd   Granville   AU-NSW  Rev. Robert Clark 12 11 40 32
     West Florida   Spirit of Life MCC   New Port Richey   US-FL  Vacant 12 11 38 39
     Europe   Salz der Erde MCC   Stuttgart   DE  Rev. Axel Schwaigert  12 11 24 32
     Australasia   MCC Auckland   Auckland   NZ  Rev. Doug McGee 12 11 4 5
     Heartland   MCC of Greater St. Louis   St. Louis   US-MO  Rev. Wes Mullins 11 11 166
     New Mexico / Texas   MCC San Antonio   San Antonio   US-TX  Rev. Mick Hinson 11 11 165
     East Florida   MCC of the Palm Beaches   West Palm Beach   US-FL  Rev. Dr. Lea Brown 11 11 145
     New Mexico / Texas   MCC Albuquerque   Albuquerque   US-NM  Rev. Judith Maynard 11 11 92
     New Mexico / Texas   MCC Lubbock   Lubbock   US-TX  Tony Thieman-Somora 11 11 83 79
     Eastern US   MCC of the Blue Ridge   Roanoke   US-VA  Rev. Joe Cobb 11 11 67
     Heartland   First MCC of Kansas   Wichita   US-KS  Jackie Carter 11 11 61
     Heartland   MCC of Topeka   Topeka   US-KS  Vacant 11 11 46
     Carolinas   MCC Winston-Salem   Winston-Salem   US-NC  Ron LaRocque 11 11 36
     North Central US   Holy Covenant MCC   Brookfield   US-IL  Rev Tanya Guzman 11 11 35
     Carolinas   Imani MCC   Durham   US-NC  Rev. Marilyn O Bowens, Pastor 11 11 31
     Eastern US   New Light MCC   Hagerstown   US-MD  Vacant 11 11 28
     Southwest US   Good Samaritan MCC   Whittier   US-CA  Rev. Gina L. Chapman 11 11 28
     Europe   River of Life MCC   Dorchester   UK-GB  Rev. Catherine Dearlove 11 11 15
     North Central US   Angels of Hope MCC   Kaukauna   US-WI  Lay Led 11 11 7
     Canada   MCC Toronto   Toronto   CA-ON  Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes 10 11 514
     Heartland   Spirit of Hope MCC   Kansas City   US-MO  Rev. Dr. Carol Trissell 12 10 81 105
     Georgia / Tennessee / Alabama   Our Hope MCC   Athens   US-GA  Rev. Dr. Renee DuBose 12 10 40 32
     Georgia / Tennessee / Alabama   MCC Knoxville   Knoxville   US-TN  Vacant 10 10 75 83
     Africa   Good Hope MCC   Capetown   SA  Pastor Beulah Durrheim 10 10 46
     Southwest US   Peninsula MCC   San Mateo   US-CA  Terri Echelbarger 10 10 42
     South Gulf Coast   MCC of New Orleans   New Orleans   US-LA  Rev. Alisan Rowland 10 10 32
     Carolinas   New Life MCC   Charlotte   US-NC  Rev. Dawn J Flynn 10 10 21
     Northeast US   MCC New Haven   New Haven   US-CT  Rev. Brian Hutchinson 10 10 14
     Pacific Northwest   MCC of the Gentle Shepherd   Vancouver   US-WA  Ken Kerr 4 10 20
     Colorado / Nevada   Pike’s Peak MCC   Colorado Springs   US-CO  Interm Pastor – Rev. Jim Lynch 12 9 68 66
     Eastern US   MCC Baltimore   Baltimore   US-MD  Rev. Victoria L. Burson 12 9 65 63
     Australasia   CRAVE MCC   Sydney   AU-NSW  Karl Hand 12 9 16 15
     Europe   MCC Köln   Köln   DE  Ines-Paul Baumann 9 9 19
     North Central US   MCC Peoria   Peoria   US-IL  Ray W Barkey 9 9 14
     Colorado / Nevada   MCC of Pueblo   Pueblo   US-CO  Rev. John Mark Hild 9 9 10
     Europe   Icon MCC East London   London   UK-GB  Rev Jak Davis 9 9 7
     Heartland   MCC Omaha   Omaha   US-NE  Rev. Tom R Emmett III 12 8 119 125
     Carolinas   MCC Charlotte   Charlotte   US-NC  Catherine Houchins 12 8 79 87
     Iberoamerica / Caribbean   ICM Cristo Sanador   Rio Piedras   PR  Rev. George Gonzalez Medrano 12 8 54 54
     Southwest US   Christ Chapel MCC   Santa Ana   US-CA  Vacant 7 7 70
     Australasia   CRAVE MCC Christchurch   Christchurch   NZ  Pastor Karl Hand 7 7 5
     Northeast US   Vision of Hope MCC   Mountville   US-PA  Rev Jen Glass 11 6 31
     New Mexico / Texas   Wichita Falls MCC   Wichita Falls   US-TX  Rev. Mel Martinez 8 6 17
     Southwest US   Open Arms MCC (HI)   Pahoa   US-HI  Rev. Dr. William H. Knight 6 6 33
     South Gulf Coast   Resurrection MCC   Houston   US-TX  Rev. Troy Plummer Treash 12 5 423 390
     North Central US   MCC Illiana   Portage   US-IN  Rev. Michael Cooper 12 5 24 32
     Northeast US   Open Arms MCC (NY)   Rochester   US-NY  Vacant – Jeff Myers – Vice Moderator 5 5 49
     New Mexico / Texas   Agape MCC   Ft. Worth   US-TX  Rev. S. David Wynn, Sr. 12 4 78 85
     Australasia   MCC Brisbane   Brisbane   AU-QLD  Rev. Dr. Leigh Neighbour 8 4 25
     Southwest US   MCC Las Vegas   Las Vegas   US-NV  Rev Wanda Floyd 4 4 144
     South Gulf Coast   Cornerstone MCC   Mobile   US-AL  Rev, Sandy O’Steen 3 3 81
     South Gulf Coast   MCC Corpus Christi   Corpus Christi   US-TX  Rev. Ed. Paul 7 2 27
     Northeast US   MCC Pittsburgh   Pittsburgh   US-PA  Rev. Todd Goewev 2 2 17
     Europe   MCC Hamburg     Hamburg   DE  Thomas Friedhoff  12 1 9 11
     Europe   communauté MCC Montpellier   Montpellier   FR  M Alingry 12 1 7 10
     Eastern US   MCC Richmond   Richmond   US-VA  Carolyn Mobley 10 1 84
     Georgia / Tennessee / Alabama   City of Light   Atlanta   US-GA  Rev. Dr. T. Paul Graetz 1 1 115
     Iberoamerica / Caribbean   ICM de Argentina   Buenos Aires   Argentina  Gregorio Tobar 12 34 31
     Canada   MCC of Windsor   Windsor   CA-ON  Martha Daniels 12 17 20
     Brasil   ICM Vitória   Capela   BR-Vitoria  Rev. Eliana Ferreira Vilela 12 10 10
     Brasil   ICM Belo Horizonte   Belo Horizonte   BR-MG  Sandro Aurelio Silva Brasileiro 4 13
     Brasil   ICM Rio – Comunidade Betel   Rio de Janeiro   BR-RJ  Dc. Marcos Luiz Oliveira da Costa 2 17
    Asia / Pacific Islands Open Doors MCC Seoul Korea Craig Bartlett 1 34

