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BUMC Leadership Board

Blakemore UMC Leadership for 2017

Leadership Board
Chair: Ellen Zinkiewicz (2017)
Leader of Staff-Parish Area: Susan Slater (2017)
Leader of Finance Area: Zach Lalor (2018)
Leader of Trustees Area: Cavit Cheshier (2018)
Leader of Inviting Area: Aina Kabiling (2019)
Leader of Worship Area: Carrie Friddell (2017)
Leader of Outreach Area: Kristi Walker (2017)
Leader of Faith Development Area: Lisa Lewis (2018)
Leader of Stewardship Area: Sarah Cloud (2019)
Leader of Nurture Area: Deanna McCulley (2017)
Leader of Communications Area: Ashley Kemper (2019)
Lay Delegate/Leader: Patty Tippens (2018)
Pastor: John Hill

Other Leadership Positions
: Pat Roberts
Treasurer: Gayle Lembcke
Financial Secretary: Deanna McCulley
Membership Secretary: Doris Fawcett
Alternate Delegate to Annual Conference: Patsye Candish
Chair of Blakemore Children’s Leadership Board: Marge Rajotte
Boy Scouts Liaison: Cheryl Williams
Nominating Task Force: Gary Boling
Nominating Task Force: Rosanne Awbry
Nominating Task Force: Nancy Lawrence

Board of Trustees
Class of 2017: Bill Holland     Martha Hunt
Class of 2018: Cavit Cheshier     John Jackson
Class of 2019: Joe Hensley     Cheryl Williams

Endowment Committee:
Class of 2017: Cindy Kleinrock     Jim Mitchell
Class of 2018: Henry Moses     Ron Merville
Class of 2019: Patsye Candish     Ron Overfield

Blakemore Children’s Center
At-Large: Debbie Edwards     Judy Holland     Kathy Jackson
Ex-Officio: Pastor     Trustees Rep.     Finance Rep.

Leadership Board Priorities for 2016

On retreat on April 30, the Leadership Board identified five priorities for Blakemore UMC for 2016 as well as action items related to each priority. The five priorities are listed below, and the entire document with the action items can be viewed by clicking here.

  • Create a Culture of Transparency and Open Communication
  • Revitalize Adult Discipleship
  • Equip Disciples for Welcoming, Hospitality, and Evangelism
  • Provide Teaching and Training for Children
  • Explore Becoming a Reconciling Congregation

2017 Covenant

In our work and conversations as Blakemore UMC Leadership Board, we want to reflect Christ’s love and grace. We realize that conflict, misunderstandings, and disagreements may prevent us from doing the work God has called us to complete. Therefore, we covenant together in these guidelines for loving relationships and values to guide our ministry.

  1. We promise to put Christ at the center of our work. Proverbs 3:5-6
  2. We promise to value each other as gifts from God and will work to live and work in respectful relationship. John 13:34
  3. We promise to maintain relationships of confidentiality when necessary, especially in matters of personal growth. Proverbs 25:9
  4. We promise to maintain and seek clear, complete, direct, and transparent communication with church membership in regards to Leadership Board decisions and discussions whenever possible. Ephesians 4:25
  5. We promise to be good stewards of our time together for the benefit of one another and the congregation we serve. 1 Corinthians 4:1
  6. We commit to being positive and solution minded, keeping in mind the grace afforded to us by Christ. Philippians 4:8-9
  7. We commit to process major strategies and decisions as a team, allowing for emergency situations to be addressed by e-mail or phone. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
  8. We accept disagreement, conflict, and evaluation as normal and natural. In this regard, we will seek to deal constructively with disagreements or conflicts by practicing appreciative inquiry. 1 Corinthians 1:10
  9. We, as those forgiven by God, seek also to be a forgiving team, offering God’s forgiveness to one another and others with whom we have opportunity to share the forgiving nature of Christ. Colossians 3:13
  10. We promise to support one another and the work of the Leadership Board through prayer; to walk hand-in-hand though we may not see eye-to-eye. Ephesians 4:31-5:2

 Leadership Board Meeting Minutes

Leaders from Blakemore UMC meet Monday evenings beginning at 6:30 p.m. Minutes are posted monthly and shared with the congregation via web and print. Below are links to minutes from previous meetings.

May 2016 (Coming Soon)

April 2016
– Updated accounts: closed unused accounts and created Building Fund

March 2016 
– Discussion surrounding providing intentional training for children

February 2016 
– Changed accounting systems to be more streamline
– Leadership Board Retreat to further discuss 2016 Strategic Plan

January 2016
– Appoint treasurer
– Accept a continuation budget for 2016

December 2015
– Brainstorming core values of Blakemore UMC
– Opportunities to share these with the congregation
– Set future meeting dates