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The Call

Vol. E17, Number 11

updated: June 9, 2017

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Approved: Strategic Plan to resize from 12 to 9 districts

<p>"It's a process. It's a process." Michael Eastridge, chair of the Strategy Team, makes a final plea for the strategic plan on Tuesday morning at Annual Conference.</p>

"It's a process. It's a process." Michael Eastridge, chair of the Strategy Team, makes a final plea for the strategic plan on Tuesday morning at Annual Conference.



 LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. (July 14, 2017) -- Here's what happened on Tuesday at Holston Annual Conference:

 >The "Comprehensive Strategic Plan," which includes re-sizing Holston’s districts from 12 to nine, was approved. The majority vote occurred after several presentations by the Strategy Team and a pre-vote discussion lasting 45 minutes.

> A 2018 budget of $9.07 million was approved, reflecting a reduction from the approved 2017 budget of $9.7 million. The 2018 budget provides a 2 percent raise for district superintendents and conference staff.

> The Francis Asbury Award for leaders in higher education was presented posthumously to Bennett and Evelyn Horton, members of Church Street UMC, Knoxville. 

> During a "new business" session, a motion to end the leasing or purchasing of The Connexion in Sevierville, Tenn., was ruled out of order.

> Also in the "new business" session, a motion requesting a written apology from Lake Junaluska Conference and Resort for its painful past with race relations was approved. (See motion text.)

> Also in the "new business" session, a motion was made requiring agenda items with votes for action to be scheduled at the beginning of a session rather than at the end of sessions before breaktime. (The intent is to allow more time for discussion.) The motion was approved. (See motion text.)

> The Board of Ordained Ministry presented licenses to 19 local pastors.

> The Board of Pensions and Health Benefits report on page 180 in the "Book of Reports" was approved.

> The Committee on Equitable Compensation report on page 61 of the "Book of Reports" was approved.

> The report from the Task Force on Bullying and Harrassment of Clergy by Laity, on page 173 in the "Book of Reports," was approved.

> Winners of a Tuesday-morning 5K to benefit Ishe Anesu Project in Zimbabwe: Robert Kariuki Nyaga and Lindsay Travis Bedford. (See race results.)


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