    Rev. Clinton Crawshaw on Islam

    We have a tendency to view Muslims a bit like Anabaptists or the Amish – as a specific coherent group that signs up to a very constrained set of beliefs, and therefore if groups of Anabaptists commit enormities we would immediately start asking questions about the responsibilities of the other Anabaptists to constrain them, and just what is it about Anabaptists that lead them into such appalling acts.

     

    They are not like this.

     

    1.57 billion people belong to the various strands and interpretations of Islam. 23% of the world’s population, mostly in the areas of the world with the fastest growing populations; we live with them and have done for centuries. Muslim peoples get aggrieved for the same reasons we do, they resent historic and present injustices like we do, and they have wingnuts and dangerous loons like we do. For many however, their faith is the one trustworthy thing in their lives that they feel is worth defending/fighting for, as they have so often been let down by politicians and dictators, by military strongmen and charlatans.

     

    We know ourselves how easy it is to justify our fears and hatreds with faith – Jim Crow, slavery, two world wars and umpteen colonial empires were all underpinned with a certainty that God stood foursquare with our actions. The crusaders who marched from medieval Europe to the Middle East to reconquer the Holy Land went adorned with badges of their faith, and built and enforced Christianity as they progressed. The horrors visited on the indigenous peoples of South and Central America by the Spanish and Portuguese were committed with God upon their lips, and the place names of every village and town bear the mark of their ‘Christianity’.

     

    In today’s world the enormities of the Lord’s Resistance Army in East Central Africa don’t make us kvetch about the intrinsic wickedness of Christianity, and we don’t feel responsible to apologize to all non-Christians for these abominable acts. Uganda threatens death on our gay brethren in God’s name and articles are not widely written about how Christianity is an ‘evil’ faith. As Christians we talk about establishing ‘the Kingdom’ over all the world – we know what that means, but to an outsider it may sound rather like a desire to forcibly convert the world and usher in the Kingdom of God, or Jesus (in Arabic this translate as the ‘Caliphate of Allah, or Mohammed’).

     

    In all these cases we understand that Christianity is amazingly diverse, and is used or abused according to the soul of the adherent.

     

    So let’s start by looking at language and culture. Arabic sounds strange and threatening to us (it shouldn’t). Disaffected, aggrieved young people have behaved in similar ways across cultural boundaries.  Our faith is not represented by anyone other than ourselves – any fool can hide behind scripture for their own ends, and whenever I hear of jihad (it means struggle, pure and simple) I think of the German troops marching off to invade Belgium in 1914 being blessed by Lutheran and Catholic bishops and being assured that ‘God would go with them’ (Allah yusallmak!). Another expression Christians use all the time is ‘God is good’, in Arabic is Allahu Akbar. ‘Allah’ is merely the Arabic word for the God of Abraham, the God of the Jews, our God – not some strange deity. Wahhabi Islam (the hardcore, puritanical form sponsored by our close allies, the Saudis) seems draconian to us with its burqa’s and banning of pictures and representations, but until the 20th Century Scottish Presbyterians banned pictures as ‘graven images’ and the habit of wearing a veil was taken from Christian Byzantium when it was occupied by early armies sweeping out of Arabia.

     

    Sufi Moslems are the sophisticated heirs of the mystic tradition in Islam – think dervishes and Ottoman Turks, think the sublime poet and thinker Rumi. Shi’ite Moslems have a deeply complex system of beliefs and symbology, reminiscent in some ways to certain branches of Roman Catholicism.

     

    Salafist Sunni fanatics remind me very much of the Westborough Baptist Church, or the Nigerian Pentecostal churches where everything is black and white, and violence is always an option. They are also the Puritans, desperate for comprehensive black and white answers to incomplete, grey shaded problems.

    We diminish ourselves (and our faith) when we allow the criminality and ignorance of a handful of deeply misguided young men to color our relations with a quarter of humanity. That these men were possibly aggrieved that their country (at the time of writing Algeria looks likely) was occupied, colonized and brutalized by France for a century or so, and feeling that the core of their faith was being glibly insulted by a group of Godless pseudo intellectuals living in an envelope of privilege and never having to see the results of their words and images. This not an excuse, it does however point to an explanation. They did the easy, trite, brutish and infantile thing. They murdered in cold blood and they spouted almost embarrassingly naïve slogans about ‘avenging the prophet’.

     

    They don’t appear to understand their own faith, but they are not alone in this. To them it is going to be hard to explain why this massacre is monstrously different from 100,000+ civilians killed in Iraq since the beginning of the war. They may not understand why their Palestinian brethren are living in refugee camps fifty years after their homes were occupied by Israel. They may not understand why white lives are more valuable than brown ones.

     

    Almighty God, pour your grace upon the perpetrators, upon the hateful, and those that engender hatred. Ease the misery of the bereaved – the bereaved of the journalists and cartoonists, and the devastated mothers of sons now dead. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

    Introducing Elder Appointees to the General Conference of Metropolitan Community Churches

    Rejoice with us!

    Dear MCC Clergy and Lay Delegates:

    We are excited to announce seven new Elders have been appointed to serve for a five-year term beginning 1 June of this year.

    The Council of Elders has vetted and approved the appointees listed below, and the Governing Board has approved the appointments.

    Several years ago, when Regions were disbanded and in anticipation of a Moderator transition, we began working on a plan that would clarify the role and responsibilities of members of the Council of Elders. Previously, Elders were automatically full-time staff and members of the Senior Leadership Team. Now, all Elders are volunteers who, as a Council with the Moderator, offer spiritual and pastoral support and leadership to the churches, pastors, and people of MCC.

    We hope that appointing the new Elders to a five-year term will give the new Moderator the ability to continuously re-shape the Council for the good of MCC, and over time, give more persons the opportunity to serve.

    About sixty people were originally recommended to us from the lay delegates and clergy of MCC. We believe this was a strong and healthy response from our people.

