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SUMMIT QUESTIONS

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(#14) What will we do with the results of these measures?
(#6) How does tracking worship attendance reflect or take into consideration the mobile nature of younger
generations?
(#11) What do we do if numbers were not reliable, misreported, etc? Where will the grace be in the numbers?
(# 15) Where is intentional discipling in this process? Where is Jesus Christ in this entire process?
(#11) Are apportionments an important measure? How important?
(#7) What is the potential of a paradigm shift to cluster charge conferences in becoming more vital congregations?
(#7) Why so much on leaders when Jesus shares more about followers?

#3 Where is the disconnect between local pastors, elders, and church leaders with respect to conference
initiatives?
#10 Would it ever make sense to take a strong congregation and make it even stronger by adding resources or
staff?
#9 What or where are we directing resources and attention from?
#1 Where do extension ministries fit into this: camps, Wesley Fdns, colleges, hospitals, retirement facilities,
handicap
facilities, etc?
#6 How do we support our leadership in calling churches into question when NOT vital: when more maintenance
than
ministry? How do we support leaders when they meet resistance there?
#6 how do we model and teach and encourage pastors and lay leaders to be constantly open to change, to
recognize that
change is component of vitality? How do we foster an atmosphere that nurtures risk-taking?
#4 On Q 2, Bullet 3, does “Aligning the process” mean more consistency between the conferences? If not, what
does it
mean?
#10 how is the Council of Bishops making a change? How does that effect the vital congregation?
#14 What are the plans for establishing accountability among Bishops?
#6 How well do we relate to our members their responsibility and what is expected of them?

#1 Can superintendents be chosen and assigned responsibilities for churchs of similar sizes rather than
geographical district? E.g. Churches < 150 members, 151-250, 250-500, over 500.
?? How could it be that we have so overlooked and largely ignored our colleges and universities in this process? If
dynamic pastoral and lay leadership are central to vital congregations and getting access to young people is
critical to the process, our UM colleges and universities must be engaged in the process. We have let them slip
away and lost thema s an important resource in building vital congregations.
?? As one reade the sustainability advisory group and the 2008-2012 Ministry Study, it seems they contradict
each other in terms of clergy needs—which is ‘more accurate’? Whether we need more clergy or younger clergy.
#13 How can we move from a less agenda-driven, more Holy Spirit driven worship?