The Association of Grace Brethren Ministers (AGBM) is currently in a time of study, strategic planning, and projected change for the future. In preparation for AGBM meetings at Celebrate06, the AGBM officers would like all association member to read and carefully process the following:
Several years ago following the creation of a Research and Development position approved by our membership, the officers of the organization asked Dr. Jerry Young to serve in this capacity. His position was created for the purpose of researching and recommending to our membership changes essential to the future of our organization in its service to our membership.
His recommendations for changes to by-laws and organization represent his many hours of research conducted nationwide through extensive travel and communication. We the officers believe that he recommended a plan to us that was thoughtful and well-developed and which represented the majority of opinion among our membership.
Our intention is to bring these recommendations to the floor at our business meeting in California this summer.
We deeply appreciate the tone and kindness of those who have provided alternative proposals to our organization. We certainly appreciate these alternative ideas and would appeal to all of our members to bring your questions, comments, and concerns to our meetings this summer.
Because we desire to conduct our business in a manner pleasing to the Lord, our intention is to pursue the following agenda at our meetings in California. We have been graciously provided four opportunities to meet and here is what we expect to accomplish, Lord willing.
In Meeting One, to be held on Sunday, the officers of the AGBM will explain the thinking behind Jerry’s proposal and answer the questions you have for the purpose of clarification only.
In meeting two, to be held on Tuesday, we will begin working our way through each point using Jerry’s proposals as a starting point, allowing for discussion following motions.
In meeting three, on Wednesday, we will continue our discussion and voting. Our hope is to have a completed debate by Wednesday with full ratification by meeting end.
In meeting four, on Thursday, we will dedicate new officers.
We also want to remind AGBM members that three of our own will be honored.
On Tuesday we will present our “Lifetime Achievement” Award;
On Wednesday we will present “Pastor of the Year”;
On Thursday we will present “Excellence in Ministry” Award.
We look forward to your participation in our meetings held during this year’s FGBC national celebration