    We invited twelve people to apply for Elder, all of whom had been recommended multiple times by clergy or lay leaders. Of those twelve, ten applied, and seven were appointed.

    At the beginning of the Elder selection process, we had expected to appoint no more than five new Elders. Instead, we chose seven, based on the strength of their applications and believing that having more people in this role will help the Council of Elders to be even more responsive to the needs of our churches and our people.

    In reviewing the applications, we looked for several things and chose those who:

    • Already have a deep and demonstrable spirituality, call, and commitment
    • Represent well the faith, values, and vision of MCC, and are loyal to our denomination
    • Will be an asset to and able to transfer their allegiance to the next Moderator
    • Embody a variety of gifts, creativity, competence, and the kind of diversity we seek
    • Are trustworthy and will not come with their own agendas, but will be able to serve all of the people and churches of MCC with integrity
    • Will be able to blend well as a team
    • Together, with our current Elders, will enjoy serving and integrating into a new, energized Council of Elders

    We are confident that our seven appointees, who have the unanimous support of our current Elders, meet this criteria without exception.

    We worked hard to balance many of the considerations of diversity with our commitment to choose those who our people have already recommended, and who they would easily recognize as Elders.

    Among those appointed are four people who serve as pastor or have served as pastor for program-sized or larger churches; one who is the pastor of a family-sized church; one lay person; three men (two are cisgender, one is a trans-man); and one who is bisexual. The seven represent three countries and three language groups. Two are denominational staff.

    The Role of the General Conference:

    Elders occupy a special and historic place in the hearts of MCCers world-wide and provide spiritual and pastoral leadership to a global MCC. Because the Elder Appointees will serve on the Council of Elders, which is a discernment body for the Moderator, MCC By-laws require that the General Conference affirm the decision of the Moderator and Council of Elders. This is not an election; rather, it is an opportunity for clergy and lay delegates to voice their support on behalf of MCCers around the world.

    In a couple of weeks, the Governing Board will officially announce the Special General Conference Business Forums, scheduled for 9 and 11 April, and virtual voting on 6 and 7 May. Save the dates, and stay tuned for more information!

    The seven new Elders being presented to the General Conference for affirmation are:

    Rev. Ines-Paul Baumann: Pastor of MCC Cologne, Germany, and the youngest nominee, in the 35-49 age bracket. Rev. Baumann is also the first German Elder and the first non-conforming FTM GenderQueer Elder appointee.

    Rev. Pat Bumgardner: Longtime pastor of MCC New York, Executive Director and Founder of the Global Justice Institute, and founder of Sylvia’s Place for homeless queer youth.

    Rev. Tony Freeman: Former pastor of MCC San Diego; currently on the Senior Leadership Team as the Director of the Office of Church Life and Health. Rev. Freeman served on the Governing Board until 2013.

    Rev. Dwayne Johnson: Former pastor of MCC Richmond in Virginia and of Resurrection MCC in Houston, current pastor of MCC Washington, D.C. Rev. Johnson has served our clergy formation process in many ways and is a lifetime member of the Academy of Spiritual Formation.

    Nancy Maxwell, J.D., LL.M.: Professor of Law at Washburn University and one of three leaders of our LEAD team that oversees the program globally. Prof. Maxwell has considerable global experience and teaches courses on human rights and the law. She is the first lay woman to be appointed as Elder.

    Rev. Margarita Sánchez De León: The first Elder nominee of Caribbean African descent. She is a pastor, published theologian and an activist, currently living in Portugal. Rev. De León currently serves on staff of the Office of Emerging Ministries as the Program Coordinator for Iberoamerica and is the Academic Dean of the Garner Institute for Iberoamerica Leadership Formation.

    Rev. Dr. Candace Shultis: Former pastor of MCC Washington, D.C., and current pastor of King of Peace MCC in St. Petersburg, Florida, Rev. Shultis has served the denomination in many capacities, including on the Governing Board. She is currently chairing the Commission on the MCC Statement of Faith.

    Their bios and photos are included below.

    Rejoice with me that we have come to this place after years of preparation! Please pray for the Elder appointees, their families and churches as we move through this time together.

    Rev. Nancy Wilson Signature

    Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

    Global Moderator, Metropolitan Community Churches


     

    Rev. Ines-Paul BaumannMy name is Ines-Paul Baumann.

    I live in Cologne/Germany/Europe/World/Creation/God.

    I spend most of my time being Parent and Partner, pastoring in MCC Cologne and earning money as Webdeveloper.

    My firstname tries to express that I no longer care what gender/s I’m supposed to form.

    I came to MCC in 2004 after my queercore-punkrock-band had split. The General Conference 2010 in Acapulco/Mexico was my first experience with the global fellowship outside Europe. I was ordained in 2012.

    I love discussions AND decisions. I love questions and questioning. I love to “collect data” before I make up my mind. I appreciate a diversity of lifestyles, abilities, views and traditions. I can share clearness regarding a common ground AND openness regarding it’s different ways of practical meaning.

    As an elder I would like to serve WITH and FOR rather than OVER people. I’d like to  proceed with healing by seeing the sainthood not only of those aspects (religions, traditions, opinions, people and self-experiences) that parts of Christianities outside and inside of ourselves already acknowledge as saint. I feel a bit uneasy with the unclear boundaries we have regarding the judicial, legislative and executive power for elders in MCC.

    But I share enthusiasm for transforming ourselves as we transform our worlds. I’m committed to explore and be a voice for our understanding(s) of church, faith and spirituality – for and with LGBTIQ*- communities, but what we have to offer is so relevant for so many inside and outside of MCC and Christendom also!

    Thank you for taking me into account for the search for additional Elders. God bless all applicants and your considerations and decisions!


     

    Rev Pat Bumgardner (2014)The Rev. Pat Bumgardner is currently the Senior Pastor of Metropolitan Community Church of New York, where she has served in various capacities for the past 33 years. Rev. Pat is also the Executive Director of the Global Justice Institute, traveling, writing and speaking on behalf of MCC world-wide, addressing a range of social justice issues, forging on-the-ground partnerships, and supporting efforts to promote an inclusive human rights agenda. She chairs the Moderator’s Public Policy Team and holds a seat on the Council for Global Equality.

    The Founder of The Sylvia Rivera Memorial Food Pantry at MCCNY and Sylvia’s Place, she has become a leading visionary in the quest of the Queer community to build coalitions and deal with hunger and homelessness, as well as homophobia and other social prejudices. Named for the late civil rights leader, Sylvia Rivera, Sylvia’s Place serves as New York City’s emergency shelter dedicated to providing safe space, food, medical and psychological care, and spiritual support for homeless LGBT youth.

