Report on June 2015 Meeting of Elected Bodies

June 15, 2015

The Meeting of Elected Bodies took place Saturday, June 13 at the ECMN Retreat Center located on the campus of Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Faribault.

The morning began with a welcome by Bishop Prior, followed by opening prayer and Gospel Based Discipleship.
Attendees then partook in conversation and sharing at their tables, and heard from Rolf Lowenberg-DeBoer about an emerging partnership centered on his new role with St. Stephen’s Human Services. This was followed by a recap of Engaging God’s Mission Through Ending Hunger in Minnesota and a Mission Opportunity 2015 wrap-up.

During a preview of the 2015-2016 program year, it was announced that Mission Opportunity 2016 would be Engaging God’s Mission Through Engaging All God’s Creation. The Rev. Tom Harries and Paul Anton of the Episcopal Earthkeepers Circle then spoke about the upcoming mission opportunity.

The morning continued with tracking in elected bodies, followed by lunch, and then meeting in elected bodies. Below is an account of what each individual elected body covered.


  • The 2015 Missional Innovative Partnership Grant program was announced with $80,000 available for the grants. There is a new process for applying this year: applications will be available online and will be considered four times a year at each MEB. Applications will be due two weeks prior to each meeting and there will be coaching and mentoring available to assist our faith communities with this process.
  • The video “Exposing the Doctrine of Discovery” was shown, followed by the Central Metro Mission Area Team discussing their experience with screening the video at their last Mission Area Gathering.
  • Mission Insight Accounts were introduced and explained. These accounts allow Mission Area Teams to access demographic data for their neighborhoods. Faith Communities may also get a username and password to use this tool. If you are interested in doing so, please contact your Mission Area Team or Missioner for Mission, Amanda Ziebell-Finley.
  • The 2016 Financial Statement of Mission (FSM) was presented in its final form by The Rev. Douglas Sparks, ECMN Treasurer, and was accepted by Council. As Mission Areas prepare for Convention, they have been asked to review the FSM. Members of the Joint Finance and Audit Committee will be available to attend the review if attendance is requested. The 2016 FSM also includes the proposed 2017 and 2018 figures.
  • The ECMN Audit has been completed with a satisfactory rating and no significant issues reported.
  • Council approved a resolution to move from eight Mission Areas to seven. Faith Communities in the former Central Mission Area will be contacted by the Missioner for Mission to initiate the process of merging them into one of the remaining seven Mission Areas.
  • Council approved two resolutions related to the handling of donations and bequests to ECMN. Unrestricted funds which exceed $10,000 will be held in trust by the Trustees of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota for the mission and ministry of ECMN. Funds presently held directly within ECMN operations will be moved to the Trustees. This clarifies the accounting for amounts from these funds utilized by ECMN programs and operations.
  • Members filled out recommitment and gift materials, which will be utilized to determine openings for elections to Mission Area Team leadership and the assignment of 2015-2016 Council members to one of the three sub-groups: Mission, Ministry, or Management. 2014-2015 Council members not in attendance will receive their materials by e-mail or mail.

Commission on Ministry

  • We reviewed goals.
  • The team from St. James, Fergus Falls underwent an interview for discernment.
  • We met with facilitators of the recent yearlong discernment process for evaluation.
  • The Commission for Discernment, Commission for Formation, and Commission for Ordination/Commissioning/Licensing gave reports.
  • We welcomed The Rev. Ramona Scarpace as the new Chair, said farewell and thank you to the outgoing Chair, The Rev. Eva Cavaleri, and prayed for The Rev. Susan Daughtry as she prepares for maternity leave.

Standing Committee

  • We reviewed, then revised several internal practices.
  • ECMN Chancellor Franzen conferred with us on property matters.
  • We considered the lease requests for two ECMN Faith Communities.
  • Two candidacy interviews took place with ECMN postulants.


  • The PIF continues to be well managed and perform at or above its benchmark. The Trustees continue to look to expand its participation and speak with faith communities who are considering transitioning their volunteer-managed investments to a sustainable model of professionally managed investments.
  • The transition programs of several mission real estate properties were reviewed and authorization was given for ongoing activities.
  • Episcopal Commons, the initiative of the partnership between ECMN, St. Mark’s, and Episcopal Homes, was reviewed and authorization was given for ongoing activities.
  • A five-year financial model including the 1730 transition to Episcopal Commons was reviewed.
  • Thanks were given to Peter Davis, The Rev. John Dwyer, and Rich Simons who will be cycling off of the Trustees. These three positions will be filled by election at ECMN Convention in St. Cloud this fall.

Click here to view photos from the day on the ECMN Facebook page.

Click here to view video from the morning portion of MEB.

The next Meeting of Elected Bodies will take place Saturday, October 24 at the ECMN Retreat Center in Faribault.