    Educated in the Roman Catholic tradition, Rev. Pat has become a sought-after speaker and preacher across denominational divides, and has been the recipient of numerous awards, serving as the 2011 New York City Pride Grand Marshal.

    Her current focus involves work with activists in Costa Rica, East Africa, Brazil, Mexico and Eastern Europe, working with asylum seekers in New York City, and developing presentations that address human trafficking as a Queer rights issue.

    The proud grandparent of 4 year old Joshua, she lives in the West Village of New York City with her spouse of 28 years, Mary Jane Gibney, and their puppy, Lily.


     

    Rev. Tony FreemanRev. Tony Freeman

    Since my initial licensure in 1995 as clergy in MCC, I have served in a variety of leadership roles in the local church (including all of the different church “sizes”) and at the denominational level in both volunteer and staff roles. My local church experience includes staff clergy, executive pastor, interim pastor and senior pastor. Denominationally, I served as Chair of the Strategic Growth Initiative, Chair of the Structure Review Team, and as Vice Chair of the Governing Board and I’m currently serving as the Director of Church Life and Health (and member of the senior leadership team). My MCC experience includes visiting and working with our churches around the world (United States, Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Canada and Mexico). I have also presented over 20 seminars and workshops at MCC conferences

    I live in Tucson, Arizona USA with my thirteen year old dog, Pollie. Although I’m frequently travelling on weekends, I do enjoy attending Water of Life MCC when I’m home.

    I believe that being an Elder in MCC means you are called to be a servant- leader that embodies the core values of our denomination in ways that inspire and empower people and our churches to achieve their greatest potential. I’m grateful for this opportunity to share in this ministry and pray that God will bless us mightily as we together pursue our mission to transform lives and our world.


     

    Rev. Dwayne JohnsonRev. Dwayne Johnson

    Rev. Dwayne Johnson came to MCC for the first time in 1978. At that time he was a member of the Church of Nazarene, a conservative evangelical denomination. MCC opened new windows personally and theologically and he became a member of MCC of Greater Kansas City in 1983. He became a Transfer Clergy at MCC of Washington, DC in 1990. His experiences include serving as Senior Pastor of MCC Richmond, Virginia (1992-96); Senior Pastor of Resurrection, MCC, Houston, Texas (1996-2009); and currently Senior Pastor of MCC of Washington, D.C., USA.

    His denominational work includes service on various committees and working groups, including service as Chair of Clergy Credentialing and Concerns for the South Central District. He has preached at Leadership, District, and Regional Conferences and at General Conference.

    Dwayne has a passion for outreach, justice and equality that is grounded in spiritual development. His ecumenical work includes serving with the Coalition for Mutual Respect from 1996-2009, including a 2006 peace mission to Israel with Muslim, Jewish and Christian educators and clergy. Currently he serves by mayoral appointment on the Mayor’s Interfaith Council in Washington, D.C., USA.

    In January 2009 he became a member of the Academy for Spiritual Formation, studying with Grace Imathiu, Margaret Guenther, Glenn Hinson and other leaders in the Spiritual Formation movement.

    Born in Lubbock, Texas, USA he has also lived in California, Kansas, Missouri, and Washington State. He is a graduate of Mid-America Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas, majoring in Communications, Psychology and English and earned his M.Div. from Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri, USA.

    Dwayne envisions MCC as a denomination called to embody the strength of global diversity, power in global partnerships, and an unwavering voice for global equality.


     

    Nancy MaxwellNancy G. Maxwell* holds dual membership at MCC of Topeka and the Church of the Trinity, Sarasota, Florida. She began attending MCC of Topeka in 1990 and recently joined the Church of the Trinity, Sarasota, Florida.

    Nancy is a co-coordinator of the MCC lay leader certificate program, Laity Empowered for Active Discipleship (LEAD). She has attended the Moderator’s Leadership Mentoring Retreat, stood for election to the Governing Board in 2010, is a certified facilitator for Creating a Life that Matters, completed her LEAD certificate in 2013, attended the Size, Worship, Programming, and Stewardship Summits, and has presented on The Partnership between a Church’s Board of Directors and the Ministry Staff; The Large Church; and The Legal Aspects of LGBT Families. She recently completed a course in pastoral care at the Pacific School of Religion.

    In July Nancy will retire from Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, KS, where she has taught Family Law, Sexuality and the Law, Criminal Law, Feminist Legal Theory and Alternative Dispute Resolution. She has served as the law school’s Co-Director of the International and Comparative Law Center, teaching comparative law in London, UK, Utrecht, NL, and Barbados. Nancy has presented academic papers in numerous countries; her legal research includes same-sex marriage, co-parent adoption, parentage issues, mediation, and legal education. Nancy holds a B.A. in psychology and a law degree (J.D.) from the University of North Dakota, and a master’s of law (LL.M.) degree in law teaching from Harvard. She is licensed to practice law in North Dakota and the federal Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit; she is a trained child custody and visitation mediator, and implemented a student-run dispute resolution program in Topeka, Kansas, public school system.

    Some of the skills and gifts Nancy brings to the role of elder include pastoral care, spiritual discernment, teaching/facilitating, and administration.

    * Rev. Elder Cecilia Eggleston was a lay person at the time of her election as a Regional Elder and later entered the process of ordination as MCC clergy.


     

    Rev. Carmen Margarita Sánchez De LeónRev. Margarita Sánchez De León, originally from Puerto Rico and living in Lisbon, Portugal, has been part of MCC since 1996.  She was co-pastor of MCC Cristo Sanador in San Juan, Puerto Rico at the founding stage and Senior Pastor from 2006 to 2008. She was Executive Director of Amnesty International, Section of Puerto Rico and as has wide experience working with and taking action for human rights and LGBT rights through grassroots organizations and social movements. When moving to London, UK, she was pastor in the East London and South London MCC congregations from 2009 to 2012. At denominational level, she is part of Theologies Team since 2010 and works as Program Coordinator for Iberoamerica –Office of Emerging Ministries (in close collaboration with Rev. Elder Héctor Gutiérrez) and is the Academic Dean of the “Darlene Garner Institute for Ibero-American Leadership Formation – OFLD.

    One of her skills and passions is to help to build alliances and create networks between organizations, groups and people.  She is a person of dialogue that embraces diversity and multiculturalism as a way of life.  She enjoys encouraging people to understand their own strengths as a gift. She has curiosity for life and a passion for people.

    She has a BA in Art and Literature from the University of Puerto Rico, an MA in Religion from the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico and Courses for Doctor of Philosophy program from the Graduate Theological Foundation. She speaks Spanish, English and Portuguese.

    She is married with Frida Kruijt and they are mothers of Oshadi and Siboney, girl and boy twins of five years old.


     

    Rev. Dr. Candace R. ShultisRev. Dr. Candace R. Shultis grew up in Kingston, NY and Pittsfield, MA. She earned her baccalaureate degree from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), B.B.A., in 1973, her master’s and her doctorate at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC, M.Div., 1980 and D. Min., 2004. Her doctoral dissertation is entitled: The Creation of a More Diverse Congregation: A History of the Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, DC. From November, 1973 through August, 1976, she served as a disbursing officer in the United States Marine Corps. She first attended the Metropolitan Community Church of Washington, DC in 1979. Candace served as the Associate Pastor of MCC Washington from 1983 until 1995 when she was elected Pastor. She was called and elected to be the Pastor at King of Peace MCC, St. Petersburg, FL in December, 2007.

    Candace has served in a number of denominational capacities including as Assistant District Coordinator (Mid-Atlantic District), as a member and then chair of the Clergy Credentials and Concerns Committee and as a member of the Governing Board. She presently serves as the Chair of the Commission on the Statement of Faith. She has preached in churches and at events from New Haven CT to Sydney Australia.

    Candace brings the spiritual gifts of pastor, administrator, stewardship, leadership and discernment. She is a gifted preacher and teacher. She loves people in all the ways they show up and has a passion for the growth of churches and people.

    She and her partner of 22 years, Barbara, also enjoy the company of their two dachshunds: Wendy, and Mister Redd (Really Extraordinary Dachshund Dog).

    MCC Celebrating Women’s History Month

    Women's-History-20152015 Theme: Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives

    March 2015

    Take the 2015 Black Women History Quiz

    Women of the 1965 Civil Rights Movement

    Women were central to the US Civil Rights Movement, but they were sometimes pushed to the side and today their contributions are often overlooked. This month we will pay them homage. These are just a few of the many women who were critical to the movement’s success in Selma and across the country.

    EllaBakerElla Baker (1903 – 1986)

    In a largely behind-the-scenes career that spanned more than five decades, Baker worked with many famous civil rights leaders, including the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Thurgood Marshall and A. Philip Randolph. In 1957, at King’s request, she became executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

    To learn more click  here: http://www.biography.com/people/ella-baker-9195848http://ellabakercenter.org/about/who-was-ella-baker


    Daisy BatesDaisy Bates (1914 – 1999)      

    Bates and her husband founded the Arkansas State Press, a weekly paper modeled after the leading black publications of the era. In 1957 she guided the 9 black students who triggered a civil rights showdown when they attempted to enter the all-white Central High School in Little Rock.

    To learn more click here:

    http://www.biography.com/people/daisy-bates-206524 , http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=591


    Amelia Boyton

    Amelia Boyton ( 1911 – )

    In Selma, Mrs. Amelia Boynton was a stalwart with the DCVL and played a critical role for decades in nurturing African American efforts to register to vote. She welcomed SNCC to town and helped support the younger activists and their work. When Judge Hare’s injunction slowed the grassroots organizing, she initiated the invitation to King and SCLC.

    To learn more click here: http://www.ameliaboynton.org/ , http://www.biography.com/people/amelia-boynton-21385459#synopsis , http://www.schillerinstitute.org/amelia/main.html


    Marie FosterMarie Foster (1917 – 2003)

    Another local activist, Foster taught citizenship classes even before SNCC arrived. In early 1965 when SCLC began escalating the confrontation in Selma, Boynton and Foster were both in the thick of things, inspiring others and putting their own bodies on the line. They were leaders on Bloody Sunday and the subsequent march to Montgomery.

    To learn more click here: http://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/marie-foster-alabama-original


    Prathia Hall

    Prathia Hall (1940 – 2002)

    In 1978, Hall followed after her father to become a Baptist preacher in Philadelphia. Before that, as a civil rights activist in Georgia, she was shot by a white gunman, shot at by police and jailed many times. A powerful orator, her signature phrase, “I have a dream,” may have inspired MLK’s most famous speech.

    To learn more click here: https://prathiasdaughters.wordpress.com/ ,
    https://prathiasdaughters.wordpress.com/2010/07/21/on-prathia-hall/ , http://www.pbs.org/thisfarbyfaith/people/prathia_hall.html


    Fannie Lou HamerFannie Lou Hamer (1917 – 1977)

    In 1963, after she and two other voting rights activists were viciously beaten while in police custody in Winona, Miss., Hamer decided to devote her life to the fight for civil rights. A year later she helped draw national attention to the cause as a leader of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, which challenged Mississippi’s all-white delegation to the Democratic National Convention.

    To learn more click here: http://www.biography.com/people/fannie-lou-hamer-205625 , http://www.fembio.org/english/biography.php/woman/biography/fannie-lou-hamer/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_ah1RkWB9k


    Dorothy Height

    Dorothy Height (1912 – 2010)

    Height was “both the grande dame of the civil rights era and its unsung heroine,” as the New York Times once put it. The longtime president of the National Council of Negro Women and a prize-winning orator, she was a key organizer of the 1963 March on Washington. (Her male counterparts, however, allowed no women to speak that day.)

    To learn more click here:

    http://www.biography.com/people/dorothy-height-40743 , http://www.naswfoundation.org/pioneers/h/height.htm


    Coretta Scott KingCoretta Scott King (1927 – 2006) 

    Though she held a degree in voice and violin from the New England Conservatory of Music, King, alongside her famous husband, became a civil rights leader in her own right. After his assassination in 1968, she championed the building of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change as a living memorial to her husband’s work.

    To learn more click here: http://www.thekingcenter.org/about-mrs-king


    Colia Liddll Lafayette

    Colia Liddll Lafayette  (1940 – )

    Though Colia Lafayette worked side by side with husband Bernard, recruiting student workers and doing the painstaking work of building a grassroots movement in Selma, she has become almost invisible and typically mentioned only in passing, as his wife.

    To learn more click here: http://civilrightsteaching.org/resource/colia-lafayette/http://www.teachingforchange.org/selma-bottom-up-history


    Mildred LovingMildred Loving (1939 – 2008) 

    Loving was thrust into the civil rights movement when she and her husband, who was white, were arrested by the sheriff of Central Point, Va., for violating Virginia’s Racial Integrity Act of 1924. The landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision in their case struck down anti-miscegenation laws still on the books in 16 states.

    To learn more click here: http://www.biography.com/people/mildred-loving-5884http://www.economist.com/node/11367685


    Clara Luper

    Clara Luper (1923 – 2011)

    In 1958, Luper, then a high school history teacher, helped ignite a national movement by leading a sit-in protest at the lunch counter of the Katz Drug Store in Oklahoma City. (The Katz chain began integrating its stores several weeks later.) Luper went on to become a prominent figure in the national civil rights movement.

    To learn more click here: http://digital.library.okstate.edu/encyclopedia/entries/L/LU005.htmlhttp://www.blackpast.org/aaw/luper-clara-1923


    Diane NashDiane Nash (1938 – ) 

    Nash was the key strategist behind the first successful campaign to desegregate lunch counters in Nashville, leader of the Nashville Student Freedom Ride campaign to desegregate interstate travel, and a founder of both the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Selma Voting Rights Campaign.

    To learn more click here: http://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/diane-nash-activist-bornhttp://www.blackpast.org/aah/nash-diane-judith-1938

    Watch this interview of Ms. Nash: http://www.makers.com/diane-nash


    Rosa Parks

    Rosa Parks (1913 – 2005)

    On Dec. 1, 1955, Parks was arrested after she refused to obey a bus driver and give her seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Ala. Her act of defiance, and the 381-day bus boycott that followed, soon became keystones of the modern civil rights movement. In 1999 Congress honored her as “the first lady of civil rights.”

    http://www.biography.com/people/rosa-parks-9433715 , http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/par0bio-1


    Women of Today’s Civil Rights Movement

     

    Rahiel_TesfamariamRahiel Tesfamariam: Urban Cusp (1981 – )

    A public theologian, social activist, writer and speaker. She is Founder / Publisher of UrbanCusp.com, a cutting-edge online lifestyle magazine highlighting progressive urban culture, faith, social change and global awareness. The youngest of eight children, Tesfamariam was born in Eritrea during the Eritrean-Ethiopian War. When she was 5, she moved to the U.S., and was raised by her brother and sister in the Bronx and Washington, D.C. Rahiel is a graduate of Stanford University and holds a Master of Divinity from Yale University where she was the inaugural William Sloane Coffin, Jr. Scholar for Peace and Justice. Tesfamariam traveled to war-torn Darfur in 2005. The experience led Tesfamariam, to found urbancusp.com, a site that publishes lifestyle, faith and entertainment articles designed to combat negative images of African-Americans in media. “What young people internalize daily shapes who they are,” she says. “The music they’re listening to shapes their understanding of Black masculinity, or sexuality, and part of launching Urban Cusp was to provide an alternate reality that depicts African-Americans in an intellectual, spiritual way.”

    To learn more click here: http://www.urbancusp.com/rahiel-tesfamariam/ , http://www.rahiel.com/ , http://www.essence.com/2014/11/03/new-civil-rights-leaders


    Ciara Taylor

    Ciara Taylor: Dream Defenders

    Taylor is the political director of Dream Defenders, a Florida-based organization that fights Stand Your Ground laws and focuses on a number of other issues affecting young people of color, including the school-to-prison pipeline, police brutality, voting rights and access to education. The group was founded in April 2012 by Taylor and 39 other students after the killing of Sanford, Florida, teen Trayvon Martin. Local officials and law enforcement met with them and listened to their list of demands: one, for Zimmerman to be arrested; two, for the chief of police to be fired; and three, for there to be an investigation of the Stand Your Ground law. Three days after Zimmerman’s acquittal, the Dream Defenders held a 31-day sit-in inside Florida’s state capitol, and were eventually invited to the governor’s office to discuss issues affecting young people of color. “In the back of my mind, I’m thinking, I could just go to law school, have a simple life,” says Taylor. “But I think about my younger siblings and the family I want to have in the future. I want to create a world in which they can live without fear. I want my generation to be free, to live and to really flourish.”

    To learn more click here: http://reinventors.net/content/ciara-taylor/ , http://www.essence.com/2014/11/03/new-civil-rights-leaders


    Monica SimpsonMonica Simpson: SisterSong  (1980 – )

    Simpson, 35, is the executive director of SisterSong, a nonprofit composed of 80 grassroots organizations dedicated to the preservation of reproductive rights for women of color.

    Simpson grew up in Wingate, North Carolina, and says that there were very clear lines that separated Black and White people. “I was put in situations where I was ‘the only,’ like being the only Black child in honors classes,” says Simpson. “Those instances really started me on the path to activism, fighting for the rights of Black people, fighting for women’s rights.” Simpson began working at SisterSong in 2010, around the same time that the antiabortion group Georgia Right to Life erected billboards in Atlanta that read, “Black children are an endangered species.” In response to the inflammatory ad, SisterSong established a group, Trust Black Women,  that created media campaigns and worked with the NAACP, churches and other organizations to counter the billboards’ message.

    To learn more click here: http://www.sistersong.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=21&Itemid=28, http://www.essence.com/2014/11/03/new-civil-rights-leaders


    Nicole Porter

    Nicole Porter: The Sentencing Project (1979 – )

    Porter is the Director of Advocacy at The Sentencing Project, a Washington, D.C.-based group that works toward criminal justice reforms. “My twin brother’s incarceration underpins a lot of work that I do, to emphasize that though someone might have committed a serious crime, they are much more than what that crime was,” she says. Before joining The Sentencing Project, Porter was the director of the ACLU’s Prison & Jail Accountability Project, where she monitored the conditions at Texas prisons. Today, Porter and her colleagues at The Sentencing Project work to change laws that determine the rate of incarceration and the length of confinement. They fight for the rights of the formerly incarcerated, some of whom are denied voting rights, and others who face lifetime bans from receiving food stamps and public housing.

    Porter believes that the focus should be on intervention rather than imprisonment. “Public safety isn’t just about locking people up,” she says. “It’s about providing targeted services for at-risk children—access to early childhood education and models for how to resolve conflict.”

    To learn more click here: http://www.sentencingproject.org/detail/person.cfm?person_id=256&backto=63&backtype=Staff , http://www.essence.com/2014/11/03/new-civil-rights-leaders


    Opal TometiOpal Tometi: The Black Alliance for Just Immigration (1985 – )

    Tometi’s interest in immigration reform was born out of personal experience. Tometi grew up in Phoenix—”ground zero for the anti-immigration movement,” she says—and is the child of immigrants. Her parents moved to the U.S. from Nigeria in 1983, and Tometi was raised in a close-knit community of Nigerian immigrants. Learning about anti-immigrant initiatives and their parallels to Jim Crow laws, Tometi was moved to fight against what she saw as a grave injustice. “It was very personal,” says Tometi. “Because people I loved were at risk; I was at risk.” Tometi volunteered with the ACLU to monitor and report the activities of vigilantes who were stopping immigrants as they tried to cross the border during college Today, Tometi is executive director of The Black Alliance for Just Immigration. Tometi has helped develop a network of Black immigrant organizations around the country. Her hope is that more African-Americans will join in the struggle for immigrant rights.

    To learn more click here: http://www.blackalliance.org/category/about-baji/opal-tometi/, http://www.essence.com/2014/11/03/new-civil-rights-leaders


    Je-Shawna Wholley

    Je-Shawna Wholley: National Black Justice Coalition (1990 – )

    Though Je-Shawna Wholley had come out as a lesbian to high school friends when she was 16, she hid her sexual identity from her mother and the Army, which had recruited her with the suggestion that she apply for an ROTC scholarship to Texas A&M University. Wholley eventually transferred to Spelman where she joined and helped reinvigorate the college’s LGBT association, Afrekete. The group sponsored AIDS walks, had a drag fashion show, and, when Wholley became president, hosted a pride week. As programs manager at the National Black Justice Coalition, a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black LGBT people, Wholley travels to universities to help them become safer and more inclusive for LGBT students. She believes that mainstream LGBT groups have made strides in the fight for marriage equality, but they do not address the issues that most directly affect young people of color, such as homelessness, HIV/AIDS, violence, an open dialogue and an acceptance of LGBT people of color within their families, and within the Black community as a whole.

    To learn more click here: http://nbjc.org/about/staff/je-shawna-wholley , http://www.essence.com/2014/11/03/new-civil-rights-leaders


    Photo Credits

    Ella Baker, Jack Harris, AP

    Daisy Bates, Time & Life Pictures Getty Images

    Amelia Boyton, Green  County Democrat

    Marie Foster, Jack Harris, AP

    Prathia Hall,  Bettmann CORBIS

    Fannie Hamer, Huffingtonpost

    Dorothy Height, Eurweb

    Coretta King, Michael Evans New York Times

    Colia Liddll Lafayette,   Jack Harris AP

    Mildred Loving, Bettmann CORBIS

    Clara Luper, Doug Dawg

    Diane Nash, Jack Harris AP

    Rosa Parks, Alamy AP

    Tesfamarian, Taylor, Simpson, Porter, Tometi and Wholley, Essence

     

    35th Anniversary of the National Women’s History Project Celebrating Women’s History Month

    National Women’s History Project

    Each time a girl opens a book and reads a womanless history, she learns she is worth less.  ~ Myra Pollack Sadker

     

    History helps us learn who we are, but when we don’t know our own history, our power and dreams are immediately diminished.

     

    Multicultural American women are overlooked in most mainstream approaches to U.S. history, so the National Women’s History Project champions their accomplishments and leads the drive to write women back into history.

     

    Recognizing the achievements of women in all facets of life – science, community, government, literature, art, sports, medicine – has a huge impact on the development of self-respect and new opportunities for girls and young women.

     

    With an emphasis on positive role models and the importance of women from all backgrounds, the NWHP has developed a nationwide constituency of teachers, students, parents, public employees, businesses, organizations, and individuals who understand the critical link between knowing about historical women and making a positive difference in today’s world.

     

    2015 Honorees from NWHP

    Seven Strategies for Successful Stewardship

    SevenStrategiesA New MCC Webinar for Local Church Leaders

    With Rev. Elder Don Eastman

     

    Find new vitality for giving in your congregation through a holistic approach to excellence in stewardship!

     

    During this 90 minute webinar you will:

    • Gain insights on how you can help to create a culture of generosity in your congregation.
    • Learn how to develop a highly effective annual stewardship program for your church.
    • Discover a wealth of resources to support your stewardship efforts throughout the year.
    • Connect with other church leaders with perspectives on the ministry of stewardship.

     

    This webinar will be presented three times during 2015. Select the webinar that targets your congregational size.

     

     

     

     

    This webinar is designed for Pastors, Board members and Stewardship Teams.  Register soon!  Space is limited.

     

    About our Webinar Facilitator

    Rev. Elder Don Eastman has long been one of MCC’s leading advocates of healthy church growth and excellence in ministry.  From his many years as a successful pastor, non-profit organization executive, and MCC denominational leader, he brings a wide range of experience and expertise.  As an Elder, Rev. Eastman served as both the Treasurer and Vice Moderator of the MCC denomination.

    http://connectpro65389412.adobeconnect.com/r1m6plrjmwi/

     

     

    MCC General Conference Music Leader/Music Leader Assistant

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    The Music Leader Assistant will aid the Music Leader in the activities list above. It is our hope that the person serving as the Music Leader Assistant will serve as the Music Leader for GC 2019.

    Apply Now! Please send resume highlighting music experience, 3 references, and a cover letter to Linda Brenner-Beckstead, Assistant to the Moderator, at Linda@MCCchurch.net.

    Questions? Contact Linda or conferences@MCCchurch.net.

    Resumes are due by January 31st.

    Both the Music Leader and Music Leader Assistant will be asked to attend our first face-to-face meeting in Victoria, B.C., 10-14 March.

    Help make Anti-LGBT “Conversion Therapy” Illegal in your state

    We are continually alarmed by the number of people, especially youth, who are subjected to so-called “conversion therapy” or “reparative therapy” that seeks to teach them that their sexual orientation and gender identify or expression is inherently evil and can be changed. This is not only an affront to our religious beliefs, it has been repudiated by the American

    Medical Association and the American Psychological Association and condemned by those who have survived it.  It is spiritual and psychological abuse, and it is time to end it.  Only two states (California and New Jersey) and the District of Columbia have statutory bans on “conversion therapy.”  Several high profile teen suicides (Leelah Alcorn and countless others) offer us a wake up call.  We have the power to create meaningful change in the lives of marginalized youth.  We enlist your help to ban such harmful work in

    every state in the nation.

    Here are some actions you can take to help end so-called “conversion therapy” and to save the lives of countless LGBTQI persons who are forced to endure it:

    • Use change.org to start your own online petition drive to force your state legislature to act.  Talk about why this is important, especially from your faith perspective.  New York’s petition provides model language if you would like to use it.
    • Share your petition on social media (and feel free to tag the Global Justice Institute and MCC).  Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are popular options.  Use the hashtag  #BornPerfect
    • Meet with your State Representatives

      Photo Courtesy: Out & About Nashville

      and State Senators and ask them to sponsor legislation that would ban “conversion therapy.”  State legislatures are meeting now. If you need help crafting talking points, the Public Policy Team can help you.

    • The National Center for Lesbian Rights has attorneys and policy experts who can support your work.  They are working with sponsors in several states.  Check out their resource guide here.
    • Invite your congregation and pastoral care ministries to pray for those who have suffered through “conversion therapy.”  Intercessory prayer works.  It changes lives in ways seen and unseen.
    • Engage in ecumenical and interfaith dialogue about the harmful effects of “conversion therapy.”  Talk about the psychological and spiritual damage is causes. Several advocacy groups are making the victims’ stories available online.  Share them.  Teach our colleagues in ministry.  We can all work toward agreement to do no harm.

    Leelah begged us to do these things.  In her suicide note, she said, “My death needs to be counted in the number of transgender people who commit suicide this year. I want someone to look at that number and say “that’s f****d up” and fix it. Fix society. Please.”  Do it for all the other youth whom we do not know.   Help ban “conversion therapy” everywhere.   All of God’s children deserve our love, support, and action.

     

    For more information, contact the Public Policy Team at mccadvocacy@mccchurch.net.

     

    This action alert was prepared by the Public Policy Team of 

    Metropolitan Community Churches and the Global Justice Institute.

    National Campaigns Director – National LGBTQ Task Force

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    The National LGBTQ Task Force builds power, takes action and creates change to achieve freedom and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families. As a progressive social justice organization, the Task Force works toward a society that values and respects the diversity of human expression and identity and achieves equity for all.

     

    NATIONAL CAMPAIGNS DIRECTOR: RELIGIOUS EXEMPTIONS AND WELCOMING MOVEMENTS

    The National LGBTQ Task Force (Task Force) seeks a strong strategic thinker, a gifted coalition builder, and a talented faith organizer to lead the campaign work on religious exemptions and in welcoming faith movements. The ideal candidate will have the deep religious grounding, movement-building experience, and political sophistication necessary to: 1) lead and significantly grow the religious exemption campaign portfolio to its next level of impact and inclusiveness, 2) be a prominent public spokesperson for pro-LGBT religious perspectives on religious exemptions as well as other issues and 3) facilitate and lead networks of religious leaders and people of faith to mobilize them and build the necessary capacity to win campaigns on religious exemptions and in the welcoming faith movement.

    The faith work of the Task Force has a continuing crucial niche, working to build pro-LGBT religious movement capacity and infrastructure and connect grassroots and grasstops leaders and strategies to accomplish policy change within faith settings, as well as in legislatures and at the ballot box. The Task Force will continue – through its faith work initiatives – to leverage its network of relationships to engage in direct action, grow its impact and inclusiveness into the future. Through unique partnerships our efforts will be focused on clarity of vision, collaboration and achieving long-term change together.

    This is a management position reporting to the Director of the Academy for Leadership and Action

    Location: Ideally, based in Washington DC.  The National Campaigns Director is expected to travel outside DC to connect with grassroots faith organizing leaders and work

    Application opening/closing: The position is immediately available.  There is no prescribed closing date.  The Task Force will fill the position whenever it has identified an appropriate candidate.

    ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES

    The National Campaigns Director will lead and work in several areas:

    • Direct, collaborate and develop plans to expand welcoming communities throughout the United States to prepare for RE battles across the states.
    • Direct, collaborate and develop plans with faith leaders statewide as well as nationally to create interfaith grass tops programming to counter religious freedom measures, state to state
    • Develop strategies and, in collaboration with Task Force staff colleagues, to counter religious freedom measures from state to state
    • Implement strategies and tactics, including trainings, with the faith and states organizing team to counter religious freedom measures
    • Create and deliver faith-based messaging with state-based and national communications groups to counter religious freedom measures.
    • Direct, collaborate and develop relationship building methods with anti-lgbtq faith leaders and communities to counter religious freedom measures
    • Analyze, track and report on all religious freedom measures. Make recommendations on actions and programming related to these measures

     

    THE TASK FORCE AND ITS HISTORY OF DOING FAITH WORK: 

    In a 2006 merger, the Institute for Welcoming Resources (IWR) became an initial faith work program of the Task Force. Since then, the faith work at the Task Force has evolved to include a range of faith work initiatives. The faith work of the Task Force is located within the Task Force’s Academy for Leadership and Action to maximize the evolving collaboration and mutual learning between faith and secular organizing.

     

    QUALIFICATIONS

    1. Experience organizing pro-LGBTQ people of faith in the LGBT movement to take action on social justice issues and proven success at delivering measurable results in a campaign environment.
    2. Proven ability to develop relationships with moderate to conservative faith leaders.
    3. Religious leader and professional with a history of service and a strong theological grounding. Immersed in their religious tradition. Able to inspire spiritual engagement of people in the movement. Sensitivity to and personal familiarity with issues facing LGBT religious/spiritual persons. Prefer welcoming movement experience.
    4. Action-oriented visionary with demonstrated passion and vision for pro-LGBT movement building and social change within and through faith communities. Experience within a social movement organization. Strategic thinker and decision-maker. Political savvy. Prefer experience and expertise with multiple models of organizing
    5. Proven network and collaborative leadership style, skills, and experience. Experience leading and facilitating groups of leaders toward a common purpose and joint action. Works well on a team and develops the leadership of others.
    6. Multi-faith values, depth of approach, and experience.
    7. Demonstrated commitment to and skill working at the intersections of faith, LGBT, and other progressive justice issues.
    8. Cultural competence and history of developing intercultural sensitivity working across diverse races, ethnicities, socio-economics, gender identities, and sexual orientations.
    9. Exceptional written, oral communications skills. Strong, confident, and credible advocate and spokesperson for pro-LGBT, intersectional, multi-faith religious work. Able to articulate a religiously grounded, accessible argument for the faith work.
    10. Motivated and capable of fundraising to significantly increase the Task Force’s resources. Can conceive of partnerships, programs, and projects that attract resources.
    11. Trustworthy relationship builder. Exceptional interpersonal communication skills. Honest, compassionate, and approachable. Sense of humor. Has a significant network of relationships and positive reputation to benefit the Task Force.
    12. Proven senior manager (of staff and consultants, projects, programs, and finances). Virtual supervisory experience highly desirable.
    13. Energetic and comfortable with an intense pace. Likes to be on the move and is available to travel at least 50% time. Hardworking and able to work in a virtual environment with a small team. Models and supports emotional health and self-care.
    14. Significant theological grounding through some religious education is required.
    15. Computer literate and proficient in mobile communication. Familiarity and experience with current social media tools is ideal.

     

    COMPENSATION

    Commensurate with experience. Provides excellent benefits — medical, dental and vision insurance; annual and sick leave; 403(b) plan.

     

     

    Please submit a cover letter describing your interest in being a member of the Task Force staff, a resume addressing your experience and qualifications relevant to the position responsibilities and three examples of your work. If possible, please submit the names, affiliations and contact information for three references. Applications submitted via e-mail for this position should be directed to hr@thetaskforce.org”, please write “National Campaigns Director: Religious Exemptions and Welcoming Movements” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

     

    The Task Force is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, personal appearance, family responsibility, political affiliation or any other status protected by applicable law. Women, transgender people, veterans and people of color are encouraged to apply.

     

    Applications without cover letters will not be considered.